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The North Providence Breeze 09-11-2019

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6 NORTH PROVIDENCE SEPTEMBER 11-17, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION Councilor Ken Amoriggi said he wants business to be able to run, but also wants to protect neighbors. He asked if Pimentel was willing to take action, and Pimentel responded yes. Councilor Mario Martone said one condition easily remedied, particularly as it gets colder, is to keep the door closed, as open doors make noise seem so much worse. Council President Dino Autiello said the business owners should see what they can and can't do to address residents' concerns and come back for a review next month to "see how it's working out with the neighborhood." The suggestion of adding resident- only parking on Gainer Avenue is one officials can look at in the meantime, said Autiello, and the full council sent that matter to its ordinance subcom- mittee for consideration. DUKE From Page 5 Though the tours were posted as open meetings, members of the public were not allowed inside. Stephen Olney, located at 1378 Douglas Ave., now has a command- ing presence atop the hill off Mineral Spring Avenue. The school can be seen from far up Mineral Spring Avenue, with its brick façade and bright blue paneling. The school's main entrance is on Salem Drive, with a back entrance and parking off Barrett Avenue. At McGuire, a grouping of circular windows at the front of the school stands next to the student entrance. Visitors enter the school from a set of stairs at the back of the building, where the parking lot is located. Both schools are equipped with state-of-the-art playground equipment outside, with areas intended for both younger and older students. Project Manager Chad Healey described the surface of the play areas as a "bouncy ball material," which is more forgiving when students fall, with far less risk of injury. Nearly every regular education classroom at both schools is equipped with a smart TV, a large touch screen monitor that can be used to show movies and clips and present infor- mation to students. Healey said the classrooms, while varying in design, are quite large, "…certainly sufficient for the number of students we're plan- ning on having in them." There's plenty of storage both within the brightly colored classroom spaces and out in the hallways, where several "Learning Commons" are set up to create meeting spaces for stu- dents. Some of the walls and surfaces in the hallways are dry-erase boards, and there are tables with "fidget" chairs available, which pivot and rock but never fall over. Common spaces such as these are featured prominently in both build- ings, including comfy seating, reading nooks and other areas intended for teachers to conduct smaller lessons on the side, or use in conjunction with their classroom. "There is a lot of versatility with these spaces, and that was intended throughout the design," Healey said. "Throughout these two schools, you'll notice a lot of spaces that may be intended for one thing, but designed with the expectation that they might be used for something else." "We created different types of spaces with the intent that teachers sort of go wild with their imagination and use these spaces however they fit the curriculum they're teaching at the time," he said. The cafeterias double as auditori- ums, providing a stage area for pre- sentations and special events at each school. The schools also boast large gymnasiums, designed specifically to keep the echo down, featuring motor- ized basketball hoops and other tech- nology. Other interesting features include larger reading nooks at both schools, where smaller groups of students will have the opportunity to curl up with a book on a beanbag chair. Each school also contains a large music room and a library/media center. Each school has a new reception area with security cameras and a wait- ing room for visitors. "Security was very much one of our biggest concerns and interests in SCHOOLS From Page One BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Stephen Olney Elementary School PRINCIPAL JANINE NAPOLITANO stands in one of the new 2nd-grade classrooms. See more new school photos on Page 15. Continues on next page 10 Monument Square Woonsocket RI, 02895 (401)767-1990 100 Old River Rd., Lincoln RI, 02865 (401)333-0780 Whatever Color You Decide: New Auto Rates starting at 2.50% * Used Auto Rates starting at 3.40% * *Rates are subject to change and based on credit score. We Have Your Green. Please consider financing your vehicle with us. Also, Re-Finances from other lenders can save you even more. We will give you cash equaling 1% of the finance amount up to $300 for you to refinance from another lender. Fall 2019 Local Restaurant Guide EAT OUT Let's Fall Eat Out Guide will be inserted into our papers on October 15 th & 16 th Restauranteurs - please contact your Valley Breeze Sales Representative to reserve a spot today! 401-334-9555

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