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The North Providence Breeze 02-13-2019

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Leaders look to make Douglas Ave. a vibrant corridor But there will be plenty of challenges NORTH PROVIDENCE – Ongoing development of new businesses up and down Mineral Spring Avenue is something the town should be proud of, says Town Council President Dino Autiello, and now it's time to turn attention to Douglas Avenue, where similar growth continues to be stunt- ed due to outdated restrictions. "I think Mineral Spring Avenue is great, business is booming," he said. "I think the next area is Douglas Avenue. (We're) going to have a Douglas Avenue business corridor." The Town Council should do what- ever possible to advance business growth in this area by removing built- in roadblocks, said Autiello during the Feb. 5 council meeting. He cited a couple of incidents where compa- nies have tried to come to Douglas Avenue and been subjected to a lon- ger process because the properties they were targeting were still zoned By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com AUTIELLO See DOUGLAS AVE., Page 4 School construction remains on time for fall Redistricting plan expected by March NORTH PROVIDENCE – School will open after Labor Day in North Providence this year, allowing for as much preparation time as possible for the opening of the town's two new elementary schools. Two elementary school projects remain on time and on budget, said the Chief of Staff Dick Fossa this week. "Weather-wise, we've been lucky, and we haven't had any major sur- prises with this project so far," he said, adding that he expects the project to remain on schedule. Chad Healey, of Colliers International, told the Facilities Committee last week that the schools will be ready to be occupied by stu- dents, with all furniture and supplies in place, by the last day of August. School Committee Chairman Frank Pallotta asked for efforts to be made to get the buildings opened earlier. If school opens on Sept. 3, the day after the holiday, teachers will only have one or two days to prepare their class- rooms, he said. Pallotta told The Breeze that if the project is delayed for any reason, the committee would have to go back to the Rhode Island Department of Education to ask for an extension. He By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See NEW SCHOOLS, Page 6 BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON YILMAZ KASAPOGLU, winner of the North Providence District Spelling Bee for the third year in a row, celebrates his success at spelling the word "truant" during an early round of the townwide bee on Tuesday night. He'll advance to the statewide contest. Can you spell three-peat? NORTH PROVIDENCE – Yilmaz Kasapoglu, an 8th-grader from Birchwood Middle School in North Providence, has his sights set on a greater goal following his third straight win and final appear- ance in the North Providence District Spelling Bee: State cham- pion. Kasapoglu, 14, didn't even start learning English until after coming to the United States with his fam- ily at 4-and-a-half years old, said his father and mother, Seref and Hilal Kasapoglu, and has surprised even his family as he's become the perennial best speller in the district. Kasapoglu dominant in third straight Spelling Bee win By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See SPELLING, Page 14 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE FEBRUARY 13-19, 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 1530 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI In the Luca Building • 401-353-3805 & Music Learning Center 1 FREE INTRODUCTORY LESSON New clients only. Restrictions apply. LESSONS FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS WINTER BLOWOUT SALE! REMNANT CLEARANCE SALE Carpet Hardwood Vinyl Ceramic Area Rugs 5' x 8' – $39.00 & up 6' x 9' – $59.00 & up 8' x 10' – $139.00 & up 9' x 12' – $189.00 & up Larger sizes available. Come view our large selection

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