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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-16-2018

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MAY 16-22, 2018 PAWTUCKET / THE VALLEY 3 Dube announces her re-election bid PAWTUCKET – Erin Dube is officially declaring that she will seek a third term on the Pawtucket School Committee. Dube, who currently serves as deputy chair- woman on the board, also leads the policy subcommittee and is a member of the wellness subcommittee. As a former high school English teacher and cur- rent professor at Johnson & Wales, Dube has spent her entire professional life in the education world. "Even in college, I would work every summer in a day care center and I truly believe that the equal education of all children should be a priority for our government bodies," she said. During her first two terms, Dube worked to overhaul the entire policy manual. "This was a four-year project, but through dili- gence and strong committee cooperation, we can now officially say that all policies of the School Committee are updated and accessible to the public," she said. The policies are on the school board website that Dube redesigned with help from the technology department. Keeping all the work "in-house" saved the district on paying a consultant, a route that other districts have taken. Dube said she is proud that "not a cent of taxpayer money was needed to achieve this goal and that now any constituent can easily see the policies that we have on the book in this district." The policy manual is a living document, she noted, and she looks forward to con- tinuing to serve as policy chairwoman and working to ensure that the manual "stays in line with new laws while also being progressive in seeking excellent education opportunities for all." Dube said she will continue to be trans- parent and live by the motto that she originally ran on: Believing in Our Public Schools. "Anyone who knows me knows that I have a strong belief that excellent neigh- borhood public schools are about more than just excellent education,' she said. "They serve as the anchor for the entire community." Dube's two daughters attend Pawtucket schools. DUBE Court decision makes way for legal sports betting at Twin River LINCOLN – Twin River and the state's taxpayers stand to win big now that a proposal to relax rules against gambling on sports has backing from the nation's highest court. State Senate President Dominick Ruggerio on Monday applauded a Supreme Court ruling in Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, freeing states to offer sports betting. "In anticipation of this decision, I introduced legislation this year to enable sports betting at the facili- ties where it has been approved by voters already, Twin River in Lincoln and the new venue being constructed in Tiverton," he said. The state is planning on $23.5 million in revenue from sports gambling in its 2018-2019 budget. Patti Doyle, spokeswoman for Twin River, issued a statement after Monday's court decision. "We are currently reviewing today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling and its implication for sports bet- ting in Rhode Island. That said, during the last couple of months, we began to consider how our two Rhode Island venues – Twin River Casino in Lincoln and the soon to open Tiverton Casino and Hotel – could possibly accommodate the addition of sports betting should the ruling prove favorable to Rhode Island," she said. "That review has included space and staff considerations. We will continue that review and planning process," she added. "We look for- ward to learning more about the state's approach to sports betting." Changes at Twin River would likely significantly increase rev- enue to the Lincoln-based casino, with a portion of proceeds going to the state coffers. Brian Murtha, a Pawtucket resi- dent and gambling aficionado, said he plans to start dabbling a bit in betting on NFL games, but nothing big. He said he did it in Las Vegas and it was fun. If he recalls cor- rectly, said Murtha, a three-team parlay for $25 wins $125. The American Gaming Association estimated that $4.7 bil- lion was wagered on Super Bowl 51 in 2017, of which 97 percent was illegal. Some $138.5 million was wagered legally in Nevada on that same Super Bowl. The underground sports betting economy in the United States is worth roughly $150 billion each year. Until now, Rhode Islanders wishing to participate in this activ- ity had to bring their money out of state, or play illegally. "Enabling legal sports wagering in Rhode Island would provide revenue for critical state services while providing a new entertain- ment option for Rhode Islanders," said Ruggerio in a statement. "The state now has an oppor- tunity to offer a legal means for Rhode Islanders to enjoy a form of entertainment in which many already engage. Sports gaming also provides the state with a revenue stream that supports critical priori- ties, such as investing in roads and schools, without increasing the tax burden on citizens." Ruggerio's legislation and the related budget article were sched- uled for a hearing Tuesday after- noon at a joint meeting of the Senate Finance Committee and Senate Special Legislation and Veterans Affairs Committee, which reviews gaming matters. In addition to Ruggerio, of District 4 (North Providence, Providence), the bipartisan list of sponsors includes Senate Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey, Senate Minority Leader Dennis Algiere, Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin, and Sen. Frank Ciccone III, of District 7 in North Providence. House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said in a statement that he's pleased the Supreme Court made its ruling in time for the state's budget deliberations. He said he has been on record as sup- porting sports betting if it is ruled legal, and that day has come. "I look forward to finalizing the details," he said. A spokesman for Gov. Gina Raimondo said the administration took proactive measures in antici- pation of the ruling. Attorney Gen. Peter Kilmartin has led the initia- tive, and the state is in the process of developing the infrastructure to begin sports betting this fall and keep revenue in Rhode Island. Rep. William O'Brien, of District 54 in North Providence, called attention Monday to his bill that would allow social gaming in pri- vate residences, public taverns, and private clubs. O'Brien's bill would legalize activities such as NCAA basketball tournament pools as By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor 'Enabling legal sports wager- ing in Rhode Island would provide revenue for critical state services while providing a new entertainment option for Rhode Islanders.' DOMINICK RUGGERIO Senate President See SPORTS BETTING, Page 7 Does your child like? Robotics • Google Chromebooks Up to date computer room with fiber optic technology Wireless technology throughout the school Strings and Instrumental Music Chorus • Drama • Smartboards • Sports Saint CeCilia SChool Celebrating over 100 years of Catholic education! Then St. Cecilia School is the only school for you! Accepting Registrations for 2018-2019 Pre-K - Grade 8 Where morals and values meet academic excellence Extended Care is available 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. open houSe May 16 th 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 755 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, Rhode Island 401-723-9463 • • Call for a personal tour: Valley Breeze offices to close for Memorial Day HOLIDAY DEADLINES The Valley Breeze office in Lincoln will be close on Monday, May 28, 2018 in observance of Memorial Day. The news display advertising deadline will move forward to Friday, May 25 at 3 p.m. The classified line advertising deadline will remain Tuesday, May 29 at Noon. 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