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The North Providence Breeze 01-09-2019

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6 NORTH PROVIDENCE JANUARY 9-15, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION after previously serving for 20 years because it's "an honor to be part of community service, and a special honor to serve children and their families." Pallotta, who served in District 1 from 1986 to 2006, said school leadership must "be wise in decision- making, balance our choices and confront our challenges. We need to embrace our strengths, mitigate our weaknesses and support each other to provide the very best teaching and learning opportunities available." To the town's outgoing leaders – Town Councilors Alice Brady, Raymond DeStefanis and Stephen Feola and School Committee mem- bers Ronald Iannetta, Stephen Palmieri and Donald Cataldi – the message on Sunday at North Providence High School was simple: thank you for your service. To those being installed for the first time, Chief of Staff Dick Fossa delivered another: fasten your seat belts. "North Providence is a town of proud families and community neighborhoods that make everyone feel welcome," said Fossa. "It is undergoing a great transformation. It's a great time for the town of North Providence and there are still great things to come." Mayor Charles Lombardi said the installation of officers ceremony marks "the day you accept full responsibility for your office, which at times will seem overwhelming." "Our taxpayers want elected offi- cials who are honest, productive and accessible," Lombardi said. "It's important to have a Town Council and School Committee that possesses sound business sense, and more importantly good common sense. The time of basing decisions on poli- tics and not what's best for everyone (is) long gone." Lombardi said when he first took the oath of office in 2007, his admin- istration inherited a bond rating "one step above junk" and a $10 mil- lion deficit. Twelve years later, "we have an $11 million surplus and a double-A bond rating. Banks want to do business with us now, and busi- nesses want to open here in North Providence." He spoke about the town's "crown jewel," The Meehan Overlook at Notte Park, as well as development across town and a new streetscape project for Centredale business dis- trict. "There were four cranes in the sky in North Providence a few weeks ago," he said. "Fourteen new busi- nesses have opened or are being con- structed as we speak, with more on the way. North Providence was the only community in New England to receive the U.S. EPA Environmental Merit Award for outstanding efforts in protecting children's health." Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee said the upward climb of the town can be attributed to the cooperation of its municipal and school leaders, as well as the connectedness of the state's 39 cities and towns. "The Breeze called 2018 the year North Providence kept winning," he said. "We all want to be on a winning team, and right now you have a winning team here in North Providence." McKee spoke at the event in place of Rep. David Cicilline, who was detained in Washington, D.C. The event was also attended by General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Attorney General Peter Neronha and Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena. The inauguration was led by Fossa, with the presentation of certificates of election distributed by Nicholas Bianco of the North Providence Board of Canvassers. The NPHS Concern Band, directed by Steve Morrison, performed dur- ing the processional and recessional, while soloist Lexi Lanni sang the national anthem, 'Let There Be Peace on Earth' and 'God Bless America." The inauguration committee was made up of ManyAnn DeAngelus, chairperson, Troy Campopiano, Ewa Kurpiewski, Shana Autiello, Shawna Martone, Robin Ruzzo, Carmen Garcia, Santino Famiglietti and Anthony Napolitano. BREEZE PHOTOS BY BILL MURPHY Mayor CHARLES LOMBARDI delivers his address at the North Providence inauguration held at North Providence High School. INAUGURATION From Page One Town Council president DINO AUTIELLO delivers his address at the North Providence inauguration Sunday. School Committee members, from left, FRANK PALLOTTA, JR., ANTHONY MARCIANO, and ARTHUR CORSINI, are sworn in by Mayor CHARLES LOMBARDI at the North Providence inauguration. Marciano is the outgoing School Committee chairman, and Pallotta was elected the new chairman. Great Finds Yours & Mine Consignment 1243 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 401-726-7500 WOW! Yours & Mine Consignment Clearance On All Specially Marked Brand Name Items! $ 5 00 and $ 10 00 Get them before they're gone! • Stuffed Shrimp • Clams Casino • Scallops/Bacon • Stuffies • Crab Cakes • Mushrooms • Stuffed Scrod • 1/2 Stuffed Lobster • Stuffed Sole Quality Seafood Since 1982 Full Line of Bake & Serve Appetizers and Entrées NORTH PROVIDENCE 1702 Mineral Spring Ave. 353-6350 WARWICK 1 Centerville Road 738-6762 EBT OPEN 7 DAYS CLAM BAKES with LOBSTER! Just add water & steam! 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