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The North Providence Breeze 04-24-2019

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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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON JULIANA LAPIERRE and MADELINE CARROLL display the colors while members of the Birchwood Middle School Chorus sing the national anthem before the start of a Unified bas- ketball game between Ricci and Birchwood middle schools last week. See more photos on Page 15. Unified and united Old Brayton School set to be demolished New parking will help move Centredale plan forward NORTH PROVIDENCE – The old and abandoned Brayton School on Thomas Street, previously targeted for redevelopment as a center for nonprofit organizations, will instead be torn down, say town officials, making way for needed new parking in Centredale. Shane Piche, a Centredale devel- oper and a member of the town's Planning Board, said the cost of rehabbing the old school build- ing was just too much for Erik Deneault and anyone else who might have interest in it, with per- haps $1 million needed to take care of asbestos, lead paint, a roof in tough condition, and all other issues. There is a great need for added parking in the village, said Piche, By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY The view of the old BRAYTON SCHOOL from the Thomas Street side of the building. See BRAYTON, Page 6 See BUDGET, Page 4 Schools look to town to offset loss in state aid NORTH PROVIDENCE – This Thursday, April 25, the School Department is set to submit a 2020 budget of $58.2 million, an increase of 3.5 percent over this year. Anticipating a drop in state aid to education, school officials are asking for the town to increase its alloca- tion to the schools by $1.14 million to level the budget. In total, the pro- posed budget marks a 3.5 percent increase over the previous year. Those figures do not factor in the results of ongoing teacher contract negotiations. In March, School Finance Director Ron Gonsalves reported that state aid was projected to decrease from the roughly $1.5 million in increases the town has received annually since 2014, to just $202,331 next year. This week, Gonsalves said the number is actually projected to be a loss of more than $220,000. Gonsalves said the governor's forecast that he used in his previous budget presentation in March was outdated. "Our updated information was available on e-RIDE, the state just didn't use the information available," By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE APRIL 24-30, 2019 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 • Complete Heating Systems • Remodeling • Repairs • Water Heaters • Complete Sewage Ejector Systems for Basement Baths • Senior Citizen Discounts C. J. Nemes, Inc. Plumbing & Heating 24-Hour Emergency Service 769-4776 Master Plumber, R.I. #1911 Mass. #25011 Member of The Better Business Bureau Drain & Sewer Cleaning Our local guide to the signs of spring INSIDE Our local guide to the signs of spring INSIDE from your friends at Inside: S pring S pring in the Valley S pring Signs of • Born on the farm Learn about the life of calves at Wright's Dairy Farm • Reviving tired spaces Refresh your surroundings with new paint trends • Eat what you grow Flowers that are pleasing to the eye, and taste buds • Turn trash into treasure The thrill of the yard sale chase • Get out and move Revamp your spring fitness goals ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC.

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