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East Providence releases bus schedule for 2014-15 school year

East Providence releases bus schedule for 2014-15 school year

EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence School Department and Student Transportation Inc., the new route provider for the system, has released the following bus schedule for both public and private school students in the city for the upcoming 2014-15 term. East Providence High School                                              

The EPHS girls' soccer team took up the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" Thursday, Aug. 28.

East Providence girls’ soccer squad takes ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’

EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence High School girls’ soccer team took and offered up the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” Thursday afternoon, Aug. 28, after the Townies’ preseason practice. EPHS head coach Angelo Pizzi noted the Townies donated over $100 to ALS and challenged every other athletic program and coaches to get doused in the

Zachary Taylor’s sousaphone gives the PHS marching band its “oompah” as members practice their “Willy Wonka” field show during band camp Friday afternoon. Photo by Jim McGaw.

PHS band finding that ‘Oompah’ Loompa sound

PORTSMOUTH — There should be a lot of little people roaming around the Portsmouth High School football field soon. “We’re doing ‘Willy Wonka’ — old school with Gene Wilder,” said PHS band director Ted Rausch, as he directed the 150-member marching band through formations at band camp last week. Last year’s theme for the marching band’s

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‘Buildings to become schools again’

New Bristol Warren Superintendent Mario Andrade has spent the summer filling several personnel vacancies, representing the school district in the community, and overseeing school preparations to be sure all classes start on time — something that almost didn’t happen. “I didn’t want to be the new superintendent canceling classes,” Dr. Andrade said. He was almost

Genevieve Bateman (left) and Lauren Shaw, both 9, play Minecraft while relaxing Friday morning at PAY’s summer camp. Friday was the last day of camp. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth parents bemoan loss of after-school program

PORTSMOUTH — With the start of school only days away, Sheri Vincent is scrambling to find afternoon child care for her 9-year-old son. Just last week, Ms. Vincent learned that Portsmouth Action for Youth’s after-school program is likely shutting down this year. Adding insult to injury, she was also notified last week that a different program

The new turf field at Portsmouth High School officially opened to students Monday, as cheerleaders, athletes and marching band members broke it in for the first time before the start of school on Tuesday. Here, PHS cheerleader Ashley Underhill (middle left) and her teammates practice a routine on the new turf Tuesday afternoon. The first home football game, against Rogers High School, is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 12. It will be preceded by a fund-raising golf ball drop at 5:30 p.m., followed by the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. School Committee member David Croston said the PHS tennis courts, which are also part of the “T3” project, will be surfaced starting Thursday, Aug. 21, and may be ready for play by the middle of next week. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

Portsmouth schools ended year with $425,000 surplus

PORTSMOUTH — The School Department ended fiscal year 2014 with an operating surplus of $425,323, Chris DiIuro, the district’s director of finance and administration, told the School Committee Tuesday night. That brought the district’s fund balance to about $3.4 million. “These are preliminary numbers; we have not had our audit yet,” said Mr. DiIuro. Revenues

Photo by Tim Marshall: Long-time EPHS coach and administrator Bill Stringfellow accepts a  Council resolution at its August 19 meeting at City Hall naming the Pierce Stadium press box after himself and his wife Sheila.

East Providence Council names Pierce pressbox after Stringfellows

EAST PROVIDENCE — Saying it was the right time and opportunity to do so, Ward 3 City Councilman Tommy Rose proposed a resolution Tuesday night, Aug. 19, naming the press box at Pierce Memorial Stadium in the honor long-time East Providence High School coach and athletic director William Stringfellow Jr. and his wife Sheila. The

Nancy Souza has been recognized by both the School Committee and Town Council for saving the life of a student earlier this year.

Portsmouth school nurse recognized for saving student

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Middle School nurse got a big pat on the back from the School Committee Tuesday night. Earlier this year, Nancy Souza was credited for saving a young student’s life at the school. The student, who has diabetes, had suffered a grand map seizure due to low blood sugar. Ms. Souza quickly

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