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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 03-15-2017

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. PAWTUCKET – Who wouldn't want to attend a grand opening where free beer is on the menu, joked state and local officials as they partied at The Guild on Main Street last Friday. Laureen Grebien said her husband had March 10 circled on the calendar for weeks, frequently referencing it as one of the biggest days the city has seen in a long time. Mayor Donald Grebien feels the same way many people do about what a new craft brewing hub will mean for Pawtucket, said his wife, particularly that it will further trans- form this city into one of the nation's best craft beer destinations. The Grebiens were joined by doz- ens of state and local officials and beer enthusiasts at a grand opening and ribbon cutting for The Guild. Representatives for five new partner breweries joined in to celebrate the official opening of what many expect will be a regional – and even national – attraction. Last Friday's launch party, complete with beer samples and free T-shirts, marked the beginning of business operations at the brewery. By the end of March, owners of the Isle Brewers Guild plan to open their first tasting room to the public, giving craft beer drinkers an opportunity to sample a variety of locally crafted beers. The facility will eventually be a "one-stop food and beverage cam- The Guild opens with a bang (and brews) on Main Street By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Online News Editor BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Standing in front of the giant brewing vats, Isle Brewers Guild co-partner DEVIN KELLY acknowledges the help of those that made the brewery possible, including Gov. GINA RAIMONDO and Pawtucket Mayor DONALD GREBIEN. In the back- ground, on display, are the brewing vats at the Isle Brewers Guild's official launch of operations at the beer cooperative's 100-barrel brew house in Pawtucket last Friday. See GUILD, Page 11 PAWTUCKET – During the past 10 weeks, the Pawtucket Police Special Squad has initiated 17 raids at local properties. Officers have arrest- ed 36 people over that span as they try to address drug and gun violence heading into the warmer months. On average, 30 raids are done in a typical year. Last year, the depart- ment made 266 total arrests for drugs and narcotics. A total of 62 warrants were com- pleted over the past 10 weeks. Police have seized $11,284 in cash so far in 2017. "In response to last year's spike in violence, the department stepped up our efforts to combat drug activity, where much of the other crimes are stemming from," said Chief of Police Paul King. "We hope that this strat- egy will reduce violence going into spring and throughout the summer." King thanked residents for report- ing illegal activities, and asked them to continue doing so. The Pawtucket Police Department's Special Squad also works with the Rhode Island High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, which involves local police forces work- ing with the state police and each other to combat drug trafficking across municipalities. Through their work with the task force, they also executed raids in Central Falls, East Greenwich, Coventry and Police go on 10-week drug crackdown By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Online News Editor See CRACKDOWN, Page 6 490 High Street, Suite One, Cumberland, RI 02864 • 401-722-2699 • CALL TODAY FOR NEW PATIENT SPECIALS Celebrating 16 Years Providing High Quality Dental Care . Nos Falamos Portugues | Se Habla Español • Client Centered Customer Service and Convenience • Evening & Saturday Appointments • Network Provider for Most Dental Insurances • Senior Citizens Discount • Payment Plans Available Dr. Paulo J. DaRosa D.D.S Clear Braces – Bridges – Root Canals – Crowns – Veneers Implant Restoration – Partials – Dentures – Zoom! Whitening – Digital X-Ray INCOME TAX PREPARATION It's Your Money... and We can help you keep more of it TONY LOPES TONY LOPES 126 Summit St., Pawtucket, RI 724-0440 724-0440 • Personal Tax Preparation • Reasonable Prices • Convenient Office Hours • Timely Service • Maximum Deductions Allowed By Law • Electronic Filing FUND$ Fast FEDERAL AND STATE RETURNS as low as $60 $60 BONUS OFFER $5 OFF any tax return New client only . With coupon. Expires 4/15/17 Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE @ MARCH 15-21, 2017

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