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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-25-2018

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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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE APRIL 25-MAY 1, 2018 BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY The Rev. LAWRENCE SMITH says one reason Woodlawn Baptist Church has made it to 125 years old is that it has remained relevant to the people in its neighborhood. PAWTUCKET – While some churches steeped in tradition and history lose sight of their mission, leaders of Woodlawn Baptist Church say they're taking the best of that past and building on it. The Rev. Lawrence Leroy Smith, known as Pastor Larry, told The Valley Breeze that the church, first incorpo- rated in 1893, has taken numerous steps over the years since he arrived to grow its membership and expand its reach in a community where it has the natural advantage of most every- one knowing it. Newer programs such as Wednesday night Awana and church mainstays such as summer vacation Bible school (VBS), where dozens of local children come to church when they might not otherwise, are a yearly reminder of how important Woodlawn Baptist is to this area of Pawtucket, said Smith, who serves as the 12th pastor of the church and first pastor of color. Attendance at Woodlawn Baptist continues to make a resurgence after a bit of a downturn, with numbers fluctuating between 75 and 120 peo- ple for a Sunday morning service. Woodlawn Baptist celebrates 125 years of outreach By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor PAWTUCKET – The city's munici- pal court is on pace to lose $58,000 in net revenue for the 2017-2018 fis- cal year ending June 30, prompting officials to look at options for collect- Fewer tickets equates to financial loss in Municipal Court By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ing unpaid fines. According to an analysis done by Chief of Police Tina Goncalves and Treasurer Shaun Strobel, there con- tinues to be a significant gap between the number of parking and traffic tickets issued and those that end up being paid. The overall number of tickets being issued has also decreased in each of the past three years, falling 19 percent from 2015 to 2016, and 3.5 percent from 2016 to 2017. "The decline in revenues is directly correlated to the reduction of issu- ance of both traffic and parking tick- ets issued," wrote Strobel in a report on the situation. See WOODLAWN, Page 12 See COURT, Page 7 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, RI 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. • Complete Heating Systems • Remodeling • Repairs • Water Heaters • Complete Sewage Ejector Systems for Basement Baths • Senior Citizen Discounts C. J. Nemes, Inc. Plumbing & Heating 24-Hour Emergency Service 769-4776 Master Plumber, R.I. #1911 Mass. #25011 Member of The Better Business Bureau Drain & Sewer Cleaning Call The McKinnon Team Cathy 255-7876 Doug 641-2222 Rhode Island's Premier Independent Brokerage The Spring Market is Here! Award Winning Realtors Since 1989 Cathy and Doug McKinnon Pawtucket's Local Real Estate Agents Our local guide to spring simplicity INSIDE Our local guide to spring simplicity INSIDE Keep it simple Spring for Spring in the Valley 2018

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