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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 06-12-2019

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©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JUNE 12-18, 2019 ALIVIA DIAZ, 18, of Pawtucket, has a last minute cap adjustment for HERNES FERRER, 18, of Cranston, before the start of the Saint Raphael Academy gradu- ation ceremony, held at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence on Sunday. BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY PAWTUCKET – As former co- owner of The Guild brewery on Main Street, Michael Leshinsky is intimately familiar with Pawtucket and what it has to offer. Leshinsky, Rich seek to redevelop 217 Main St. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See DEVELOPER, Page 25 PAWTUCKET – Last week's announced decision to close the Woodlawn Catholic Regional School is all but a done deal, school offi- cials told parents during a meeting last Saturday evening, June 8. But parents say they're not giving up hope of somehow keeping the school open, running side-by-side efforts in the final days of school to raise funds and boost enrollment. According to one staff member, there were only 68 students regis- tered for the next school year. Even if by some miracle the number jumped up to this past year's num- ber of 116, it wouldn't be enough. "It's not sustainable," said the employee, who asked not to be named. "It's very sad." Those numbers are a far cry from the 220 or more students enrolled in the school for students in pre-kinder- garten through 8th-grade a decade ago. The school, located on Hope Street, has drawn students from Pawtucket, Central Falls, Providence, Johnston and elsewhere for the past 48 years. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence made the announce- ment last week that the independent Catholic school would close at the end of the school year, but it wasn't the Diocese that closed the school. The last day of school is set for this Friday, June 14. The school was set to hold its final – and undoubtedly tear-filled – graduation ceremony on Tuesday Woodlawn Catholic parents keeping hope alive in face of closing By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See WOODLAWN, Page 19 PAWTUCKET – One of the most accomplished classes in St. Raphael Academy's history will change the world if it lives by its senior year campaign of "Living the Golden Rule," said Principal Daniel Richard at Sunday's graduation ceremonies at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and 'Amazing' St. Ray's Class of 2019 urged to be agents of good By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See ST. RAY'S, Page 7 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. TIMBER TREE SERVICE, INC. 24 Hour Emergency Tree Removal FREE ESTIMATES 40 years Experience (401)726-TREE (8733) www.timbertreeserviceri.com 65 Ton & 45 Ton Cranes Available Licensed Arborists Fully Insured License #655 Bobcat Services Firewood Trimming www.Tabeleys.com 401-431-2816 info@tabeleyconstruction.com TABELEY'S ROOFING Factory Certified Installer 20 years of perfection Lic# RI 18045 MA REG. #172793 - Member RI From roofs to windows Tabeley's has your needs covered We offer a variety of quality vinyl siding systems

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