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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 07-29-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JULY 29-AUGUST 4, 2020 BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON MICHAEL BALOGH, a member of Acoustic Drive, plays for a small but appreciative audience Sunday night at the Agnes E. Little Elementary School parking lot as part of PAWTUCKET'S RIVERFRONT CONCERT SERIES. It was the first outdoor concert of the summer after last Thursday's concert was canceled because of the weather. See more photos on page 10. Summer sounds, socially distanced PAWTUCKET – Supt. Cheryl McWilliams says she was shocked by survey results showing a large percentage of Pawtucket parents favoring virtual learning or a hybrid model for the new school year, and school officials are now working to get more solid answers on what it all means. Updating the School Committee on a reopening plan at a July 23 meeting, McWilliams said school staff are planning for every possible scenario for going back to school. With an ever-evolving pandemic and shifting responses, much could still change, she said, even on par- ents' preferences heading into the new school year. A second survey, with almost a 50 percent response rate, saw a bump from 60 percent of respondents in a first survey to 70 percent in a second one expressing a desire for a virtual or hybrid option. So if there were more than 4,000 responses, said McWilliams, that means about 3,000 favored something other than a full return to school, a result that came as a big surprise to administrators. Plan calls for two days of in-person school for most students By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See SCHOOL, Page 4 MCWILLIAMS PAWTUCKET– The city's Division of Zoning and Code Enforcement, along with Mayor Donald Grebien and the Pawtucket City Council, have announced the reinstitution of the old Neighborhood Task Force Program. The initiative will certify vol- unteer residents to help the Code Enforcement Division in citing prop- erties that are blighted, rundown, decayed, or not adhering to city codes and ordinances. "All the residents of Pawtucket deserve to live in clean environments and maintained neighborhoods," said Grebien in a statement. "The city recognizes that there are quality of life concerns in some of our neigh- borhoods, and the community needs your help. Working together, the city will work to get ahead on identifying the problem properties in our streets and enforcing the standards." Wilder Arboleda, spokesman for Grebien's administration, said the Pawtucket brings back Neighborhood Task Force to tackle 'quality of life' issues By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See TASK FORCE, Page 4 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.

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