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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 10-10-2018

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | OCTOBER 10-16, 2018 PAWTUCKET 7 United Way's Nimoh selected for prestigious fellowship PROVIDENCE – Pawtucket resi- dent Mavis Nimoh, who serves as senior project manager of expanded learning for United Way of Rhode Island, has been selected as a White- Riley-Peterson Policy Fellow. She is one of just 16 leaders in the field of after-school and expanded learn- ing nationwide to be accepted into the prestigious fellowship, states a release. A partnership between the Riley Institute at Furman University and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship is a 10-month learning experience equipping its graduates with a real-world understanding of sound policy-making for after-school and expanded learning. Throughout the program, fellows study after- school/expanded learning policy and develop and implement state-level policy projects in partnership with their statewide after-school net- works and the national Afterschool Alliance. This month, Nimoh will travel to South Carolina to begin the program. "Mavis is not only an expert in her field, she is extremely pas- sionate about educa- tion and providing access to learning opportunities to all children – this is a tremendous oppor- tunity for her, and for United Way of Rhode Island," said Angela Bannerman Ankoma, director of community investment at UWRI. "We are excited for what she'll bring back to our work and our commitment to influencing the change that will bring the learning programs we know work to scale to reach more students." Nimoh joined UWRI in early 2018. Previously, she led a manage- ment and leadership development firm providing strategic direction and training for Pennsylvania's 14th larg- est school district. She holds a bach- elor's degree in political science from the University of Rhode Island and a master's in public administration from Penn State University. NIMOH Two-month closure for I-95 south exit 30 begins this week PAWTUCKET – The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has announced that it will begin a two-month clo- sure of exit 30 on I-95 South this Thursday, Oct. 11. The off-ramp is located close to the Massachusetts border in Pawtucket, providing access to Roosevelt Avenue, East Street and parts of Pawtucket and Central Falls. The closure is the first step in a $19.1 million design-build project replacing four bridges carrying both directions of I-95 in this area. The existing exit 30 off-ramp is interconnected with one of the bridge structures, and will be relocated and modified slightly to separate it from the bridge so con- struction can proceed. During the closure period, motorists will be directed to follow a detour using exit 29 to down- town Pawtucket. Those needing to travel to East Street can turn left at the end of the off-ramp and fol- low Fountain Street northbound. RIDOT expects to reopen exit 30 by mid-December. Motorists should plan extra trav- el time to reach their destinations during this closure. The off-ramp carries about 3,400 vehicles per day. The design-build project will replace two bridges carrying I-95 north and south over Roosevelt Avenue and two bridges that carry the highway over East Street. RIDOT will employ acceler- ated bridge construction meth- ods, including building the new bridge superstructure components adjacent to the highway and roll- ing them into place when done. Bridge construction is expected to begin next spring, with one set of bridges installed next year and the other in 2020. The entire project is scheduled to be finished in the fall of 2020. The replacement of these four bridges will be funded in part by Rhode Island's tractor trailer truck- only tolling program. Learn more about the I-95 Corridor Bridges Project by visit- ing www.ridot.net/RhodeWorks . Norton: Let's put #HospitalsBefore Stadiums PAWTUCKET – David Norton, candidate for mayor, says he's running in the Nov. 6 election because "our city and our state are headed in the wrong direc- tion." "Our leaders should not have been chasing baseballs for the wealthy PawSox owners while our hospital slipped away," he said in a release. "It was wrong. It was unfair. We must change direction." He said he wants this elec- tion for mayor to be about the issues, such as putting #HospitalsBeforeStadiums, and not some "empty messaging" such as "moving Pawtucket for- ward," as incumbent Mayor Donald Grebien "often writes." "What we need to talk about are issues that are critically important to our residents. Of course, we all want good-paying jobs and a strong economy, but we were not going to get that by losing good health care jobs at Memorial and pursuing part-time hotdog-stand jobs in a taxpayer- funded stadium that few wanted," he said. He added, "I hope you'll vote for me based on my message and ideas and not a bunch of expen- sive and glossy postcards that our current mayor is likely to send you." Norton said he is running on the principle of putting Hospitals Before Stadiums, "but you can replace the word Hospitals with Firefighters, Schools, Police Departments and other city ser- vices. ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL Senior Center will host trip to Dame Farm PAWTUCKET – Members of the Leon Mathieu Senior Center will be visiting Dame Farm and Orchards in Johnston on Monday, Oct. 15. The senior center van will leave the center, 420 Main St., at 11 a.m. and return at approximately 3 p.m. The cost of the trip is $12 per per- son which includes transportation and tour. The tour includes a tractor- pulled wagon ride around the pictur- esque orchards, a bag of fresh picked apples to take home, and a cider homemade donut with a cup of fresh pressed cider. Pizza from a local pizza parlor will be served. Cost of lunch is not included. Pre-registration is necessary as space is limited. Contact the senior center at 401-728-7582 to register and for more information about this trip. This program is available to seniors 55 and older. St. Xavier Academy will hold reunion Oct. 21 WARWICK – The 65th class reunion of St. Xavier Academy will be held on Sunday, Oct. 21, begin- ning with a Mass at 11 a.m. followed by a luncheon at the Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingston. For more information, email Irene Coletta at ulisseandirene@gmail.com. do you know? You're holding 1 newspaper, but we fi ll 5 every week! 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