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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 1-8-14

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Serving Pawtucket JANUARY 8-14, 2014 FREE Breeze The valley Fiddling Folk Driving to the Hoop Five levels of fiddle classes offered at Blackstone River Theatre. PAGE 19 Basketball action at the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club. PAGE 11 @ "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers City could soon allow more tattoo parlors Fast track to fun By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Staff Writer Valley Breeze photo by David Wuerth Lots of children and parents gathered at Ten Mile River State Park for sledding excitement after the first snowfall of the new year on Sunday. Dailyn Carnaghan, 10, and her brother Austin, 6, both from Pawtucket, fly off a jump during one of their runs down the hill. See more photos on page 9. Lights on Pawtucket River Bridge are malfunctioning By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Staff Writer PAWTUCKET – The intricate lighting system on the new $81 million Pawtucket River Bridge is badly malfunctioning just four months after it went on, according to those who live and work near it. The bridge lights are rarely all on, says abutting business owner and resident Andrew Spingarn, and the new bridge is often only half lit. Spingarn said those who designed the lighting system could not See LIGHTS, Page 10 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 ©2014 Breeze Publications Inc. PAWTUCKET – There may soon be more local options for getting inked up, as the Pawtucket City Council's ordinance committee is set to consider a measure that would make way for new tattoo parlors in the city. The current maximum of six parlors would be changed to 10, according to an ordinance revision on the docket for a meeting on Wednesday evening, Jan. 8. Deputy City Clerk Michelle Barros Hardy told The Breeze that the measure was initiated by Councilor Jean Philippe Barros, who was asking on behalf of a man who wants to open a tattoo parlor in the Hope Artiste Village on Main Street. According to Hardy, the applicant had gone all the way through the zoning process when he arrived at her office only to find out that all six of the city's allowed tattoo licenses were being used. The new applicant was told that a license would become available if not all of the existing tattoo parlor owners renewed their licenses, but all owners ended up renewing, she said. Hardy said she also heard about another possible tattoo shop joining up next door to an existing tattoo parlor at the Hope Artiste Village, which would bring the Vitali total number of tattoo shops at the mixed-use complex to three. Barros was given the option of proposing an increase to seven or eight licenses, said Hardy, but chose instead to just go with 10 to allow even more tattoo parlors to open if desired. Barros could not be reached for comment this week. According to Hardy, she and City Clerk Richard Goldstein have been trying to figure out why there was a limit of six See TATTOO, Page 8

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