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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 08-14-2019

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©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE AUGUST 14-20, 2019 BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE KAITLYN CENTEIO, 1, of Pawtucket, gets to know Pawtucket Police Dog WATSON, a goldendoodle, at Pawtucket's National Night Out celebration last Tuesday. See more photos on page 11. PAWTUCKET – The city's new speed zone and red light camera sys- tem, operated by private contractor Sensys Gatso, is set to go live by the end of the month. "The cameras will be fully opera- tional for the beginning of the school year on Aug. 28," said Public Works Director Eric Earls. The contractor continues to work alongside the city on the installation of speed cameras around city schools. "The traffic camera safety program will be beneficial to the city, enhance school safety, and make our opera- tions citywide more efficient," said Earls. Asked which cameras will go on Aug. 28, officials said all school zone cameras and some red-light cameras will be operational on that date, and the rest will be incrementally added in the weeks following. A list of loca- tions will be regularly distributed to the public through a robust adver- tising and awareness program, in coordination with the city, "to ensure that our residents are informed of the incoming traffic camera safety pro- gram," said Earls. A 30-day warning period will Traffic cameras going live in Pawtucket Aug. 28 By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See CAMERAS, Page 7 PAWTUCKET – After State Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green last week put the wheels in motion to assume control of Providence Public Schools, leaders in Pawtucket say they are fairly con- fident that a similar takeover won't occur in their school district. "I think we're in a completely dif- ferent situation than Providence," Pawtucket School Committee Chairman Gerard "Jay" Charbonneau told The Breeze. "There's no compari- son to Providence. There's no com- parison to any other district in the state." Ron Beaupre, president of the Pawtucket Teachers Alliance, was a little more cautious, saying, "There are always concerns. One never knows what the state will do," but added that he's not terribly worried because "we have great things hap- pening in (Pawtucket)." In addition to school facility improvements, including the com- plete renovations of Potter-Burns Elementary School and Nathanael Greene Elementary School and the upcoming rebuild of Winters Elementary School, he said, "Academically our test scores are getting better ever year … I believe Pawtucket is in a very good place." When asked to comment, Interim School leaders: We're not Providence By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com See SCHOOLS, Page 15 City's famed artist Simeonov recalls greatest works Work will be on display at City Hall next month PAWTUCKET – Sitting in their converted mill loft tucked behind Lorraine Fabrics, 90-year-old art- ist Mihail Simeonov and his wife Lily share the story of how they came to Rhode Island. It was one of many unlikely and unbelievable stories the couple has collected, from narrowly escaping communist Bulgaria to Mihail's experience casting a living elephant in Kenya. Alone in a quiet train car in New York, Bulgarian-born artist Mihail Simeonov picked up a section of The New York Times. An article about Pawtucket's growing arts scene and historic factory build- ings, where artists live and work, piqued his interest. By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See SIMEONOV, Page 9 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. Does your child like? Robotics • Google Chromebooks Up to date computer room with fiber optic technology Wireless technology throughout the school Strings and Instrumental Music Chorus • Drama • Smartboards • Sports SAINT CECILIA SCHOOL Celebrating over 100 years of Catholic education! Then St. Cecilia School is the only school for you! Accepting Registrations for 2019-2020 Pre-K - Grade 8 Where morals and values meet academic excellence Extended Care is available 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 755 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, Rhode Island 401-723-9463 • www.scsri.org • mtetzner@scsri.org Call for a personal tour:

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