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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 8-27-14

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Valley Breeze photo By Charles lawrenCe Opening day for Pawtucket Youth Soccer was last Saturday at the McKinnon-Alves Soccer Complex. Players, ranging in age from 4 to 16, competed in teams sponsored by local businesses and wearing jerseys with the countries of the major international soccer teams of the world. Above, Portugal scores against Spain. See more photos on Pages 9 and 14. First scores of the season By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze online news editor ethan@valleybreeze.com PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Arts Festival has always been known as "a little edgier, a little more daring" than its counterparts across New England, say its organiz- ers, and this year's 16th version promises to meet and exceed all those expectations. The 2014 Pawtucket Arts Festival, set to run Sept. 5-28, has a needed new focus and more partners than ever before, said festival Chairman John Baxter, meaning a broader assortment of top talent will be coming to the city in 'Edgy' Pawtucket Arts Festival promises packed schedule for 2014 Election coverage on House 58 and House 59 races inside on Page 3. see FESTIVAL, page 10 By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze online news editor ethan@valleybreeze.com PAWTUCKET – Officials from the Rhode Island Department of Education say they are "unable to approve" a new three-year food service contract with city mainstay Sodexo, meaning school offi- cials must abandon the deal or risk losing big reimbursement dollars. In a letter to school officials, Becky Bessette, administrator of child nutrition programs in the Office of Statewide Efficiencies, said that the Pawtucket School Committee "failed to follow the evalu- ation process pre-approved by RIDE" when it approved a contract with Sodexo over low-bidder Chartwells at a June 30 meeting. "Lack of RIDE approval would impact our ability to reimburse Pawtucket for meals served through the school meal programs," wrote Bessette. One school official estimated the total state reimbursement for meals at nearly $300,000. RIDE won't sign off on food service contract with Sodexo Without reversal, schools risk losing nearly $300,000 reimbursement see SODEXO, page 11 valleybreeze.com ©2014 Breeze puBliCations inC. AUGUST 27-SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 Warm Welcome Teachers at Agnes E. Little School prep classrooms for new year. PAGE 13 Sound and SightS delight Night of music and lights entertains under the Pawtucket River Bridge. PAGE 4 Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY @ FREE Like us on Follow us on East Bay Neurology PC Dr. Motasem Al-Yacoub is pleased to announce the reopening of his Neurology practice located at 333 School Street Suite 210 Pawtucket, RI 02860. Most insurances accepted. For information on how to make an appointment call 401-722-7300 Former Patients Welcome!

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