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JULY 2010 VOLUME 6, NO. 7
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“Sizzlin’ Hot” 2010 Summer Concert Series!!!
Ofﬁcial Heritage Program Inside This Issue
By Gina Wesley-Silva Thank goodness, it’s summertime again, and that means enjoying another season of free, live, outdoor music concerts at beautiful Rose Larisa Park in Riverside!! Yippee!! This pristine park is located just across the street from the Crescent Park carousel, and provides the perfect backdrop and environment for live music concerts! Rose Larisa Park features wonderfully green, immaculately maintained lawns, which cover its slopes and rolling hills. one such slope creates an actual amphitheatre bowl type seating area, at the bottom of which stands a stage where EAST PROVIDENCE HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2010 1 Official Program the bands play. And, just beyond that stage are long and winding biking and walking trails, overlooking breathtaking sunsets, which sparkle off the waters of Narragansett Bay! The concerts are held each Thursday night from 6pm until :30pm! This is a family event, so kids, teens, parents, and grandparents can all enjoy this fun and comfortable outing. It is a great, no-hassle, Pierce Field and Stadium • 201 Mercer Street • East Providence RI minimal expense experience - the perfect “night out” in these hard economic times. Great for families, couples, hanging out rk Finel Celebrating Ma veli li’ with friends, or going to alone. Remember n a s r g a Tr to bring blankets and lawn chairs, and you Our 30th cC Amusement Park may also bring picnic baskets and coolers Anniversary! too if you don‘t want to purchase food at the concession across the street. The annual Summer Concert Series s & Craft has been going on for approximately fifteen s oth years, and is sponsored by the East ProviFood c i n dence Parks & Recreation Department. I th recently met with organizers Alba Curti, Diane Sullivan, and Rebecca Chace, to get a preview of what’s ahead for 010. These ladies are very enthusiastic about this years’ venue, even though they say they have had to make some minor adjustments due to Live budget cuts. “We can’t spend that much on Entertainment summer concerts anymore, but that doesn’t Including: mean we cannot still have a great series! In THE SPINNERS with Beyond fact, I think we have a really good line-up this Blonde • Blue Wild Gypsy year. I’m looking forward to it,” says Curti. “Jimi Hendrix Tribute” Curti went on to explain that each year • The Blushing Brides the department seeks to offer various styles “Tribute to The Rolling Stones” • Kissnation with of music and bands so that “…hopefully, we Draw The Line can offer music for everybody’s taste. We “Aerosmith Tribute” always choose a variety of music styles, but it is always live music and bands, and that makes it special!” continued on page 15...
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East Providence News Briefs 29 East Providence Teaching Positions Cut
East Providence school officials recalled more than 0 percent of the teachers they laid off four months ago, but the decision late last week means 9 teachers will be laid off the next school year. The state made midyear aid cuts of more than $ million of its expected revenue. The district also made an accounting mistake of nearly $1 million by forgetting to account for the tuition of 19 special-needs out of district students last year. The committee rehired 6 of the 105 teachers who received layoff notices in late February. The teacher count for the new school year will be 483. The 9 that have been laid off include 1 high school teachers, 9 at the middle schools and 4 elementary school teachers.
EP School Oﬃcials Revise Budget
School officials made additional changes to the school system’s spending plan for the next four months to end the fiscal year with a balanced budget rather than $1 million in the red. District Chief operating officer Lonnie Barham said the department would reduce utility and maintenance expenses by $1,100. Administrators also discovered that the department has about $50,000 less in special-education costs than it had expected. The system’s revised budget, which was presented to the City Council last week, also showed $401,000 more in savings from cuts previously made to staff salaries and benefits. The savings were far less in those two categories in a draft version of the revised budget, which Barham gave to the School Committee two weeks ago. Yet the biggest change was the department’s decision not to pay down its deficit from past years. It had been chipping away at the lingering shortage — which was last reported at $5. million in August 009 — every year with city meals tax money the council set aside for that purpose, as well as with any other savings that department officials could find. The council gave the schools $500,000 of its meals tax receipts this fiscal year, which began Nov. 1, 009, and ends oct. 31. District officials then hoped to reduce the cumulative deficit by $1.15 million.
Barham’s draft budget to the committee still projected reducing the debt by $500,000. That money and a slew of spending cuts — to books, supplies, transportation and technology — will now be used to keep the district in the black. “We do have a five-year deficit-reduction plan that we think is viable,” Barham said. He said it will be presented to the committee, council and state auditor general in the near future. But upset taxpayers at Tuesday night’s council meeting said this city routinely breaks its promise to pare down the School Department’s arrears. The meals tax money “wasn’t supposed to be used, but a lot of things happened since then,” Councilman Robert Cusack said. Most notably, the general aid from the state was reduced in the middle of the year by nearly $ million for the school district. The city also received less than it expected in state aid and reimbursements. There was also a district mistake in which school officials failed to track the tuitions of 19 special-education students who were taught out of district last year. It cost the department more than $956,000 this year. Without those significant changes, Cusack said, the city probably would not have been in this predicament. Mayor Joseph S. Larisa Jr. also said the deficit-reduction plan that is in the works will eliminate the school debt in four years rather than five. Barham said, “We’re planning on living within the [projected] revenue we are getting [next year].”
E P Teachers’ Contract Approved By City Council
The EP City Council unanimously ratified a new teacher contract after a public hearing Tuesday night. The two-year agreement, retroactive to Nov. 1, 009, imposes longer work days, a longer work year and larger classes at the high school and two middle schools. Under the pact, the 51 educators also accept unilateral salary and benefit reductions — which include a 5-percent salary reduction and 0-percent contributions to their health-care costs. The old contract, which expired oct. 31, 008, cost the city $135. million over the three years, or an average of $45 million each year. The new contract will cost the city $39.5 million this and next year. Class size will increase from a maximum of 5 to 8 students in most classes
at the middle and high school level. The teachers union agreed to drop its unfair labor complaint over the district’s plan to pay teachers based on performance rather than seniority, levels of graduate work, as well as planning involvement. In exchange, the district agrees to delay the start of this pay structure from July 011 to November 011. The district also agrees not to cut teachers’ salaries further than the 009 unilateral reductions. And the pact ends the plan by district officials to make teachers take several unpaid sick days before cashing in on paid sick days. Teachers hired before 1984, will have five fewer sick days per year. The new contract commits the district to using 33 percent of any unexpected revenue to restoring laid-off teachers, decreasing class size or paying the current educators for their extra time.
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Births..................................63 Business Directory...................0 Classifieds................................ 69 Clubs......................................40 Dining Guide............................65 E.P. Chamber of Commerce..... EBCAP News............................1 Events & Activities....................34 How You Can Help.................1 Letters to the Editor...................5 Library..................................48 News Briefs................................3 opinion.............................. From the Mayor.................0 Talk of the Townies...........1 EP Education Assoc. ........1 EP School Committee........3 EP Taxpayers Assoc. ........33 Parks and Recreation..............9 People......................................44 Senior Center News................60 School News......................51 Scouts...............................56 Sports Update.......................54 State House.......................58 Town News............................8
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Summertime! Finally, your chance to relax and unwind! With your sunblock, sunglasses and a good book, you plan to enjoy the day at the pool! Suddenly, you remember your dog is in the yard unsupervised ….surely he will be okay for a couple hours. Or will he? By: Dr. Amy Hurd Likewise, some pets react in a similar way to thunderSummer temperatures might be great for tan lines storms. Normally calm pets may become distressed, and boating trips, but the excessive heat and increased destructive and even bite in an attempt to get away from outdoor activities could spell disaster for your pets. As the noises. While running, they are at risk for being hit the mercury rises, take just a few moments to insure by a car, becoming lost or encountering another animal that your pets are safe and prevent an urgent trip to the who might be aggressive. animal ER with a summertime emergency! The warm summer season also brings out a host of The most common heat related problem for pets is pests that will actively seek out your pets. heat stroke. Also known as heat stress or hyperpyrexia, Fleas and ticks are two examples, but some species heat stroke is a real emergency for dogs. Even on modof biting flies are very fond of dogs’ ears. Repeated bites erately warm days, an excited dog might show a body can cause a condition that can be serious and difficult temperature increase of to 5 degrees Fahrenheit. to control known as “fly strike”. Since dogs don’t sweat like we do, they are unable to It is possible to enjoy the summer with your pets dissipate the excess heat and heat stroke may soon by taking just a few precautions. First and foremost, follow. always be aware of the weather forecast. Knowing the Any outdoor pet can overheat on a warm sumpredicted high temperature can help guide your plans mer day, but short-faced breeds, such as Pugs and for the day. Don’t leave your pet unattended outside Bulldogs, are at a higher risk. In addition, every year or plan heavy exercise on hot, humid days. If you pet thousands of pets succumb to heat stroke because is left outdoors, he must have access to adequate they were left in cars while their owners ran “just a shade and fresh water. When it’s time to run errands, few” errands. Many cities and states have now made leave your pet at home. Even a few minutes in a hot it a crime to leave your pet unattended in a vehicle. car is enough to increase your pet’s body temperature These are important laws as even on a 0 degree day, dramatically. temperatures inside a car can soar to over 110 degrees If you find your pet disoriented, panting excessively in less than one hour! or collapsed in the yard, move him immediately to a Some owners try to help their pets by shaving the cooler environment. Use cool wet towels over his back, dog’s long coat. Although this seems like a good idea, armpits and groin to help bring his temperature down. a well groomed and clean hair coat can actually insuFans are often helpful too. Do NoT USE ICE! Then, get late the dog from the heat and help keep them cooler. him to your veterinarian immediately so that they can Veterinarians will recommend shaving specific areas assess his status and begin life saving treatments. in long-haired breeds. For example, shaving around Your veterinarian is also a good source of advice for the anus and groin can help keep the area clean and products that will kill fleas and ticks. Some veterinarians free from infections. In some cases, shaving the hair also carry a product that repels biting flies. coat could expose a lightly pigmented dog to potential If you are planning to take your pets to any outdoor sunburn. For short-haired lightly colored breeds, Cacelebrations or cook-outs, find out first if pets are welnine Solar Dermatitis is another problem. Boxers, Pit come or if fireworks are planned. It might be easier Bulls and Dalmatians are just a few examples of dogs to simply leave the dogs at home rather than risk a that are at risk. In these cases, chronic exposure to hot run-away or injury. sunny days damages the skin and causes tender, red Most parks allow pets, but rules vary by park and scaly lesions. Eventually, the skin becomes thickened of course your pets must be on a leash at all times. and scarred. Check ahead on the parks you plan to visit. When the sun goes down and the temperatures start Summertime should be a time for relaxation and to cool, your pets still face many summer challenges. fun…don’t let a pet emergency spoil your good time. The patriotic holidays during the summer months are You can fi nd more helpful pet care information at www. often preceded by and celebrated with fireworks. The PetDocsonCall.com; www.VeterinaryPartner.com; bright flashes and loud bangs are terrifying to some www.healthypet.com or ask your local veterinarian. pets and can cause anxiety, stress and even escape. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Dr. Amy Hurd is a veterinarian and the owner of Bristol County Veterinary Hospital in Seekonk, MA; and can be reached at 508-336-3381 or email: Bristolcountyvet@verizon.net
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our East Providence School Administration has become the biggest disappointment in the past year. once again, they use a magic wand to look good, this time they have decided to use the food tax monies to pay down this year’s deficit. In the past the $500.000 was given to the School Department by the City and was used to pay its deficit for previous years. one might say what the difference, in my opinion it is really nothing? However it still leaves the School Department with a $5. million dollar shortfall as of 009. The district Chief operating officer proposed a budget that would be in balance instead of being in the red for $1 Million Dollars. The trouble is can we believe this Administrator who is prone to double talk in the past. He is in charge of all operations and this district made a mistake in tracking the tuitions of 19 special-educations students who were taught out of district at a cost of almost $1 million dollars. Now that would have given a balanced Budget and the $500.000 could have reduced the previous year’s deficit. That again would only happen if they did not screw up the budget and the million was in this years readjusted plan. continued on page 6
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Are there no limits to your random decisions? Your latest round of obscure decisions has truly left many of us in this city scratching our heads. 9 students who are currently sixth or seventh graders at MMS will be sent to RMS next year. Another 51 Hennessey students who would have previously gone to Martin will now also go to Riverside and 14 students from Silver Spring who would have gone to Riverside will go to Martin… You’re kidding, right? What boundaries did you use for this decision? Hennessey is in the Center of The City people! There are many children living in the Silver Spring and Kent Heights neighborhoods with 0915 zip codes! That is certainly a more natural selection for moving students to RMS. If you’re going to arbitrarily redistribute children, pull out a map first! And about changing the start times… City Leadership is stressing over high unemployment in this city but yet you are asking parents to go into work and alert their employers that they will now be late for work every day. Parents will still have to make sure their kids get to school safely but, at a new time next year because the School Department thought it would be a good idea? Brilliant! As soon as every parent who has a job and a child in an EP school becomes unemployed, we won’t have to worry what time we start school. Parents won’t have a job to rush to so it won’t matter! Why in the world wouldn’t you just tack on the extra time to the End of the Day? Most people already have care in place for their children after school! It would be less of a hardship to parents this way! If it’s the transportation budget that has your khakis in a twist, try widening the area in which bussing is available or omit the bus monitors that currently cost the city a jaw dropping $315,000 per year according to your budget. You could also save another $81,000 per year plus by eliminating the director of transportation! Maybe you can give the job to Dr. Caswell as part of her six-figure salary. It would appear that in your quest for a Culture of Achievement, you have forgotten one major element… common sense! There are five School Committee Members… Here’s what I’d like to see…each one pick a point of interest and rein it in. For example:
July 2010 The Reporter • Member 1… Corral all the principals and get education costs under control, including special education. • Member 2… Get the Vocational School full either with our students or some type of exchange program with the surrounding communities to offset our expenses and get the seniors internships with local businesses. While you’re at it, expand the adult education evening programs to generate more revenue. • Member 3… Figure out why it costs us $4 M to bus less than 6000 children for 180 days. • Member 4… Get the cost of our School Administration cut by at least half. And last but certainly not least… • Member 5… You will have the most important job of all… Get our test scores and our graduation levels UP! I’d also like to see (This is only a Partial List): • Immediate Forensic Audit • A full-time grant writer • The Landscaping Program take over the maintenance of the E.P.H.S. fields as part of their program • More participation from parents and the PTSA’s • The return of a decent math program from K thru 12 • Substantial, unwavering debt reduction plans • Immediate and regular ongoing repairs and maintenance to the schools • Full-day K across the board • The return of the gifted program • Bi-Weekly School Committee Meetings • More aggressive approach to non-resident children attending EP schools • Reduction of legal fees • Include more input from our teachers as they are on the front lines Chrissy Rossi
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Math NECAP Scores Reviewed
In March 010 I was asked to speak to the East Providence High School (EPHS) School Improvement Team (SIT) regarding Math NECAP test scores and what the school is doing to improve. It was a productive discussion and it led to a request from the East Providence School Administration for me to present information to the School Committee in regard to the same topic. I have not been able to make that happen (family commitments and scheduling conflicts) so I am writing this letter to provide that same information to the parents of children attending EPHS currently and in the future. I feel confident that this letter will reach more people than a live or tape delayed school committee meeting. The 009 Math NECAP scores at EPHS went down this year which shocked and disappointed everyone in the mathematics department. I have my theories as to why this occurred: - the idea that the test does not matter and therefore our students did not put forth their best effort - math is the last subject tested over an extended testing period in october (ELA and reading are also tested) - poor attendance in math class - a degradation of mathematical skills (numeracy) that is required to master more difficult concepts in high school math courses. - a two and a half month summer break away from math before the NECAP It is not my intention here to use these as excuses, just as topics of conversation for ideas to look for improvement. over the course of this school year there have been numerous initiatives (both at EPHS and throughout the district) to turn these scores around and improve numeracy and mathematical conceptual understanding. Math teachers at the high school and across K-1 in East Providence are working extremely hard to assist our students in their math performance (not only during NECAP assessments but in math classrooms everyday). My letter speaks directly to the EPHS math department, but this same story is being played out everyday across all schools in East Providence. Specific initiatives at the high school include: - Summer course work (similar to summer reading) for honor students was instituted last fall. This summer every student enrolled in a math class at EPHS has a summer assignment that is due first week of school and will be assessed at the beginning of the year. For more information please see the EPHS web site in the “What’s New” section. The goal of math course work is to bridge the time
between June and September. Hopefully students will remain sharp and focused so less instructional time is spent reviewing topics that were taught in previous classes. - Extensive usage of NECAP previously released items in the fall before the testing window and continuous usage throughout the instructional year. Examples of previously released items are available on the RI Department of Education site. - K-1 Curriculum development completed three course high school courses (Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Algebra) to align instruction and assessment and ensure there are no gaps in mathematical topics listed in Grade Span Expectations (GSE) and in the future to Common Core Standards. These documents (as well as all K-1 curriculum documents) are available at the district web site. The teachers that were involved with this effort have a further understanding of what is being taught not only at the high school but across K-1. on a separate note the K-1 Science Initiative starts September 010. - Development of Mathematics Checklist designed for students to reference when they are completing portfolio assignments and extended projects and tasks. Students now have a complete understanding of what math teachers expect in order for them to be proficient on specific tasks. Teachers have modeled student work (both proficient and non-proficient) so students get an increased awareness of the expectations for proficiency. The checklist is available on the district K-1 curriculum web site. - Development of four on demand portfolio assignments for each course that challenge students by increasing the rigor required to problem solve at the high school level. - Development of common end of year assessments (exams). These assessments can also be used as a portfolio assignment if the student meets proficiency. Many teachers have begun to use common quizzes and tests as well. - Common planning time is spent collaborating with colleagues working on assessment development, as well as calibration of student work to determine what instructional strategies are working in different classrooms. The amount of collaboration and sharing of best practices among teachers is at never seen before levels. Educational leaders need to be smart when developing “pay for performance” initiatives that could prevent this essential collaboration. - There has been an increase in technology to assist instruction including Gizmos, explore learning videos and Prentice Hall instructional videos. These instructional strategies have been in-
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July 010 The Reporter corporated into the K-1 curriculum so students will become more familiar with them as time moves forward. - The Prentice Hall Math books used at EPHS are available on line for every student at EPHS. Each student has a unique username and password allowing them to see their book, see the worksheets and problems assigned, utilize instructional videos for support, quizzes, tests and vocabulary lessons. For instructions on how to access these books on line please see the student resource section of the school web site. This is an underused resource and I recommend to every parent that they implore their children to become familiar with the numerous opportunities provided to them by using the online book. This resource is a valuable tool that should be used for the summer course work and throughout the year. There is outstanding material here to help parents answer the “I did all my homework in school” dilemma. Incoming ninth grade student were recently uploaded into the system and have access to all materials. - Use of Graphic organizers like Frayer models and two-column notes (white board posters), as well as other instructional strategies learned in professional development and college courses. other manipulative instructional materials (student white boards, calculators, number cubes, chips, etc) have recently been purchased. - EPHS school bulletin board for posting of home work assignments and other resources (see link on EPHS web site and click on your child’s math teacher). Next school year parents will be able to access their children’s performance on test, quizzes and homework on a real-time basis through Power School. - A Math binder program was piloted by a number of teachers this year. The binder is a detailed an organized way of separating all math related materials so students can learn how to organize and study for math. Each student’s math binder is broken into sections (table of contents and log of assignments, start-up problems, homework, notes, test/quizzes, etc) so the student can access material in an organized method and answers the “you don’t study for math” statement that is popular with students. An increase in the importance of academic vocabulary in the school has not missed math classes. There is plenty to study. These are just a few of the initiatives that have been instituted this year. In combination with over 00 hours of documented professional development focused in areas of numeracy, Proficiency Based Graduation Requirements (PBGR), personalization and literacy it is evident that there is a significant amount of dedicated work focused on improving our student performance on every
measurement tool available (class grade, NECAP, PSAT/SAT and whatever comes next). This list is only in the math department and is also reflected in every corner of the high school (and through out every school in East Providence). The list of initiatives in the future is just as impressive (more AP courses offered, improved portfolio system, lessons and units targeted with assessments, math lab for students entering the high school with a 1 on the 8th grade NECAP, mid-term and final assessments, extended portfolio tasks, etc). As the Mathematics department chair, I can report to the parents of East Providence High School students (I fit in this category as well- with two recent graduates from EPHS and two in the future) that there is ample opportunity for your student to succeed if they so desire. The teachers in the math department (and throughout the school and district) are standing by to instruct, guide, assist and most importantly challenge your student. We will continue to challenge ourselves, looking for ways to improve our instructional strategies and assessments. In my short tenure as department chair I have been so proud to be a part of such a hard working and dedicated team. I want to publically thank them for all of their hard work. They never hear enough public praise. However there is much more work to be done. What needs to occur is a sharing of the accountability for student success. It is more than apparent that the political climate has teachers more accountable than ever. However that accountability has more than one node. As a parent I have at times lacked the day to day focus on my child’s learning (thankfully my wonderful wife stays on top of them). If there is one thing I have learned in 3 year in the Navy, it is you get what you inspect. We as parents need to do our jobs by supporting our children. We need to get them to school, expect them to perform, monitor their progress, communicate with their teachers, celebrate their achievements (in and out of the classroom) and correct, instruct and educate them when they fall short. It is the parent’s role to set clear expectations for their success. It is our job as educators to prepare and challenge students, it is our job as citizens to support our schools by getting involved (volunteer as a senior project judge, come see the school play or a concert, etc.) and it is our job as parents to monitor what is happening in their academic lives. We are all in this together. Kevin Monagle Mathematics Department Chair East Providence High School
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Told Ya’ So
Having recently warned of the dangers of secret negotiations, I now assert that the proposal approved by the School Committee last Tuesday still includes a number of costly provisions that our city simply cannot afford. It is now quite clear why the union demanded secret negotiations. Such tactics clearly serve the interest of union officials who use the threat of lawsuits to extort unaffordable concessions from school officials. The recently proposed teachers’ contract in its current form is not affordable to the city of East Providence in a current fiscal crisis such as the one we currently face. This contract must not be approved by the City Council without significant alterations. Among the most haunting provisions carried over from the old contract are automatic annual pay increases in the form of guaranteed “step” increases and reimbursement for unused sick days as part of a generous policy that had been slated for the scrap heap. Furthermore, the School Department dropped a provision in the earlier proposal that called for reopening negotiations on salaries and health insurance in the second year of the agreement. The School Department has unresolved budget deficits, city revenues are declining, and property taxes are unaffordable, yet neither the City Manager nor the Auditor General have been presented with any method by which the additional deficit will be reduced. With exorbitant excise taxes already facing residents, the last thing homeowners need is a contract extension that does not address a $5.3 million deficit run up in the past two years coupled with a $1 million deficit recently uncovered in last year’s school budget. It is simply not appropriate for the School Department to be offering pay increases and sick day buy backs when it is deeply in debt and has not balanced its budget this year. The revenue outlook is highly uncertain and continues to deteriorate. To the credit of the school committee, the proposed teachers’ contract is a major improvement over its predecessor and contains significant education reforms, but is still unaffordable and cannot be adopted in present form. The Council must send the agreement back to teachers’ union leaders and the School Committee with direct instructions to cut out unaffordable provisions such as these. The General Assembly should not even consider going to recess without addressing such issues on a statewide basis. After leaving localities “holding the bag” for the General Assembly’s implausible illusion of “no new taxes”, it serves as painfully obvious to East Providence residents: The General Assembly is more concerned with the satisfaction of union officials than the needs of this city’s residents. Allowing this to continue over the summer recess is inexcusable, and serves as a clear indication of the legislature’s lack of intention to address such issues in a manner that Rhode Islanders can afford. Steve Gerling
Lauren Zarembka Memorial Foundation Third Annual Event a Success
On Saturday, May 29th, The Lauren Zarembka Memorial Foundation held its third annual fundraiser at Saint Brendan School Hall which was made possible by the generosity of Father John Unsworth. This year’s fundraiser, building on the success of its first two years in existence raised close to fourteen thousand dollars which will continue to be used to award four $2000.00 scholarships through the Citizens Scholarship Fund. These scholarships are awarded to both graduating and continuing students studying the disciplines of Music/Theater Arts, Culinary Arts and the Field of Medicine. Additionally funds will be allocated to the Music/Theater Program at East Providence High School, and the adoption of families battling cancer at Hasbro Children’s Hospital during each year’s holiday season. Thanks to the support of the events many sponsors; Helping Hands Associates, Shamrock Financial, Arrow Limousine, Miller Chiropractic, Coastway Community Bank, Healy Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, Johnston Firefighters Local 1950, Bottomline Foods and Catering by Emily Vale. Your support allows one hundred percent of all proceeds to go towards the foundations mission. Also many thanks to our major donors, Schroder’s Deli, Gregg’s Restaurants, PPAC, Flemings Restaurant, Trinity Repertory Theater, Waves of Healing Massage, Worldwide Enterprises, Best Buy, Newport Playhouse, Doug’s Music Center, Knights of Columbus 1528, Jaffe Family Orthodontics, Scialo’s Bakery, Woods Heating Service, National Sign Company, Mammoth Media, BankRI, Pine Valley Country Club, The Pawtucket Red Sox, Chelo’s Restaurants, Bethesda Marriott Suites, Del’s Lemonade, Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant, Sweenor’s Chocolates and Jamie Silva of the Indianapolis Colts. Without all those in attendance, the sponsors and donors who generously support the foundation, we would be unable to meet the core value on which the foundation was founded: “Even through adversity, an individual can still make a difference in other people’s lives.” Through your continued support we will eventually reach our goal of having each scholarship fully endowed. Lauren Zarembka passed away on September 23, 2007 after battling a brain tumor for two and a half years. The foundation was founded in her memory. For more information on the Lauren Zarembka Memorial Foundation visit its website at laurenzarembkamemorialfoundation. vpweb.com Thank you to all who supported this year’s event.
Things I Can Remember!
Robert Hall Department Store (where the Taunton Avenue Emergency Room is now) Kinney Shoes was right next door (most of East Providence’s Easter shopping was done between these 2 stores in the late 50’s early 60’s) And if all else fails, you could run next door to “Zayre”:) How ‘bout the old “Broadway Mill Outlet”! Thanks for making me smile by “remembering when”! Sincerely, Debbie Branco
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East Bay Community Action Program’s (EBCAP) food pantry at 100 Bullocks Point Ave. in East Providence recently received a donation of baby items from the students and staff at the Myron J. Francis School in East Providence. The school held a “baby shower” from June to 11 at which baby food, diapers, baby wipes, formula and baby toiletries were all donated. “We really appreciate the efforts of the students, parents and staff at Myron Francis School in providing this donation,” Dennis Roy, Chief Executive officer of EBCAP, said. “With an increasing number of residents using our food pantry, the baby items are an important addition to the products we offer,” he added. * * * EBCAP’s food pantry at 100 Bullocks Point Ave. in East Providence also received a donation of $,63 from Stop & Shop at 195 Pawtucket Avenue in East Providence, as part of the grocery chain’s Food for Friends drive. The funds will be used to buy Stop & Shop cards to be used to buy fresh produce, cereals and other food products, to complement the existing items at the food pantry.
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Decorated Marine Colonel Speaks about Service in Afghanistan by Carolyn Bray
Colonel Lydon. Although he now teaches social studies at East Providence High School , retired US Marine Corps Colonel Joseph Lydon has a long distinguished Marine career, finishing with service as the Senior Marine at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan from April, 006 to April, 008. He also acquired a lengthy list of awards in the Marines, including the Legion of Merit, the Global War on Terrorism medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon with Silver Star. In a recent program at Newman Church in Rumford, Colonel Lydon spoke about his time in Afghanistan. His presentation included pictures of some of the Afghans and the terrain he came to know while stationed there. In simple and articulate language, Colonel Lydon told the crowd that the Afghan people themselves tend to really like Americans, and are mostly grateful for soldiers helping them build necessary structures like schools. He said, despite the Taliban’s attempt to restrict girls particularly, most Afghan people want children of both sexes to attend school. With forbidding terrain and a country shattered by more than 35 years of war, Colonel Lydon believes the Afghans appreciate the help they are getting. He emphasized how important it is to understand the lay-out of Afghanistan “at the extreme end of the world logistically,” to understand what does and doesn’t happen there. He said the elevation can be so high that it takes eight to ten days just to adjust to it.
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Colonel Lydon told the listening group that US Special Forces had money to use to persuade some villagers to switch sides (away from the Taliban). “They’ll do anything to survive,” he said somberly. He gave examples of how a system rife with corruption and pay-offs functions - or doesn’t - in that troubled nation. The Colonel also explained that a lot of US Marines are in the Helmand Valley in Southwest Afghanistan now, which is where 93% of the world’s heroin is grown. He said the Americans there are trying to help the locals cultivate other sources of income, so that the “beautiful” fields of poppies no longer present an irresistible economic opportunity. (The New York Times recently published a story claiming there is reason to believe there is at least a trillion dollars’ worth of minerals beneath the mountains of Afghanistan - another potential source of income for the country.) A historically poverty-stricken people with few resources, Afghans will take to simple American items, the Colonel said. He smiled as he explained how clicking ballpoint pens became a status symbol among Afghan children they passed in their convoys while he was there, so the soldiers ordered in a lot of them to hand out. Colonel Lydon’s images revealed how forbidding the terrain of Afghanistan can be. He showed the audience one gorge that routinely loses lovers who come there to be alone off its cliffs, because they slide off the problematic road. The cave-ridden abutting Northern Pakistan mountains, where osama bin Laden was long thought to be hiding, has never been raided by any single power in the very long history of invasions there, it is that difficult to both reach and control. The indigenous residents, the Colonel explained, have their own tribal ways and codes of conduct. People like bin Laden have benefited from what the Colonel said is a custom called pashtun wali, which means one must be hospitable to visitors. Colonel Lydon also referred to this arduous terrain as a reason osama bin Laden has been so elusive, and a reason the media doesn’t get all the reports of events he would like to see on the news. “It’s difficult to get around… a very hard place to get to,” he said. Although he was gently derisive of media members who don’t want to travel with the Marines, Colonel Lydon’s proud description of the Marine determination to engage in fights and battle to the end rather clearly suggested why more members of the media didn’t sign up to be embedded with his troops. The Colonel also speculated that osama bin Laden is now in a city, probably in Pakistan. When asked why a check of relatively rare dialysis machines couldn’t produce his location, he pointed out that even the stories that bin Laden suffers from kidney disease that requires him to have dialysis could be untrue. Colonel Lydon also stated, with understandable pride, that he was a stickler with his soldiers about following all security measures to the letter, especially as their convoy traversed the Afghanistan countryside, and that the result was that, in his two years there, only two of his men were injured - and none were killed. Mr. Lydon teared up when referring to his troops in this way. And he ended his very informative presentation with a slide showing the classic Shakespeare quote about soldiers being a “band of brothers.” He also provided a suggested reading list to help inform those interested about the ways and lifestyle of the Afghan people, like the books The Kite Runner and Three Cups of Tea. It is obvious Colonel Lydon cares deeply about the soldiers he commanded and the controversial country he worked within - students at East Providence High School should benefit greatly from a teacher with his knowledge.
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“Sizzlin’ Hot” 2010 Summer Concert Series!!! This years’ line up looks like this: Thurs. June 4 Sh-Bop (50’s oldies) Thurs. July 8 Acoustic Sunset (Top 40) Thurs. July Wizdom (Classic Rock, oldies) Thurs. July 9 Avenue A (Swing) Thurs. August 5 RI Rocks (Rock & Classic Rock) Thurs. August 1 Branded (Country) Curti also shared some interesting tidbits about this years’ Summer Concert Series performers, “Chris Daft of Acoustic Sunset is the brother of former E.P. High School principal Edward Daft, and both of them used to work for the recreation department. Karen Mellor, who is the drummer of Avenue A is an E.P. librarian, and Mike Marcovich of RI Rocks is the husband of Lisa Marcovich who is the front woman for Beyond Blonde, which is the band that will open for The Spinners this year at the E. P. Heritage Festival!,” she says. Sullivan says Rose Larisa Park itself has become very popular. “We get a lot of requests for weddings, picture taking, birthday parties, etc. The spot is just so pretty, and because of the bandstand and the gazebo, it can accommodate just about any event! In fact, that gazebo has become quite a little artist enclave. You can go by there any morning and see a group of people doing painting and landscaping. It’s wonderful!” Sullivan and Chace function mostly to assist Curti in locating and booking the bands for the series. Chace says, “I am just excited to help out with the organizing of this event each year. I love the park and I love the concerts. There is ample parking, great music, it‘s all just such a blast!” Sullivan and Curti wholeheartedly agree! A concert may have to be cancelled and/or rescheduled in the event of bad weather, so Curti says if the weather forecast is gloomy, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 401- 435-511 by 3pm on the day of the concert to get further instructions.
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‘tell it like it is guy’, right from the gut. For his sake I am glad that he didn’t run for office. He deserved much better in life than the political nastiness that has reared its’ ugly head in EP. But I know that there isn’t a person alive that would have come close to defeating him for any seat he might have sought - not by a long shot. I talked with Arthur the night before he died. He was scheduled for a fairly routine surgery the next morning and Diane and I wished him well. He said that his health was in God’s hands and he just wanted to get home quick. He had a Hall of Fame meeting to organize and he didn’t have time to stay in the hospital. The next day brought a glimmer of hope and then shock and sadness. King Arthur never made it home, never made his meeting. As word got around EP that Arthur Elmasian had died, grief spread like a windblown fire. Phone calls crisscrossed Townie Nation as people asked if they had heard yet or was it true. This was the second Townie icon to have died in a little over a month. Elmasian’s good friend and former Superintendent of Schools, Myron J Francis had just died on May 8th. Townie Pride was being tested as it has never been before. And it was Townie Pride which kept much of East Providence together as collectively so many felt these losses. The ‘Father of Townie Pride’ and now ‘King Arthur’ were gone. People lined up at 3 P.M. for a scheduled 4 P.M. wake for Arthur Elmasian. Hundreds and hundreds in a long line which twisted on long into the night. While in line many talked about their years at EPHS or at Central. Some left to go home and check on things and came back to still wait in line. City leaders from the school department and city government came to show respect but most impressive to me were the many townie graduates who came to say goodbye to their former teacher or principal. Many getting a bit older now with kids of their own in high school or beyond, and were eager to reminisce about their “King Arthur” memories. Townies consoling townies - for hours. The funeral mass at Saint Martha’s church was more of the same. Student choirs singing, tears flowing and memories discussed. In a eulogy that I was humbled to give, I talked about an outpouring of love for this teacher, this mentor, that so many of us were blessed to have known. Emily Croke reminded everyone how her grandfather loved the Frank Sinatra song, ‘My Way’. She urged all to live life as Elmasian did - like the song’s lyrics that her grandfather loved to sing out so loud! An honor guard of Elmasian’s former colleagues, students and friends, greeted the funeral procession as it entered the church and again as it left. It was a touching moment to see such a large honor guard encircle the casket of their fallen friend and his family in a silent and moving tribute under a brilliant sunshine that morning. As the cortege approached EPHS on its way to the cemetery in Pawtucket, the tributes continued. The school flag was at half mast and draped in black. The funeral car came to a near stop as teachers, staff and students of EPHS lined the sidewalk in honor of Elmasian’s last ride by his alma mater. The Elmasian family and funeral procession were visibly moved. The Walnut Hill Cemetery is old and has no chapel. The pallbearers lowered Arthur Elmasian to the ground and this 78 year old former teacher and soldier was finally at rest. In God’s hands, as he had said days before he died. Yes, in God’s hands, but he will forever be in the hearts and minds of the thousands of former students, parents, staff and others who were touched by Arthur “King Arthur” Elmasian, for a very long time to come.
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The best School Committee in the country started the job and your City Council recently finished it. After nearly 19 months, teacher union leadership let its members vote on a contract that was affordable to EP taxpayers, allowed essential programs for kids (e.g., sports, band) to remain in tact, and gave teachers the peace of mind of a contract in place through october 31, 011. In a tribute to good government, the contract only became legally binding after a full public hearing – unique in the state – at which all the financial details were presented and taxpayers and teachers spoke. The openness was a direct result of the Charter Amendment that I proposed and you passed 0% to 30% in 006 that mandated the Council ratify school committee bargaining agreements, the same way it has to ratify all police, fire and city union contracts. With the State cutting school aid over $ million this year and the taxpayers unable to afford any increase in school aid in light of a $3 million State aid cut to the City budget, it was either this contract or a double digit property tax increase costing EP taxpayers $300 - $500 or more than you are already paying this year. Your Council and School Committee, despite tremendous pressure by big labor, said no way to that type of tax increase in the middle of the “great recession.” The old contract, contained 5% pay increases and a 0% healthcare copay and health care buybacks costing over $600k a year. The new contract, retroactive to November 1, 009, reduces pay 5%, institutes a 0% healthcare copay and eliminates the buybacks. In sum, the old contract cost the EP school system an average of $45 million a year. The new contract should cost about $39.5 million a year for this year and next. That’s a much needed savings of over $5 million a year. Unfortunately, it does little more than offset the draconian cuts that the State inflicted on EP and our schools. out of necessity, the contract calls for increased class size from 5 to 8 in core curriculum at the high school and middle schools, but it also adds 15 minutes to the school days there to assist students in getting to class on time. At the elementary schools, teachers will meet for an hour and fifteen minutes one day a week for common planning. Teachers also agreed to a “pay for performance” model rather than seniority and education effective at the end of next year. All good stuff for the kids. In sum, EP has gone from the worst contract in EP history – adopted when I was off the Council and before the Council had the right to approve or reject – to arguably the best in these extraordinarily tough times. The contract also properly promises to dedicate a portion of increased school revenue in future years to reduce class size and increase teacher pay. The truth is that the terms of this contract (in fact, lesser ones) were available to the teacher union at any time in the last 19 months, but the leadership refused to negotiate them; relying instead on failed (and costly) legal maneuvers, and pickets and pressure on elected officials. Fortunately, after a lost court case and the School Committee’s resolve to balance its budget, at long last the leadership realized that state cuts made these changes unavoidable – and your elected officials were simply not going to raise more money from salaries and benefits through a double digit tax increase in these times. Meanwhile, the City has taken an equally necessary and tough stand with all of its unions, including police, fire and steelworkers.
July 010 The Reporter It resulted in an unprecedented City budget that is $ million less this year than last year. The cutting across the board is not fun at all, but necessary if we are to avoid a 10% or more tax increase that EP taxpayers simply cannot afford. As a proud product of EP’s public school system, I know how hard our teachers work to educate our kids. They have made a great sacrifice for our City with this contract, and deserve our gratitude for acting in the best interests of our community. As always, if you have any questions, concerns or comments, please email me at email@example.com. * Joe Larisa was elected Mayor of East Providence for a fourth term in December 008 by the Council. He was elected councilman at large in November 008, a position he previously held from 199-00, and 004-06.
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“The East Providence Education Association (EPEA) negotiations team worked diligently to achieve a settlement on behalf of EPEA members. The team unanimously recommended the tentative agreement that has now been ratified by both the teachers and the School Committee. We feel this agreement addresses the needs of the community, and gives teachers the protection of our union as we all move forward to make East Providence schools excellent for all students. “To set the record straight, the School Committee claims that teachers spread ‘misinformation’ about the agreement, and that is absolutely not true. Although School Committee members agreed to keep the details private until after today’s meeting, it was they who broke that pledge. Teachers were not the ones to appear on talk radio or in any other media to discuss the contract prematurely. “As we move forward, when they continue to act in this manner, it makes it difficult for teachers to work with and trust the Committee. Despite the months of turmoil, the EPEA has acted professionally and is the group in town that truly cares about education. “For the benefit of students, we are pleased to say that the new contract provides opportunities for teachers to work collaboratively by providing increased common planning times and more days devoted to professional development. Despite the efforts of the School Committee to raise class size, we were able to protect a 5-student limit for grades K-5 and keep physical education classes within safe limits. Unfortunately, the School Committee prevailed in setting the middle and high school class size at 8. “By accepting the current salary scale which makes them the lowest paid in the state, teachers recognize the difficult financial position East Providence is in. For the life of this agreement – November 1, 009 to october 31, 011 – there will be no further cutbacks imposed on teachers by the East Providence School Committee.”
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The East Providence School Committee and Schools Administration greeted news of the Teachers’ Union ratification of a new two-year labor contract with elation. “This is great news for our school district,” said Superintendent, Mario Cirillo. “Now we can come together and move our schools forward together in the best interests of our students.” “We deeply appreciate that our teachers understand the terrible financial times we are in,” said Anthony Carcieri, School Committee Chair. “This contract gives us hope of getting through them, and improving our students’ education at the same time.” Under the new contract, the Teachers’ Union has agreed to accept the changes implemented by the School Committee on January , 009. Those changes include the rollback of a 5% pay increase teachers received in 00 and a 0% teacher contribution to the cost of health insurance, the first contribution to health insurance ever for East Providence’s teachers. Also agreed was a health insurance plan with a $500 deductible and prescription coverage with co-payments ranging from $ for generic drugs to $50 for specialty drugs. The Union also agreed to elimination of a costly “buyback” program that paid teachers $5,000 for not taking health insurance from the School Department. An increase in the maximum class size in Middle Schools and the High School could save the school district as much as $1. million in the next school year. “overall, the difference between the old contract that expired in october, 008, and this one represents approximately up to $ million of savings and the value of additional time that did not exist in the expired contract,” said Lonnie Barham, Chief operating officer. “We couldn’t ask our teachers to do more. We didn’t want to ask them to do more.” “No one can say we’re out of the woods,” said Carcieri. “It seems as if the State legislature takes away more from us every week. We have always wanted our teachers to have the security of a contract and now our teachers have the security of this contract in the year to come. They’ve earned it.” “The really exciting thing about this contract is what it does for our students,” Cirillo said. “The teachers have agreed to a lot of things that will make a real difference in the teaching and learning that goes on in our schools.” The new contract extends the school day at the High School and Middle School by 15 minutes. “That may not sound like much, but it solves a notorious problem that no one has been able to solve for a decade or more,” said Cirillo. The time between classes at the High School, known as “passing time,” is too short for students to be able to get to their next class. In fairness, teachers cannot discipline tardy students. “That has meant that the first 0 minutes or more of class time can be wasted time. “It was a travesty. We asked the teachers to help us correct it, and they agreed,” said Cirillo. In the Elementary Schools, teachers have agreed to meet before school for an hour and fifteen minutes one day a week to work on common planning and new educational approaches and techniques. “This is really exciting,” said Cirillo. “The teachers will work with their principals on scheduling this time. Studies show that teaching practice and student achievement will advance from this.” Middle School students will gain an additional 15 minutes of instructional time each day. “We’ll never be like Japan, with eight hours of instruction, longer weeks and longer school years,” said continued on next page
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The City of East Providence announced the official opening of The Turner Reservoir Raised Walkway at a ribbon cutting ceremony held on Friday, June 11th. The Turner Reservoir Raised Walkway is a series of stone dust paths and raised boardwalks that extend through a varied natural ecosystem for an approximate distance of 1,800 feet (between Pleasant Street and the Turner Reservoir dam). Funding for the design and construction was provided by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, the Champlin Foundations, and the City of East Providence. The walkway was designed by the landscape architect firm The Gifford Design Group, Inc. and constructed by Solid Earth Technologies, Inc. The entire project was designed to minimize impacts to the tree canopy by circumventing mature trees and helical screw anchors were used to secure the boardwalk sections without the need of excavating soil, which minimized disturbance to the wetland floor. The walkway will serve as a nature trail and river observatory that will grant visitors access to scenic views of the Ten Mile River and the interior of a freshwater wetland without disturbing the plant and wildlife. Three interpretative sign panels will be installed during the summer that will inform visitors of the benefits of a wetland and the wildlife that can be observed along the walkway. Different types of ecosystems are present along the walkway that include the Ten Mile River, the riverbank, freshwater wetlands, and upland areas that provide habitat for a variety of plants, birds, mammals, and amphibians. A variety of different types of plants species can be found that include red maple, red oak, mountain laurel, American beech, white oak, gray birch, sassafras, highbush blueberry, cinnamon fern, and royal fern. Wildlife that can be observed includes a large variety of birds (i.e. downy woodpecker, gray catbird, black-capped chickadee, American crow, northern mockingbird, mallard, great blue heron), and mammals and amphibians (i.e. northern raccoon, eastern chipmunk, masked shrew, striped skunk, grey tree frog, green frog, American toad, common snapping turtle, painted turtle, and redback salamander).
In Response To NEA Attack On City Charter
In 006 the voters of East Providence, by an overwhelming 0% to 30% margin, mandated that all collective bargaining agreements be ratified by the City Council – the body that sets the tax rates. To date the Council has ratified 3 school department agreements – custodians, teacher aids and administrative assistants in accordance with the law. While the NEA does not like this taxpayer-protection law and indeed wished the contract terms to be kept secret from the public until it was a done deal, the Council will defend and protect the Charter and the integrity of an open process. Despite NEA opposition, there will be a full disclosure of the terms of the contract (it is online now) and a full public hearing on the proposed contract on June 15th. The taxpayers expect and deserve no less. My opinion is that the agreement reached is fair and one that was available to the union leadership for over a year if they had not refused to negotiate. The contract is retroactive to last year, so the notion by the NEA that Council ratification costs money is pure fiction.
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The School Committee and the Council have always put EP kids first; always mindful of how hard their taxpaying parents have been hit by the great recession. The Council fully recognizes the tremendous, but necessary financial sacrifice our teachers are making with this contract. The City owes them a sincere thank you for this agreement as well as a promise to dedicate additional funding their way as soon as the economy allows. Mayor Joe Larisa
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A beginner tennis clinic will be offered to area youth ages 7-12. The program will be held on Thursdays, 6 to 7 PM from 7/1/10 to 8/19/10, at the Kent Heights tennis courts located on Clyde Avenue in East Providence. The program is likely to continue into fall on Saturdays based on availability. The program will be instructed by Gunjan Gupta, a local high school student and tennis player. Ms. Gupta is giving the lessons free of charge as a community service and to provide an opportunity for area children to be introduced to the sport. Pre-registration is required by calling the East Providence Recreation center at 401-433-6360. Space is limited. Participants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Completion of a consent form and a parent/guardian signature will be required at the first class.
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Lazy, Crazy, Hazy Fun in E.P. This Summer! By Gina Wesley-Silva
School is out, vacations are on, the days are long, and the weather is hot…must be summertime in East Providence again! Remember back in the days when we were kids? Remember how we couldn’t wait to get out of the house on a hot summer day, and run, or ride a bike, down to the nearest park, (which was Hull St. for me), and play all day? What fun we had in those days! Each year the E.P. Parks and Recreation Department continues this tradition by offering great summer playground programs for city kids to enjoy, as well as offering programs for adults, mostly at the Recreation Center in Riverside.
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And, even though some of today’s kids seem to prefer to stay in the house and “chill” in front of the TV, the computer, or on facebook, even they cannot deny that getting out of the house to hang out with friends, and participate in activities at the park is a much better way to spend their summer! So, Recreation Center Coordinator Diane Sullivan, who jokingly refers to the recreation department as the “command center” for all summer programs, says it is important that city residents know what is going on and where it is going on this summer. “It is important for us to get the word out about what we have going on at the parks this year,” she says. She further explains that, “Last year we had to streamline the program, and run leaner and meaner, we had to consolidate all the special events for the children, and cut staff and playgrounds, but it was a really fabulous summer! There was always something going on and with fewer playgrounds there were more children participating at each one, so it worked out better actually. And that is what we expect for this summer too.” Sullivan points out that the kids won’t just be hanging around the playground each day, and says there are lots of activities for them to enjoy every week. “We take the kids on at least three trips each week, we take them bowling, swimming at the boys and girls club, and they go to the beach once a week too,” she says. Recreation Center Supervisor Rebecca Chace, fondly remembers going to the park as a kid herself. “I remember how we would go out to the park and how it was always so much fun and how it absolutely provided a very positive experience for me, and I enjoy that we keep that tradition going today,” she says. Chace also mentions other special events that will happen at the playgrounds this summer. “This year we’re going to have a mass picnic and camping day,” she said. Chace and Sullivan say they expect this year’s program to be fun-filled and very enjoyable. The specifics of the summer playground program are as follows:
2010 Summer Playground Program
Playground activities are for youths aged 6 - 15, beginning on June 28 and ending on August 6 at 12 noon. You may enroll your child at any time during the summer. Hours of operation are Monday thru Friday from 9:30am - 3:00pm, weather permitting. Activities include athletics, arts n’ crafts, bowling, swimming, beach trips, and special events. All play sites will be closed Monday, July 5th. The following parks will offer the summer program. Please register at the park closest to your home: *Glenlyon Field *Hull Street *Pierce Field *Providence Avenue *Riverside Recreation *Silver Springs *Special Needs (Pierce Field) For more information on the Departments Summer Programs, call the Recreation Center at 401-433-6360 or 401-433-6359.
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East Providence Taxpayers Association EPTA Seeks Auditor General Review of Impact of Teachers’ Contract on School Deficit and Taxpayers before Council Approval of New Pact
The taxpayer group believes it is inadvisable for the City Council to approve the new teachers’ contract until the Auditor General has approved a plan for correcting the deficit in the school budget for the current year. The group says the Council must take extra care to make sure the contract will not increase the school department’s debt. (East Providence, RI – June 14, 2010) – The East Providence Taxpayers Association (EPTA) today wrote to Acting Auditor General Dennis Hoyle expressing its concerns that ratification of the newly proposed teachers’ contract by City Council would result in additional unlawful school department deficit spending unless a viable deficit elimination plan approved by the Auditor General is adopted first. The East Providence City Council is set to consider approval of the new teachers’ contract at its meeting Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM at City Hall. The School Department announced in April that it had an anticipated school budget deficit of $2.5 million in the current fiscal year. State law requires the School Department to develop a corrective action plan to eliminate the deficit and to transmit the plan to the City Council within five days of the discovery of an anticipated budget gap. The plan must also be approved by the Auditor General. The School Department has not yet produced a deficit corrective action plan approved by the Auditor General. The EPTA letter asked the Auditor General to communicate to the City Council before the close of business Tuesday his views about the advisability of the Council ratifying the teachers’ contract before a corrective action plan for eliminating the current year’s school budget deficit was approved. The letter also asked the Auditor General to communicate to both the City Council and the School Committee his opinion about whether or not the East Providence School Department is currently in compliance with the state laws requiring development and approval of a deficit elimination plan. The EPTA also asked the City Council in a separate letter to defer approval of the contract until a deficit plan was approved. EPTA spokesperson Bill Murphy said, “We do not believe it is advisable for the City Council to ratify the proposed teachers’ contract until there is a deficit elimination plan in place that has been carefully reviewed and approved by the Auditor General. This is all the more true given that the contract does not include cost-savings proposals like a temporary 3% reduction in pay, and replacement of seven (7) paid sick days with unpaid ones that School Committee legal counsel had previously stated in an April 21st letter to the teachers’ union were required by law to eliminate the budget deficit in the current fiscal year. In addition, the proposed contract contains increases in longevity and base pay as well as sick day buy backs. The agreement also does not include the provision for reopening negotiation of salary and health insurance costs in the last year of the contract that had been included in an earlier April 27th proposal. The School Department has said it is working on plans to eliminate the deficit by achieving savings in other areas, and we hope this will be possible.” Murphy continued, “The bottom line, though, is that we simply cannot afford the risk of signing a contract that could lead to further deficit spending at a time when the city and its taxpayers can least afford it. We can’t risk a mistake that will lead to more deficit spending that could jeopardize the future financial stability of the city or our ability to borrow at the most competitive interest rates
possible. The best insurance against these risks is for the Council to wait to approve the teachers’ contract until the Auditor General has approved a deficit elimination plan for this year that takes the financial impact of the new contract into account.” Murphy finished his statement by noting, “It is vitally important that this situation be handled carefully in order to ensure the ultimate ratification of the new teachers’ contract without the unlawful accumulation of additional debt. This contract is a watershed accomplishment in that it includes agreement between the School Committee and the teachers’ union on education reforms including a longer school year and school day, common planning time and improved professional development for teachers, and the institution of a performance-based compensation system while at the same time eliminating many of the unreasonable and excessively costly pay and benefits provisions of the old contract. We are confident that careful attention to the deficit spending problem will enable us to win passage of a teachers’ contract that moves our School Department forward while at the same time ensures that we are complying with the laws against deficit spending.”
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July 010 The Reporter PawSox night will feature an all-you-can-eat barbecue, beginning at 5:00 p.m., followed by the baseball game against the Toledo Mud Hens at :05 p.m. In addition to the barbecue and game, many activities have been planned, including music, raffles, autographs from the PawSox players and a silent auction featuring New England sports memorabilia. Tickets are $18 per person. Children ages 3 and younger are free. Sponsorships also are available. “What better way to showcase your support of Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, and at the same time entertain your staff or guests, than with an evening enjoying America’s favorite pastime – baseball,” says Pam Cassidy, Stewardship and Special Events Coordinator, Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island. Anyone who wants more information about tickets or sponsorships may contact Cassidy at 401-415-41 or pcassidy@hhcri. org.
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A Recent Survey reported that: 5% of the Church population believes that the Chauffer did it, 11% believe that the Valet did it, 19% believe it was the Gardener who did it, 65% believe it was the Cook who did it...We have it on Good Authority that “The Butler Did It”
Come find out for yourself on Friday, August 27th or Saturday, August 28th at 7:30 P.M. When the Seekonk Shadowbox Players present this Murder / Mystery / Comedy
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Newman YMCA in Seekonk, MA Summer Family Events Stay close to home this summer and enjoy the following: Swim with the Dolphins every tuesday starting July 6th - from 6:30 - 8:00 P.M.
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Pool Palooza every thursday starting July 8th 6:30 - 8:00 P.M.
Enjoy super fun recreation swim time with floating sports games, noodles, splash balls and inflated sea creatures. Pool Palooza is Free for Newman Y members; only $10 nonmember Families (neighborhood friends $8/child must have a parent liability waiver on file at the Y)
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All ages can enjoy a nutritious meal ($3/ member, $6/non-member) for the cost of fast food, swim before or after in the Y pool (4:00 - 5:00 p.m. or 6:0 – 8:15 p.m.), jump on the moon bounce, play outdoor tennis or basketball or join family ZUMBA class 6:30 - :30 P.M.
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Please join us as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Newman YMCA Building Construction and recognize special guests from the Board, the Building Committee, original employees and the donors who made it all possible. Gala Dinner will be held at the Wannamoisett Country Club in East Providence. Tickets are $5 each and must be purchased in advance at the LICENSED INSURED YMCA. Actually founded in 1945 using rented space in an East Providence Church, the Newman YMCA has developed into a cornerstone for the communities we serve. The current building was opened in october 1980 and is located on acres in Seekonk adjacent to the East Providence city line. The Y expanded in 198 and again in 001 to accommodate growing membership and the diverse community needs. The Newman YMCA offers youth development programs and healthy lifestyle opportunities for all ages while continuing to maintain a focus on social responsibility. STUMP GRINDING ~ LARGE TREE REMOVAL
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Still time to enroll in summer programs including Tennis Lessons; Backyard Pool Lessons where the Y lifeguards and instructors come to you and your neighborhood; Summer Birthday Parties; Y Team Challenge – your chance to team up with others to achieve all your health, weight and fitness goals working with personal trainers for 1 weeks starting August ; Karate for ages 5 and up and so much more including summer camp! Register online www.YMCAgreaterprovidence.org on the Newman branch site, by phone or in person. The Newman YMCA is a charitable non-profit organizations dedicated to building healthy spirit, mind and body for all through programs, services and relationships that are based on our core value of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. For details visit Newman YMCA 4 Taunton Ave on Route 44 in Seekonk MA or call 508-336-103. www.YMCAGreaterProvidence.org.
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Sunday, July 18 • 1:00 - 3:00 P.M. Children create natural playscapes big and small as they sculpt with sticks, stones, shells, and other textured materials to design a three-dimensional space. Ages 3 - 11
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Adoption options is holding a free informational session those considering adoption and are interested in hearing about available options. Licensed adoption workers will be available to provide information and answer questions. In Rhode Island, the next meeting is scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to :00 p.m. at 959 North Main St. in Providence on July 15, 010. For more information, please contact Peg Boyle at 401-331-543 or visit www.Adoptionoptions.org.
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Cape Verdean 35th Annual Independence Day Festival
We are having our 35th Annual Cape Verdean Independence Day Festival on Sunday, July 11th 010 at Roger Williams Park, Temple of Music in Providence, RI. Since 196, the Rhode Island Cape Verdean Independence Day Festival is the oldest celebration of the Cape Verdean community in the United States. It preserves the Cape Verdean culture and celebrates the Cape Verdean heritage. The festival is from noon to dusk and features traditional music, dance and food, along with a cultural, health/wellness and educational tents. We will also have this year arts and crafts from local artists including various activities for children. Last year’s event was a huge success. Many vendors profited from the event. You are an important part of the success of our event. In this year’s event, we will once again invite more traditional Cape Verdean musical artists. We expect another large crowd. If this is your first time participating or you are a long time vendor, we expect that you will have a safe, fun and profitable event. We are still accepting applications for Vendors. Please visit our website to download the forms or phone me at (860) 84-35. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s event. Thank You. Kindest regards, Joao Goncalves Co-Chair of the Cape Verdean Subcommittee
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The East Providence/Seekonk Rotary Club and the Seekonk Lions Club announce their Annual Charity Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, July 6, 010 at the Wannamoisett Country Club, 96 Hoyt Avenue, Rumford, R.I. Anchor Karen Adams of WPRI-TV and Fox Providence will serve as Honorary Chair of this year’s event. Proceeds from the Rotary/Lions Annual Charity Golf tournament will benefit a number of community organizations including the East Providence and Seekonk High Schools, the Meeting Street School, Bradley Hospital, Seekonk Food Bank - Doorways, Seekonk Youth Baseball, Tap-In Food Bank and the RI Community Food Bank. The fee for an individual golfer is $15 and $00 for a foursome, and includes greens fees, carts, prizes, favors, lunch, after-golf hors d’oeuvres and dinner. A prize of $10,000 will be awarded to any participant who scores a hole-in-one. Sponsors of the event include: East Commerce Solutions Inc., Kavanaugh’s Bakery, Narragansett Brewery, Donnelly Photography, Atlantic Paper & Twine Co., Troy, Pires & Allen Insurance, Minuteman Press and East Bay Self Storage. “We are pleased to announce that the East Providence/Seekonk Rotary and the Seekonk Lions Clubs are joining forces to sponsor our charity golf event this July,” states Mike McQuade, president of the East Providence/Seekonk Rotary Club. “By bringing these two organizations together, we will maximize efforts and continue to serve our communities and aid those in need. Special thanks goes out to the Seekonk Lions Club members under the leadership of President Nate Helgerson for their willingness to partner with us again for the third consecutive year.” For more information on the Rotary/Lions Clubs’ Annual Charity Golf Tournament, contact David Murphy (Rotary) at 401-434-4300 or Keith Rondeau (Lions) at 508-336-9113.
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The Rumford Lions & the Heritage Days Festival go together like a horse & carriage, you can’t have one without the other. No organization or vendor has participated in the festival longer than the Lions. Once again they will be selling their famous clam cakes and world renowned clam chowder. One hundred percent of the profit supports Lions charitable efforts such as eye glasses for students in need, food baskets during the holidays for those less fortunate, scholarships, Rhode Island Lions Children’s Cancer Fund, and much more. Every person working the Lions trailer is a volunteer whose only compensation is knowing their effort allows the club to help so many people. Visit to enjoy some chowder and clam cakes all the while knowing that your purchase is helping others. Also you never know who you will see at the trailer because it is a popular spot for people stopping by for some good conversation and fun. While you are at it pick up an information flier and membership application. Membership is open to all. The Rumford Lions Club recently held the election of the board members for the 2010 – 2011 year. They are: President: Craig Trodson VPs: Kevin Phelan, Bill Walsh, Tony Gomes Secretary: Ray Secour Treasurer: Bill Weber Directors: Dave Lanni, Richard Cappuccio, Mary Morra, Tail Twister: Bob Capello Lion Tamer: John Sousa Membership: Bill Kelly Recently the Rumford Lions sponsored a new club, the Barrington Lions. All members are local business people and/or residents in Barrington. They are very dedicated to helping out Barrington in any way they can. Even though the club was only recently formed they already presented a Stop & Shop certificate to a Barrington family who was affected by the rains and flooding. The club meets the second Monday of the month at 7:30 pm at Chiazza Trattoria in Barrington. There are currently 20 members but are seeking new members who want to serve and help the Barrington community. Anyone interested can contact Steve Phelan at email@example.com or Ben Bairstow at benjamin. firstname.lastname@example.org. The officers are: President - Stephen Phelan) Vice President - Todd Mosher Secretary - Benjamin Reyes Treasurer - Claudia Maiorana Membership - Benjamin Bairstow
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Word has spread that last year’s clambake (pictured above) was delicious, and tickets are selling fast! We’ll serve heaping plates of tender clams, fish, sausages, onions, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, stuffing, sweet corn, brown bread and iced cold watermelon. Tickets: $33. Seating is limited, so make sure to call soon: 508-5-4363, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
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The Rhode Island State Grange Lecturers Department recently held a Talent Contest at Oaklawn Grange Hall in Cranston. Above is a photo of the Lawson Family from East Providence and members of Roger Williams-Rumford Grange, who were chosen as â€œBest of Showâ€?, and will be competing at the 2010 New England Regional competition. This competition will be held in August in conjunction with the New England Grange Lecturers Conference, to be held at Vermont Tech, Randolph Center, Vermont. The Lawson Family performed a medley of Gospel music.
On May 24th, Dr. Lisa Daft of Seekonk, MA completed the Aesthetics course at The Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education in Key Biscayne, Florida. Dr. Daft participated in a class for dentists desiring to intensively look at designing naturally beautiful smiles in such a way as to optimize the long-term oral health, comfort, function and appearance of their patients. In this class, Dr. Daft learned how to treat patients who want cosmetic change. The recent surge in interest in cosmetic dentistry has created a need in many dentists to clearly understand the latest skills and concepts. Dr. Daft left this class feeling ready to create the smile of their patientsâ€™ dreams, while still giving them the a healthy mouth. The Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education offers a comprehensive learning experience for dentists and other dental professionals. Its courses of study are recognized by leading dental associations and attract students, from all over the world, who want to provide their patients with top-quality, personalized care. Its state-of-the-science facility, curriculum, and renowned faculty make The Pankey Institute the premiere post-graduate experience in dentistry.
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