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The North Providence Breeze 07-18-2018

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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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Youngsters play pretend instruments and act out their fantasies as future rock stars at Music Day, held July 12 at North Providence's Meehan Summer Camp in Governor Notte Park. From left are MARK PICEONO, 7, ISAIAH MCFADDEN, 6, and GAVIN BUCKLEY, 7. See more photos on Page 6. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Paul Labbadia, the former North Providence firefighter and Coventry fire chief who still owes taxpayers thousands of dollars after fraudulently accepting pension payments he wasn't entitled to, has applied to be the town's next fire chief. Mayor Charles Lombardi told The Breeze he was surprised to learn that Labbadia had applied for the open position, which is being vacated by retiring Chief Ed DiGiulio, and imme- diately wondered whether the application was serious. Lombardi said he's narrowed a list of 19 applicants, including four from within the North Providence Fire Department, down to about seven men. Labbadia is not among the seven, he said. "A candidate with criminal convic- tions of crimes against the public inter- est is far afield from the core values of our fire department," he said. Labbadia pleaded no contest, indi- cating that he would not contest the charges against him, in January to three counts of filing false documents By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor Camping and vamping See LABBADIA, Page 7 Most tickets for 'hands-free' violations on Mineral Spring, Smith Street Tikoian: Consistent enforcement leading to fewer accidents NORTH PROVIDENCE – Local police have continued their targeted enforcement of the state's new "hands- free driving law," stopping another 40 drivers and handing out 37 tickets from June 18 to July 16 as a result of observed violations of the statute, said Chief David Tikoian. There were three verbal warnings during that period and no written By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See HANDS-FREE, Page 9 This summer, school districts across northern Rhode Island are jockeying for position as they try to get ahead of the field on developing new education- al pathway programs for students. With money at stake as children leave their home districts for other pro- grams, many local education leaders say they're finding school is becoming more of a business than ever. More schools across the state are creating state-of-the-art career and technical education (CTE) programs, designed to prepare students for col- lege or a career after high school. This year, schools applied to the Rhode Pathway to competition: CTE programs turning schools into businesses By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See CTE, Page 4 Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE JULY 18-24, 2018 J A S W E L L ' S F A R M S TA N D & B A K E R Y w w w. j a s w e l l s f a r m . c o m O P E N D A I LY 8 a . m . - 5 p . m . BLUEBERRIES PLUS: OUR OWN Fresh Baked Pies, Pastries, Muffins, Cookies Gourmet Hot and I ced Coffees Farm Fresh Fruits & Vegetables! FRESH PICKED BLUEBERRIES Call 231-9043 for info on PICK YOUR OWN FRESH PICKED CORN & SUMMER VEGETABLES Now Available 50 Swan Road, Smithfield 231-9043 Try Our Own All Natural Lemonade Our Own Cider Donuts & Blueberry Donuts Accepting All Insurances Evening and Saturday appointments also available. Nicholas D. iaNNuccilli, MD DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SINCE 1975 DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY | XRAY | uLTRASOuND bONE DENSITY | ACR ACCREDITED Over 100,000 Mammograms interpreted by Dr. Iannuccilli Wellesley MedIcAl BuIldIng 1515 Smith Street, North Providence, RI Phone: 353-1600 Fax 353-4187 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 No fee for initial consultation. Labbadia applies to be NP fire chief, but Mayor Lombardi says he's not in the running

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