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The North Providence Breeze 01-09-2019

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©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. NP saw another drop in crime last year NORTH PROVIDENCE – Crime in town was down again in 2018, say police officials, who are crediting the ongoing decline in criminal activity to continued smart police work and a strong relationship between officers and the public. Deputy Chief Arthur Martins said he and Chief David Tikoian reviewed the year-end data and their pre- By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Plow drivers increasingly scarce as insurance costs rocket up There aren't enough plow drivers to go around for the winter of 2018- 2019, and the blame is being placed squarely on skyrocketing insurance rates brought about due to excessive claims of slip-and-fall injuries. Contractors, especially the indepen- dent ones with a plow truck or two, are finding it both difficult and expen- sive to acquire insurance to work. This insurance, called "completed By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See PLOW DRIVERS, Page 4 See CRIME DROP, Page 5 Autiello: Ready and excited to keep the ball rolling NORTH PROVIDENCE – Speaking at the town's inauguration ceremony on Sunday, local leaders said the list of achievements made across town this year was perfectly summed up in the recent Breeze headline, "North Providence just kept winning in 2018." Dino Autiello, who was unani- mously elected to continue serving as president of the Town Council, said he's proud of North Providence for passing three budgets with no tax increases, the success of the town-run senior center and the wide- spread development across town, including two elementary school projects, a large solar farm and a new public safety complex. "I pledged four years ago to focus on business development, and I'm thrilled to say it's happening," he said, adding that he's proud to work with "a group of individuals I believe will keep our town moving forward. I look forward to leading with such accomplished and dedi- cated public servants." Autiello said he's "ready and excit- ed to keep the ball rolling. Together, we'll make the tough decisions our town needs for growth." Councilor Mansuet Giusti III and Kenneth Amoriggi were unani- mously elected to serve as presi- dents pro tempore. After taking the oath of office to serve on the North Providence School Committee, Frank Pallotta Jr. was elected chairman, replacing Anthony Marciano, who will con- tinue to serve as a member of the committee. Marciano had served as chairman since 1998. Gina Picard also stepped down as vice chairwoman, casting her vote along with the rest of the committee for District 2's Roderick Da Silva. District 3 committee member Steven Andreozzi was again elected clerk. Addressing attendees of the inau- guration, Pallotta said he made the decision to return to the committee By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY THE TOWN COUNCIL stands at attention during the singing of the national anthem on Sunday at the North Providence inauguration. The members are, from left, Kenneth Amoriggi, Stefano Famiglietti, Steven DiLorenzo, Ronald Baccala, Mario Martone, Mansuet Giusti III and coun- cil president Dino Autiello. See INAUGURATION, Page 6 Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE JANUARY 9-15, 2019 Lombardi Medical Associates LLC Wellesley Medical Building 1515 Smith Street, Suite M, North Providence, RI 02911 401-228-8775 Anthony J. Lombardi, Jr., MD Internal Medicine OUR UPLIFTING ENVIRONMENT AND SPECIAL APPROACH TO ALZHEIMER'S AND DEMENTIA CARE HAVE CREATED A QUALITY OF LIFE YOU SIMPLY CAN'T GET ANYPLACE ELSE. Does your child like? Robotics • Google Chromebooks Up to date computer room with fiber optic technology Wireless technology throughout the school Strings and Instrumental Music Chorus • Drama • Smartboards • Sports SAINT CECILIA SCHOOL Celebrating over 100 years of Catholic education! Then St. Cecilia School is the only school for you! Accepting Registrations for 2019-2020 Pre-K - Grade 8 Where morals and values meet academic excellence Extended Care is available 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 755 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, Rhode Island 401-723-9463 • www.scsri.org • mtetzner@scsri.org Open House January 27th 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Town, school leaders hope to duplicate success of 2018 See our Best Photos of 2018 inside! Breeze JANUARY 9-15, 2019 BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON The spring ritual of a Little League opening day was, I had always thought, sup- posed to be a happy occasion. Which is why the expression on 5-year-old Landon Graham caught my eye as he waited for the conclusion of opening ceremonies for the North Providence West Little League at Romano Field in April. His face just stood out among his fellow ballplayers, but then I realized that 5-year-olds probably don't care to hear endless speeches by adults thanking each other, while forced to sit on a cold April grass while waiting for those fateful words, "Play Ball!" Best pictures of the year A second look at the photos that stood out in 2018 Breeze THE VALLEY ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. 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