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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-17-2017

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY Pawtucket resident JOAQUIM FORTES, pictured here with his rabbit PENNY, loves getting out and about with his friend. The two are popular with motorists on Newport Avenue in Pawtucket. Having a great 'hare' day Local man and his rabbit gain fame around town PAWTUCKET – Joaquim Fortes was never a pet person. He loved animals, but figured if he ever befriended one, it would be some- thing exotic, like a monkey. Fortes and his bunny, a lionhead rabbit named Penny, have become a familiar fixture on Newport Avenue, with Penny riding along on his owner's shoulder as they go for long walks up and down the sidewalk and in Slater Park, acknowledging the honks and waves from passing drivers as they go. Fortes, who lives on Newport Avenue, said getting Penny last year, after a friend offered him the rabbit, was one of the best decisions of his life. He says he can't imagine living without him. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See FORTES, Page 2 'Entirely different' stadium proposal State investment in PawSox stadium to be paid back; city also putting money up PAWTUCKET – Officials from the Pawtucket Red Sox, city of Pawtucket, and Rhode Island Commerce Corp. have announced a deal on a financing plan for a new stadium at the landmark Apex Department Store site. The team is calling the plan "entire- ly different from the 2015 Providence proposal" that caused such an outcry. Unlike that proposal two years ago, where the team offered to absorb $17 million of the cost, or 20 percent, the 2017 version has the team paying $45 million, or 54 percent, of the cost for land and development. The cost of acquiring the Apex property and developing a stadium is expected to hit $83 million. Unlike the 2015 proposal, the team says it By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See PAWSOX, Page 4 Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE valleybreeze.com @ MAY 17-23, 2017 Family Owned Since 1926 LIC. #RIMP882 Specializing In: • High Efficiency Gas Boilers • Tankless Water Heaters • Ductless Mini Split A/C Systems • Boiler Maintenance and Repair Call NOW to take advantage of the Energy Rebate Program $100 Off Any New Boiler or Tankless Water Heater Get Fit Fast! 154 Smithfield Avenue, Pawtucket 401-725-3300 BOOT CAMP SUMMER ONLY $59 per month FREE CrossFit intro…anytime!

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