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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-15-2019

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©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MAY 15-21, 2019 PAWTUCKET – Patti DiCenso, the superintendent credited with changing the educational game for Pawtucket students, says she wants to be remembered for working with oth- ers to make the city a better place for those young people. DiCenso, 63, who was first brought aboard back in 2011 as a perfor- mance officer to help transform city high schools where graduation rates had prompted state action, jump- ing to superintendent of schools two years later, has announced her retirement effective at the end of the school year June 30. Her announcement this week came as a surprise to many in city education, as she previously signed a new three-year deal that would have kept her in Pawtucket through 2021, but DiCenso told The Breeze the next phase of her life has come. "It's time to turn it over to someone else," she said. "I'm glad I'm leaving while I still love it." Among DiCenso's greatest achieve- ments, say those who work with her, are achieving widespread school building upgrades, revamping cur- riculum and bringing in new math and reading programs, and investing in more supports for students in class- By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor Students STARHARMONY GIRON, LILLY BLAIS, and MELVIN DAVIS, from left, are the enthusiastic singers in the presentation of "Chrysanthemum" at the Agnes E. Little School last Wednesday afternoon. All three are members of Erin Kulaga's 1st grade class. See more photos on page 18. BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON DiCenso filled with pride, sadness as she announces retirement District looking to promote from within DICENSO See DICENSO, Page 21 Council seeks guarantee on McCoy police details Administration emphasizes $113,000 did not come from taxpayers PAWTUCKET – The city agreed to cover the cost of $113,000 in police details around McCoy Stadium last summer because officials strongly believed the Pawtucket Red Sox team would stay here, say members of Mayor Donald Grebien's administra- tion. "We were shocked that they piv- oted to Worcester," Director of By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See POLICE, Page 13 PAWTUCKET – Two of the city's greatest needs in its downtown area, says nationally known tourism and downtown expert Roger Brooks, are for more activities people want to do and a cohesive signage system to help people get around. And by activities, says Brooks, he doesn't mean events. While cities across the country con- tinue to focus on major projects, such as big events, streetscape redesigns or slick branding campaigns, they're missing one of the greatest drivers of new downtown life: Simple activities. And when the activity comes, Brooks said, vacant commercial and residen- tial spaces fill up. A capacity crowd in the theater at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center on Main Street last Friday, May 10, heard Brooks share the latest best Expert delivers his verdict on what downtown needs By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See DOWNTOWN, Page 4 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, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. 100% FINANCING NEW CONSTRUCTION • REMODELING WE HANDLE ALL INSURANCE CLAIMS (401) 225-9422 • Siding • Decks • Dump Trailer Service • Unbeatable Prices • Fully Insured • No job too small • FREE Roof Inspections Free Estimates • RI Lic # 29424 "Everything For Your Home" Please Call for a Free Estimate Roofing by ROOFING SPECIAL GOING ON NOW!

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