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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-16-2018

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8 PAWTUCKET MAY 16-22, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION Representatives. "There are still several weeks left to our session," said Berman. Asked if there's confidence that a deal will get done, Berman said offi- cials are "still talking, which is a good thing." Members of Pawtucket's General Assembly delegation have said they expect a vote to happen before the end of the General Assembly session in June. Mattiello and his team have been discussing ways to shift more of the risk for the $83 million venture to the PawSox instead of to taxpayers. The current proposal has the team investing $45 million into sta- dium development, the state $23 million, and Pawtucket $15 mil- lion. Advocates say revenues will more than pay for the stadium, but Mattiello has insisted that a proposal approved by the Rhode Island Senate last year still places too much of the burden on taxpayers. Representatives for the PawSox couldn't be reached this week on the progress of negotiations. The PawSox have indicated that they're also in talks with officials in Worcester, Mass., about developing a new stadium in that city, but have emphasized that their priority is to get something done in Pawtucket, where a new train station and transit- oriented development is planned just up the road next to a massive brew- ing complex. Mayor Donald Grebien and Pawtucket's General Assembly mem- bers have highlighted the importance of keeping the PawSox in Pawtucket, both as a quality of life amenity and economic development driver. The team has indicated that McCoy Stadium simply won't work as a long- term home, and the state is in danger of losing the minor league team if a deal isn't struck, they emphasize. PAWSOX From Page One Boys & Girls Club hosts Opening Doors event PAWTUCKET – The Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket will cel- ebrate its sixth annual Opening Doors event by honoring Kathleen and Daniel Sullivan, Jr., of Collette, with the Lyman B. Goff Founder's Award. Club supporters, staff, club mem- bers, friends, and family will attend the event at the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, One Moeller Place, this Thursday, May 17, at 6 p.m., with the speaking program starting at 7 p.m. The event is both a fundraiser and "friend-raiser," and invites the com- munity into the clubhouse to see the many ways that the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket helps youth open doors to a great future. Club mem- bers will provide guided tours to guests and speak about their experi- ences at the club, and the impact it has had on their lives. They will also give a special "World Dance" performance. Tickets are $60 each and include drinks and light dinner. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket. Pawtucket Arts Festival announces new board members PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Arts Festival announces the addition of Karen Alzate, Chachi Carvalho, and Meghan Kallman to its board of directors. While each brings a unique perspective to the Pawtucket Arts Festival leadership, all share an enduring commitment to the city of Pawtucket and to the many arts and cultural organizations that make their home in the Blackstone River Valley, states a release. "For 20 years, the Pawtucket Arts Festival has celebrated our city's sub- stantial creative and cultural iden- tity," said Festival Chairman John Baxter Jr. Having these three on the board "only further ensures that the Arts Festival will succeed in its mis- sion of cultivating a place for the arts in the Pawtucket of tomorrow." "Pawtucket has such a vibrant arts community, which we are proud to spotlight each September," said Mayor Donald Grebien. "Thank you to the board members – past and present – for making this event a success for the past 20 years." • Alzate is a lifelong resident of Pawtucket and graduate of Tolman High School. She currently works at The Providence Center Latino Team, assisting members of the Latino community who suffer from mental illness. • Carvalho is a multi-talented art- ist and educator who comes from a long line of musicians and singers. He is a Rhode Island native born- and-raised in Pawtucket, with roots that stem from the islands of Cabo Verde. • Kallman represents Pawtucket's District 5 on the City Council, and says she's delighted to become a part of the thriving Pawtucket Arts Festival. She plays the trumpet in one of the region's street bands, the Extraordinary Rendition Band, and looks forward to bringing her skills and her commitment to the arts to the festival's board. Painting event will benefit D.A.R.E. scholarship ATTLEBORO, Mass. – The South Attleboro Village Lions Club is sponsoring a Paint & Petals Event, on Thursday, May 24, at Cardi's Furniture Community Room, 999 Newport Ave. Paint a pansy portrait from 6 to 8 p.m., instructed by Coelho Middle School art teacher Sue Casey. Take home a painting and a complimen- tary pansy plant. Light refreshments will be served. The cost is $20 per ticket or $10 for children 6-12 years of age. Proceeds will benefit the Dave Allard D.A.R.E. Memorial scholarship. For tickets, call Stacey Beal at 508-989-3850 or email staceybeal@ icloud.com. Tickets must be pur- chased prior to the event.

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