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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 07-10-2019

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2 PAWTUCKET JULY 10-16, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION PAWTUCKET – Interim Superintendent of Schools Cheryl McWilliams will remain in the role through the summer and into the new year, say school officials, who do not see any urgency in running a search for a new permanent head of schools. And though it might appear that McWilliams can only solidify her standing as the frontrunner to remain in the position by gaining valuable experience, School Committee Chairman Jay Charbonneau told The Breeze that there's more downside to taking such a role than many people might think. "She could easily have said, I'm going to step back and not be the interim and apply later," he said. "There are pros and cons for any- one who steps into an interim posi- tion." It was a credit to McWilliams that she stepped up for the role, said Charbonneau. She's shown she can handle the tough situations, he said, and time will allow her to prove herself as she continues on with the work of running the district. "She's a professional, is dedicated, was born and raised here," he said. "She's certainly Pawtucket tough." The city needed stability and people in place who would advance the progress of the district after the "somewhat surprising" announce- ment of former Supt. Patti DiCenso's departure, said Charbonneau, and McWilliams, former assistant super- intendent, was the "natural choice" for top school administrator. "Cheryl is the person who fit the bill for us," he said, adding that she's highly respected in the district. Charbonneau is not closing the door on someone else potentially rising to the top in a planned search for someone to permanently replace DiCenso, who finished with the dis- trict on June 28. "I think there's probably a vast majority of people interested in the position," he said, saying the Pawtucket superintendent position has become a more desirable job thanks to the work of DiCenso and others. Charbonneau said it appears school officials will get through the opening of schools with McWilliams in place, and will put a search committee in place sometime after that. Having a search now, poten- tially putting someone else in place, would have a detrimental impact, particularly with "a full plate of summer projects that Cheryl's up to speed on," said Charbonneau. DiCenso left the district with some terrific leaders in place, said Charbonneau, including Lisa Benedetti-Ramzi, former Goff Middle School principal recently appointed by the School Committee as interim assistant superintendent. No immediate superintendent search planned By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com CHARBONNEAU Little Sisters to host PawSox Family Fun Day PAWTUCKET – The Little Sisters of the Poor will host their 14th annual PawSox Family Fun Day at McCoy Stadium, 1 Columbus Ave. in Pawtucket, on Sunday, August 4, at 11 a.m. This annual event supports the Little Sisters' mission of serving the elderly poor at Jeanne Jugan Residence and will include a pre- game summertime barbecue and general admission tickets to the game. Tickets are $29 per adult and $15 for children under 12 and must be purchased in advance at www.little- sistersofthepoorpawtucket.org or by calling 401-723-4314. Pawtucket Library presents DIY Cosmic Bath Bombs PAWTUCKET- The Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St, will host a DIY Cosmic Bath Bomb night, for teens entering grades 6-12, on Wednesday, July 17, at 6 p.m. Teens are invited to create and take home their own bath bomb. The program is free and there is no registration required. For more information, contact Shannon Bloom at 401-725-3714, ext. 221. IN BRIEF Farm Fresh RI announces Healthy Foods, Healthy Family program PAWTUCKET – Farm Fresh RI announces its Healthy Foods, Healthy Families program offering interactive food and nutrition work- shops at summer farmers markets in July and August for families with children receiving federal food. Provided in English and Spanish, the curriculum empowers parents and children with the tools to shop for affordable, seasonal foods and prepare them in healthy, kid-friend- ly ways. For each week of participa- tion, families receive free samples, games, recipes, financial incentives, and other bonuses – including Farm Fresh RI's dollar-for-dollar match in Bonus Bucks available to all SNAP users at most farmers markets across Rhode Island. Families that receive WIC or SNAP and have at least one child 12 or younger can enroll for free. Visit any of the following farmers markets for more information and to sign up including the Central Falls Market, 559 Dexter St., Central Falls, Wednesdays, 3-6:30 p.m.; Slater Park Market, 375 Newport Ave., Pawtucket, Wednesdays, 3-6 p.m.; Woonsocket Market, Thundermist Health Center, 250 Clinton St., Woonsocket, Tuesdays, 3-6 p.m. While these farmers markets remain open weekly through the end of October, the Healthy Foods, Healthy Families program will run through Aug. 29. For more information, visit www. farmfreshri.org . Michael's Meats Family Owned and Operated Since 1972 This Week's Specials Good From Thursday, July 11 TH -Wednesday, July 17 TH , 2019 Find out what's on sale at www.Michaels-Meats.com CUMBERLAND 2130 Mendon Road, 401-305-5555 FResh PRODUce FROM OUR Deli HOURS: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; (Wed. closing at 6 p.m.); Saturday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. LARGE, SEEDLESS CUKES SATURDAY SPECIAL SATURDAY, JULY 13 TH , 2019 only. TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY SPECIAL TUES. & WED., JULY 16 TH & JULY 17 TH , 2019 only. CHAIRMAN'S RESERVE, ALL NATURAL PORK TENDERLOIN CERTIFIED ANGUS, EXTRA LEAN TOP ROUND SANDWICH STEAK $ 3 .99 lb. $ 2 .69 lb. FRESH, GRADE A, CHICKEN CUTLETS MICHAEL'S ITALIAN SAUSAGE OR PATTIES $ 8 .88 lb. FRESH SALMON FILLETS BOAR'S HEAD AMERICAN CHEESE $ 5 .99 lb. GOLDEN LEGACY FRESHLY SLICED OVEN ROASTED TURKEY BREAST $ 2 .99 lb. $ 3 .99 lb. $ 8 .99 lb. MICHAEL'S MARINATED BEEF SIRLOIN TIP KABOBS WITH VEGGIES 1-LB. BAG, BABY PEELED CARROTS LARGE TOMATOES LARGE BING CHERRIES LOCAL ZUCCHINI OR SUMMER SQUASH 99 ¢ lb. $ 2 .98 lb. 99 ¢ ea. $ 2 .99 lb. FRESHLY SLICED BOAR'S HEAD, EVER ROAST CHICKEN BREAST $ 7 .99 lb. KAYEM SKINLESS FRANKS $ 3 .77 lb. MICHAEL'S ALL WHITE MEAT TUNA FISH SALAD $ 5 .99 lb. $ 3 .99 lb. FRESHLY GROUND, ALL WHITE MEAT EXTRA LEAN GROUND TURKEY $ 10 .99 lb. CERTIFIED ANGUS, SEMI- BONELESS DELMONICO RIB STEAK OR ROAST 99 ¢ ea. $ 1 .49 lb. 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