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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 08-08-2019

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | AUGUST 8-14, 2019 WOONSOCKET 5 Summer construction season in full swing in city schools WOONSOCKET – Students and teachers might be absent from the hallways, but Leo Savoie Elementary School is full of activity this month as contractors from Martone Inc. work to replace every one of the two-story building's classroom windows. The project is one of several the Woonsocket Education Department is undertaking this summer to pre- pare its buildings for the 2019-2020 school year. According to district Chief Operating Officer Alfred Notarianni, the window replacement was prompted by repeat complaints from teachers and staff who pointed out the previous windows hadn't been functioning well for some time. "Basically they were just really old windows and we had a lot of prob- lems with leaks, especially at the top of the classrooms," he said. The new windows include a fresh seal and have the capacity to be used as emergency exits on the first floor, a huge improvement over what was there before, according to Notarianni. The project also includes installation of air conditioning units to be used in classrooms with medically fragile students. Rob Favali, a foreman with Martone, said the company plans to have the work completed by the start of the school year so as not to inter- fere with students and staff returning to the building. "There's a lot to get done before school starts. That's the whole goal is to get everything wrapped up before school's back in session," he said. In addition to the windows, Leo Savoie is set to receive a new boiler this summer after one of two existing boilers original to the building failed last year. The two boilers are being replaced with three smaller units, according to Notarianni. The two projects are expected to cost about $995,000, with an 86 percent reim- bursement expected from the Rhode Island Department of Education. Several other projects are also underway around the district, though none on the scale of the Leo Savoie project. At Woonsocket High School, a space formerly used as a woodshop is being refurbished to become a the- ater classroom, a project that includes new lighting and flooring. According to Notarianni, the space was left large- ly unused after woodworking was phased out of the high school curricu- lum, with students interested in those classes redirected to the Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center. The WACTC was also the site of a summer project, with six classrooms getting a new coat of paint, though Notarianni noted most of the recent work on the technical school was completed last winter. After school officials discovered mold in one of the classrooms last summer, the dis- trict undertook a massive cleaning and ceiling replacement project that kept students out of the building for the first four months of the school year. By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer ROB FAVALI, a foreman with Martone Inc., installs a window in a classroom at Leo Savoie Elementary School as part of a summer project to replace the windows and boiler in the school. The project is one of several going on around the district as school officials prepare for the 2019-2020 year. See PROJECTS, Page 24 Children's book author will read at Harris Library Tuesday WOONSOCKET – The Harris Public Library, 303 Clinton St., will present children's book author Kerri Gaulin who will read from her book "Howie Flies Solo" on Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 2 to 3 p.m. Books will be available for pur- chase and signing. To sign up, call 401-769-9044, ext. 2. Walk-ins wel- come as long as there is space. City unveils Big Blue Blocks at the splash pad WOONSOCKET – The city unveiled its new Big Blue Blocks imaginative play component to the children's play area near the splash pad located at World War II Veterans Memorial Park on Aug. 6. "Woonsocket children are going to love exploring with this new com- ponent added to the park. The Blue Blocks will be available to children in World War II Veterans Memorial Park every Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. to noon weather permit- ting," said Mayor Lisa Baldelli- Hunt. "The innovative design of this product encourages ingenuity and imagination. Additionally, the city is proud to partner with Rhode Island company Eco-Global which makes and owns this fabulous product." The soft, oversized bright blue blocks are designed to stack and interlock. IN BRIEF BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM Get The Perks of Personal Attention Ask About Our In-Home Color Consultations • Paints • Stains • Wallpaper • Carpet • Laminate & More PAINT DECORATING & 900 Victory Highway Slatersville Plaza, Slatersville, RI (401) 76PAINT • (401) 765-3128 Mon. - Fri. 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

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