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The North Providence Breeze 12-05-2018

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | DECEMBER 5-11, 2018 NORTH PROVIDENCE 7 "I do think North Providence is a gem, and our strength is our staff, kids and community," she added. Erardi said the candidate for hire would be made fully aware of all of the district's strengths – as well as the challenges it faces. While residents are proud of the quality of school staff and students in North Providence and their connection to the community at-large, they also recognized its need to main- tain the level of excellence "within the turbulent fiscal picture of both state and local dollars," retain high- regarded staff members, improve school safety, balance spending and aid with students' transition from one school to the next. "I think, what everyone is trying to say is that they want the super- intendent to never lose sight of the children," said Erardi. While the first round of inter- views closed on the first of the month, Erardi said there's no "mag- ical number" of people who will be called back for a second interview. "If someone is superlative above every other candidate, there may be only one person called back," said Erardi, adding that there is also a possibility that "higher qual- ity candidates may be in additional searches." "Never settle," Erardi told the two members of the School Committee in attendance at the public forum – members Gina Picard and Roderick Da Silva. "If the hiring committee isn't excited about the new superintendent at the end of this process, we'll do it all over again." From preceding page Officials: Early days of trash tote program going well Another drop-off of old bins set for Saturday NORTH PROVIDENCE – Town officials say one of two planned events to take in old store-bought trash cans at North Providence High School went well last Saturday, Dec. 1, with a sec- ond event planned for this Saturday, Dec. 8, from 8 a.m. to noon at the high school. Mayor Charles Lombardi said a few people have made requests for smaller 65-gallon totes to replace the 95-gallon ones delivered to them last month at the start of the town's new automated trash tote program. Some have also made a request for a second tote. Those can be purchased for $60. "We're trying to address all the requests," said Lombardi. "We're going to do whatever we can to accommo- date everyone." The town's new charcoal-colored wheeled trash totes were delivered the week of Nov. 12. Trash remained on a weekly schedule, while recycling con- tinued every other week. Steve Mutter, municipal liaison for waste service provider MTG Disposal, said this week is the first where fully automated pickup of the wheeled trash totes is in effect, after a delay in getting trucks online. Those who bring their old trash cans to dispose of Saturday should make sure they are free of all debris. If residents still think their carts are too big after using them for a while, the town will switch it out for the 65-gallon tote. Workers will come to a home to pick up the old tote and deliver a new one, said Lombardi. The 65-gallon tote is the smallest one available. Everyone now has a trash container, said Mutter. Staffers are taking names and addresses of those asking for smaller totes, with senior citizens and those with disabilities to be serviced first. He's encouraging residents to use the larger totes for a while before deciding to go to a smaller one, as 65 gallons of space is pretty small. Each 95-gallon cart holds six trash bags. Those who think that's not enough space are encouraged to recycle more "and it should be big enough." Those who still don't have enough room can purchase a second cart for $60. All material must be in the tote to be collected. Call 401-719-1610 with questions. Residents must also call that number now to have bulk items picked up, said Mutter. Bulk items are picked up once each week with a regular truck. There is no charge for the service presently, he said, but that might change down the road. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com IN BRIEF Breakfast with Santa at Ricci Middle Dec. 15 NORTH PROVIDENCE – A Breakfast with Santa event will be held at Ricci Middle School, 51 Intervale Ave., on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will include an outdoor horse-pulled sleigh ride. For more information, call Carissa Anderson at 401-648-1312. NPSELAC will hold IEP workshop NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Special Education Local Advisory Committee will be hosting an IEP Binder Workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 9. RSVP is needed by Friday, Dec. 14. The workshop will include a free binder and printables. Reserve a spot by emailing Donna Alqassar at npselac@npsd.k12.ri.us. Toastmasters next meeting is Dec. 8 CUMBERLAND – The Saturday Brunch Bunch Toastmasters Club next gathering is Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9:20 to 11:30 a.m., at the Hayden Center in the Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Road. The public is invited to hone up on public speaking and leadership skills. For more information, email sbbtm31@gmail.com or call 508- 293-1488.

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