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Guiterras Elementary School principal Sonya Whipp works with fourth graders Abigail Baker (middle) and Bethany Thurber. Students are preparing for the PARCC tests that begin Monday. Photos by Richard W. Dionne, Jr.

PARCC aims to help teaching, learning

PARCC aims to help teaching, learning

Touted by Bristol Warren school administrators as a better way to “collect the data to inform us how to instruct your children,” Superintendent Mario Andrade and Assistant Superintendent Diane Sanna pitched what they see as the benefits of the latest student performance testing. At a forum organized by school committee member Erin Schofield, an audience

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Add your voice to ‘Education Exchange’

The Bristol Warren Education Foundation wants to hear from you. You are invited to join an Education Exchange on Thursday, March 19, from 6:30 p.m. at Redlefsen’s Rotisserie & Grill, 444 Thames St., Bristol. Join them for an evening of activities and conversation focused on the future of public education in Rhode Island. What you

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Off the Market: Homes sold around East Bay

The following properties in towns around the East Bay have changed hands in recent weeks: Barrington 11 Surrey Road — $675,000 2 Deep Meadow Road — $730,000 6 Knapton St. — $275,000 East Providence 201 Wilson Ave. — $319,900 75 Boyden Blvd. — $228,000 122-124 Walnut St. — $136,000 128 Centre St. — $295,000 239

Huskies cheerleader teammates prepare to lift flyers Sofia Silveira, left, Amanda Gomes and Sophia Desmarais. Photos by Richard W. Dionne, Jr.

Mt. Hope cheer squad can’t cap the pyramid

On the heels of a successful season, the Mt. Hope High School competitive cheerleading squad faltered at the Rhode Island State Championship meet, dashing its hopes for a championship title. Mt. Hope competed in the co-ed division on Sunday, March 8, against East Greenwich, East Providence, Cranston East, LaSalle and North Providence. Although it performed

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Warren in furor over fate of Patrick the cat

Animal lovers are upset over town officials’ supposed neglect of an injured tabby cat last week, but Warren’s animal control officer and his supervisor say their response to the case of Patrick, an orange tabby found at Laurel Park, was appropriate. Patrick, an adult male, is recovering at the Warren Animal Hospital after a Laurel

Aiden McNally installs a line loss guard in an electrical panel at Hugh Cole School. The device prevents loss of electricity to the grid, diverting it back into the building.

Devices keep Hugh Cole fully powered, efficient

A new device attached to electrical panels at Hugh Cole School could spell power savings for the school district and extend the life of electronics in the school. University IV Power, a Boston company, was at Hugh Cole Monday installing line loss guards on electrical panels throughout the school and adjoining offices. The devices prevent

Emily Spence (left) and Donna Ramos Razza, Thrive by Five and Beyond cofounders.

Thriving in the East Bay

Flush with energy (and a recent infusion of cash) Thrive By Five and Beyond is making the East Bay a better place to live. Anyone who works in social services will tell you, it can be an incredibly gratifying field. When you can spend your time and energy helping to solve a problem or create

Steve Correa of Aruba Steve's pulls a Guinness at the new Warren restaurant.

Aruba Steve brings islands to Warren

It’s cold outside this past Monday afternoon. But inside Aruba Steve’s, Steve Correa leans back on a sherbet-colored couch, laces his arms behind his head and allows his mind to drift just a little bit. “When you’re there, everyone’s so happy,” he says, recalling his native land and the namesake of his new restaurant at

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