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The North Providence Breeze 12-05-2018

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4 NORTH PROVIDENCE DECEMBER 5-11, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION according to Champlin Foundation Executive Director Nina Stack, and the revamped building will be used as "the new boating and fishing edu- cational center" for the town. Lombardi said Henry Marciano deserves immense thanks for spear- heading the creation of a marine trades program in North Providence, and that growing program, one of just three in the state, was a big contributor in securing the grant. Local students are getting jobs in the marine trades field and the program has also helped attendance in the district, he said. The award of $182,500 brings the total the town has received in grant funding for Camp Meehan/ Notte Park, mainly from Champlin and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, to nearly $1.5 million since 2012, including the $500,000 purchase price that year. The town will go out to bid to hire an architect to plan the best layout for the new building, said Lombardi. That layout could include a slight outward expansion as well as a sec- ond floor on the structure, he said, as the existing structure will likely be torn down to the foundation. The building will hold a few of the boats built by students in the program. Those boats get use on the Wenscott Reservoir as part of the marine trades program at the middle school and high school level, he said. The building will also feature some space for arts and crafts program- ming, reviving the former use a bit. As Lombardi and other town offi- cials continue to make their case for more money, the mayor said he keeps going back to the fact that North Providence has the least amount of open space per capita of any community in Rhode Island. That narrative really seems to reso- nate with those who decide on giv- ing out the grants, he said, and a tour of the property seals the deal. "This is a breathless, a beautiful place," he said. The Breeze reported last week on the completion of a new $420,000 amphitheater, paid for through Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management grants. The Camp Meehan/Notte Park property now hosts numer- ous activities throughout the year, with musical events set to start at the amphitheater next year. Next to the amphitheater is a grant-funded gazebo, and next to the gazebo is the Meehan Overlook, an over- hauled recreation building now used as a facility for town events and rentals. That building was renovated through a combination of grant funds and money from the police department's $60 million settlement with Google in 2012. BOATING CENTER From Page One in Mass. met and exceeded expecta- tions in ELA, and 48 percent did so in math. "Massachusetts has been a global leader and we stand to learn a lot from them," Picard continued. "Massachusetts has a statewide cur- riculum framework that has provided its students and teachers with rigorous teaching and learning opportunities. It is unfortunate that R.I. has not yet adopted a statewide curriculum frame- work. We need to raise the bar." North Providence earned an aver- age ELA scaled score of 490, the same as the state average. Twenty- nine percent of North Providence students both met and exceeded expectations, less than the statewide percentage of 33.7. Only 26.7 percent of students met expectations, and 2.3 exceeded expectations. A total of 54.4 percent of students only partially met expectations, and 16.6 percent did not meet expectations at all in ELA. On the math section of the test, North Providence earned an average score of 484, three percentage-points less than the statewide math average. Statewide, 27.3 percent of students met and exceeded expectations in math, compared to 20 percent in North Providence. Nineteen percent of students met expectations, 58.2 per- cent only partially met expectations, and 21.8 percent did not meet expec- tations for their grade level. Excluding the Rhode Island School for the Deaf, Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts, DCYF and the Urban Collaborative, North Providence ranked in the bottom 10 for its number of students who par- tially meet expectations in math. Only 0.66 percent of students "exceeded" expectations in North Providence, the 10th worst in the state. "This is not a time for excuses or finger-pointing," Picard said. "Our children deserve an education that will prepare them for college and career." While Picard noted that North Providence began writing a curricu- lum several years ago and that the district has increased professional development opportunities for its edu- cators, she said attention should be turned to providing children with "rig- orous learning in the classroom that our teachers have the resources neces- sary to differentiate for all learners." She said she strongly believes that the students and staff in the district are up to the challenge. Assistant Superintendent Louise Seitsinger echoed Picard, noting that this year's results are a baseline. From here, the district and its schools will, "review and analyze the data, drill down trends, strengths and needs." "I feel very confident we're mov- ing in the right direction," Seitsinger said, adding that she'll be taking a close look at the district's curriculum to make sure it's "rigorous and coher- ent." While she doesn't believe in "teaching to the test," step one for improving results and overall perfor- mance is "excellence in our curricu- lum, and incorporating foundational improvements and more support for teachers in the classroom." This year's administration of the RICAS was the first for the state, which most recently used the PARCC Assessment tool to evaluate students from 2014 to 2017. Students in grades 3-8 take the RICAS, while the PSAT and SAT are used at the high school level to meet federal testing require- ments. Students taking the RICAS are tested in ELA and math, earning a score out of a possible 560 on each area. Scores ranging from 440 to 470 do not meet expectations, and scores of 470 to 500 "partially" meet expec- tations. To meet expectations and be consid- ered proficient for the student's grade level, students must score between 500 and 530, while scores from 530 to 560 are considered "exceeding expec- tations." In Rhode Island's inaugural imple- mentation of the RICAS, 40 percent of 3rd-graders met or exceeded expectations, 38 percent for grade 4, 37 percent for grade 5, 34 percent for grade 6, 24 percent for grade 7, and 28 percent for grade 8. In mathematics, 35 percent of 3rd graders met or exceeded expecta- tions, 27 percent for grade 4, 27 percent for grade 5, 25 percent for grade 6, 27 percent for grade 7 and 23 percent for grade 8. RICAS From Page One Make a gingerbread house at the library NORTH PROVIDENCE – The Mayor Salvatore Mancini Union Free Public Library and Cultural Center, 1810 Mineral Spring Ave., will hold an Ugly Sweater and Gingerbread House-making event on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Graham crackers and icing will be provided. Space is limited and registration for this free program is required. Prizes for the ugliest sweater (out- fit) and the most creative ginger- bread house will be awarded. Families welcome. To register, call 401-353-5600. for supporting our North Providence Breeze advertisers. They make this free newspaper possible! thank you Jain's Laundry LOWEST PRICE IN TOWN NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART EQUIPMENT LOCATED ON THE NORTH PROVIDENCE/JOHNSTON LINE 1 MILE FROM NORTH PROVIDENCE HIGH SCHOOL Plaza 44 • 39 Putnam Pike, Johnston 231-7019 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 7 a.m.-8 p.m. WASH • DRY • FOLD Drop Off Service only 69¢ per lb. Includes Softner, Bleach, Soap & Hangers Same Day Service NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY Notice is hereby given that the undersigned will sell, to satisfy lien of the owner, by public internet sale via www.StorageTreasures.com for competitive bidding to begin on November 28, 2018 at 11:00 AM and conclude December 12, 2018 at 4:00 PM via the Compass Self Storage located at 711 Branch ave. Providence, Rhode Island 02904. The personal goods stored therein by the following may include, but are not limited to general household, furniture, boxes, clothes, and appliances. 1122 Johanna Mendoza, 1217 Brian Bucacci, 1185 Ivette Rodriguez, 2270 Alicia Ibarra, 2278 Carmen Diaz, 7210 CP. For Global Development, 7342 Do- mingo Monroe, 7384 Bernardino Ortiz, 9252 Raul Diaz, 9313 Amy Quinn, 9329 Patricia Robertson, 9330 Olivia Pryor, 9336 Darren Camacho, 9368 Kristyana Doggett, 9379 Eva Vega Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the time of sale. All goods are sold as is and must be removed at the time of purchase. Compass Self Storage reserves the right to refuse any bid. Sale is sub- ject to adjournment. TOWN OF NORTH PROVIDENCE State of Rhode Island Charles A. Lombardi, Mayor DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND ZONING 1951 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 02904 (401) 233-1419 AGENDA Notice is hereby given that the North Providence Zoning Board of Review will be in session at the North Providence Town Hall, Council Chambers, 2000 Smith Street, North Providence, RI on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. when all persons interested will be heard for or against the granting of the following Applications under Article V of the Zoning Ordinance: 1. Pledge of Allegiance, Roll Call, Approval of minutes 2. Use Variance: Personal Training Gym and Barber Shop in a Manufacturing General (MG) District LOCATION: 1164 Douglas Ave, Plat 6 Lot 353 SIZE: 14,088 sq.ft. building ZONING: Manufacturing General (MG) OWNER: K&K Investments, LLC, 16 John St. North Providence, RI 02904 APPLICANT: same PROPOSAL: Six garage bays plus 2,080 sq.ft. Personal Training Gym and Barber Shop VARIANCES: Use Variance 503(b)(1) 3. Dimensional Variance: Undersized Lot in a Residential General (RG) District LOCATION: 0 North Elmore Ave. Plat 20 Lot 121 SIZE: 3,861 sq.ft. ZONING: Residential General (RG) OWNER: Louis Giuliano 55 Campbell Ave. North Providence, RI 02904 APPLICANT: same PROPOSAL: Single Family Dwelling VARIANCES: Minimum lot size, front and rear setbacks By Order of the Zoning Board of Review c/o Michael A. Carnevale, Zoning Official APPLICATIONS ARE ON FILE FOR REVIEW IN THE PLANNING & ZONING DEPARTMENT, LOCATED AT 1951 MINERAL SPRING AVE, N. PROVIDENCE. INDIVIDUALS REQUESTING INTERPRETER SERVICE FOR THE HEARING-IMPAIRED MUST NOTIFY THE TOWN CLERK AT (401) 232-0900 SEVENTY-TWO (72) HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE HEARING.

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