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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-07-2018

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2 ELECTION 2018 NOVEMBER 7-13, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION PAWTUCKET – City voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a $220 million investment in local schools, continuing the significant progress made over the past five years. "For many years we have over- looked the impact that facilities can play in improving outcomes for teachers and students," said Supt. Patti DiCenso of the bond's passage. "I am grateful to the taxpayers for recognizing that our students deserve not only to be 'safe, warm, and dry,' but to have adequate air quality, acoustics, lighting and 21st century designs to prepare them for mean- ingful post secondary careers. Our children are our future." By approving Question 4 on the ballot, local voters qualify city schools to take part in the state's planned borrowing to improve educational facilities, which was approved statewide Tuesday with passage of Question 1. Both the state and local votes passed by a wide margin, with about 85 percent of total voters saying yes to both spend- ing measures with 87 percent of pre- cincts reporting. A minimum of $165 million of the $220 million approved Tuesday, or 75 percent, is set to be paid for by the state under the plan, with an absolute maximum of $55 million paid by the city. Officials promoted the bond question as a way to continue the progress achieved with renova- tions to Potter-Burns Elementary, Nathanael Greene Elementary, and the Pawtucket Annex, among other upgrades. School Committee Chairman Jay Charbonneau, a re-election winner in Tuesday's election, said school offi- cials and staff will now work together with community members on a joint facilities committee. "We will look to build on our partnership with the City Council and mayor's office to continue to provide the very best learning envi- ronment for all our children. We are at an unprecedented moment in Pawtucket's long and storied history, and it will require the entire team to accomplish our shared goal of mak- ing Pawtucket public schools the best place to educate children in the state of Rhode Island. I look forward to the work ahead. Pawtucket's schools have been the focus of a $76.9 million health and safety investment under an ongo- ing joint initiative of city and school officials. These improvements, which include upgrades to security and facilities, were made possible by the support of Pawtucket residents through the approval of several major bond referendum questions. The complete renovations of Nathanael Greene and Potter-Burns Elementary totaled $30 million. The bond payout by the state for the schools was 83.6 percent, a number also expected under Question 4 on the ballot. The 75 percent figure is derived from the lowest that would be reimbursed across the state. Upgrades are planned across the district, including complete reno- vations of Tolman and Shea High Schools and Baldwin Elementary School. Voters Tuesday also voted in a landslide to fund millions of dollars more in street repairs. Voters say yes to upgrading city schools By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE JASON SIMMONS takes his 3-year- old daughter CHRISTINA to the polls at the Hope Artiste Village on Tuesday. Jason says he wants to show her the importance of voting. Michael's Meats Family Owned and Operated Since 1972 This Week's Specials Good From Thursday, November 8 TH -Wednesday, November 14 TH , 2018 Find out what's on sale at www.Michaels-Meats.com CUMBERLAND 2130 Mendon Road, 401-305-5555 FResh PRODUce FROM OUR Deli $ 3 .99 ea. 99 ¢ lb. FRESH, DRY PINT BLUEBERRIES LOCAL MACINTOSH APPLES $ 7 .99 lb. FRESHLY SLICED, BOAR'S HEAD DELUXE BOILED HAM SATURDAY SPECIAL TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY SPECIAL TUES. & WED., NOVEMBER 13 TH & 14 TH , 2018 only. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 TH , 2018 only. CERTFIED ANGUS, EXTRA LEAN BEEF ROUND STEW MEAT FRESHLY GROUND, EXTRA LEAN ALL WHITE MEAT GROUND TURKEY $ 3 .88 lb. $ 3 .88 lb. ALL NATURAL, FRESH, GRADE A, WHOLE OR SPLIT ONLY CHICKEN BREASTS $ 1 .49 lb. USDA CHOCE EYE ROUND ROAST $ 3 .99 lb. EXTRA LEAN, TRIMMED PORK TENDERLOINS $ 3 .88 lb. $ 8 .99 lb. USDA CHOICE, TRIMMED BEEF SIRLOIN TIPS $ 9 .77 lb. MICHAEL'S BEEF TERIYAKI STICKS GOLD MEDAL SPLIT TOP, 20-OZ. WHITE OR WHEAT BREAD $ 4 .99 lb. FRESHLY MADE, ROASTED ITALIAN SAUSAGE, PEPPERS & ONIONS $ 3 .99 lb. FRESHLY SLICED, BOAR'S HEAD AMERICAN CHEESE 99 ¢ ea. 1-LB. PKG., PEELED BABY CARROTS 99 ¢ lb. FRESH ZUCCHINI OR SUMMER SQUASH $ 2 .99 lb. FRESH ASPARGUS NOw takiNg thaNksgiviNg ORDeRs FOR FASTER SERVICE, PHONE IN ORDERS $ 7 .99 lb. 77 ¢ lb. FRESH HADDOCK FILLETS FRESH GRADE A, BONE-IN CHICKEN THIGHS $ 1 .99 ea. HOURS: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; (Wed. closing at 6 p.m.); Saturday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. • FRESH GRADE A TURKEYS (AVG. WT. 10-30 LBS.) • FROZEN NORBEST TURKEYS (AVG. WT. 10-30 LBS.) • GRADE A TURKEY BREASTS (AVG. WT. 6-16 LBS.) • TRIPLE M BUDABALL HAMS (WHOLE 12-21 LBS. OR HALVES 7-10 LBS.) • TRIPLE M BONELESS BUDABALL HAMS (WHOLE 7 LBS. OR HALVES 3 LBS.) • BOAR'S HEAD SWEET SLICE HAMS (WHOLE 5 LBS. OR HALVES 2.5-3 LBS.) • SEMI-BONELESS OR BONELESS RIB ROASTS • TENDERLOIN ROASTS • MICHAEL'S FRESHLY MADE ITALIAN OR BREAKFAST SAUSAGE MEAT FOR STUFFING • FRESH GROUND BEEF, PORK AND VEAL FOR STUFFING – ANY COMBINATION • STUFFED SHRIMP OR COCKTAIL SHRIMP • FRESH BAKED FRUIT PIES • OUR OWN STORE-BAKED MEAT PIES

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