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The North Providence Breeze 06-12-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 12-18, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE 5 Marieville community says goodbye to its school NORTH PROVIDENCE – As the final bell of the school year rings this week, the North Providence School District teeters on the brink of a major transitional period head- lined by the closing of Marieville Elementary School. The school, which will be per- manently decommissioned after 89 years of service, held a "final goodbye" party last Saturday, June 8, including a memory wall, art displays, photo booth and more. A poster hung on the wall inviting attendees to add their signatures, which read: "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." It was a bittersweet day for former teachers, staff and alumni of the school, who were given the oppor- tunity to walk the halls for the last time, reconnect with one another and revel in the memories they made. The most common way to describe the school's environment was "like family." Principal Amanda Donovan was moved to tears at the event, which she said was "overwhelming and amazing to be a part of … it was a special way to say goodbye." People stayed well after 6 p.m. when it was scheduled to end, walking the building and searching through stacks of old photos and other items. "People are so vested in the his- tory. You can tell this is an icon in the town," said Donovan. "There's just something about it. From day one when I walked into the building I felt welcome there. I've only been here for a year but I just fell in love with the place." As old as the building is, Donovan said, it's the people who made it one of a kind. "The one word I can use to describe it is that it's like a family." "I got very emotional for a few people," said Mayor Charles Lombardi of the event last Saturday. Lombardi and his children attended the school, and he credits it with helping him get to where he is today. "It was nice seeing some of the students and teachers I hadn't seen in years and talking about the mem- ories," he said, notably his former teacher Pat Caccia, who later taught his son. Growing up in Marieville, Lombardi said his schooling before 2nd grade began in a now-nonex- istent wooden building behind the Marieville Fire Station. "Ninety percent of us went to Presentation By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer Longtime PTA chairwoman CHARLENE SMITH was honored for her decades of commitment to Marieville Elementary School on Monday during the school's final assembly before it closes permanently. Pictured, Smith sits with Marieville students and her niece TIFFANY as they watch a video of students and staff thanking Smith for all that she has done for the school community. See MARIEVILLE, Page 18 L The Mini Dental Implant Center Plainville Dental Care 13 Taunton Street, Plainville, MA 02762 508-699-4822 Dr. Peyman Beigi, a graduate of Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine, is a proud member of the Massachusetts Dental Society & American Dental Association. Hablamos Español & e portugues • A Fast, affordable and permanent way to replace missing teeth or stabilize dentures in just one office visit! • Placing mini dental implants is quick, with a minimal invasive procedure. • Half the cost (and size of Conventional implants). • Less discomfort and less healing time needed. Are You Tired of LOOSE DENTURES or MISSING TEETH? Let Dr. Peyman Beigi introduce you to MINI DENTAL IMPLANTS $ 88 New Patient OFFER Includes: Tooth Whitening (home kit), Dental Cleaning, Check-up, X-Rays, Treatment Planning. Expires 7/31/2019 Evening & Saturday Appointments Available. Credit Cards & Most Insurance Accepted SAME DAY DENTAL IMPLANTS EXTRACTIONS, MINI IMPLANTS, CROWNS & DENTURES A value of over $400.00. Paid at time of service. You must present this coupon at time of service to receive the special offer. May not be used more than once and may not be combined with other offers or discounted plans. Paid at the time of service. Requires payment at the first visit. No cash value.

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