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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 08-08-2019

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24 THE VALLEY AUGUST 8-14, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION In the elementary schools, Pothier and Harris are both due for drainage work on their outdoor areas, with the Pothier work scheduled to start this summer and the Harris work cur- rently being considered for the com- ing school year. Though the Pothier work is expected to continue into the school year, it is not expected to impact indoor areas or classroom space, according to Notarianni. The Pothier-Citizens campus is also due to receive improvements in the form of a new fitness center sched- uled for installation in the Citizens building this month. In the spring, the schools received a $100,000 grant from the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils to transform a former classroom into a fitness center as part of a healthy liv- ing initiative. At Globe Park, members of the Woonsocket Rotary Club have part- nered with Lowe's and school staff to undertake a renovation of the exist- ing school library. Bernon Heights and Citizens are also getting new coats of paint in some classrooms this summer, and Leo Savoie is expected to receive a playground during the upcoming school year. The new year also brings changes for district administrators, who recently began moving back into the McFee Administration Building after vacating the building in February due to ongoing issues with the heating system. Since then, central offices have been scattered throughout the high school and middle school buildings as district officials considered the cost of repairs. Though there was some discussion of vacating the building permanently, said Notarianni, dis- trict officials ultimately decided to repair the 20-year-old HVAC system, a $136,820 expense. Unlike school building projects, the project is not eligible for partial reimbursement from the Rhode Island Department of Education because it is not used for student-related activities. "We just bit the bullet and said we're going to be here for the fore- seeable future, we need to replace the heating units," said Notarianni. In recent months, he said, district officials have been meeting with an architect and project manager to determine their five-year capital plan, which will likely focus on roofs and HVAC systems. When complete, the plan will be submitted to the Rhode Island Department of Education with the hope of obtaining some of the funds approved for a statewide school building bond during the 2018 elec- tion. council with a more specific agenda item or address their comments dur- ing the "good and welfare" portion of the meeting. Speaking to The Valley Breeze after the meeting, he said the city could entertain a resolution at a future meeting, but expressed con- cerns the proposal was not clear. "As they pointed out, we have a constitution, we have a state law, I want to know where is the violation of the second amendment," he said. PROJECTS From Page 5 SANCTUARY From Page 6 Post 85 on River Street, Woonsocket held its 2nd annual Golf Ball Drop fundraiser on July 14 to raise money for the post's charities. At the same time, the post held a fundraiser for New Beginnings Soup Kitchen in Woonsocket and raised more than $600 to help them out in the work they do for the community. DAVE MALONE, right, presented JEANNE BEAUSOLEIL-MICHON of New Beginnings with the check from the fundraiser. Ben's Lemonade Stand raising funds for Burrillville Animal Shelter BURRILLVILLE – Benjamin St. Pierre of Mapleville will hold his 10th annual lemonade stand fun- draiser in front of his home at 90 Maureen Circle on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Burrillville Animal Shelter. Lemonade, fresh- baked cookies and homemade dog treats will be on sale. There will also be raffles for $1 per ticket, and face painting for kids. Ben's Lemonade Stand started in 2010 as a way to raise funds for local animal shelters. Since then, St. Pierre and his family have raised more than $5,000 for animal shel- ters through lemonade sales and the generosity of neighbors and friends. More information on St. Pierre and his lemonade stand is available on Facebook under "Ben's Annual Lemonade Stand." REDUCED $250,000

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