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The North Providence Breeze 1-8-14

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JANUARY 8-14, 2014 A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE Breeze The north providence Sounds of Sinatra Rough beginning Chris Jason Sinatra Live band will perform to benefit Ponaganset. LIVING Cougar hockey team drops first four. PAGE 5 @ "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Ban kids from bus when parents are afternoon no-shows? Frosty fun on NP hills On a cold and sunny day, parents and kids gathered behind North Providence High School for sledding fun last Saturday. Dwayne Perry coasts down the hill with his daughter Trinity Garcia, 18 months. They are from North Providence. See more photos on page 2. By MEGHAN KAVANAUGH Valley Breeze Staff Writer NORTH PROVIDENCE – School officials are considering a change to the district's transportation policy that could eliminate the requirement that an adult greet every elementary school student getting off the bus. Perhaps only students in kindergarten through grade 2 should be required to have a parent present, Supt. Melinda Smith offered at the School Committee meeting on Dec. 18, two months after the policy was revised to include transportation suspension as a punishment for parents who habitual- Breeze photo by David Wuerth ly failed to meet their children at the bus stop after school. Smith also suggested a tiered punishment system, one that would start with a call to parents and escalate to written notice, bus suspension and eventually removal from the bus service if the problem continues. School Committee member Ronald Iannetta said some parents do not meet their children at the bus because they know they will be bused back to school to wait with the principal. "We have to put some strength into the policy," he said. "Something has to be done to make these parents See BUS, Page 9 Grandparents join technology classes to keep up with the kids By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Staff Writer LINCOLN – For more and more local senior citizens, the ever-advancing world of technology is about learning or being left behind. With so many in the younger generations becoming fluent on every gadget imaginable, there is more motivation than ever for older citizens to learn the ropes themselves, say those who work with local seniors. But for many, the challenge is great. Susan Lena, a Smithfield resi- dent who coordinates computer classes at senior centers in Lincoln, North Providence and Johnston, told The Valley Breeze that she finds a broad range of skill levels among northern Rhode Island's seniors. Some are "incredibly literate" when it comes to technology, while others "are afraid to sit in front of a machine," said Lena. But almost universally she finds that seniors today want to know more. Many of those who are just learning now have long been reluctant because it's a world that seems foreign to them, she said. "It's a big challenge for some seniors," she said. Looking to Sell Your Stuff? Let us help. NEW! Pay only $10 for ads for Items for Sale valued at $200 or less. 3 weeks, only $25. Visit, or call 334-9555 weekdays. Deadline, Tuesday at 3 p.m. The motivation for the majority of seniors she works with is that they want to communicate in the ways younger members of their family are communicating, said Lena. Many are going to their local senior centers for classes because they don't want See TECHNOLOGY, Page 4 We help each individual live independently in the comfort of their own home. • Personal Care • Meal Preparation • Transportation • Shopping & Errands • Safety Supervision • Light Housekeeping We understand the importance in choosing an agency that meets your needs 401-312-1160 ©2014 Breeze Publications Inc.

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