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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-07-2021

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6 PAWTUCKET APRIL 7-13, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION always considered herself a good student, earning straight-As, but found herself struggling academically with distance learning. "There were moments this year when I struggled and would get really upset," she said, but through it all her teachers have been supportive and understanding. Math in particular was one of the classes giving McNichols grief online but just being in school for a couple of days has already helped, she said, since her teacher is able to sit down and explain things. With online learning, "in a way, a lot of it was having to teach yourself," she said. "At the end of the day (the teachers are) not there teaching it to you." Now that she's able to be in school, "I feel like I'm a lot calmer," she said. "I'm really glad we're back. … I hope in the future I get to spend more days at school." For Gianna, who attended Saint Teresa School in Pawtucket before starting high school, distance learn- ing was pretty stressful and there was more social anxiety around being online. While the first day at school was a little nerve-racking, she said, "It was actually pretty fun being back at school … to see teachers face-to- face." Socially, McNichols said, she was worried about making friends but was able to meet people through her online classes, and they have texted and had "big group calls" throughout the year. Finally getting to be with them all in person at school, "I don't think I've felt that happy in a really long time," she said. FRESHMEN From Page 2 Members of the PTO at the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Pawtucket made these "SURVIVAL KITS" for the freshmen class on their first day of in-person learning last week, which included pens, pads of paper, water bottles, snacks, and more. CORRECTION A March 31 story about Western Oil reported that storage tanks would be used for hazardous waste manage- ment services. Western Oil provides environmental and hazardous waste management services, according to its website, but company officials said hazardous materials are not stored at 1 Duchess Way. PAWTUCKET – Pawtucket lost longtime newspaperman Paul Palange, previously publisher of The Times, on Easter Sunday. Palange, 66, of Seekonk, Mass., was most recently the director of fund development and sponsor- ships at the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council. "Our friend, our co-worker and gentle spirit Paul Palange, passed away yesterday," wrote BVTC President Bob Billington on Monday. "Our Board of Directors and staff are stricken with sadness. Paul was a leader in the community and all that we do here at the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council. Our hearts are full of sorrow with this loss. His dedication to his family, his com- munity and his work are difficult to match." Palange was found unrespon- sive in his home, according to his colleagues and friends. "So shocking and sad," said Larry Berman, communica- tions director for the Rhode Island House of Representatives. "Paul and I worked together for years at The Call. He was such a dedicated, hard worker and a fun- loving guy. He will be deeply missed." WooSox Vice Chairman Mike Tamburro told Brendan McGair of The Times that Palange, an avid PawSox fan, was "a credit to the industry. He cared deeply about the commu- nity." Palange served as managing editor of The Times and then pub- lisher during the 1990s into the 2000s. He would later come back as general manager and direc- tor of advertising before moving on to other endeavors, including publishing the Senior Digest. Palange, a 1977 graduate of Syracuse University, joined The Call in 1978 as a correspondent and then staff writer. He also pre- viously served as executive editor of the Norristown Times-Herald in Pennsylvania and later executive editor of the Fall River Herald News. Among his civic engage- ments, he was involved with the Pawtucket Hall of Fame Committee and Salvation Army. Veteran newsman Palange remembered for dedication By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com PALANGE RESIDENTIAL ROOF EXPERTS! Customers welcome to visit our warehouse and office. www.mbarbozasonsroofing.com 476 Roosevelt Avenue, Central Falls, RI 02863 RI Lic. #20R MA Lic. #CS107045 Bonded & Insured • Serving Southern New England 401-723-5100 Protect Your Home with a QUALITY NEW ROOF Done by Residential Experts! FREE ESTIMATES SPRING SPECIAL Financing available - no payments for 6 months, payments as low as $79/mo.

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