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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 08-09-2017

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE AUGUST 9-15, 2017 Dog day afternoon BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON SHIRELY MCCARTIN, of Pawtucket, makes a new friend in a puppy named WOODSTOCK at the Dogapalooza Family Festival held at Slater Park on Sunday. The festival included many family and pet- friendly activities. See more photos page 6. See GROW CENTERS, Page 9 See FREE CLINIC, Page 4 PAWTUCKET – The ACLU of Rhode Island sued the Pawtucket Police Department on Tuesday for failing to release certain reports of alleged police officer misconduct generated by its Internal Affairs Division. The suit argues that the refusal to release the records to a public transparency group is in clear violation of the state's Access to Public Records Act. The case has important ramifi- cations for the public's ability to monitor police misbehavior, states the ACLU in a news release. In two major APRA lawsuits filed in past years, the R.I. Supreme Court ruled that the public is entitled to final reports of inves- tigations of police misconduct. Those rulings make no distinction as to whether the investigations were prompted by citizens or the ACLU sues Pawtucket police for withholding documents By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See ACLU, Page 3 LINCOLN – A group of area lawmakers are asking officials at the Community College of Rhode Island to allow the Mission of Mercy dental clinic to return to the school. In an Aug. 3 letter to CCRI President Meghan Hughes, six sena- tors requested that the college "recon- sider its decision to cancel the Rhode Island Mission of Mercy free dental clinic" at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. "We are making this request on behalf of the current and grow- ing population of underserved citizens of our state who find the services provided by this free clinic essential," said the lawmakers. The group of Democrats signing the letter includes Sen. Ryan Pearson, of District 19 in Cumberland; Sen. Donna Nesselbush, of District 15, Pawtucket and North Providence; Sen. Elizabeth "Betty" Crowley, of District 16, Pawtucket and Central Falls; Sen. Roger Picard, of District 20, Woonsocket and Cumberland; Sen. Jamie Doyle, of District 8 in Pawtucket; and Sen. Thomas Paolino, of District 17, Lincoln, North Providence and North Smithfield. "In the five years this program has existed, over 4,000 patients who are uninsured, underinsured, or otherwise unable to access necessary dental care Senators lobby CCRI to reinstate Mission of Mercy dental clinic By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com CROWLEY PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Zoning Board of Appeals on Monday approved two more marijuana grow centers for the city, bringing the total approved since April to seven. An additional three facilities have been denied over that time, and another application is pending. All approved facilities are located in industrial zones, according to Jay Rosa, of the Pawtucket Planning and Redevelopment Office. None have been approved by the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation yet, and there is no guarantee that they will be approved. Zoning Board approval allows the applicants to move forward with the state applica- tion process, and there is a significant backup at the state level. Representatives for SNH Nursery LLC, at 560 Mineral Spring Ave., and Ocean State Collective Inc. and Seth Realty Corp., of 225 Conant St., both received special use permit approvals for manufacturing of drugs and phar- maceuticals. The grow centers are being approved before the Mayor's Marijuana Task Force concludes its work on drafting rules for marijuana growth and sale in the city. Board approves two more marijuana centers By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com 755 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, Rhode Island 401-723-9463 • www.scsri.org • mtetzner@scsri.org Call for a personal tour: Where morals and values meet academic excellence Extended Care is available 2:30 – 5:30pm 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 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 Then St. Cecilia School is the only school for you!

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