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The Valley Breeze & Observer 8-22-13

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester AUGUST 22-28, 2013 FREE Observer the valley breeze & Meet the new Arcade Hot Wheels Local retailers debut downtown next month. LIVING Knights of Columbus hosts Antique and Classic Car Show. PAGE 8 @ "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Back to school More computers, fewer report cards and a new McCabe roof will greet Smithfield students By DENISE PERREAULT Valley Breeze & Observer Correspondent SMITHFIELD – New report cards, more computer work and several newly hired teachers are among the major changes that will greet students when the doors of the town's public schools open Tuesday, Aug. 27. Students this year, particularly at the elementary level, will be using computers more than ever for online lessons and even online testing, O'Brien Valley Breeze & Observer photo by David Wuerth said. He spoke of a "big infuOpening day of school for Smithfield High is Aug. 27, so the maintenance staff is hard at work to have the sion of technology" in the facility ready for students and staff. Engineering lab teachers Mike Starring, left, and Jeff Macari lower grades that will be a "big work to prepare their classroom for opening day. The lab had to be reconstructed to allow for additional change" for the youngsters. Direct classroom instruction students this summer. will remain the main learning vehicle, he noted. Although the district does not have the resources to provide every student in the school system with his or her own computer, O'Brien said every student will have access to a computer. "It's all about getting technology into the hands of the kids," O'Brien said. "There will be more opportunities for kids to work on computers." Plans are in the works to expand the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) offerings. With the hiring of a second industrial tech teacher, O'Brien said he is See SCHOOL, Page 14 Caron Fund leads to softball improvements in Smithfield By PAUL R. DUBOIS Valley Breeze Sports Editor SMITHFIELD – There are new roofs over the dugouts at the Smithfield High School softball field, courtesy of the Caron Foundation. The foundation was established by family members following a tragic fatal crash on the Point Street Bridge in Providence that claimed the life of Smithfield resident Megan Caron, who was a Rhode Island College student at the time. A huge softball enthusiast, JFA S W E L L ' SY & CORN & TOMATOES Our Own Fresh Picked A R M S TA N D BAKER OPEN DAILY 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Corn, Tomatoes, and Vegetables Now Available Megan is remembered by her family, which raises money and spends it on improvements to the high school softball facility. The foundation has supplied batting helmets, jackets, a batting cage and now new dugout roofs, according to Bob Sasso of the Smithfield Girls Softball League. Kevin Aubee, who heads up Capital Improvement, an East Providence construction firm which erected the new roofs, said his company upgraded the roofs at the town league's Whipple complex last year. "I got a call from Tony Caron (Megan's father) because the town league told him that my NORTH PROVIDENCE SM ITH FIELD/ GREENVILLE 6 54-410 0 2 33-8 96 6 1818 M i neralSpri Ave. ng company put the roofs on the Whipple Field dugouts," said Aubee. "He said he would pay for the materials, so I agreed to supply the manpower and expertise so we could make those dugouts safer for the girls." See DUGOUTS, Page 19 Anderson Winfield Funeral Home 375 Putnam Pi ke Sun.- Thurs., 11AM - 12AM ;Fri & Sat.11AM - 1AM . BLUEBERRIES Still Available CALL FOR INFO. ON PICK YOUR OWN PLUS: OUR OWN ~ WRIGHT'S DAIRY: Fresh Baked Pies, Pastries, Milk, Cheese & Ice Cream Muffins, Cookies ~ Fresh STAMP FARM Eggs Gourmet Hot and ~ YACHT CLUB Soda Iced Coffees ~ NETTIE'S Kettle Corn Farm Fresh Fruits & Vegetables! 50 Swan Road, Smithfield 231-9043 7 $ 99 ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. CARRYOUT ONLY Route 44 at Greenville Common Greenville, RI 02828 (401)949-0180

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