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The North Providence Breeze 01-09-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JANUARY 9-15, 2019 OBITUARIES / NORTH PROVIDENCE 11 Raymond J. Cardin Raymond J. Cardin, 91, passed away Jan. 6. He was the husband of the late Evelyn M. (Iannuccilli) Cardin. He was the son of the late Alfred and Corona (Larosee) Cardin. He was the father of Debra Gouveia and her husband, Joseph; Raymond Cardin Jr. and his wife, Carolyn; and Bruce Cardin and his husband, Peter Kovacik. He was the grandfather of five; great- grandfather of seven; and brother of the late Norman, Paul, Leo and Lucille Cardin, Doris Whiteside and Sr. Rita Cardin. Visitation will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m., in the Pontarelli-Marino Home, 971 Branch Ave., Providence. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park, Johnston. Visit www.pontarellimari- nofunerals.com . way, the liability goes up, he said. If a delivery person were to ever fall on someone's front steps and then sue, he said, it would actually be better for that homeowner if they had left the stairs untouched as "virgin snow." Municipal officials are reporting struggles finding plow operators. In Cumberland, Highway Supt. Frank Stowik said the town has lost many vendors due to the increases in insur- ance. The town is still well short of what it needs, he says, and continues to advertise for plowing services. The ultimate impact of this issue will likely be less plowing coverage during storms, said Stowik. More and more private developments are being accepted as public roadways in Cumberland, he said, meaning plow routes are getting longer even as help is falling off. "Hopefully we've got enough (oper- ators)," he said. Other communities, such as Pawtucket, haven't felt the impact as much. Director of Administration Dylan Zelazo said the city hasn't had an issue getting enough plows on the road, but said he has noticed seeming- ly fewer plow drivers around. North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi said his community also hasn't had an issue, but said the town also has mostly weaned itself off of outside contractors for plowing. The way insurance works for plow drivers who cover municipalities, said Hunter, is that the operator must provide a certificate of insurance and must notify the city if he no longer has insurance. Municipalities will request that they be listed on the contractor's insurance as an addi- tional insured entity. Someone who is injured will then sue the town and operator, with the operator's insur- ance protecting both entities. The operator has to carry at least $1 mil- lion of coverage. Cote said dropping the Bellingham commercial account was only due in part to the insurance issue. In addition to worrying about insurance, plow operators have many other factors to consider when deciding whether to even take on a client or stay in the business. If someone cares about their customer, they really have to almost babysit the lot during and after a snowstorm, he said. In his case, he was often trying to guess at where the "fine line" of snowy precipitation was, as it could be raining in Lincoln but snowing heavily in Bellingham. He said he's maintained some of his other commercial accounts. Like Hunter, Cote also placed the blame for this issue on attorneys who make plow drivers and insurance companies the natural targets, as well as a society that seems to always be looking for the fast score knowing that it's easier to settle than go to court. The insurance companies aren't at fault here, he said. "They don't want to lose money," he said. "Accidents do happen, it is what it is. They just want to make sure they're not liable." SNOW INSURANCE From Page 4 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Boats built by students in the North Providence marine trades program featured prominently dur- ing the Rhode Island Boat Show in Providence over the past weekend. Debbie Wood, operator of the show and owner of Warwick-based Wood Boat and Motor, said she's been nothing but impressed by the suc- cess of the town's marine trades pro- gram. The former North Providence resident for 18 years now lives just over the line in Smithfield, right near the Wenscott Reservoir where a new grant-funded boating center is planned at the Meehan Overlook. "They have an outstanding marine program," she said. "Being in the marine industry, we're very aware of that program at Birchwood, and also at the high school." Wood said her company has long offered its professional services to the local marine program. "We believe in their program," she said. "I believe it's one-of-a-kind. Everything about it is just fascinat- ing." The marine industry is a very dif- ficult one in which to draw qualified people to do work. Many of those who apply to work at Wood Boat and Motor talk about their time on the water with a grandparent or other similar personal experience, said Wood, but the North Providence stu- dents have a huge leg up since they start building boats as 7th-graders. They learn early the basics of flota- tion, weight distribution, propulsion and proper maintenance, she said, having a trade instilled in them at a young age. That trade experience can then take them on to other programs, including work-study programs as dealerships such as her company. Marine programs such as this one are "absolutely key" to the marine trades in Rhode Island, and are great for students who might not be strong in academics, she added. "We're actually creating a work- force for all of us in the marine trade here in the Ocean State," Wood said. Where past shows featured local students working on one boat, this one allowed them ample space to offer several boats for sale, said Wood, an opportunity to bring money back into the program and let students see the results of their work. "They were a great addition to the show," she said. Wood said she even overheard someone make a special order for the students to build them a boat. Mia Rocchio, an 8th-grader at Birchwood in her second year of marine trades, said she loves the pro- gram and plans to try to get into the high school program if she attends North Providence High School. She said it was a great experience being part of the boat show over the week- end, especially seeing some of the boats she worked on over the sum- mer. Though none of the boats sold at the show, she said a number of people put in orders for custom-built boats, and students will fulfill those requests. The price for those boats will likely range between $300 and $650. Those who've played a role in the North Providence program, includ- ing founder and retired Providence teacher Henry Marciano, local middle school instructors Richard Torti and Matt Moniz, and Kevin McKiernan, who teaches boat science at North Providence High School, "are so good at what they do," said Wood, and it's a no-brainer to feature the program in the annual show. Mayor Charles Lombardi has also been a great supporter of its con- tinued growth, she noted, recently winning a $182,000 grant to create a physical headquarters for the marine program at the Meehan Overlook. "I would love to see that program explode in five different directions," said Wood. The possibilities here are limitless, especially as one of just three marine programs in the state, she said, and there are plans for new projects in the future. Those include a boat that's accessible to those with special needs, a boat specifically designed for veterans, and boats with fabri- cated cushioned seats, which "takes it to another level." The local program "was one of the best-kept secrets in the state," said Wood, but not any longer. NP students' boats featured at R.I. Boat Show By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE At last week's opening of the R.I. Boat Show are, from left, North Providence Mayor CHARLES LOMBARDI, KEVIN MCKIERNAN, who teaches boat science at North Providence High School, HENRY MARCIANO, founder of the marine trades pro- gram in North Providence, and BRIAN GILMORE, principal at Birchwood Middle School. Surrounding them are the boats made by the students of North Providence. Caranci releases book about St. Bernadette NORTH PROVIDENCE – Paul F. Caranci has released the new book "I Am the Immaculate Conception: The Story of Bernadette of Lourdes," which commemo- rates the 175th anniversary of St. Bernadette's birth. Researched for historical accuracy, "I Am the Immaculate Conception" is a day-by-day, hour-by-hour account of emotionally charged events leading to the apparitions, the apparitions themselves and the con- troversial aftermath. With eyewitness accounts and eye-opening perspec- tive, Caranci brings the story of Bernadette to life. Caranci said that the timing of the release of the book was coordinated by the publisher, Stillwater River Publications, to coincide with the 175th anniversary of the birth of St. Bernadette. Caranci has written nine books, three of which have won critical acclaim. His last book, "The Promise of Fatima: One Hundred Years of History, Mystery and Faith," was named a finalist in the International Book Awards held in Los Angeles in May of 2018. Copies of the new book, as well as any of his previous books, may be purchased at Stillwater Books, 175 Main St., Pawtucket, and on Amazon.com. Signed copies of the new book may be obtained by con- tacting the author at municipalher- itage@gmail.com . CARDIN In your time of need, The North Providence Breeze will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. The paper also places the obituary on our Web site, valleybreeze.com, as soon as it is provided to us by your family's funeral director. Notification to friends and neighbors is also made weekdays on WOON-AM radio announcements. Should you desire our services, kindly inform your funeral director. The full charge is $90, or $125 for lengthy obituaries, in the edition of your choice. You may place the obituary in any of our other editions for $50 each. Thank you. OBITUARIES

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