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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 10-14-2020

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | OCTOBER 14-20, 2020 POLITICS / PAWTUCKET 15 Greeley St. The seven ran as a team during the 2018 election, where top vote-getters included Bonollo, Grant, and Dube, with all winning candidates receiv- ing between 11.6 percent and 14.8 percent of the vote. Charbonneau, who's been on the School Committee for six years and five as chairman, said that the seven of them are running again as a team. All seven agreed that they make a good team and collabo- rate well, with several praising the diversity among members. Bonollo, who's pursuing an eighth term on the school board, agreed that they work well together but said each member is an individual and "we all kind of run on our own." Barber, 65, of 99 Riverview Ave., said his motivation for running for School Committee is to improve safety for children in schools. "It's always been my belief that safety is always number one," he said, adding, "If we educate our children right and keep them safe (that) will help the city in the long run" by attract- ing new families and businesses. While Barber has never held political office, he has run unsuccessfully for positions in the past, including for Pawtucket City Council in 2016 and 2018 and for the House District 62 seat in 2014. Barber, who said he has past expe- rience on the school facilities sub- committee, told The Breeze that he feels "pretty good" facing off against the seven incumbents. He said most of them are good people with good hearts but he thinks some of them let poli- tics get in the way sometimes and are beholden to the Democratic party. "I'm not beholden to anybody," he said, adding that he promises politics, favoritism, and complacency will have no part in his decisions. The seven incumbents cited their work to improve school facili- ties, with all saying they're happy about the previous renovations at Potter-Burns and Nathanael Greene Elementary Schools as well as the ongoing progress at Winters Elementary School and future planned projects at several of the other schools. Moreno, who's running for a second term having been first elected in 2018, said he's humbled and fortunate to serve as the chair- man of the school facilities subcom- mittee and if re-elected is "looking forward to continuing to advance these projects." "We want to con- tinue … renovating and rebuilding every school in this dis- trict," Charbonneau said. "The need for buildings that are representative of 21st-century learning is long overdue in Pawtucket." Charbonneau noted another issue is improvement of test scores among students in the district, which he said he's confident will happen soon. "We need to start seeing results," he said. Recognizing that voters will likely take the school reopening plan into consideration this year, the incum- bents said that it was a tough call but they stand by their unanimous decision to only open four schools for certain populations of students to return to in-person learning, espe- cially as numbers of those infected begin to increase again. "I hope the voters would realize that we did what was best for our children," said Knight, who's run- ning for a fifth term. Bonollo, who's on the wellness committee, said she hopes eventu- ally they can transition into a hybrid model of in-person and virtual learning for all students and teachers, but "I don't know when that'll happen." In terms of virtual learning this school year, Dube noted that the district is light-years ahead of where it was in the spring and said she's very impressed by Pawtucket. First elected in 2018 and seeking a second term, Larbi said his time on the school board has taught him that his experience as a man of color born and raised in Pawtucket is valuable and needed. "I want to make sure that our politicians reflect our commu- nity," he said. Grant, who has a daughter with special needs in the school system, said she's seeking a third term on the committee because "I feel we can always do more … for all the kids. … I want to be the voice of children who do have special needs." Dube, who is the chairwoman for both the policy and wellness sub- committees and is seeking a fourth term on the school board, said she takes her work very seriously and thinks she brings a unique voice as both an educator and parent. "I think that this committee has made progress (in the past two years) and that if all goes smoothly (at the polls) … I think that that progress will continue for the next two years and beyond," Moreno said. COMMITTEE From Page One CHARBONNEAU KNIGHT BONOLLO LARBI GRANT DUBE MORENO BARBER ROBIN GOIS, above, gives directions to TEDDY, a 17-month-old shih tzu, during the obstacle course competi- tion at the Paws in the Park event at Slater Park on Oct. 3. Teddy is wearing a Superman costume. At right, TINKERBELL, a poodle owned by Dawn Goff, of Pawtucket, was dressed as a turkey for the Canine Costume Contest. BREEZE PHOTOS BY ROBERT EMERSON ACROSS 1. Lunar crater 7. Upstate NY airport (abbr.) 10. Fruit 12. Seventh avatar of Vishnu 13. Organism that grows without air 14. Heals 15. A book has one 16. Open 17. Twitch 18. Plant of the mint family 19. Soon 21. Witch 22. Long, mournful complaint 27. Killer clown film 28. Keeps us occu- pied 33. Influential lawyer 34. Formation of concepts 36. Insecticide 37. Swiss river 38. Actress Lucy 39. Unit of g-force 40. Can repel attack- ers 41. Essential oil used as perfume 44. Cut into small pieces 45. Mexican agricul- tural worker 48. Best pitchers 49. Benign tumors 50. Danish krone 51. Looms above DOWN 1. Make a map of 2. Cain and __ 3. Dried-up 4. Corporate exec (abbr.) 5. Trading floor hand gesture 6. Strongly alkaline solution 7. Yemen capital 8. Military leader (abbr.) 9. Maintains posses- sion of 10. Afternoon show 11. Imaginary being 12. Rearrange 14. Holy person or sage 17. __ Mahal 18. Backbone 20. Brooklyn hoop- ster 23. Intervened 24. Extremely angry 25. Indicates position 26. Chinese surname 29. Potato state 30. When you think you'll get there 31. __ Falls 32. Bullfighters 35. Born of 36. Small fishes 38. "Father of chemi- cal warfare" 40. Waste matter 41. Skin disease 42. Scandinavian mythological god 43. __ and haws 44. Villain 45. Tell on 46. Difficulty 47. Not old Answers to this week's crossword puzzle can be found on page 16.

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