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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 08-07-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | AUGUST 7-13, 2019 PAWTUCKET / OBITUARIES 15 Director Chris LaRoux, Warwick made the decision to go fine-free on children and teen materials last summer after seeing how the sys- tem worked in Cranston. Though Warwick saw a slight drop in fine revenue, they also saw a correspond- ing rise in circulation as users who'd previously been blocked due to unpaid fines were once again able to take out materials. "We looked at our stats, and it was pretty shocking," he said. "There were, I believe, around 7,000 teens and children's cards that were blocked in Warwick. That's rather shocking because our goal, of course, was to instill a love of reading and get kids into reading at a younger age." The revenue decline continued as the automatic renewal system went into effect, but, due to the library's budget arrangement with the city of Warwick, the situation didn't cre- ate an immediate budget burden, LaRoux explained. The Warwick Public Library turns fines directly over to the city, so a drop in fine revenue doesn't necessarily mean a drop in funding unless the city decides to implement a correspond- ing budget cut. For now, LaRoux said, the city hasn't expressed any concern about the revenue decline, though he's not sure how city offi- cials would feel if the library decided to change its fine policies for adult materials as well as children's. Other communities, such as Lincoln, use a similar system for submitting fine revenue to the towns. Lincoln Public Library Director Becky Boragine said the library has seen a decline in fine revenue since last December, but since the amount does not determine their town fund- ing, it hasn't impacted their budget so far. In Woonsocket, however, the Harris Public Library has tradition- ally 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 dif- ficult 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 leaving 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 auto- matic 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 instituted auto- matic renewal last month. Though it's too early to tell the effects, library directors of neighboring Massachusetts towns offered differ- ent 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 potential revenue loss would not affect the materials bud- get, which is mandated by state law. Instead, the change could affect part- time positions, which draw some funding from fine revenue. Christine Mary Paris Christine Mary (Masterson) Paris, 72, of North Attleboro, Mass., passed away peacefully on July 30, at her home with her family at her side. She was the beloved wife of Ronald L. Paris Sr., to whom she was married on June 24, 1967. Born on Aug. 20, 1946, in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Charles "Chuck" P. Masterson Sr. and the late Elaine (Preston) Masterson. A resident of North Attleboro since 1955, she graduated from North Attleboro High School, Class of 1964. Christine was the co-owner of her family's business, Masterson Upholstery and Furniture in Pawtucket, and also worked as a bookkeeper and receptionist before retiring in 1985. An avid reader, more than any- thing, Christine enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially at her home in Sarasota, Fla. In addition to her husband, Ronald, she leaves her loving and much-loved children: Ronald L. Paris Jr. and his wife, Donna (Lemieux) Paris, of Seekonk, Mass.; and Scott M. Paris and his wife, Noel (Brady) Paris, of Providence, R.I. She was the proud and adoring grandmother of Meredith Paris of Seekonk, Mass. Christine was the dear sister of Steven Masterson of North Attleboro; Mary Caponigro of North Attleboro; George Masterson of North Attleboro; John Masterson of North Carolina; and the late Wayne John Masterson and the late Charles P. Masterson Jr. Relatives and friends celebrated Christine's life at a Memorial Visitation on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, followed by a Memorial and Celebration of Life Service at Dyer- Lake Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Christine to Beacon Hospice, 182 North Main Street, Fall River, MA 02720. For additional information or to send the family a written expression of sympathy, please visit the online guest book at www.dyer-lakefuneral- . Arrangements were under the direction of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, 161 Commonwealth Avenue, Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro, Mass., 508-695-0200. PARIS LIBRARIES From Page 6 The EMPOWERMENT FACTORY OF PAWTUCKET received a $6,000 grant from Bristol County Savings Bank through its Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation. All total, $346,160 was awarded to 43 nonprofits in all the communities in which the bank serves. From left are Dennis Kelly, chairman of the Board of Directors for BCSB and BCSCF chairman; Dan Sullivan, Pawtucket Advisory Board member for BCSCF; Jack Partridge, Pawtucket Advisory Board member for BCSCF; Gail Ahlers, executive director of The Empowerment Factory; Patrick Murray, president and CEO of BCSB and president of BCSCF; and Dennis Leahy, executive vice president, treasurer and CFO of BCSB and treasurer of BCSCF. Big Time Wrestling coming to McCoy Stadium Aug. 23 PAWTUCKET – Big Time Wrestling will return to McCoy Stadium, 1 Columbus Ave., on Friday, Aug. 23 with a BTW tag team championship match. There will be a meet and greet with the wresters at 6 p.m. Bell time is 8 p.m. Wrestlers include Bret "The Hitman" Hart vs. the Lucha Brothers; Jack Swagger vs. Rhino; Dan Severn vs. Flex Armstrong; "Big Poppa Pump" Scot Steiner vs. Bull James; The Boogeyman; Demolition and more. For tickets visit www.btwtickets. com . In your time of need, The Valley Breeze will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. The paper also places the obituary on our web site,, as soon as it is provided to us by your family's funeral director. Notification to friends and neighbors is also made weekdays on WOON-AM radio announcements. Should you desire our services, kindly inform your funeral director. The full charge is $90, or $125 for lengthy obituaries, in the edition of your choice. You may place the obituary in any of our other editions for $50 each. Thank you. OBITUARIES

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