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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 07-11-2018

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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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 11-17, 2018 THE VALLEY 7 Aug. 3) • Elizabeth Baldwin School, 50 Whitman St. (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 8:30-9 a.m.; 11:30 to noon until Aug. 3) • Agnes E. Little School, 60 South Bend St. (Monday through Friday, 8:30-9 a.m. and 11:30 to noon, until Aug. 3) • Alternative Learning Program/ Portuguese Social Club, 131 School St. (Monday through Friday 7:30-8 a.m., noon to 12:30 p.m., until Aug. 3) • CF&S/Galego, 483 Weeden St. (Monday through Friday 8-8:30 a.m., noon to 1 p.m. until Aug. 24) • Henry J. Winters School, 481 Broadway (Monday to Friday, 8:30-9 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. to noon; Aug. 3) • Fallon Memorial School, 62 Lincoln Ave. (Monday to Friday, 8:30-9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to noon, until Aug. 3) • William E. Tolman High School, 150 Exchange St. (Monday to Friday, 7:30-8 a.m., noon to 12:30 p.m., until Aug. 3) • Goff Junior High School, 974 Newport Ave. (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8-8:30 a.m., 11:30 to noon, until Aug. 9) • Blackstone Valley Community Action Program, 210 West St. (Monday to Friday, noon to 1 p.m., until Aug. 17) • Potter Burns School, 973 Newport Ave. (Monday to Friday, 8:30-9 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. to noon, until Aug. 3) • M. Virginia Cunningham School, 40 Baldwin St. (Monday through Friday 8:30-9 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. to noon, until Aug. 3) • Payne Park Playground, 210 West Ave. (Tuesday and Thursday, 4-5 p.m., until July 14) • San Bento Playground, 526 Smithfield Ave. (Monday and Wednesday, 5-8 p.m., until Aug. 1) The federal summer nutrition program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Rhode Island Department of Education. An area is eligible to open a site if at least 50 percent of the enrolled children in that district are eligible for free or reduced- price lunch. Last summer, 470,000 meals were served to children across the state. For more information, call the United Way information line: 211. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Though a Citizens Bank represen- tative indicated a month ago that new exit ramps off Route 295 at Greenville Avenue were on target to be completed by June 27, officials are now saying they might not open to traffic for another month or more. Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena told The Breeze he's hoping to have the exits open two weeks from now, but said that timeframe is very much up in the air. Liz Pettengill, spokeswoman with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, said officials there expect that all requirements will be completed in late July or early August, though that schedule is sub- ject to change. The town of Johnston may open the ramps if officials there wish, said Pettengill. The role of RIDOT is to ensure that all requirements of a public access permit are met and to ensure that the construction of the ramps meets all requirements set forth by the Federal Highway Administration. Johnston should not reopen the ramps until all requirements of the public access permit are certified, but that doesn't mean that the town couldn't do so, said Pettengill. The exits, which will be num- bered Exit 10 for both Route 295 north and south drivers when the black coverings come off the signs, are being paid for through $3 mil- lion from the state and another $3 million from Citizens Bank, which is nearing completion on its new corporate campus just off the high- way. The opening of the new exits is expected to have a significant impact on local traffic patterns. Residents along Greenville Avenue have had a much smoother ride of late after repaving was done as part of the final phase of a Narragansett Bay Commission pipe project, which coincides with the addition of the corporate campus. Representatives for Citizens Bank couldn't be reached for comment this week. Polisena said these are the first exit ramps "I've ever owned," and he doesn't intend on the town accepting them until a "punch list" of items is complete. "As soon as the punch list is done, we'll take it from Citizens and then give it to the state," he said. Among the items still remaining to be done early this week were the installation of chatter strips along the edge of the road and the painting of new lines, said Polisena. In a way, he said, the town is "being held hostage" by some last items still not being done, but he said he won't take the exits and then be forced to try to have issues cor- rected later. The state must first sign off that everything's completed, he said. Pettengill said that since RIDOT is not the entity responsible for com- pleting all certifications, but rather the one making sure everything is completed, "we are not in a position to issue completion dates." New Exit 10 ramps may not open until August By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor Slater Park Flag Program honors veteran Lt. Cmdr. Antar PAWTUCKET – As part of the Slater Park Flag Program, the city's Parks & Recreation Division is rec- ognizing the late Lt. Cmdr. Albert Antar who was born July 4, 1922, in Pawtucket. Antar joined the Navy in 1939 at the age of 17. After 12 years of being enlisted as Navy personnel, Antar quickly rose in rank, due to his diligence, dedication and exper- tise, according to a press release. He supervised the aircraft mechanics aboard the USS Yorktown during WWII. Antar survived a bomb explosion aboard the Yorktown during the Battle of the Coral Sea, which in turn would result in 66 casualties. Following this unfortunate event, he was From preceding page ordered to join a convoy, to which would eventually become "The Battle of Midway." After WWII he was assigned to the USS Valley Forge and in 1947 set sail on a nine-month world cruise that included North Africa, the Mediterranean, Europe and Norway. Antar served in the Korean War during the Bay of Pigs. Antar was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation four times, Navy Commendation Medal for Valor, the UN Service Medal, among many other commenda- tions. After 24 years in the Navy, Antar went into the real estate busi- ness and pursued his passion for golf. According to the release, he remained happily married to his wife, Evelyn, for 67 years and was much admired for his honesty, integrity, kindness and warmth toward everyone. The Parks & Recreation Division's Veterans Flag Program offers the opportunity for families of deceased veterans to have their personal funeral flag flown over the Pawtucket War Veterans' Memorial Scallop Shell in Slater Park. The flag is flown for two months and is then returned to the family. For more information about the program, contact Recreation Manager John Blais at 401-728- 0500, ext. 257. BREEZE PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD The new EXIT RAMPS off Rte. 295 at Greenville Avenue, in Johnston, may not open for another month. 2044 Smith St., North Providence, RI (401) 231-2370 fax (401) 232-9220 Congratulations! You're Engaged! FREE Grooms Tux! With any wedding party of 5 or more. Groomsmen will get $20 OFF their Tux Rental!

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