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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 06-20-2018

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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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JUNE 20-26, 2018 BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY From left, SIMONE BARROS, GUSTAVO BRAVO and KIANA CARDENAS applaud as they take their place at the start of the first-ever Blackstone Valley Prep High School graduation, held last Saturday. CUMBERLAND – The new building Blackstone Valley Prep High School calls home has seen classes taught and meals shared since its doors opened last November. Members of the inau- gural group of BVP graduates were pleased – and very proud – to oblige one final milestone. Last Saturday, the Class of 2018 entered the Cumberland public charter school's gleaming gym as seniors and left as graduates, bound for colleges across New England and beyond. Delivering a hearty "bienvenidos and welcome," BVP CEO Jeremy Chiappetta told the 57-member group, "You've earned this one … You have laid the foundation on which graduating classes will stand for years to come." Dressed in navy blue with gold- capped sleeves, the school's first high school graduates beamed as parents, peers, and supportive fac- ulty applauded the pioneers. Through tumult and transition – shuffling buildings as many as 10 times since entering the BVP system in 5th grade – the students braved the storm, emerging as scholars, said their leaders. Student James McKee took the stage. After a resounding, "Happy birthday!" from his classmates, he introduced his uncle, Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Dan McKee, the founder of the Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral BVP's first graduating class braves the unknown, finishes strong By DIANDRA MARKGRAF Valley Breeze Contributing Writer See BVP, Page 6 PAWTUCKET – A plan to ban all city road races except for those held at Slater Park is drawing criticism from those who participate in and benefit from the races, as well as city residents who say they add a certain vibrancy. Councilor John Barry III is the key voice behind the measure, which has yet to go to the ordi- nance subcommittee. According to Barry, there are many city residents who have been inconvenienced by road races and are annoyed by them. Arthur Brunelle, of the Pawtucket St. Patrick's Parade, warned that the proposal from Barry could effec- tively end the 36-year tradition in the city. The road race and the crowds it brings in for an after-party are a major contributor to the parade. Barry and other council members are saying they're open to a compro- mise allowing road races to continue, but they should be in areas where they're not impacting residents too much. The final straw for Barry, said the councilman, was the Guinness Irish 5K run as part of the Pawtucket St. Patrick's Parade celebration in March. Barry said he was OK with a sce- Proposal: Ban road races except at Slater Park By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See RACES, Page 11 BARRY 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 No fee for initial consultation. Are you looking Are you looking for a for a Check out the back Check out the back of our of our Classified section where Classified section where you'll find our advertisers' you'll find our advertisers' most current job offerings! most current job offerings! Check out our Summer Local Restaurant Guide INSIDE Check out our Summer Local Restaurant Guide INSIDE Summer 2018 LOCAL RESTAURANT GUIDE EAT OUT EAT OUT Let's

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