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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 5-1-13

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Serving Pawtucket MAY 1-7, 2013 FREE Breeze THE VALLEY CITY IN BLOOM ART COMES TO LIFE R.I. Cherry Blossom Festival returns this weekend. PAGE 5 Ten31 Productions celebrates 13 years of living statues. PAGE 6 @ "Like" us on Cylke: February vacation here to stay valleybreeze.com Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers State's music greats honored Slams Breeze story in email to school staff Both sides agree that safety for the players is paramount By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com PAWTUCKET – Supt. Deborah Cylke is stepping back from statements to The Breeze that she would consider eliminating February vacation in the future, saying she has no such plans and that she never made the statements. In a memo sent to all staff members of the Pawtucket CYLKE School Department last Thursday, and forwarded to the newspaper by members of the department, Cylke said she has no plans to ever make changes to the vacation schedule. "I have no intent or plans to change vacation weeks in future years," she wrote. In her letter to school employees, Cylke rips The Breeze for a See CYLKE, Page 8 Officials say they'll consider putting grass back on ballfields By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com VALLEY BREEZE PHOTO BY DAVID WUERTH Music filled the air in Pawtucket on Sunday, as nine new inductees were welcomed into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. The event, lasting all day and into the evening, drew large, enthusiastic crowds to the Hope Artiste Village. Above, KEVIN DOYLE, of Barrington, dances to a song written by George M. Cohan. Cohan was one of the new Hall of Fame inductees. See more photos on page 14. Family Owned & Operated for 41 Years PAWTUCKET – As April turns into May, the clay at the newly stripped-down Ruthowski Field is getting packed down, say a group of concerned coaches and parents, causing what they say is an increasingly dangerous situation for players. Representatives from the Darlington American Little League, including President Jamie Bowron, veteran coach Scott Hamel, and parents Henry Kinch Jr. and Sharon Colby Camara, met with city officials on Monday to share their growing concern for the safety of children after workers removed grass from the infield in March. City officials, including Director of Administration 548 Smithfield Ave., Pawtucket 401-556-1006 ALL FLOORING ON SALE!!! – Ceramic — Laminate – – Hardwood — Carpet – FREE PAD • FREE LABOR 772 Dexter Street, Central Falls, RI 401-724-6674 401-724-0470 www.massudcarpet.com Family Owned & Operated for over 41 years RETAIL WAREHOUSE Open to the Public Hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs. & Fri. 9- 6:30 PM; Wed 9- 6:00 PM, Sat. 9- 5:00 PM Owner, Nick Ferrante 6 Months Financing Available With Approved Credit HOME OF THE 10x10 KITCHEN Includes choice of 10 door styles, all wood construction in stains, paints & glazes. Also includes installation of new cabinets, choice of granite tops with stainless steel under mount sink, crown moulding, dovetail full extension slow motion draw glides and hardware. FREE in-home measure. .00 $4,995 Over 20 Years Experience Open 7 Days a week by appointment only Call Nick at 401-556-1006 Installation by Registered R.I. Contractors WWW.KITCHENSANDMOREONLINE.COM ©2013 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Tony Pires, Recreation Director John Blais, and Maintenance Manager Chris Crawley said they KINCH understand the concerns and are open to the idea of putting the grass back next year. "We agree that safety for the kids is the primary concern," said Pires. "But there's not a whole lot that we're going to be able to do this year, with six or eight weeks to go." Mayor Don Grebien's administration PIRES has instructed recreation staff to conduct a nationwide review of other clay fields to see if "some of the allegations regarding safety are in fact true," said Pires. If there is evidence that players are See FIELDS, Page 16

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