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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 4-2-14

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By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com PAWTUCKET – Food and beverage taxes are up in this city, a positive sign for restau- rants and businesses that sell prepared foods. Pawtucket was one of eight communities in The Breeze read- ership area to see an increase in revenue from the meal and beverage tax for the first seven months of the fiscal year, run- ning from June 2013 to January 2014. The city's overall revenue from that period was up 9.2 percent over the same period a year earlier, from $363,592 to $397,217. Dylan Zelazo, spokesman for Mayor Donald Grebien, said it's difficult to know exactly why the numbers have gone up, but he imagines it's due to a combination of an improving economy, better consumer con- fidence, and perhaps the addi- tions of a couple restaurants. Tom Wallin, manager at Murphy's Law Irish Pub on George Street, said the res- taurant is doing better in its second year than its first, a sign that Murphy's Law is doing the right things to attract new cus- tomers. Wallin said he believes the local economy's "doing a little better" and people are "getting out more." Seven other communities in The Breeze read- ership area all saw increases in meal and beverage tax revenue. They are: Cumberland, up 4.6 percent from $218,923 to $228,920; Lincoln, up 12.3 percent from $387,174 to $434,620; North Smithfield, up 21.6 percent from $107,837 to $131,162; Smithfield, up 12.6 percent from $331,844 to $373,746;, up 19.6 percent from $31,890 to $38,138; Glocester, up 1.4 percent from $42,436 to $43,050; and Foster, up 4.7 percent from $8,210 to $8,592. Two communities, North Providence and Woonsocket, were among the five in the state with the biggest drop in local collections of the 1 per- By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com PAWTUCKET – Tolman High School is continuing on its remarkable upward trajectory, scoring significant gains on the New England Common Assessment Program tests. NECAP results from tests admin- istered last fall show an "unprecedent- ed" 35-point gain in the number of students who are proficient or better in writing, a 13 per- cent gain in reading, and a 4 percent gain in math. Tolman is outgaining other high schools under the Rhode Island Department of Education's "priority" status, beating out cross-town rival Shea High School by 14 points SAVASTANO Tolman celebrates big leap on NECAP test School is now outperforming others like it Meals taxes up in Pawtucket, across the state Valley Breeze photo By DaViD Wuerth Can You Dance New England held tryouts for 150 dancers at Studio One in Lincoln last Friday evening. JORdYN LAVALLEE, bottom, 12, from Pawtucket, and dAkOTA MARABELLO, 12, also from Pawtucket, perform unique dance moves. The Can You Dance New England charity event finale will be held on Tuesday, April 29, at the Crowne Plaza. Daring dance duo See TAXES, page 14 See SCORES, page 13 WALLiN valleybreeze.com ©2014 Breeze puBlicationS inc. APRIL 2-8, 2014 Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY @ FREE "Like" us on "Follow" us on SPRING AT SLATER Crews prepare baseball fields at Slater Park for start of season. PAGE 18 GAmE oN Choose your adventure at 5 Wits at Patriot Place. PAGE 7

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