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The North Providence Breeze 10-17-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Dressing his pumpkin up for Halloween with some bright purple paint is JACK CLEMENCE, 5, of North Providence, who was taking part in the Family Pumpkin Decorating Party at the North Providence Library last Saturday. See more pho- tos on Page 12. Preparing the pumpkins NORTH PROVIDENCE – No Republican has won a Town Council seat in some 40 years or more, says Brendan Snodgrass, but he's intent on changing that track record with a victory in the race to replace Council President Dino Autiello in District 3. Snodgrass says his experience volunteer- ing on several local causes and boards gives him name recognition few GOP members have had before him. Also setting him apart, he told The Breeze, is his "extreme open-minded- ness" on issues, including being pro- gressive on social issues and having some Libertarian leanings. "I'm not your standard, run-of-the- mill Republican," he says. Snodgrass, 40, faces off against Mario Martone in the Nov. 6 elec- tion for the District 3 seat. Martone, a Democrat, handily defeated Democratic challengers Ruth Bucci and Steven Andreozzi in the September primary. Making this a tougher hill to climb for Snodgrass, Autiello, who is running in the at- Snodgrass tries to make history in District 3 Council race By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com SNODGRASS See DISTRICT 3, Page 8 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence School Committee has hired consultant Joseph Erardi to aid with its search for the district's next superinten- dent of schools. Erardi, a veteran superinten- dent who retired from his post in Newtown, Conn. in 2017, launched a consulting business last August and has since completed eight superintendent searches, including in Lincoln and Tiverton. Introducing himself to the School Committee at a meeting last Thursday Oct. 11, Erardi said he will work hard to ensure the district lands the best candidate for the superintendent position. "I love the work and I'm com- fortable with the work in Rhode Consultant hired for superintendent search By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See SEARCH, Page 9 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The dilapidated building on the cor- ner of Mineral Spring Avenue and Smithfield Road, long the target of complaints and town citations, is set to be demolished after Rhode Island State Building Board and Standards Commission sided last week with the town in the matter. The eyesore building at 1840 Mineral Spring Ave. is owned by Dr. Anthony Farina, who runs the doctor's office next door. In a letter to Farina's attorney Chris Mulhearn last Friday, Building Official Ben Nascenzi noted that the state board summarily denied Farina and Branting LLC's appeal of the town's July 2 demolition notice on the property. In addition, stated the letter, offi- cials discovered that Farina pulled a permit to demolish the structure last Wednesday, Oct. 10. Town Planner David Westcott confirmed that the demolition permit was pulled. "Please be advised that if your cli- ent fails to comply with the town's Eyesore building to finally be demolished By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See EYESORE, Page 15 Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE OCTOBER 17-23, 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. Check out our Autumn Local Restaurant Guide INSIDE Eyesore Check out our Autumn Local Restaurant Guide INSIDE Local Restaurant Guide EAT OUT EAT OUT Let's Autumn 2018 ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. OCT-17-2018-DINE-NPO.indd 1 10/11/18 9:00 AM

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