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The North Providence Breeze 07-11-2018

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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2 NORTH PROVIDENCE JULY 11-17, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION whole," said the mayor last year. "I don't think they were treated fairly." This is an unfortunate but necessary conclusion to a messy situation, said Lombardi, who has accepted some blame for the DeMarco family landing CrossFit as a tenant to begin with, as he introduced the parties. Though it was a town zoning representative who ultimately acted to enforce local rules, he emphasized that it was former council members who really pushed the cause of getting it shut down. DeMarco could not be reached for comment this week. The gym was shut down a short time after it opened in the spring of 2014 following numerous complaints from residents directly behind the commer- cial Charles Street zone, some saying they couldn't sleep due to the thunder- ing of the weights on the floor in the CrossFit facility. CrossFit tends to be significantly noisier than many other workouts because it involves a lot of lifting weights off the floor and then drop- ping them, as well as exercises such as the tire flip. Rosemarie DeMarco claimed that zoning employee Kelley Morris had no standing to issue a cease and desist order for the gym on April 11, 2014. Morris contended that zoning officials hadn't given the green light for final authorization and said the gym didn't fit existing zoning regulations. The outcome of all of this has ended up being a positive on some level for the town, according to Lombardi, as it's caused officials to be extra careful when it comes to attracting certain kinds of businesses to vacant spaces. CrossFit had signed a $4,800-a-month lease to take over the entire building at 975 Charles St., and two other tenants had to move out to make way for the workout facility. CLAIM From Page One RIDE serving up free summer meals The Rhode Island Department of Education has kicked off its annual Summer Meals program, offering free meals for children and teens at several community sites across the state. No identification or paperwork is necessary to receive a free meal, avail- able for any person under age 18. The federal summer nutrition pro- gram is funded by the USDA and administered by the Rhode Island Department of Education. For more information, call the United Way infor- mation line: 211. The following sites are serving up meals locally: • Marieville Elementary School, 1135 Mineral Spring Ave. (Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day, until Aug. 10) • Centredale School, 41 Angell Ave. (Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day until Aug. 10) • North Providence High School/ Math Intervention, 1828 Mineral Spring Ave. (Monday through Friday, 8-8:30 a.m.; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. until Aug. 10) BREEZE PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Two-year-old DECLAN SMITH enjoys his lunch at the RIDE Free Summer Meals kickoff celebra- tion at the East Smithfield Public Library. national grid energy services hot water heater special residential / multi-family upgrade your gas hot water heater if your shower is going cold, you see rust or water leaking around your current heater, it is time to have it replaced. simple rental agreement only $250.00 for installation and $24.60 per month for a 40-gallon water heater call us today and save until august 15, 2018 Minimum qualification for property owners are a credit card and photo ID. RI Gas Customers only. Installation by a licensed plumber and permit fee included. RI License #MPF1 #6601 MP#2359 call us today at 401-784-4240 or online: *BASIC INSTALLATION EXTRA CHARGES MAY APPLY.

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