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The North Providence Breeze 03-27-2019

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Marieville Elementary School kin- dergarten students, in front from left, CAROLYN ZAPIEN, TAMARA JOHNSON and MARK PULK, are capti- vated by the magic of John Duke Logan, who brought his own special brand of magic and positive thinking to kick off Reading Week at the school on March 19. Logan uses magic to encourage chil- dren to read and do the impossible. He was named team magician by The New England Patriots and received a stand- ing ovation on the TV show America's Got Talent. More photos on Page 9. Magical moment NORTH PROVIDENCE – Mayor Charles Lombardi says he'll present his annual budget proposal a month later than normal, giving extra time for state officials to sort out their own spending plan and how it will impact communities. Lombardi told The Breeze he remains unsure about whether he'll propose a tax increase in his budget, which will now be presented on May 7 instead of early April. "Still to be deter- mined," he said. Following a zero-increase budget last year, Lombardi said it will be a bit more challenging to do the same this year, particularly with debt related to new schools coming online, but is trying his best for a small tax increase at most. The town saw a 28-cent increase in 2017, and Lombardi said prior to that increase that he expected to go at least four of the next five years without a tax increase. After conferring with town control- ler Maria Vallee, Lombardi said the Budget process pushed back to wait on state By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See BUDGET, Page 4 LOMBARDI NORTH PROVIDENCE – Over the first month of having a third res- cue in service, public safety workers responded to 51 calls for medical service that they never would have been able to answer if the rescue hadn't gone online in February, say officials. "That's 51 calls where we gave them quicker service," said Mayor Charles Lombardi of residents not having to wait for outside help when existing town rescues are already on calls. The primary goal with the move to add a third rescue and shut down a fire engine, a new configuration going into effect Feb. 16, was to improve local response times and enhance safety for residents, said Town nearly eliminates need for outside rescue help By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See RESCUE, Page 3 Morisseau arrested, charged in spending probe THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE MARCH 27-APRIL 2, 2019 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! Now Open in North Providence Bagels and Baked Goods made from scratch and Baked Fresh Daily. Organic Coffee, Breakfast Sandwiches, Deli Sandwiches and more! Drive Thru Service with any bagel with cream cheese or any breakfast sandwich. Expires April 15, 2019. Valid at North Providence location only. FREE Small or Iced Coffee 401-421-2222 1480 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence Mon. - Fri. 5:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 6 a.m.-4 p.m; Sun. 6 a.m.-3 p.m. 100% FINANCING NEW CONSTRUCTION • REMODELING WE HANDLE ALL INSURANCE CLAIMS (401) 225-9422 • Siding • Decks • Dump Trailer Service • Unbeatable Prices • Fully Insured • No job too small • FREE Roof Inspections Free Estimates • RI Lic # 29424 "Everything For Your Home" Please Call for a Free Estimate Roofing by ROOFING SPECIAL GOING ON NOW! NORTH PROVIDENCE – Former North Providence School Supt. Bridget Morisseau has been arrested and charged with embezzle- ment and fraudulent conversion, as well as obtaining money under false pretenses related to her previ- ous use of a School Department credit card. Both charges are felonies, said police. The arrest was made this week after a months-long investigation into Morisseau, con- ducted by the North Providence Police Department, Rhode Island State Police and the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office. A num- ber of the purchases made on Morisseau's taxpayer-funded school card were deemed to be personal. Morisseau was processed at the North Providence Police Department on Tuesday morning. She was arraigned in Third District Court a short time later and was released on $10,000 personal recog- nizance. North Providence Police Chief David Tikoian said it would be inappropriate for him to com- ment on the specific dollar amount Morisseau is accused of spending, but said it rose to the level of a By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com MORISSEAU See MORISSEAU, Page 7 OUR 2019 HEALTH & WELLNESS DIRECTORY INSIDE OUR 2019 HEALTH & WELLNESS DIRECTORY INSIDE 2019 | Published by HEALTH A Northern Rhode Island Guide of Physicians & Health & Wellness Professionals ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. & Wellness A Helpful Guide for Better Health

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