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The North Providence Breeze 08-07-2019

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2 NORTH PROVIDENCE AUGUST 7-13, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION show sponsored by the Golden Crest Nursing Centre. • On Aug. 22, Reminisce will play from 6 to 8 p.m. in a show sponsored by the town. • On Aug. 29, Steve Smith & The Nakeds will play from 6 to 8 p.m. in a show sponsored by the town. Residents are asked to bring lawn chairs or blankets and join family and friends for a night of music and fun. Various food trucks will be available on site for the nights of performances. The new Meehan Overlook Amphitheater is located at 2 Governor Notte Parkway. Mayor Charles Lombardi says this limited schedule of summer concerts is a great way to kick off a new era of summertime entertainment at the amphitheater, which he sees as a premiere venue for the town on a revamped former camp property. He says he wants this to be a place where community comes together for com- mon enjoyment, and he's "happy and excited" to see what it can become. He said he "absolutely" sees the likelihood of expanding the concert series next summer and beyond, and expects further announcements for the early part of September. Creation of the new amphithe- ater space, completed last fall, was funded through a $420,000 grant from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. The purchase and transformation of the former Camp Meehan land next to Notte Park has been accomplished almost entirely through grant funding since 2012. CONCERTS From Page One of the student." Under the contract, there will be one more professional development day and added help at the elementary level. In addition, Goho said officials will be adding content leaders at the middle school level to address academic performance concerns and "bring a higher degree of academic and data-driven decision making" to the middle schools. Citing the fiscal impact of teacher raises, Steven Andreozzi voted against the collective bargaining agreement. With the district facing what he said is a projected $896,759 deficit, Andreozzi said he could not justify spending $849,714 this year on increased salary costs. "I'm not denying that the teachers need cost of living raises, but I think it's worth considering (to) put it off a year to right the ship a little bit," Andreozzi said. "I'm wondering if we can push the raises off until the second or third year of the contract. I just think it would be the prudent thing to do and the right thing to do for the taxpayers and district." Chairman Frank Pallotta said the district does not currently have a defi- cit and the budget is balanced going into fiscal year 2020. "The teachers work very hard and deserve a raise. They all do a great job," he said. "We're hoping if we manage the money very well, by the end of the year there won't be a deficit. We're all concerned for the taxpayers but at this point we are not running a defi- cit. I respect your opinion on it but think we need to move forward with the contract," Pallotta said. Pallotta has twice gone before the Town Council to request additional funding for the school department and said he would continue to peti- tion the town for money to fund education. "Every time you back up a raise it's just going to be more money going forward," Pallotta said. The collective contract ultimately passed, with Andreozzi voting against and members Gina Picard and Arthur Corsini absent. Goho thanked the negotiations sub- committee "for always keeping the needs of the students at the forefront, and the union for their understanding and cordial negotiations." Further details of the contract agreement will be forthcoming. Goho told The Breeze that the contract has been ratified, but that both sides are working to finalize and tweak lan- guage in specific areas, which could take a couple of weeks. TEACHERS From Page One Butler & Messier Insurance donated $2,560 to help support the mission of St. Mary's Home for Children. The donation will go toward enrolling children in rec- reational activities that they would have experienced if they lived in a traditional home setting. Pictured, in back from left, are DAVID WHITE, partner at BMI; DIANE DEBLOIS, vice president of opera- tions at BMI; and RODNEY BRUSINI, sales executive at BMI; bottom row, MARY CATHARINE "MC" H. MILLER, development officer at St. Mary's; BRUCE MESSIER, sales executive at BMI; CARLENE CASCIANO-MCCANN, execu- tive director at St. Mary's, and ROGER MESSIER, president of BMI. Valley Breeze offices to close for Victory Day HOLIDAY DEADLINES The Valley Breeze office in Lincoln will be closed on Monday, August 12, 2019 in observance of Victory Day. 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