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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 03-21-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MARCH 21-27, 2018 BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON KANIJA KINDELL mixes her cup of pink slime at the Science and Snapology event at Jenks Junior High last Thursday night. There were several different activities offered to students at multiple stations, including slime, fun with magnets and goody bags. See more photos on page 28. PAWTUCKET – At least four families in the city remain homeless after more than a year of trying to improve their situation, says Elaine Cruz, an advocate with the Pawtucket Child Opportunity Zone in city schools. Cruz last summer told The Breeze about worsening homelessness due, in part, to rising rents. "It hasn't gotten any better," she said this week. Homeless families, many of whom are following through on a series of action steps spelled out for them, are getting nowhere, said Cruz. One woman was given steps "A, B and C" to follow, she said, and fol- lowed steps "A to Z." "Everything you can imagine, these families have done, and still they're homeless," she said. Most of the homeless families she deals with are the victims of circum- stances beyond their control, such as the loss of a job or illness, said Cruz, who works out of Baldwin Elementary School. No one is find- ing any three-bedroom homes in an City's family homelessness problem 'hasn't gotten any better' By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com CRUZ See HOMELESSNESS, Page 22 PAWTUCKET – The City Council could play a significant role in the rebirth of the Narragansett Park Plaza when it considers multiple requests tonight, Wednesday, March 21. The council will discuss amending city zoning ordinances to establish the Commercial Mixed Use Zoning District, or CMU, to encourage more active use and redevelopment of oversized multi-tenant commercial properties by promoting flexibility of uses and design well-suited for active economic activity along Newport Avenue. The CMU requirements are tailor- made for the proposed redevelop- ment of Narragansett Park Plaza, a sprawling and underutilized com- mercial plaza on the Pawtucket/East Providence line. The qualification for a piece of property to be placed into the CMU zone is that it have one or more contiguous parcels of land con- taining a minimum of 45,000 square feet of land, adjacent to Newport Avenue and under common control and ownership. The CMU zone allows a long list of uses, including multi-residential use, health care, retail, restaurants, night- clubs, amusement and recreation, wholesale commercial, education, Council holds key to overhaul of Narragansett Park Plaza By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See PLAZA, Page 22 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Abigail Angelone has spent much of her 15 years wondering why. Why, as a triplet, was she born without the serious health concerns of her sisters? Why, after her first sister, Alyson, died at birth, did her other "miracle" sister, Angelina, live only to the age of 14? Triplet Abby Angelone plans fundraiser in sister's memory By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See ANGELONE, Page 4 Spring Clean-up Just in time for the Bunny! HALE'S YARD CARE Mowing • Raking • Edging • Mulch Hedge Trimming • Lawn Aeration Lawn Fertilization • Snow Plowing Fully Insured FREE Estimates • Senior Discounts Jim Hale, Owner operated (508) 761-4599 WE WILL MEET OR BEAT ALL COMPETITORS www.halesyardcare.com OUR 2018 HEALTH & WELLNESS DIRECTORY INSIDE OUR 2018 HEALTH & WELLNESS DIRECTORY INSIDE Health Wellness 2018 GUIDE A helpful guide… for better health & A Northern Rhode Island Guide of Physicians & Health & Wellness Professionals Published by MARCH-22-2018-HEALTH.indd 1 3/15/18 10:19 AM

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