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The North Providence Breeze 04-17-2019

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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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | APRIL 17-23, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE 7 Goho said the district has a K-12 health curriculum in place, along with a health and wellness committee that meets regularly to devise initiatives and programs to combat child obesity. At the elementary level, he said many schools build "movement breaks" into the day along with recess, yoga and other structured activities. In addition, Goho said the district's new food service provider, Chartwells, "works very closely with the district to ensure nutritious breakfast and lunch offerings." Some schools also participate in the Recess Rocks in R.I. program, a partnership among Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Playworks New England and Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition to provide free training for school and recess staff "to ensure that recess is a safe, meaningful and healthy experience for every child." As of February 2019, 30 schools in the state were taking part in the initiative, including Greystone and Marieville. The Rhode Island Kids Count data on obesity was based on a first-of-its- kind three-year study working with the Rhode Island Department of Health, Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute, State Innovation Model and three health insurance plans to collect accurate data. OVERWEIGHT From Page 5 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Problems with breeding of animals at a local home are back, prompt- ing neighbors to again go to town leaders about implementing stricter standards. Councilor Ken Amoriggi, at the April 2 council meeting, said issues have resurfaced at a home on Piave Street in crowded Marieville, where renters are advertising dogs and rabbits for sale. This is the third time this issue has cropped up in his two years on the council, noted Amoriggi. Jennifer Morgan, of 21 Tophill Road, told council members that the resident at 22 Piave previously cleaned up his "bunny farm" and dog breeding business in the back- yard, but is now running the same kind of operation in the front yard, blocking the view with cars parked on the sidewalk. Proof the operation can be found in numerous online ads for Rottweilers, German shep- herds and bunnies, she said. Morgan is among those asking that the town crack down harder on the problem, saying uncontrolled breeding is happening in numerous locations. She said breeding of bun- nies, pigs, dogs and other animals leads to more rats and, she believes, the recent increase in coyote sightings. "We need answers, we need resolutions, we need these farm animals taken out of our town," said Morgan. Building Official Mike Carnevale told The Breeze he would be visiting the property this week. The town took the resident at the Piave Street home, Mark Mendonca, to court two years ago, forcing a cleanup of the property in exchange for cita- tions being dropped. On April 2, Amoriggi initiated having the matter sent back to the council's ordinance subcommittee to review and make recommenda- tions on next steps to address breed- ing for profit in town. He also got support for a move to send a letter to the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to investigate the Piave Street property and another property on Benedict Street where a pair of 400-pound pigs have been kept. Town ordinances ban raising quantities of animals for profit in a residential area. Councilor Manny Giusti said if there's a law on the books, he doesn't understand why it can't be enforced. It should be easy to deter- mine if it's a hobby breeder or a breeder doing it as a business. "This is definitely a business," Council President Dino Autiello responded, referencing ads put online. The ordinance subcommittee is scheduled to meet on May 1 at 6 p.m. in Town Hall to consider options, including ways to better target renters. Officials again looking to set rules on breeding animals in town By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor AMORIGGI Mancini Center plans Mother's Day event NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Mancini Center announces the following programs. • "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" on Tuesday, April 23, at 10 a.m. Learn what can and cannot be recycled. • Bingo with Sue Silva of Golden Crest, April 24, 10:30 a.m. • AARP Driver Safety Course Friday, April 26, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Space is limited. Register at the reception desk or call 401-231- 0742. • Book Club will meet Wednesday, April 24, at 1 p.m. The group will discuss "This Could Hurt" by Jillian Medoff. The book "Saints for All Occasions" by J. Courtney Sullivan, will be distrib- uted. • Mother's Day Dine & Dance event will be held Thursday, May 9, from noon to 2 p.m. The event will be catered by Mickey G's. Tickets are $12 per person and must be purchased by Friday, May 3. For more information, call 401- 231-0742 or visit https://mancini- . got a news tip? Call Ethan at 401-334-9555, ext. 130 or e-mail it to

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