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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 3-27-13

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MARCH 27-APRIL 2, 2013 Serving Pawtucket FREE Breeze THE VALLEY THE GAMM GETS REAL CROWD PLEASERS Don't miss the Gamm's production of 'The Real Thing.' LIVING Jenks Junior High School students take the stage in annual talent show. PAGE 6 @ "Like" us on valleybreeze.com Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Crop of 21 new firefighters in place by beginning of May City could hire another 30 within a year By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com VALLEY BREEZE PHOTO BY ELISE MANAHAN With more than 50 prom dresses already on clothing racks, ARTHUR PLITT of the Neighborhood Alliance, left, MELISSA FLAHERTY of the Pawtucket Housing Authority, center, and LINDA IMPAGLIAZZO of the Blackstone Valley Advocacy are hoping to have more dresses donated for local students to choose from to have something to wear to prom this year. Make a teen's dream come true – donate your own prom dress By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com PAWTUCKET – Have a fabulous prom dress that deserves another magical night? A local group is collecting dresses to help deserving teens get to their school proms in style, and they need help to make the second annual event bigger and better than the last. The "Say Yes to the Dress" collection drive is being organized by the Pawtucket Community Partnership Team Against Violence, which is made up of the Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, the city of Pawtucket, The Children's Workshop, the Housing Authority of Pawtucket, and the Pawtucket Prevention Coalition. The hope, said Linda Impagliazzo, executive director of the Pawtucket-based Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, is that this year's collection effort will exceed last year's so more young women who can't afford dresses can enjoy their proms without having to worry about money or that they don't look good enough. Organizers are using the prom dress collection as a way to cultivate community involvement in ongoing prevention efforts See DRESSES, Page 4 PAWTUCKET – The days of shift shortages and multi-million dollar overtime bills in the Pawtucket Fire Department should soon come to an end, according to officials. Mayor Don Grebien says he'll hire 21 new firefighters by the beginning of May, and another 30 firefighters could come on board within the next year if all who are becoming eligible to retire does so in that time. Federal officials, led by U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, announced in February that Pawtucket would be receiving $4.2 million in grant funding to pay the salaries and benefits of 21 firefighters over two years. Those 21, who are now going through the rigorous application process, will bring the total number of city firefighters to 151. The city received 138 applications for the 21 positions, according to Grebien, a high number he attributes in part to last year's decision to open Worried about big Lab Bills? If you are uninsured or have high deductibles, your lab bill could be in hundreds of dollars for even simple tests. We charge LESS THAN $25 for most tests. Our lab is CLIA certified and run according to national standards Javid Calcatti MD Tess Godin PA–C Internal Medicine & Primary Care Accepting New Patients HEALTH CLINIC OF RI 1635 Mineral Spring Ave. Suite 203 North Providence, RI 02904 401-438-1010 Email: manager@myhealthmydoctor.com ©2013 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. up the application process to more people. Of the 138 candidates, 130 ended up taking the firefighting tests, and several more have since dropped out of the running. In the past, to even be eligible to take the written and oral exams, said Grebien, an applicant needed to have all required certifications in place first. This year's class will be the second to be allowed to get their certifications later, GREBIEN by the April 25 date for taking their physical aptitude test. Grebien said he felt like the old system limited the candidate pool to those who have been working toward being a firefighter for a long time, while the new one is a bit more "fair" and "transparent." The way it was done in the past "wasn't good or bad," he said. Another aspect of the process that's changed, said Grebien, is that the top 21 See FIREFIGHTERS, Page 8

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