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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 10-16-13

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Serving Pawtucket OCTOBER 16-22, 2013 FREE Breeze THE VALLEY CRAFTY AND COLORFUL DOUBLE VICTORY Pawtucket Library hosts Halloween craft time. PAGE 16 MMA fighter gets a win in the ring and a yes to his marriage proposal. PAGE 3 @ "Like" us on Geary: Fish ladder project not dead valleybreeze.com Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Move to your own beat Says Army Corps of Engineers to take it over Walsh: Attack on Halloween display is 'political' act of vengeance Pumpkins in the Park will reopen this weekend By ETHAN SHOREY By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Staff Writer Valley Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com ethan@valleybreeze.com PAWTUCKET – What's a few more years when you've been waiting for 14? Frank Geary, of the Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone, said those behind the Blackstone River Fish Ladder Project since its inception in 1999 were "crushed" when a bid for the project came in last October "much higher than we expected," or nearly double the cost of what they thought it would for the first phase of the project. Just one company, from Smithfield, submitted a bid to build two fish ladders, one at the Main Street dam and another just up the river at the Slater Mill dam, said Geary. The $7 million bid was far higher than See LADDERS, Page 14 VALLEY BREEZE PHOTO BY DAVID WUERTH The Child Opportunity Zone, COZ, holds a "Drop the Beat" drumming class on Thursday afternoons at Cunningham Elementary School. The group of youngsters is led by teacher Jason Brule, a certified Drum Alive instructor. Here, NICHOLAS MARTIN, 6, stretches and wiggles during the drumming class. See more photos on page 8. STOP OVERPAYING FOR HEARING AIDS • I charge you less for high quality hearing aids prices start at $695 for custom digital with two year warranty • My everyday pricing is always lower than competitors • I'll beat any price • I love giving second opinions • Never any sales pressure • Expert repairs (often while you wait) - all makes • Siemens, Rexton, Resound, Starkey, Oticon, Phonak & others • Tubes, Filters, Battery Doors, Accessories NORTON HEARING Caring for RI's hearing for over 28 years Robert G. Norton, M.S. Audiologist 1044 Smithfield Avenue Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 401-725-5798 www.nortonhearing.com ©2013 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. PAWTUCKET – This was no ordinary act of vandalism, says Anthony Walsh, but more likely a "politically motivated" attempt by one of the numerous enemies he's gained over the years to "shut me down." Walsh, who hosts the Anthony Walsh Show on public access TV, said he has at least two specific people in mind who might have been involved in the systematic destruction of his Pumpkins in the Park at Slater Memorial Park late last week, an act that shut the annual October event for a second straight weekend after an opening weekend of rain. Walsh said he recently talked on his show about the possibility of local corruption and illegal activity and mentioned that he would be getting into more specifics later on. Based on feedback Walsh received, he now believes those stateWALSH ments may have touched a nerve with the wrong people, who decided the best way to get revenge on him for his controversial words was to take aim at his wallet. An ally of Mayor Donald Grebien, the local TV personality and businessman said one of the two people he sees as possible suspects has come to his house and tried to intimidate him. According to Walsh, whoever attacked Pumpkins in the Park had to have been there for more than an hour, and See VANDALS, Page 15

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