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The North Providence Breeze 12-05-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON Band Director STEPHEN MORRISON conducts the North Providence High School Band at the town's Christmas tree lighting festivities at Governor Notte Park on Sunday night. See more photos on Pages 12-13. Holiday music fills Notte Park NORTH PROVIDENCE – Money for the transformation of Camp Meehan keeps pouring in, with another $182,500 headed North Providence's way to com- plete a top-to-bottom renovation of the former arts and crafts build- ing on the property off Douglas Avenue. The building will see a complete overhaul, said Mayor Charles Lombardi, with money used to convert it into a place where the town's boating program can fit comfortably. "This is just another enhance- ment to our Camp Meehan Overlook at Notte Park," said Lombardi. The mayor said he, grant writer Lisa Andoscia and others met with representatives from the Champlin Foundation at Camp Meehan/ Notte Park, explaining further what they're trying to accomplish. "They have been very generous in the past, they support my vision for the preservation of open space, and I am grateful to the Champlin Foundation," he said. "The renova- tion of this building to support our marine trades program just comple- ments this jewel of a property." The money from Champlin will go to the "renovation of the former arts and crafts building," Town wins boating center grant for Camp Meehan By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See BOATING CENTER, Page 4 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Commissioner of Education Ken Wagner said the Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System, or "RICAS," – the state's newly adopted standardized test format – would give officials an "apples to apples compari- son of how we perform compared to Massachusetts, the gold standard for education in America and beyond." Unfortunately, the first round of result's for R.I.'s version of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment Exam don't add up to the state's neighbors over the border. Students in Mass. scored 17 percentage points above R.I. students in English and 21 percent better in math. North Providence School Committee Vice Chair Gina Picard said the scores are "a call to action, not only for North Providence, but for our state." Statewide, only 27 percent of students met and exceeded expectations in math, while 34 percent of students were considered proficient in ELA. By comparison, 51 percent students Town's schools on par with disappointing statewide RICAS scores By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See RICAS, Page 4 'This is just another enhance- ment to our Camp Meehan Overlook at Notte Park.' MAYOR CHARLES LOMBARDI North Providence Only 27 percent of students statewide met or exceeded expectations in math Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE DECEMBER 5-11, 2018 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 www.GeorgeMPrescottLaw.com No fee for initial consultation. Lombardi Medical Associates LLC Wellesley Medical Building 1515 Smith Street, Suite M, North Providence, RI 02911 401-228-8775 Anthony J. Lombardi, Jr., MD Internal Medicine Happy Holidays Don't miss our Christmas Coloring Book inside! Breeze DECEMBER 5-11, 2018 CHRISTMAS © ADOBE STOCK Happy Holidays from The Lincoln Mall Happy Holidays from The Lincoln Mall LINCOLN MALL 622 GEORGE WASHINGTON HIGHWAY LINCOLN, RI 02865 discoverlincolnmall.com ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. from your friends at

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