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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-09-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MAY 9-15, 2018 Performers in Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Arts' version of "Seussical" this weekend are, from left, KEYLINE MORENO, as Bird Girl, CASSANDRA CUTELO, as Mayzie the Bird, NICOLE SIMONEAU, as Bird Girl, and SA'MARI APONTE, as Bird Girl. The show will be held at the school's campus, 350 Division St., Pawtucket, Friday through Sunday, May 11-13. See story on page 9. Showtime at JMW Thirty years ago, a request to edu- cate one's children at home was rare enough to make front page news in the local paper. Today, school boards approve a list of requests toward the end of their meetings, often with no questions asked. Over the past 15 years, the num- ber of homeschooled students in Rhode Island has risen by some 42 percent, from 857 students statewide in 2002-2003 to 1,466 students in 2017-2018, according to statewide data provided to The Breeze by At home with teaching: In R.I., homeschooling growing in popularity By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See HOMESCHOOLING, Page 6 PAWTUCKET – Due mostly to investments in roads and schools, as well as contractually-mandated pay increases, Mayor Donald Grebien's proposed 2018-2019 budget plan calls for an increase in combined property taxes of $2.96 million. This is likely the city's most com- plex budget of the mayor's eight years in office, say members of the administration, due to both a city- wide revaluation and the implementation of the state's car tax phaseout. Bottom line? The owner of a home with a value that increased significantly less than the city-wide average increase will see their taxes go down, while the owner of a home valued at or above the average will see a tax increase. Single-family home values increased by an average of 16 per- cent, while two-family homes went up 24 percent, three-families by 15 percent, four-families by 25 percent, and five-families by 27 percent. Commercial properties and residen- Mayor proposes budget with 2.8 percent tax increase By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See TAX, Page 18 GREBIEN Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, RI 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 www.GeorgeMPrescottLaw.com No fee for initial consultation. See our Senior Living Guide inside! See our Senior Living ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. © ADOBE STOCK Fitness for Seniors published by Senior Living Guide

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