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The North Providence Breeze 03-13-2019

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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Frustrations mount over redistricting plans BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE In the Animal Rescue Pet Adoption Room during "A Night at the Museum" at Greystone Elementary School, JANIYAH SMITH, a 3rd-grader, learns how to use a stethoscope to listen to heartbeats from DR. JEFF LOGAN, center, and DAVID RICHARDSON, both of the Northern Rhode Island Animal Hospital. See more photos on Page 14. Can you hear my heartbeat? NORTH PROVIDENCE – Countless pieces of student art and handmade cards wallpaper the door to Joe Goho's office at North Providence High School, visual evidence of his impact on the stu- dents he's worked with since he was hired there in 1998. "I always said I wish I wrote a memoir," he said. "Being an active principal for so long, I've made connections with so many kids and families. Having those relationships is what fuels me. Every day was an Goho reflects on 20 years at NPHS By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See GOHO, Page 14 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town continues to be a trailblazer when it comes to its lead pipe replacement program, with officials planning to spend another $355,376 in federal grant funds this year to replace another 100 or so connec- tions. Mayor Charles Lombardi said he's proud that North Providence remains the only community in the state taking such an aggressive approach to lead pipe replacements, paying the fee while residents in other communities have to pay their own way. North Providence completed about 70 connections last year, using $270,376 in Community Development Block Grant funds, Town again picking up tab on lead pipe replacements By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See LEAD PIPES, Page 4 GOHO THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE MARCH 13-19, 2019 Our Uplifting Environment and Special Approach to Alzheimer's and Dementia Care have created a Quality of Life You Simply Can't Get Anyplace Else. 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 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence School Committee is urging parents and guardians who are frustrated with the town's elemen- tary school redistricting plan to appeal their child's placement before a March 22 deadline. The plan, which rearranges the borders of each elementary school district, was presented to members of the community in a forum at North Providence High School last Thursday, March 7, during which parents shared some of their anxieties over the scheduled changes. The redrawn map will impact the 2019/2020 school year when the town's two newly constructed elemen- tary schools, Stephen Olney and McGuire, go into use and Marieville Elementary shuts down. A number of parents said they feared the impact switching schools might have on their children. Parent Chris Boyle explained that his daugh- ter, a 3rd-grader, has attended a differ- ent school each year, first the original Stephen Olney Elementary, then the swing space on Woonasquatucket By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See REDISTRICT, Page 6

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