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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 08-21-2019

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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©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE AUGUST 21-27, 2019 BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE DONNA LANGILLE, a 1st-grade teacher at Agnes Little Elementary School in Pawtucket, uses her computer to print name tags for her incoming class on Monday. Building upgrades, culture top priorities for school year PAWTUCKET – Students returning for the 2019-2020 school year next week will notice facility upgrades "touching every school," including bathroom upgrades in some schools, said interim Supt. Cheryl McWilliams. It's all part of a comprehen- sive effort to create optimal environments for learning. McWilliams says she is looking forward to getting started on her first school year as top school administrator in the city, honoring the good work of the past few years under former Supt. Patti DiCenso and building on it. Education is about more than a number on a page, she told The Breeze, and she plans to continue the commitment Pawtucket has had to improving its facilities. This summer has featured plenty of work toward creating safe, dry and warm places for students to learn, including ongoing health and safety upgrades. Students at Winters Elementary School will be bused to the swing space at the Pawtucket Annex on Central Avenue. Winters will be By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor MCWILLIAMS See BACK TO SCHOOL, Page 28 See PENSION, Page 15 PAWTUCKET – City officials and retired public safety employees announced this week a settlement in a five-year lawsuit over cuts in retiree pension payments. Last Thursday, Aug. 15, District Court Judge John McConnell Jr., approved a class action settlement protecting "pensioners, the taxpay- City, public safety retirees reach deal on pension case By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor PAWTUCKET – Enjoy summer while it lasts with a free concert, food trucks, artisan vendors, and more, by the Blackstone River in Pawtucket. The festivities are all part of the 6th annual Sam's Mill Fest on Sunday, Aug. 25, from noon to 6 p.m., at Old Slater Mill, 67 Roosevelt Ave. in Pawtucket. Admission is free. The festival is a great opportunity to have a picnic, listen to music, and "enjoy a beautiful green space in downtown Pawtucket," Lori Urso, executive director of Old Slater Mill, told The Valley Breeze. "Every year we try to give it a little bit of a new flavor." The end-of- summer bash brings together artists, mak- ers, historians, park rangers, gardeners, and members of the community, Urso said. Four musical acts will perform outside under a tent, including headliner Detroit blues- rocker James Montgomery at 4:30 p.m. "James always brings it 110 per- cent," Urso said. "All of the acts are top-notch." At noon, guitarist Bruce Bartlett, B-3 organist Marty Rowan, and drummer Marty Richards take the stage to play blues/jazz fusion. Performing folk/bluegrass/indie are fiddler Kat Parks and guitar- ist Brad Bensko as the Kat & Brad Band at 1:30 p.m., and at 3 p.m., the Mitch Chakour Band will play R&B. Twenty-two vendors will be selling their work or hosting demonstra- tions that day. Half are veterans of the festival and half are new this year, Urso said. The RI Spinners Guild will spin colorful creations while Suzi Ballenger demonstrates how to make paper and Steve Emma canes chairs. Ocean State Maker Mill will be on hand with stomp rockets to entertain visitors young and old, and local artists will sell handmade items from jewelry to macrame to screen printed work. Some new vendors this year include Colemama Creations from Connecticut, Live Free Fibers from Hold on to summer at Sam's Mill Fest By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer URSO See SAM'S MILL FEST, Page 22 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 • • Call for a personal tour:

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