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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-04-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM TONY RAMOS, left, and TONY COSENTINO hang a sign commemorating a Woonsocket High School Class of 2020 graduate on the fence around Barry Field in Woonsocket. See related photo on page 18. A tribute to graduates Woonsocket on edge as protests play out across country WOONSOCKET – The city of Woonsocket has joined the list of communities grappling with its response as peaceful, and sometimes violent, protests break out in response to the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer last week. On Tuesday, city officials urged residents to stay home amid social media warnings that "violence, vandalism and harm to police and local busi- nesses and property" would take place that night. Businesses on Main Street boarded up their windows and police barricaded the station in preparation for a night of potential unrest. On Wednesday, residents were relieved to find those fears went largely unmet. With the excep- tion of three individuals arrested for damaging the Castle Luncheonette building and breaking the glass on a bus shelter on John Cummings Way, Deputy Chief Michael Lemoine said the scene was "quiet" compared with what happened in Providence the previous night. "We were ready. I think businesses were ready for what would've come. I think it kind of deflat- ed the prospect of individuals who wanted to cause damage. We were no longer an easy target," he said. Police also reported graffiti on City Hall and the steps leading up to High Street. In some cities, including Providence, offi- By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See PROTESTS, Page 16 NORTH SMITHFIELD – The North Smithfield School Department last week issued lay- off notices to 11 teachers, one of several potential budget cuts the department is facing amid the ris- ing uncertainty due to COVID- 19. Supt. Michael St. Jean told The Breeze the value of the laid off teachers' salaries amounted to approximately $750,000. In addi- tion to the 11 layoffs, he said, the department is planning to leave two positions unfilled. St. Jean described the layoffs as the "worst case scenario" and said the department is hoping to recall some, if not all, of the teachers in the fall. North Smithfield is one of several communities that issued layoff notices ahead of the state's June 1 deadline, citing budget uncertainties due to COVID-19. "To be honest, a couple of those positions regardless of what hap- pens budget-wise, we can't do without," he said. "I would say all these positions we can't do with- out, but again, we have to reach some openings here because we just honestly do not know what the budget is going to entail." Of the 11 layoffs, he said, 10 were selected as the most recently hired teachers in the district. In January, the North Smithfield School Department submitted a 2020-2021 budget request that included an $810,236 increase in the town's contribu- NS schools facing layoffs amid COVID-19 uncertainty By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See LAYOFFS, Page 19 THIAM ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JUNE 4-10, 2020 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. Family Owned Since 1926 $100 Off New Gas Boiler or Furnace LIC. #RIMP882 • One Day Gas & Oil Boiler Replacements • Same Day Gas & Electric Water Heater Replacements • Boiler Repairs & Maintenance • HVAC Service & Replacements • All Work Guaranteed Call NOW to get your AC Service Ready for Summer. Mario's Appliances Serving Loyal Clients since 1989 (401) 765-1636 Appliance Sales & Service Refrigerators, Stoves, Space Heaters, Washers, Dryers, Dishwashers & More! 6 Month Guarantee on Parts and Labor 98 Elm St. Woonsocket, RI 02895 mariosappliances@gmail. com 30 Years in Business! Mario's Appliances Serving Loyal Clients Since 1989 (401) 765-1636 Appliance Sales & Service Refrigerators, Stoves, Space Heaters, Washers, Dryers, Dishwashers & More! 6 Month Guarantee on parts and labor 968 Elm St. Woonsocket, RI 02895 mariosappliances@gmail. com 30 years in business!

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