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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 9-18-13

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Serving Pawtucket SEPTEMBER 18-24, 2013 FREE Breeze THE VALLEY FRESH AIR FUN ART IN MOTION Reconnect with nature at Land Trust Days events. PAGE 14 Living statue creators Ten31 Productions opens doors to the public. PAGE 4 @ "Like" us on valleybreeze.com Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Council wants answers on trash problems Wrong-way drivers, early pickups among the issues By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Staff Writer VALLEY BREEZE PHOTOS BY DAVID WUERTH The Rhode Island Textile Company, in Pawtucket, is poised to capitalize on a Congressional move to mandate that military personnel purchase footware produced in the United States. The company, celebrating its 100th year of operation, is the largest manufacturer of narrow fabrics in the country. General manager FRED NUNES sits in the company conference room in front of a wall of dog-related products it manufactures. The company also produces numerous different shoe laces and webbing materials. Below is a spinning machine producing white cord. USA-only sneakers would mean big expansion for local company financial bottom line and bring 25 to 30 new jobs to the city. Rhode Island Textile Company, which bases two of its manufacturing facilities in Pawtucket on Columbus Avenue in Pawtucket and has a distribution facility on Martin Street in Cumberland, By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com PAWTUCKET – Officials from the Rhode Island Textile Company are hoping that national lawmakers will pass a law they say would provide a huge boost to the company's See TEXTILE, Page 12 Now Accepting Private and State Dental Insurance • Accepting state insurance also referred to as Neighborhood, Medical Assistance and Medicaid. • We also accept Ritesmiles....Childrens state insurance • Same day Denture relines and adjustment • Extractions, Cleanings, Natural Color and Silver Fillings, Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, Bleaching and Root Canals • Accepting new patients at state of the art digital office Dental Solutions Darlington Area 556 Armistice Blvd., Pawtucket RI 02806 401-475-9909 Dr. Roca DMD ©2013 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. ethan@valleybreeze.com PAWTUCKET – Few issues matter more to residents than how their trash is picked up, say members of the Pawtucket City Council, making it important that Mayor Donald Grebien's administration fix the Are you concerned about wrong-way trash trucks? Tell us at valleybreeze.com problems they're seeing along city streets as quickly as possible. At the top of the list of issues, said council members at a meeting last Wednesday, is the practice of workers from MTG Disposal driving the wrong way on one-way streets, a practice they are seeing far too often. Councilor Terry Mercer, of District 3, said he is worried that the practice is causing a dangerous situation for city motorists. In areas like Councilor John Barry's District 4, where there MERCER are likely more one-way streets than any other district in the city, the problem is especially pronounced, said Mercer. Barry said he, too, is concerned, especially after hearing about those "damn big trucks" driving toward drivBARRY ers who were headed the right way. "Obviously they're going down one-ways the wrong way," said Barry. "We'll end up being liable." See TRASH, Page 10

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