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The North Providence Breeze 02-20-2019

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BREEZE PHOTO BY NICOLE DOTZENROD The 2nd annual Senior Mahjong League tournament was held Feb. 11 at the Lincoln Senior Center, and pitted the team from Lincoln against players from North Providence's Mancini Center. Above, volunteer league coordinator CAROL DESFORGES, of Warwick, hoists the championship trophy, which was awarded to Lincoln for the second consecutive year. See more photos on Page 2. NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town's largest and most prominent billboard, a four-panel monster from Lamar Advertising, is located next to a new in-progress public safety complex set to be completed later this year. Town officials say it can't stay there. Billboarding has been prohibited in North Providence for several decades. Though construction of new bill- boards is prohibited, there are existing non-conforming billboards in town owned by various ad companies, including Lamar, Adlife Marketing and Communications, and Outfront Media, that were in place prior to the decades-old prohibition on new ad boards, according to Town Planner David Westcott. In keeping with the North Providence Zoning Ordinance, these are existing non-conforming uses "that can continue indefinitely but they may not be relocated or intensified," he told Planning Board members prior to their Feb. 13 meeting where they made a recommendation on a zoning amendment allowing moving bill- boards. Town officials prefer to remove or relocate the billboard near the safety complex at 1835 Mineral Spring Ave., saying they would have no control over the content posted on it and don't want the board's messages to be interpreted as coming from the safety complex, said Westcott. According to Westcott, local plan- ning officials had the opportunity to review an early draft zoning amend- ment on billboards on Jan. 18, but said though "that version might have solved the relocation and reconfigura- tion problem, it would also have made billboards legal in all commercial By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Championship trophy See ZONING, Page 4 WESTCOTT NORTH PROVIDENCE – On the eastern edge of town, dotted along several streets, there are small properties owned by National Grid that once acted as stopping spots for power lines. Mayor Charles Lombardi con- firmed to The Breeze this week that he's in discussions with National Grid officials on a purchase package that includes several of those prop- erties. The goal, he said, is to avoid purchasing any properties that the town can't do anything with. Of the seven or so properties in the area, there are "probably four smaller parcels that we're looking to enter into an agreement on," he said. "We're trying to convince the Grid to become part of the pur- chase," he said. Lombardi said he is in agree- ment with Marieville residents that officials need to develop some recreational amenities for children in the Charles Street area, which is why he's targeting these parcels for potential new small park areas. "There will be a tot park or some type of playground down in that area pretty soon," he said. Though some residents have sug- gested purchasing a Grid property at 1 Charlotte St., right off Charles Street, it's become pretty clear that the energy provider doesn't want to let go of that parcel, said Lombardi. Mayor looking to purchase string of National Grid properties By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See PROPERTIES, Page 6 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE FEBRUARY 20-26, 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. Accepting All Insurances Evening and Saturday appointments also available. NICHOLAS D. IANNUCCILLI, MD DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SINCE 1975 DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY | XRAY | ULTRASOUND BONE DENSITY | ACR ACCREDITED Over 100,000 Mammograms interpreted by Dr. Iannuccilli WELLESLEY MEDICAL BUILDING 1515 Smith Street, North Providence, RI Phone: 353-1600 Fax 353-4187 Billboard has to go Zoning amendment prevents installation of new ones

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