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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 10-17-13

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Serving Cumberland and Lincoln OCTOBER 17-23, 2013 FREE Breeze The valley KEYS OF HOPE reel SCARY Lincoln girl's jewelry business raises money for Make-A-Wish. PAGE 7 R.I. International Horror Film Fest opens this weekend. LIVING @ "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers In Cumberland, new math lessons replace 'Investigations' Quinnville Park gets major upgrade By MEGHAN KAVANAUGH Valley Breeze Staff Writer LINCOLN – Residents will no longer be able to call Quinnville Park "the forgotten park," the town's Parks and Recreation Department director said last week, after a twoyear overhaul has replaced and updated equipment that has been there for more than 40 years. The recreation area can get overlooked because there is no associated school nearby, explained Director Paul Prachniak. "But I didn't forget," he said. Upgrades made over the past two years, with $30,000 from the 2013 Financial Town Meeting, have included first a new basketball court and backboards, and then a new play structure, merry-go-round, benches, safety surfacing and landscaping. Work was completed with help from the town Highway Division, Public Works and Parks and Recreation maintenance crew. The court, designed by the town's Engineering Department, has all three-point arcs for high school, collegiate and NBA levels, he said, for kids to challenge themselves. "It's just a chance to go out there and play and make believe," Prachniak said. The rest of the park needed upgrading from simple overuse See PARK, Page 4 By MARCIA GREEN Valley Breeze Editor Valley Breeze photo by David Wuerth Quinnville Park, a part of the Lower River Road Recreation Area, has new playground equipment and is ready for kids. The park has a new basketball court, swings, merry-go-round and climbing area. Quinn McKee, 4, finishes his Goldfish snack while his brother Trevor, 5, climbs in the background. The boys live just down the street from the park. AUTO BODY ollisionists C cial Spe WALKER ST., LINCOLN 725 7725 Locally Owned & Operated David Bourdeau & Bruce Martins Falamos Portugues Since 1963 All Work Guaranteed CUMBERLAND – Jason Augustyn's son, a 4th-grader at Ashton Elementary, is tackling a brand-new math curriculum this year – the third one in his brief student career. Augustyn told the School Committee last week that he worries his son's teacher received too little information about implementing the new curriculum and says homework papers are confusing. His daughter, meanwhile, a 1st-grader, has decided she's "not good at math." And that's breaking his heart. "I think something is deeply wrong," he suggested to the school board. Augustyn was one of several parents, including state Rep. Karen MacBeth, who raised concerns about Engage NY, the math book series that replaces the controversial Math Investigations of many years, and the short-lived foray into HEATING, AIR CONDITIONING & APPLIANCE SERVICE PROFESSIONALS SERVICE AND INSTALLATION 24 Hour Professional Service • Call Anytime BEAT HIGH OIL PRICES Convert Your Oil Burners to Gas Conversion Burners! 15 Years Experience with Valley/New England Gas Co. Dale M. Joubert Sr. Fully Insured Lic. #6934, #1625 (401) 465-8738 • (508) 944-2141 ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. thornton mitchell 'Students will be learning in different ways and teachers will be teaching in different ways.' Dana Institute curriculum. Their comments were raised during the public comment section of the meeting when School Committee members are restrained by their attorney not to respond, not even with a nod of head, to the often emotional pleas from parents. But Supt. Philip Thornton told The Breeze later the handful of complaints should be balanced. Unhappy parents repreSee MATH, Page 14

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