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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 01-11-2017

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY OLIVIA TABINOWSKI, 3, of Pawtucket, comes to a stop after a ride on her sled. Olivia and her father Robert were enjoying a morning of sledding at Chase Farm, in Lincoln, last Sunday. See more photos on page 6. Narragansett Bay Insurance recommits to Pawtucket But the company may not stay on Main Street PAWTUCKET – Officials from Main Street mainstay Narragansett Bay Insurance Company have recommitted to staying in Pawtucket, though they say the company's future is likely not on Main Street. Stewart "Nick" Steffey Jr., the founding shareholder of NBIC Holdings Inc., told The Breeze that the company, first founded in 1848, and on Main Street since 1906, is experiencing continued growth. The company "is remaining in Pawtucket for the foreseeable future," executives informed Mayor Donald Grebien, but "not necessarily" in its current location, he said. Executives want to be included in any ongoing "major infrastructure opportunities" being considered and planned by Grebien and others for Pawtucket, especially as they relate By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Online News Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See NBIC, Page 21 FINDING 'HOME' Lincoln resident leads Coalition for the Homeless board's mission of housing for all One homeless person in Rhode Island is one too many. That's what Stephen Miller says. Miller, a Lincoln resident, is the recently appointed board director at the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless. He says the organi- zation's mission is to house all of these individuals – and not just in By BRITTANY BALLANTYNE Valley Breeze Staff Writer brittany@valleybreeze.com See HOMELESSNESS, Page 7 PAWTUCKET – William "Bill" Ankner, the city's new and highly experienced director of public works, hit the ground run- ning on Monday, quickly getting up to speed on maintaining and building local infrastructure. Ankner, 69, said he looks forward to using what he's learned over 40 years in jobs at all levels to keep Pawtucket moving in the right direction. Mayor Donald Grebien tapped him for the job in large part due to his experi- ence on transportation infrastructure initiatives, and he was "delighted" to say yes, said Ankner. The former head of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation under Gov. Lincoln Almond said he and his wife of 48 years, Joan, previ- ously enjoyed their time in Rhode New Pawtucket DPW chief: This is where the rubber meets the road By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Online News Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com ANKNER See ANKNER, Page 22 Serving Pawtucket THE VALLEY FREE valleybreeze.com @ JANUARY 11-17, 2017 Like us on Follow us on Boys' basketball team defeats North Providence, Barrington. PAGE 10 SHEA SOARS TO 6-0 THE VALLEY Breeze Silver Top Diner could end up in Cumberland or Pawtucket. PAGE 4 DINER ON THE MOVE It's a New Year, Get In On the Secret! Diagnostic hearing evaluations for school aged children through adults Hearing aids and assistive listening devices 1044 Smithfield Avenue | Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Call for an Appointment 401-725-5798 www.blackstonevalleyhearing.com Does your child like? Robotics • Google Chromebooks Up to date computer room with fiber optic technology Wireless technology throught out the school Strings and Instrumental Music Chorus • Drama • Smartboards • Sports 755 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, Rhode Island 401-723-9463 • www.scsri.org • mtetzner@scsri.org Where morals and values meet academic excellence Extended Care is available 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. SAINT CECILIA SCHOOL SAINT CECILIA SCHOOL Celebrating over 100 years of Catholic education! Celebrating over 100 years of Catholic education! Accepting Registrations for 2017-2018 Pre-K – Grade 8 Then St. Cecilia School is the only school for you! Open House January 29th 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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