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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 12-05-2018

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | DECEMBER 5-11, 2018 LETTERS / PAWTUCKET 19 What should have been Now that the dust has somewhat settled on the loss of the PawSox to Worcester, I feel compelled to address a few issues concerning that move. "Jobs and Economy," is a popu- lar phrase heard in Rhode Island, especially during election season. Yet hundreds of Rhode Island labor jobs in constructing a new stadium have gone to Worcester. Two and a half million dollars yearly of state tax rev- enue gone to Worcester. A new sta- dium was to be a year-round venue, not just for baseball, but winter activ- ities, concerts as well as numerous entertainment events. The area sur- rounding the new stadium was to be home to shops, restaurants and busi- nesses. All that would have served to revitalize the city of Pawtucket and the Blackstone Valley. I recently received a call from a student at Roger Williams University, who asked if I could meet with her to talk about the loss of the PawSox, which is the subject of her senior dis- sertation. I gathered all the informa- tion I had concerning the proposed new stadium, the Senate Bill, the costs associated with the project and every handout I had accumulated. I included a pamphlet that listed all the state-wide charities the PawSox have given to and helped over their years in Pawtucket that would be no more. We talked for about 45 minutes discussing the positives of the plan as well as the lack of support for the sta- dium in the final nights of the 2018 House Session. She thanked me for my input and I wished her luck with her thesis. As we were leaving she said she had one last question, "Will you be going to Worcester to see a game in the new stadium." That question had crossed my mind before that day. I had my answer, "No," I answered, "not anytime soon, just not ready to see what should have been." REPRESENTATIVE MARY DUFFY MESSIER Pawtucket LETTER TO THE EDITOR Parks and Rec wellness classes registration begins PAWTUCKET – Starting on Monday, Dec. 10, registrations for the Pawtucket Parks and Recreation Division's winter well- ness classes will be accepted online or at the Slater Park office, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. These classes will be held at the Jenks Junior High School and the Agnes Little School for an eight- week session, unless otherwise noted. Adult classes start the week of Jan. 7, and include Cardio Dance Blast, Dance Aerobics, Total Body Fit Conditioning, Hi-Low Impact Aerobics and Step Aerobics, along with Yoga and Line Dancing. Prices for these classes vary. Children's classes are held at Jenks Junior High School on Saturday mornings and include Gymnastics and a Children's Yoga class offering for ages 4-17 years old. There are various levels of Children's Gymnastics depending on age and experi- ence. Program details along with direct contact to the instructors can be done through Facebook under the "Pawtucket Parks & Rec Gymnastics" page. The Pawtucket Parks & Recreation / Pawtucket Public Library Winter program outlines the schedule and details to these programs. Booklets can be found at Pawtucket City Hall, the Pawtucket Public Library, Slater Memorial Park and various locations through- out the City. They may also be found on-line at the City of Pawtucket website, www.pawtuck- Click the Departments tab followed by the Parks & Recreation tab, followed by the Seasonal Booklet or Recreation and Wellness Class icon. Call the Slater Park Recreation Office at 728-0500 ext. 251 for additional details. Girouard honored at CCRI's Knight of Stars event WARWICK – The Community College of Rhode Island honored 15 alumni, including Daniel Girouard, of Pawtucket, during the college's Outstanding Alumni Awards celebra- tion and benefit, A Knight of Stars, on Oct. 26, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Ten alumni, including Girouard, received Squire Awards, which are presented to CCRI graduates who have shown outstanding professional growth and achievement in their field. Girouard received his associ- ate degree from CCRI, bachelor's degree in business administration from Bryant University, and Master of Business Administration from Providence College School of Business. An Army veteran, he is an assistant profes- sor, enrollment and scholarship officer, in the Providence College depart- ment of military science, U.S. Army, and has taught courses in military science and leadership develop- ment at Providence College, Bryant University, Brown University, Rhode Island College, UMASS Dartmouth, Johnson & Wales University and CCRI. GIROUARD IN BRIEF Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. Send by e-mail to:, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865. e Housing Authority of the City of Woonsocket, Rhode Is- land is accepting proposals from qualified firms or individuals for Legal Services for Landlord/ Tenant. Submission date is Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Woonsocket Housing Authority at 679 Social Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895. e RFP package will be available on line at www. in Bid Opportunities under the Pro - curement heading. Questions regarding this proposal may be directed to Susan Castrataro at 401-767-8062 or Scastrataro@ Robert Moreau An Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer TDD 1-800-745-6575 REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL LEGAL SERVICES

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