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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 08-22-2019

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BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM AMY MARSHALL, a kindergarten teacher at Governor Aram J. Pothier Elementary School, prepares her Minion-themed classroom for the return of students. WOONSOCKET – Thanks to a statewide push for universal pre-K, more families will see their 4-year- olds enrolled in preschool this fall as the city opens three new classrooms with state funds. The initiative, coordinated by the Woonsocket Education Department in partnership with Woonsocket Head Start, will see two new classrooms open at Governor Aram J. Pothier Elementary School and a third open at one of the city's Head Start loca- tions. According to Assistant Special Education Director Dawn Morelle, prior to this year, pre-K classrooms at the city's public schools were only open to students with individualized education plans, or IEPs, while non- IEP students attended programs run by other area organizations. The two New pre-K classrooms, Chromebooks coming to city schools this year By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See CITY SCHOOLS, Page 9 NORTH SMITHFIELD – Families can expect to make several adjust- ments when they head back to school next Thursday, Aug. 29, as new grade level configurations and start times force big changes at North Smithfield schools. Beginning this year, North Smithfield Elementary School students will begin school at 8:40 a.m., 10 minutes later than the previous start time, while middle and high school students will begin school at 7:45 a.m., 22 minutes later than the previous start time. The new start times will be accompanied by changes in dismissal time, with NSES students getting out at 3:10 p.m. and middle and high school stu- dents getting out at 2:34 p.m. New year brings big changes for N.S. schools By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See NO. SMITHFIELD, Page 7 ST. JEAN WOONSOCKET – A train com- pany trying to bring passenger rail service to the Blackstone Valley appears to be on shaky financial foot- ing after a series of lawsuits accused them of withholding payments from state and private entities over the past several years. The Boston Surface Railroad Company, a startup rail company founded by entrepreneur Vincent Bono in 2012, is currently in a dispute with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation over lease payments on the train station at 1 Depot Square. The company began leasing the state-owned station in 2015 to serve as its headquar- ters and a future midway stop on a Providence-Worcester route. According to court documents obtained by The Valley Breeze, a District Court judge ruled in June to award more than $8,000 in lease payments to the RIDOT after the Woonsocket rail developers dealing with financial troubles By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See RAILROAD, Page 11 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE AUGUST 22-28, 2019 "Your One Stop Automotive Center" NORTH SMITHFIELD AUTO BODY, INC. 1-401-762-3866 WWW.RIAUTOBODY.COM 1-401-762-3866 WWW.RIAUTOBODY.COM 770 EDDIE DOWLING HWY. RT. 146 NORTH, NORTH SMITHFIELD RHODE ISLAND 02896 HAIL DAMAGE REPAIRS $500 Deductible Assistance Charles L. Kirby Insurance 69 Eddie Dowling Hwy, North Smithfield, RI 02896 Rick Dowling 401-762-4500 e-mail: rick@clkirby.com web: clkirby.com Auto • Homes • Business • Safe Drivers Save $ $ $ $ $ $ • Low Down Payments • In Business Since 1948 We are an agent for Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday by Appointment

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