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The North Providence Breeze 07-11-2018

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 11-17, 2018 NORTH PROVIDENCE 15 and creepy experience, he said. Frances and his team are using time- lapse photography and also videotap- ing the entire restoration process. The couch is expected to be completed by the end of this week. Playing a role in maintaining history is big for the town and for business, said Frances, who, like many people, is convinced that Lizzie Borden was the killer. "Just look in her eyes and you can see it," he says, smiling. Alan Frances' father, the late Bob Frances, started Bob Frances Interiors in 1948. The Mineral Spring Avenue mainstay is celebrating its 70th anni- versary this year. Many upholsterers have closed their doors, due in part to people ditching expensive restoration for the convenience of buying new, said Frances, but also due to a lack of people getting the five-year education needed to get into the profession. Though there are few upholster- ers left, there are many thousands of antiques still in circulation, said Frances, part of the reason he doesn't see his company going out of business anytime soon. He said he's been for- tunate to retain longtime employees such as Ryan Clausius, who started at the business nearly 20 years ago before he'd turned 20. Though black and white crime scene photos make it impossible to say for sure, the couch Borden's father was found on was originally thought to be black, so in keeping with that thought and the widespread use of velvet at the time, Frances and his staff are redoing the circa-1870 furni- ture piece in vintage black velvet. The picture of Borden's father lying dead on the couch, as well as others at the scene, were the first known crime scene photos taken in the U.S. The couch – as well as other pieces of furniture at the home – has expe- rienced extensive wear and tear over the years, said Frances. Signatures on the wood underneath show that it's been redone a number of times. Unlike modern furniture, there are numerous inconsistencies brought about due to handcrafting of the piece, said Frances. "You don't consider it an imperfec- tion, you call it artwork," he said. The total cost of restoring the couch is about $2,700, said Frances. Contributing to the cost is the fact that the person who reupholstered it previ- ously covered over the old fabric, a big no-no in the furniture restoration world, complicating the project. Frances said he doesn't expect the relationship with the owners of the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum, Donald Woods and Lee-ann Wilber, to end with the completion of the famed couch. The owners on Feb. 1 purchased the Fall River home Borden moved into after her acquittal, known as Maplecroft, and that home is also fully furnished. Woods and Wilber told The Herald News after the purchase of Maplecroft that they intended to tell the second part of the "complex" life of Borden. Lizzie Borden became the main suspect in the 1892 murders of her father and stepmother, Andrew and Abby, in Fall River. She was tried and acquitted of the crime, and though many believed she would then move away from the place where she was looked at suspiciously, she stayed, moving into Maplecroft using the inheritance she'd won at the death of Abby. Among the issues with the investiga- tion were strange and contradictory statements from Borden, lack of a thorough search of Borden's room, and the fact that none of the hatchets found in the basement were removed from the house. No one else was ever charged in the unsolved murder, though there have been a number of other theories on suspects. The case has been the subject of numerous TV shows and performances since. Frances said he encourages anyone who's fascinated by history and its more gory elements to visit the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum for a full tour. Visit www.lizzie-borden. com for details. For more information, email afran- COUCH From Page One LIZZIE BORDEN The original crime scene photo, above. Mariorenzi seeks at-large seat on School Committee NORTH PROVIDENCE – Anthony J. Mariorenzi Jr., a Democrat, has declared his intent to run for an at-large seat on the North Providence School Committee. Mariorenzi said he has decided to run, first, because of his firm belief in making school safety a top priority. "If elected, I would work every day to further enhance school security across the town of North Providence," he said. Second, Mariorenzi pledges to work to help provide teachers with more resources that help stu- dents with social emotional learn- ing, which he believes "will help students learn to regulate their emotions in a healthy way." "It is important that the well- being of our students is taken seriously. This also creates a safe and positive school community," he continued. He said his third reason for running is to "ensure the taxpay- ers of North Providence that any and all spending is being prop- erly used to benefit the learning experience of each child in North Providence." Mariorenzi, 28, is a student at Rhode Island College in the technology studies program. He lives at 630 Smithfield Road with his fiancée Catherine Shabo. Mariorenzi told The Breeze he has been "motivated by the empower- ing younger generation across the country getting involved in poli- tics." He said, "I look forward to meeting my fellow citizens across the town of North Providence on the campaign trail." State Sen. Paolino up for re-election Thomas J. Paolino has announced his candidacy for state Senate, District 17 representing Lincoln, North Providence and North Smithfield. Paolino has served in the role for two years, elected upon the retirement of Sen. Edward J. O'Neill. Paolino said he has worked tire- lessly to protect the taxpayers, vot- ing against the Pawtucket Red Sox deal, "especially the House version which added an addition $54 mil- lion in debt service." He said he will continue to be a "watchdog in the Senate," voting against bad leg- islation "intended for self-interest over public interest." He continued, "I have delivered my promises of lowering taxes for my constituents with the car tax phase-out, saving taxpayers in our district over $1 million." Paolino supported safe school efforts by voting for red flag leg- islation, and fought on behalf of Lincoln as a member of the Senate Finance Committee, resulting in an additional $8.4 million for building the new Lincoln High School. Additionally, Paolino co- sponsored legislation to combat the opioid crisis as a member of the Health and Human Services Committee. He also promised to continue to improve the business landscape in his district, attracting new business- es and retaining the existing ones. "It would be an honor and privi- lege to once again be your voice and representative in the Rhode Island Senate," he said. "Together, we can work for a better state. I respectfully ask for your support and vote. I pledge to represent you with a common sense approach, making educated decisions with class, dignity and pride while put- ting your interests above all." PAOLINO ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL In your time of need, The North Providence Breeze will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. The paper also places the obituary on our Web site,, as soon as it is provided to us by your family's funeral director. Notification to friends and neighbors is also made weekdays on WOON-AM radio announcements. Should you desire our services, kindly inform your funeral director. The full charge is $90, or $125 for lengthy obituaries, in the edition of your choice. You may place the obituary in any of our other editions for $50 each. Thank you. OBITUARIES Keefe Funeral Home and Cremation Services Available 24 hours/7 Days/Emergency Rental Caskets Available Pre-Arrangement Plans & Guidance Complete Funeral Arranging Wheelchair Accessible Availability to accommodate large services with small service attention Five Higginson Avenue Lincoln, RI 02865 401-725-4253 One Year Anniversary Angelina Angelone November 6, 2002-July 12, 2017 We miss you every day and every hour. You're always with us. You're in our hearts and thoughts. We will never forget you. You will always be remembered with Angie's Angels Love, mom, dad, sister Abigail, Auntie Ana, Uncle Mike, Auntie Paula & your dog Darby. Monument Manufacturers INDOOR SHOWROOM Cemetery Lettering 91 Pawtucket Ave., Rumford 401-434-4064 Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • Sat. 9 a.m.-Noon STANLEY GRANITE CO.

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