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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 3-26-14

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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valley breeze photo by ethan shorey It was a day for spring projects last Friday at Lorraine Fabrics on Mineral Spring Avenue. City resident and fashion designer Kandii Qadar, left, and Joel Greaves look through bright prints for ones that Qadar can incorporate into her mixed leather and print clothing collection. See more photos on Page 11. By eTHan sHoreY valley breeze staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com PAWTUCKET – The cost for school lunches could be going up as part of a proposed plan by local school officials to come into compliance with federal pricing guidelines. An idea being considered by the Pawtucket School Committee could raise school lunches prices by 10 cents, with the possibility of more increases in the future. Federal officials can only require a maximum of a 10-cent increase in any single year, said Melissa Devine, chief financial officer for the Pawtucket School Department. Devine is telling School Committee members that prices for the younger grades would rise from $1.55 to $1.65 while the prices for high school students would increase from $1.70 currently to $1.80. The Pawtucket School Committee is certainly free to do as it pleases when it comes to school lunch prices, said Devine, but federal guidelines require that school districts move toward the $2.65 per lunch that school districts are reimbursed for students who Fashion forward School officials consider raising student lunch prices see lUnCH, page 12 By eTHan sHoreY valley breeze staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com PAWTUCKET – Representatives from the Tai-O Group, a company based in Central Falls, want to buy The Times building at 23 Exchange St. Jevon Chan, a partner in the Tai-O Group, confirmed for The Breeze that his company has had preliminary discus- sions with representatives from The Times about buying the building, which is perched at the intersection of Exchange, Broad, and Summer streets. "We are definitely interested in it, but we have nothing solid at this point," said Chan. According to Chan, rep- resentatives from the Tai-O Group are "always looking" for investment properties in the down- town, but a number of factors have to fall into place for each sale to happen. Mary Lynn Bosiak, publisher of The Times and The Call, said Tuesday that the building "has been for sale for several years now," and remains on the market, but beyond that she has no information about a possible sale. The paper is occupying one main floor of the six-floor building for offices and a dock and circulation areas, said Tai-O Group may purchase landmark Times building see TiMes, page 13 CHan valleybreeze.com ©2014 breeze publications inc. MARCH 26-APRIL 1, 2014 TOP BEAN Local coffee roaster earns the 2014 Rising Star Award. PaGe 4 SPRING BLOOMS Wildflowers add a pop of color to the landscape. livinG Serving Pawtucket Breeze THe valleY @ FREE "like" us on "Follow" us on (401) 762-2422 • D R D AVE W ARD . COM 460 S OUTH M AIN S TREET • W OONSOCKET , RI 02895 PLEASE D R D AVE W ARD P ERMANENT I MPLANTS CAN SECURE BOTH YOUR SMILE AND YOUR CONFIDENCE ONCE AND FOR ALL ! S ELF - CONSCIOUS ABOUT

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