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The North Providence Breeze 02-06-2019

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Students at James l. McGuire Elementary School in North Providence are introduced to lizards, turtles and snakes during Ray Ward's Bwana Iguana Reptile Adventure at the school last Friday. First- and 2nd-graders in front row from left are MARIA OKECHUKWU, OLIVIA LENOS, ARIA BARBER, and HALEY JAKULEVICIUS, and in rear, SYDNEY DREW and JIULIANA TREMENTOZZI. See more photos on Page 6. Slithering surprises at McGuire School NORTH PROVIDENCE – Town Council President Dino Autiello says he'd like to see the CrossFit revolu- tion come to Camp Meehan/Notte Park. Autiello, at a council meeting Tuesday, Feb. 5, planned to request an investment in new outdoor exer- cise equipment at the park on the Wenscott Reservoir. He told The Breeze prior to the meeting that a couple of residents have approached him about the possibility of adding the equipment. "I thought it was a pretty cool idea," he said. In keeping with the premise of CrossFit, the equipment wouldn't be Proposal: CrossFit facility at the park By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See FITNESS, Page 4 NORTH PROVIDENCE – For a second straight year, the North Providence Police Department had far fewer complaints about officer mis- conduct than what would be expected for a department handling as many incidents as it does, says Chief David Tikoian. "As an organiza- tion, we are pleased to learn the North Providence Police Office of Professional Standards has received only 12 complaints regarding allegations of officer-perceived misconduct," said Tikoian in announcing the report. "(Though) the goal is to receive zero complaints, this number is extremely small considering that our officers have had 43,062 documented calls for service." The resulting ratio of complaints to contact is less than .03 percent, Annual report: Few complaints of officer misconduct By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com TIKOIAN See CONDUCT, Page 4 NORTH PROVIDENCE – A new contract between the town and mem- bers of the North Providence Police Department Fraternal Order of Police Lombardi: Police contract 'final piece of the puzzle' By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE FEBRUARY 6-12, 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 www.GeorgeMPrescottLaw.com No fee for initial consultation. WET LEAKY BASEMENT? • PUMPS INSTALLED • UNDER FLOOR DRAINAGE • REASONABLE PRICING (401) 255-9999 LET A PROFESSIONAL SOLVE YOUR BASEMENT WATER PROBLEMS John A. D'Ambra Diversified Services RI Reg. #9386 No. 13 will save taxpayers money and give officers the financial secu- rity they deserve, said representatives for both sides this week. "I'm happy, this is the final piece of the puzzle for the professional future of our department," said Mayor Charles Lombardi, listing other "pieces" already in place as the addition of new department leaders and ongoing construction of a new public safety complex. "Both sides put taxpayers first," said Lt. Tom Jones, freshman presi- dent of the local FOP. This contract gives police the wages and benefits they need and makes the department competitive with surrounding towns in recruiting and retaining great offi- cers, he said. "It went better than we expected," said Jones. He cited a "new relationship work- ing with the mayor's office" for resolving the years-long impasse over See CONTRACT, Page 9 See our Business Card Directory Inside! card the local l Directy BRINGING LOCAL BUSINESSES TO LOCAL PEOPLE the local l Published by Local Businesses & Local Solutions 2019 Automotive Sales & Service Dining & Enteainment Professional Services Home & Garden Health & Beauty Retail Pets ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. FEB-07-2019-BIZ-CARD.indd 1 1/30/19 10:11 AM See our Senior Living Guide inside! See our Senior Living © ADOBE STOCK Senior Living ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. published by Senior Living Guide

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