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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 03-26-2015

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©2015 Breeze PuBlications inc. Practicing Pysanky Wax and dyes are used to make colorful Ukrainian Easter eggs. PAGE 11 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze ThE vAllEy FREE valleybreeze.com @ MARCH 26-APRIL 1, 2015 Valley Breeze Photo By DaViD Wuerth JordAn MElTon, 3, of Woonsocket, slaps palms with donniE "rAzzMATAzz" SEAlE during a fun break in a benefit game between the Woonsocket Rockets, made up of mem- bers of the Woonsocket community, and the Harlem Superstars. The game was a fundraiser for the Woonsocket Middle School PTO and was held at Woonsocket High School last Friday. See more photos on Page 12. Gimme five! By SAndy SEoAnE Valley Breeze staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com NORTH SMITHFIELD – After months of nego- tiations and several appear- ances before the school board, a collective bargain- ing agreement between the town and members of the North Smithfield Teacher's Association has been rejected by a vote of 4-3. The contract has been the source of some conflict between the committee and members of the Town Council, but at a meeting last week, it was rejected swiftly and without discussion. Committee members Art Bassett, Merredythe Nadeau, John Raymond and Liane Jalette voted against passage, while Committee President William Connell, and mem- bers Robert Lafleur and Christine Bonas were in favor of the document. "For me personally, I voted against the tentative agree- ment because with the pro- posed increases, we still have a substantial supplemental School Committee votes down NSTA contract see ConTrACT, Page 10 By SAndy SEoAnE Valley Breeze staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com WOONSOCKET – At the final meet- ing of the Woonsocket Budget Commission, members voted to advise the Rhode Island Department of Education that the city could lose a net total of $2.4 million in funding by 2020 if two proposed charter schools are per- mitted. Members were not in agreement on the issue, but testimony before the meeting made it clear that many in the public felt the state- appointed fiscal board had a duty to deliver an opinion. Two city-based charter schools are scheduled to open this fall, the kindergarten through 8th-grade college preparatory RISE Mayoral Academy and a middle school expansion of Beacon Charter High School for the Arts known as the Founder's Academy. Students who attend the schools take with them the dollars that would have funded their tradi- tional public school education, a reality that opponents say hurts public schools. "From a taxpayers point of view, to not act might make this board seem perverse, negli- gent, or at the very least improper," said resi- dent Phil Simonini. "This very body commissioned a report to evaluate the impact of this mayoral academy Commission letter: Charter schools pose 'critical risk' to city finances see CoMMiSSion, Page 14 a cEntUry OF sErVicE A special insert this week celebrates Navigant's 100th anniversary. inSidE like us on Follow us on Call for a Complimentary Orthodontic Evaluation Smithfield (401) 349-4355 Cranston (401) 942-0300 North Smithfield (401) 762-2830 Voted as a "Top Orthodontist" in Rhode Island Monthly poll for 2012-2014 "University Orthodontics is the best!" –Alyson, East Providence, RI "I am in the dental field & can definitely separate the good doctors from the mediocre doctors. Dr. Beagan & his staff are the model office." –Kim, Smithfield, RI (401) 762-2422 • D R D AVE W ARD . COM 460 S OUTH M AIN S TREET • W OONSOCKET , RI 02895 PLEASE D R D AVID W ARD R EDISCOVER THE COMFORT & CONFIDENCE TO EAT , SPEAK , LAUGH AND ENJOY LIFE ! D r. David Ward is one of New England's leading practitioners in advanced cosmetic and implant dentistry. Dr. Ward is a proud member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Be Photo Ready Be Photo Ready Be Photo Ready this Easter this Easter this Easter Get the bright, white, smile you've always dreamed of. 855 Social Street Woonsocket, RI 401-765-4600 679 Washington Street Attleboro, MA 508-399-5385 Deli Bakery Smokehouse Polish Easter Favorites K IELBASA P IEROGI G OLABKI P OLISH H AM O LD F ASHIONED B READS & P ASTRIES Order Ahead!

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