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The North Providence Breeze 08-07-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | AUGUST 7-13, 2019 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 11 Cervone: Providence is Elorza's issue The Providence School System has been declared a catastrophe and is being taken over by the state. I was taught that the person or persons in charge of the city, in which the schools and other institu- tions are located, should be held responsible and accountable for the success or failure of these institutions. Apparently in Providence that is not the case. Mayor Elorza appar- ently does not feel this way. He has gone on record in the past saying what a great job he is doing here in Providence. Apparently, he does not drive on the same roads as the rest of us nor does he stroll about the city being accosted by individuals who ask for money as if the rest of us were walk- ing ATM machines. I don't think his windows face Kennedy Plaza or he would notice that the entire area looks like the bottom of a birdcage. I guess it is true that some people see only what they want to see and he is proof of that. Providence schools have been diag- nosed dangerous to many students and yet this alleged mayor refuses to take the blame. It is truly a shame when a parent has to worry that their child is not only receiving an inferior education but could wind up in the hospital due to the thugs roaming the halls. JOHN CERVONE North Providence since the amount does not deter- mine their town funding, it hasn't impacted their budget so far. In Woonsocket, however, the Harris Public Library has traditionally incorporated fine revenue into its budget, relying on fines collected to purchase new materials and pay a part-time security guard. According to Library Director Leslie Page, fine revenue has seen a near-steady decline since 2014, though it's diffi- cult to determine exactly how much of that is due to the latest policy change. "It's not through our fault that we're depending so much on our fines and fees. It's the financial status of our cities and towns," she said. For library patrons, the new auto- matic renewal system is an easily overlooked convenience. Many of those interviewed said they hadn't noticed a change, but Joanne O'Connell, a resident of North Providence, said she was happy when it went into effect last year. O'Connell said she visits the North Providence Public Library at least once a week and also frequents oth- ers around the state, usually leav- ing with a stack of books or DVDs under her arm. "Every now and then, you miss something to bring back, so I think it's very generous of them," she said during a visit to the North Providence Library. In an age when the majority of interactions take place online, O'Connell added she thinks it's important for libraries to continue to stay relevant in their users' daily lives. She often uses the state's online library network to check the status of her materials and thinks the automatic renewal feature makes things easier for patrons like her. "I think the libraries have to make sure they stay relevant in the towns now," she said. "This is just one more thing they can do to be more user-friendly." Rhode Island isn't the only state moving toward an automatic renewal system. CW MARS, the library network that covers much of central Massachusetts, also insti- tuted automatic renewal last month. Though it's too early to tell the effects, library directors of neigh- boring Massachusetts towns offered different expectations depending on their previous fine policies. In Blackstone, Library Director Lisa Cheever said the town has already done away with library fines, while in Bellingham, Library Director Bernadette Rivard said any poten- tial revenue loss would not affect the materials budget, which is mandated by state law. Instead, the change could affect part-time posi- tions, which draw some funding from fine revenue. LIBRARIES From Page 3 St. Basil holds festival this weekend LINCOLN – St. Basil Church, 15 Skyview Drive, will hold a Middle Eastern Festival on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 3 to 10 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 11, from 1 to 8 p.m. The event will feature food, music and activities. For more information, call 401- 722-1345. do you know? You can place a Classified Ad anytime at valleybreeze.com Click on 'Classifieds' Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. Send by e-mail to: news@valleybreeze.com, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865.

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