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The North Providence Breeze 04-24-2019

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12 NORTH PROVIDENCE APRIL 24-30, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION Stop & Shop stores reopen after strike ends Workers from local Stop & Shop stores were back at work Monday morning following the announce- ment of a deal between the United Food and Commercial Workers and the company the night before. Workers had been on strike for more than a week, protesting what they saw as unfair treatment by the New England grocery chain. The strike had proven one of the most effective of all time as many thou- sands of customers refused to cross picket lines and instead flooded other grocery stores, leading to long lines. Some Dave's stores were reporting up to double the business during the strike. Stop & Shop spokeswoman Jennifer Brogan issued a statement after the announcement of a tenta- tive three-year deal, which needed ratification by all the local unions representing 31,000 workers. "We are pleased to announce Stop & Shop has reached fair new tenta- tive agreements (with the unions)," she said. "We're also glad to have our associates return to work as the strike has ended." The deal agreed to, said Brogan, calls for: • Increased pay for all associates; • Continued excellent health cover- age for eligible associates; • And ongoing defined benefit pen- sion benefits for all eligible associ- ates. Workers were going to immedi- ately start restocking shelves, but rep- resentatives for the store said it might be some time before full operations are restored. "The agreement preserves health care and retirement benefits, pro- vides wage increases, and maintains time-and-a-half pay on Sunday for current members," said the local unions in a joint statement, claiming a "powerful victory" for hardworking employees. Still to be determined is how much of a long-term impact the strike has on customer shopping habits. AARP Driver Safety Program offered Monday SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will offer an AARP Driver Safety Program for drivers 50 and older on Monday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Participants will receive the new state driver's manual at no cost. The cost of the program is $20 for non- AARP members and $15 for mem- bers who show their AARP mem- bership card. Cash, checks (payable to AARP), or money orders will be accepted. Participants are encouraged to bring snacks and a beverage for the break. Call the library at 401-231- 5150 to register. Andrews, Guindon, Nardolillo promoted NORTH PROVIDENCE – Police Chief David Tikoian last week announced the following promotions, which took effect April 20: • Sgt. Lisa Andrews was promoted to lieutenant. Andrews is an 11-year veteran of the department, cur- rently assigned to the Patrol Division. Previous assignments include her promotion to detective serving in the Prosecution Division. She holds a bachelor's in biology from Boston University and a master's is forensic science from George Washington University. Upon promotion to lieu- tenant, Andrews will serve in the Patrol Division as a shift commander. • Officer Kevin Guindon was pro- moted to sergeant. Guindon is a nine- year veteran of the department, pre- viously serving in the Patrol Division until his assignment as a school resource officer in 2015, where is cur- rently assigned to North Providence High School. Prior to becoming a town officer, Guindon served 19 years with the Central Falls Police Department, retiring in 2019 at the rank of major, second in command of the agency. He holds a bachelor's in criminal justice from Roger Williams University and a master's in criminal justice from Anna Maria College. Upon promotion to the rank of ser- geant, Guindon will serve as a shift supervisor in the Patrol Division. • Last year, Officer Raymond Nardolillo a 14-year veteran of the department, was promoted to detec- tive. During his assignment to the Patrol Division, he served as a field training officer, training and evalu- ating newly hired officers. He was transferred into the Investigative Division in February. "I extend my sincere congratu- lations and best wishes to all the officers earning these recent promo- tions," said Tikoian. The chief thanked Mayor Charles Lombardi and the Town Council for their support of the department. Mansella earns foreign language award WARWICK – Community College of Rhode Island Professor Maria C. Mansella of North Providence, who teaches in the department of foreign languages and cultures, was hon- ored at the Rhode Island Region of the National Organization of Italian American Women's "Epiphany Celebration Honoring Three Wise Women." Mansella has devoted more than 35 years to teaching Italian language and culture from the elementary to the advanced level as well as special topics in Italian cinema, cuisine, art, literature and history and con- temporary life in Italy. Since 2003, she has directed the CCRI Summer Immersion Program in Italy. "I have always had a passion for teaching and discovering new cul- tures," Mansella said. "My mission is to guide my stu- dents to discover their inner talents and to reach their full potential. I prepare them to make a difference in our community. Whatever jobs or occupation they choose to do, I encourage them to have passion and to make an impact in our world." Mansella holds a bachelor's degree in secondary education with a con- centration in French and Italian and a minor in Portuguese from Rhode Island College and a Master of Arts from Middlebury College. She has taught bilingual education, Italian, French and Spanish at several area elementary schools, Providence College and RIC. For more information, visit www. . We're close, just 15 minutes from Providence off Rt. 146. 152 School St., North Smithfield Open 6 days: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. We speak "cat." (401) 762-2400 • Cat have a language all their own. Fortunately, we speak it too. Visit our full-service feline-loving animal hospital with a team approach to quality veterinary care. 1,000 sq. ft. in beautiful Lincoln office park. Space has two private offices, common area, and private lavatory. Heat, A/C and electric included. Second floor front at 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, near The Valley Breeze and close to routes 116, 146 and 295. $1,350 per month, with move-in considerations for longer-term lease. Available May 1. Call (401) 744-7595 or (401) 334-9555, x 123, for details or an appointment. 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