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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 08-27-2015

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©2015 Breeze PuBlications inc. Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze The valley ©2015 Breeze PuBlications inc. Play on! Elise "Alice" Lemieux celebrates her 103rd Birthday. PaGe 4 FREE @ AUGUST 27-SEPTEMBER 3, 2015 like us on Follow us on By SaNDy SeOaNe Valley Breeze staff Writer BLACKSTONE – It's been more than 30 years since the Chargers have had this kind of opportunity – or have faced this much of a challenge. The 98 students in the Blackstone- Millville Regional Marching Band have been invited to participate in the halftime show during this year's Tax Slayer Gator Bowl, an annual post- season college football game to take place in Jacksonville, Fla. in January. In addition to a massive halftime performance that will include student musicians from nine different high schools and two colleges, the group must rehearse for a high-stakes field competition against top marching bands from across the country, and a 10 minute pre-game "pep rally" per- formance before a large audience. BMR Band will play at Florida Gator Bowl Family Fun Day and GoFundMe campaign will help finance trip Just Go! Explore the Blackstone Heritage Corridor with GO! program. lIvING Valley Breeze Photo By charles laWrence Getting ready to march – members of the Blackstone-Millville Regional High School Marching Band brass section, from left, BrIaN TurcOTTe, Jack alleN, GaIl auSTIN and MaeGaN WIllIaMS BerOTh, practice during summer band camp on Aug. 14. Students practiced eight hours per day for six days during camp to get ready for the upcoming school year. By SaNDy SeOaNe Valley Breeze staff Writer WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket School Committee voted unanimously last week to request that the dis- trict reinstate the once controversial "Truancy Diversion Program," revers- ing a 2010 decision to eliminate the court to avoid litigation. It's a decision likely to put a magis- trate back in city schools by the end of next month. "It has an immediate effect as an intervention with students," said Sen. Roger Picard, who served as a truancy officer in city schools for many years. In a letter dated Aug. 12 and sent to Rhode Island Family Court Chief Judge Haiganush Bedrosian, the committee requested that the program, which pro- vides legals means for schools to handle students with chronic absences, go back into use immediately. "The school district has a press- ing need to reinstitute the Truancy Program: since in or about 2010, the attendance rates of its students have decreased at all levels – elementary, middle and high school," the letter explained. "The committee strongly Woonsocket reinstating truancy court program High school has lowest attendance rate in the state see BaND, Page 2 see TruaNcy, Page 7 By SaNDy SeOaNe Valley Breeze staff Writer NORTH SMITHFIELD – The state Department of Environmental Management has fined the develop- ers responsible for Dowling Village $56,095 for failure to comply with a list of environmental standards before and during the construction process at the 137-acre commercial plaza. An attorney for developer Brian Bucci said the company was surprised by the fines, that they've been work- ing with the agency and that they fully expect the issues to be resolved informally, with the fees reduced or eliminated. "None of the violations are about doing harm to the environment; DEM: $56K fine for Dowling Village violations see DOWlING, Page 14 Care Credit offers affordable monthly payments for all dental treatments. Call for a free consultation. D R D AVID W ARD I can have a beautiful smile with Care Credit. (401) 762-2422 • D R D AVE W ARD . COM 460 S OUTH M AIN S TREET • W OONSOCKET , RI 02895 PLEASE

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