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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 12-06-2017

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE DECEMBER 6-12, 2017 PAWTUCKET – Sen. Jamie Doyle, who's about to enter his 14th year serving the people of District 8 in the Rhode Island Senate, says he's "50- 50" on whether he'll run for the seat again in 2018. If anything, he said, "I'm probably leaning toward not." Rumors have swirled for much of the past year that this seventh term will be Doyle's last, especially as the senator's absences piled up on mul- tiple Senate committees he serves on. Doyle has also taken some criti- cism behind the scenes for his lack of involvement in the hearing process for a new downtown baseball sta- dium; the Senate Finance Committee member has missed all of the finance Sen. Doyle leans toward not running for 8th term By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See DOYLE, Page 2 Remembering Christmases past BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON ABIGAIL SINOTTE, 17, left, and JULIANNA SINOTTE, 16, of Coventry, stand behind the decorated tree that commemorates several family members who lived in Pawtucket. The tree is among the hundreds of memorial trees that comprise the annual Winter Wonderland at Slater Park. Santa's Parade opened the festivities as the city's 19th Winter Wonderland celebration kicked off on Saturday. See more photos on page 28. PAWTUCKET – Faced with continued strong demand but dwin- dling donations, the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen's Ernie Marot Memorial Adopt-a-Family Program is seeking cash contributions to help defray the cost of gift cards to buy shoes for children. A total of 100 children are enrolled in this year's program, and many of them have requested new shoes for Christmas. To ensure that the shoes fit each child properly, a gift card is given with their presents so they are able to purchase a pair of new shoes, a luxury for many of the children in the program, say organizers. Pawtucket Soup Kitchen Director Adrienne Marchetti said the pro- gram, named for the organization's founder, has 36 families participating this year. "The program is important because these families would go without on the holidays," she said. "Resources over the years for programs of this type have been dwindling, which is all the more reason our program needs to be successful." Families enrolled this year either live in public housing, are home- less, or are involved in the Child Opportunity Zone (COZ) program through the Pawtucket School Department, she said. There are also several families from the Weber- Renew project, formerly known as Project Renew, helping women who are trying to be reunited with their children and re-establishing their lives. Help Pawtucket Adopt-a-Family program buy shoes for children By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See ADOPT-A-FAMILY, Page 26 PAWTUCKET – The long-vacant Stop & Shop store at 675 Beverage Hill Ave., on the Pawtucket/East Providence line, appears to be draw- ing interest as part of a larger planned redevelopment project. According to city officials, the period of time Stop & Shop paid for exclusive rights in the Narragansett Park Plaza recently expired. The owner, Amalgamated Financial Group, is now seeking a zone change for the property from general com- mercial and industrial open to general commercial with conditions. The request has been sent to the City Council's ordinance subcom- Officials expecting redevelopment of Narragansett Park Plaza By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See REDEVELOPMENT, Page 6 Name: Ricard Jewelers Width: 3.0753 in Depth: 3.8 in Color: Black plus one Ad Number: p178943 Ricard Jewelers Established 1985 Holiday Hours: Sunday 12-5 p.m.; Monday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 555 Newport Ave. Pawtucket, RI (401) 725-3680 FREE LAYAWAY Jewelry & Watch Repair Hearing Loss Seminar (401) 283-1172 1044 Smithfield Avenue, Lincoln, RI 02865 www.blackstonevalleyhearing.com Kids! Don't miss our pull-out coloring book inside!

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