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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 8-21-13

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AUGUST 21-27, 2013 Serving Pawtucket FREE Breeze THE VALLEY MEET THE NEW ARCADE HOT WHEELS Local retailers debut downtown next month. PAGE 3 Automobile enthusiasts gather for car show . PAGE 14 @ "Like" us on valleybreeze.com Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers New school year means fresh start in Pawtucket Land evidence records rotting in City Hall Move of 6th-graders among the biggest changes Preservation fees collected but diverted elsewhere By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com PAWTUCKET – Dozens of volumes of city land evidence records are crumbling and decaying on the top floor of Pawtucket City Hall, where they are not only neglected but piled in an area where the roof is often leaking. City officials are required by state law to charge various "recording fees" for copies of city documents, from bills of sale to power of attorney papers, and they are further mandated to put a portion of the money charged citizens back into document restoration and technology upgrades. "They're supposed to be using See RECORDS, Page 13 VALLEY BREEZE PHOTO BY DAVID WUERTH Hundreds of children and adults stood in a long line for free school supplies, community information, food and backpacks at McCoy stadium on Saturday, for the annual backpack giveaway sponsored by Back to School Celebration of Rhode Island. Sharing big brother wisdom, LUIS LOZABA, 7, checks the school supplies for his sisters; DIEMARY SANTANA, 5, and DIAMARY SANTANA, 4, as they move through the line. PAWTUCKET – Throw out the old grades, last year's lunchroom drama, and anything else you would rather forget. It's time for a new school year and a fresh start. The 2013-2014 school year that begins next Wednesday, Aug. 28, will bring plenty of changes for everyone with a stake in Pawtucket schools. Students returning for the first day of school next week will find plenty of changes awaiting them, including new administrators and teachers, and in many schools, a reconfiguration of classrooms. Supt. Deborah Cylke told The Breeze Monday that school officials will have all information finalized for the start of school, including bus routes, by Wednesday of this week. One of the biggest adjustments will be for Pawtucket's incoming 6th-graders, who for IT'S NOT TOO EARLY TO THINK ABOUT YOUR HOME HEATING NEEDS FOR THE COMING SEASON Top Quality Fuels and Service No Confusing Contracts Fair & Honest 24/7 Emergency Service Affordable Price Plans and Service Plans Propane Delivery Gas Installation & Service Air Conditioning Installation & Service Family Owned & Operated Since 1988 (401) 722-0080 (800) 322-5025 DupuisOil.com ©2013 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. the first time will be attending the city's junior high schools as part of an effort to address expanding enrollment numbers. Staff and volunteers have been hard at work this sum- Visit valleybreeze.com Thursday afternoon for updated back-to-school information, including bus routes. mer transforming local schools. Slater Junior High School and neighboring Cunningham Elementary School have received special attention, as volunteers from Smithfieldbased Fidelity Investments have put more than 3,200 hours into the schools, said Wendy Lessard, senior community relations manager for the company. According to Lessard, part See SCHOOL, Page 8

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