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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 4-30-14

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By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com PAWTUCKET – Members of the Pawtucket City Council say they'll review existing rules that ban people from asking for money on street corners to see if something can be done to accommodate the common practice. Councilor Tim Rudd said he wants a distinction made between "random people" like those who are homeless or por- tray themselves as homeless, and the youth organizations that rely on donations. He said he wants to "formulate a docu- ment that allows youth orga- nizations to solicit" funds in a safe manner. Rudd said he can remember from his own time in youth sports just how much he and others relied on cash collections to cover the cost of trips and other expenses, and he thinks the complete ban currently in place may not be fair to those groups. He's not advocating for anyone to be allowed to collect anywhere, he said, but rules that promote safe soliciting could be the answer. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com PAWTUCKET – Former City Council President Henry Kinch Jr., who unsuccessfully challenged Donald Grebien for the mayor's seat in 2010, will not try again in 2014. Kinch, who has been much more vocal the past two years in his criticism of Grebien, and further fueled speculation last year when he said he was "strongly considering" a run, told The Breeze he thinks he would have a shot of taking down Grebien, but that "family concerns" will keep him out of the race. "I'm convinced that the race would've been competitive," he said, reasoning that he has heard from a number of people who were supporters of Grebien in the past who have called to offer their support to him instead. Others who sup- ported him in 2010 also urged him to run, he said. Kinch took home 36.5 per- cent of the vote in the 2010 Democratic pri- mary for mayor, or 3,235 votes, to Grebien's 63.5 percent, or 5,631 total votes, according to totals on the Board of Elections website. According to Kinch, he has one child getting ready for col- lege, as well as a 14-year-old and a 12-year-old who deserve his full attention. The nature Council will consider new rules to allow soliciting of money In the meantime, ban in effect Kinch decides against run for mayor's seat in 2014 But may challenge for at-large council seat Valley Breeze photo By DaViD Wuerth The Pawtucket YMCA hosted its annual Healthy Kids Day featuring super heroes and princesses last Saturday. More than 50 kids played games, decorated cupcakes and had their pictures taken with a super hero or a princess. The Hulk, JOSH DuquETTE, of Cumberland, holds MAxfORD fOSTER, 9 months, for a photo. See more photos on page 9. Supersized fun at Healthy Kids Day KINCH See KINCH, page 11 See SOLICITING, page 18 valleybreeze.com ©2014 Breeze puBlicationS inc. APRIL 30-MAY 6, 2014 City in Bloom Check out Pawtucket's Cherry Blossom Festival this weekend. PAGE 7 new Business on tap Third brewery joins the growing local beer scene. PAGE 4 Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE vALLEY @ FREE "Like" us on "follow" us on Family Owned & Operated for 41 Years Family Owned & Operated for 41 Years

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