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The North Providence Breeze 08-15-2018

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. NORTH PROVIDENCE – None of the 26 officers and civilian employ- ees of the North Providence Police Department who participated in the town's National Night Out last week were paid a dime to be there. Mayor Charles Lombardi was effusive in his praise of department members, saying they "saved the town a ton of money" and truly showed that they care about the community. Lombardi said he had told police that the "party's going on with or without you" at the Aug. 7 police event, and, "I'm not paying overtime." He said he told police that he couldn't justify asking businesses and groups to donate all kinds of items for the event, while police were paid well for their time. Lt. Tom Jones, who won elec- tion as the new president of the North Providence Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 13 last month, replacing former President Dennis Stone, a Lombardi critic, said he sent all union members an email essentially telling them that he would be attending National Night Out on his own time and that they could join him if they wished. He told The Breeze he was proud of the turnout, which rivaled last year's numbers of 30 per- sonnel. "I said, 'I'm going to volunteer my time if anybody wants to stand with me,' " he said. Lombardi set off waves of contro- By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor 'This is our opportunity to give back.' LT. TOM JONES Newly elected president of the North Providence FOP Lodge 13 BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON HEATHER BRYANT and LOGAN GIANFRANCESCO, 7, of North Providence, watch a demonstration by the Rhode Island State Police about the importance of wearing seat belts, while they were enjoying North Providence's National Night Out at Notte Park and Camp Meehan Aug. 7. See more photos on Page 15. Ahead of audit, School Committee stalls payment of bills Council questions why State Police aren't in town NORTH PROVIDENCE – Members of the North Providence School Committee voted against approving the payment of bills at last Wednesday's special meeting, citing a need to further review charges made under former Supt. Bridget Morisseau and ex-Finance Director John McNamee. Morisseau resigned in July after being accused of using her school credit card for personal spending. The School Committee formally hired Robert Civetti to lead an audit into the spending of Morisseau and McNamee at last week's meeting. Dina DuTremble was set to begin as interim finance director on Tuesday of this week, Aug. 14, after McNamee left the position for a job as school business administrator in Lincoln in May. During the Aug. 8 meeting, school board members expressed concerns with approving any bills before they were properly vetted. By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See VOLUNTEERS, Page 8 See AUDIT, Page 2 Night Out at Notte Park Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE AUGUST 15-21, 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 No fee for initial consultation. Call for SUMMER SAVINGS 401-654-5259 • Complete Heating Systems • Remodeling • Repairs • Water Heaters • Complete Sewage Ejector Systems for Basement Baths • Senior Citizen Discounts C. J. Nemes, Inc. Plumbing & Heating 24-Hour Emergency Service 769-4776 Master Plumber, R.I. #1911 Mass. #25011 Member of The Better Business Bureau Drain & Sewer Cleaning Mayor, police hail new era after officers volunteer time at town's National Night Out

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