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The North Providence Breeze 01-16-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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BREEZE PHOTO BY NICOLE DOTZENROD COLLIN CABANA, of McGuire Elementary School, high-fives 2nd-grade teacher HEATHER COFFEY as he receives a first-place award for literature in this year's National Parent Teacher Association's Reflections contest. Students submitted origi- nal artwork, essays, photographs and music to reflect the contest theme of "Heroes Around Me." The award ceremony was held at North Providence High School last week. See more photos on Page 15. Reflecting on heroes NORTH PROVIDENCE – Town and fire officials will put a third rescue vehicle into service starting Feb. 15, a move intended to realign staff to more read- ily meet modern safety needs and address increased demand for increased service. Asked about the plan this week, Mayor Charles Lombardi said he's been "kicking it around for a while," particularly as calls for res- cue service have continued to climb and needs on the fire side have diminished with greater fire safety standards and technology. "Right now it's become a grave concern," he said. There were a total of 606 res- cue calls last year where North Providence needed outside help from surrounding departments such as Pawtucket, Smithfield, Lincoln and Johnston, said Lombardi. Rescue calls account for some 80 percent of the total calls for service to the fire department. "My concern is our taxpayers had to wait an additional five to 10 minutes for a rescue truck," he said. "As the public safety direc- tor, I'm just going to address that, it concerns me." Under this new plan, he said, those 600 people won't have to wait for service. Lombardi said his one concern By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor 'My concern is our taxpayers had to wait an additional five to 10 min- utes for a rescue truck.' MAYOR CHARLES LOMBARDI North Providence See RESCUE, Page 6 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Construction of a new public safety complex at 1825 Mineral Spring Ave. is about 60 percent complete, says Chief of Police David Tikoian, and is also on pace to be on or under bud- get when completed this summer. "Construction is on schedule and within budget with an esti- mated date of sub- stantial completion on June 30, 2019," he said. The total cost of the project across from North Providence High School is still tabbed at about $28 million, includ- ing big-ticket items of $2.4 mil- lion for site work, a $22.13 million construction contract with Ahlborg Construction and $1.7 million for architect RGB. "There's only a finite amount of money" left from his department's $60 million in Google winnings from 2012, he said, so there's no real option other than to keep the costs down, he said. Tikoian said he's still hopeful about having money left in reserve from the Google money to focus on other department priorities, including more new vehicles and further investments in the school resource officer pro- gram. The safety complex project, which started last May, will give police and fire personnel a state-of-the-art head- quarters in the center of town for decades to come. Safety complex more than halfway done, still on budget By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor TIKOIAN See COMPLEX, Page 4 ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. THE NORTH PROVIDENCE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE JANUARY 16-22, 2019 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 No fee for initial consultation. 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 • • Open House January 27th 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Third rescue added Officials hope to reduce wait times, cut outside help

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