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The North Providence Breeze 07-11-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. ALAN FRANCES, of Bob Frances Interiors in North Providence, sits on the couch that legend holds is where Lizzie Borden's father was found dead in their Fall River, Mass., house. Frances, above, goes over color choices for reupholster- ing the piece of furniture. Frances and his company have been responsible for redoing some 20 pieces of furniture from that legendary house. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Officials have settled a long-running claim against the town over the con- troversial closure of a CrossFit facil- ity by agreeing to pay the landlords of that fitness center $50,000. Mayor Charles Lombardi told The Breeze he and mem- bers of his admin- istration agreed to pay the DeMarco family $50,000 as compensation for its troubles, a good deal less than the $85,000 the fam- ily had initially sought. That figure compensated the DeMarcos based on rent lost over a year and the $30,000 cost of reno- vating the building at 975 Charles St., said Lombardi. The DeMarcos previously said that they put close to $100,000 into the project. The Town Council voted on June 27 to allow Lombardi to negotiate a final settlement on the DeMarco claim, a move that followed years of back-and-forth between the parties and attempts to avoid a lawsuit. "This family needs to be made Four years later, town settles DeMarco claim By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – Though a Citizens Bank represen- tative indicated a month ago that new exit ramps off Route 295 at Greenville Avenue were on target to be completed by June 27, officials are now saying they might not open to traffic for another month or more. Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena told The Breeze he's hoping to have the exits open two weeks from now, but said that timeframe is very much up in the air. Liz Pettengill, spokeswoman with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, said officials there expect that all requirements will be completed in late July or early August, though that schedule is sub- ject to change. The town of Johnston may open the ramps if officials there wish, said Pettengill. The role of RIDOT is to ensure that all requirements of a public access permit are met and to ensure that the construction of the ramps meets all requirements set forth by the Federal Highway Administration. Johnston should not reopen the ramps until all requirements of the public access permit are certified, but that doesn't mean that the town couldn't do so, said Pettengill. New Exit 10 ramps may not open until August By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – Popular opinion has it that Lizzie Borden killed her parents back in 1892, doing so in grisly fashion. Crime scene photos of the aftermath of the ax murder show Borden's father sprawled on a couch. That couch, which remains a key part of a regional tourist attraction to this day in Fall River, Mass., is now in North Providence, where local upholsterer Alan Frances, of Bob Frances Interiors, 2179 Mineral Spring Ave., and his team are meticulously restoring its wood and fabric as close to how it once looked as possible. The couch is the last of about 20 pieces of furniture Bob Frances Interiors has redone over the past year at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum in Fall River. It's been a uniquely fun project, says Frances, and one he felt proud to land as one of few remaining uphol- sterers in the area. This couch has long been an "attention getter," he said, drawing thousands of tourists to re-enact Lizzie's dead father's pose. "It gets a lot of use," he told The North Providence Breeze. Taking two or three pieces of fur- niture out of the Borden house at a time, often alone, has been a weird Lizzie Borden couch being revived in North Providence By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See COUCH, Page 15 See CLAIM, Page 2 See RAMPS Page 4 LOMBARDI Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE JULY 11-17, 2018 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, RI 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 www.GeorgeMPrescottLaw.com No fee for initial consultation. Lombardi Medical Associates LLC Wellesley Medical Building 1515 Smith Street, Suite M, North Providence, RI 02911 401-228-8775 Anthony J. Lombardi, Jr., MD Internal Medicine Call for SUMMER SAVINGS 401-654-5259

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