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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-19-2017

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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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE The Glocester Scarecrow Festival took place on Saturday. Main Street was lined with scarecrows and the new Pavilion at Kent Field featured music, pumpkins for children to paint, and a bunny petting zoo. Above, "walking scarecrows" include, from left, BLANCHE BOISVERT, CAROL MALO, DANIELE MALO, all of Burrillville, and PAT STAHLY and LYNN ANDREWS, both of Glocester. See more photos on pages 10-11. Outstanding in their field Allegations suggest bullying also a problem among staff, not just students 'Somebody's got to take a stand,' says parent Jacob Carpenter SCITUATE – Local parents and their children say bullying in the Scituate school system doesn't just involve students. "There's a pervasive bullying problem in Scituate," said Joe Maggiacomo, whose daughter Chiara now attends school in Dartmouth, Mass., after experiencing bullying at Clayville Elementary School and Hope Elementary School. "It's not just the kids." The Valley Breeze & Observer spoke with several parents, including Town Council President John Mahoney, who said their children have been bullied by the staff too. Their accounts come a month after the Observer first published the stories of children who said they experi- enced a growing bullying problem in the school district. The past and present students described taunting in the hallways, harassment via social media, and a lack of response from the school. By JACKIE ROMAN Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See BULLYING, Page 22 SWEET SCITUATE – School Committee member Carolyn Dias has been trek- king all over town with members of the Scituate Youth Association and parent volunteers to deliver informa- tion about the Nov. 7 school bond vote. She said her travels have taken her to some 5,000 Scituate residents. "We want people to make an informed decision," Dias said. On Nov. 7, eligible voters will be asked to vote on a $4.9 million bond to address health and safety concerns in school facilities as well as upgrades to Cato Field and the exist- ing track. Approximately $1.9 million of the bond will go toward upgrading school facilities, including bathroom repairs, ramp installations, and floor tile replacements. Brochures delivered by Dias and other volunteers show boarded up urinals, broken lockers, raised floor tiles, and cracked sidewalks. The images appear alongside quotes from Scituate students. "Our bathrooms need to be upgraded," one North Scituate Elementary School 5th-grader wrote. "There is a sink detaching from the wall." A 10th-grader at Scituate High School wrote, "I don't understand why we have to go to another town for our own home games." "It just breaks my heart," Dias said. November vote on school bond approaches By JACKIE ROMAN Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See SCHOOL BOND, Page 12 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE OCTOBER 19-25, 2017 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & 949-3200 949-3200 949-3200 www.drscottri.com Accepting New Patients We Keep Kids Smiling We Keep Kids Smiling We Keep Kids Smiling Dr. Scott B. Klimaj Dr. Scott B. Klimaj Dr. Scott B. Klimaj 7 Smith Avenue, Greenville, RI

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