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The North Providence Breeze 04-24-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | APRIL 24-30, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE 3 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Every year World War II veteran Joseph Aquilante watches with his neighbors as the Memorial Day Parade winds its way through North Providence. This year the 93-year-old North Providence resident will do more than observe – he'll have a starring role as grand marshal. "I'm honored that he accepted," Mayor Charles Lombardi told The Breeze. "He's well deserving to be this year's parade marshal." Aquilante, who's lived in North Providence for approximately 50 years, said he's excited for the parade and was a bit surprised when he was asked to be the grand marshal. Lombardi said he didn't know Aquilante before someone tipped him off to his military service. At 93, Aquilante says he's pretty healthy and still drives around town – but only during the day. When he's out in public, people often come up and thank him for his service and sometimes pay his bill when he's at the store. "I'm pretty lucky sometimes," he said. The parade will leave North Providence High School on Memorial Day, May 27, at 1 p.m. and will end at Governor Notte Park with a wreath ceremony to honor fallen soldiers. At the park, Aquilante, a member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 21, said his job will be to recite the names of fallen soldiers. A few hours of festivities will follow the parade, Lombardi said. "People have a great time," he said. "It's a great day for the residents of the town." In 1944, when Aquilante was 18, the Providence native was drafted into the U.S. Air Force. "That was the last time I saw my house for two and a half years," said Aquilante, who is one of 11 siblings Aquilante named grand marshal of NP's Memorial Day Parade By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY MELANIE THIBEAULT JOSEPH AQUILANTE stands outside his North Providence home last week. The 93-year-old World War II veteran has been named grand marshal for the North Providence Memorial Day Parade, which will be held on Monday, May 27, starting at 1 p.m. JOSEPH AQUILANTE in 1944 when he was 18 years old and drafted into the U.S. Air Force. Stationed in Okinawa, Aquilante served as part of a Technical Air Intelligence Unit, responsible for obtaining information about the techni- cal capabilities of Japanese aircrafts, until the war's end. IN BRIEF Special Ed Advisory meets May 1 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Special Education Local Advisory Committee will be hosting a meet- ing on Wednesday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Birchwood Middle School Library, 10 Birchwood Drive. Come meet Cynthia VanAvery, the new special education director. There will also be a presentation by school resource officers Donti Rosciti and Kevin Guindon on social media risks and safety. Email any questions to Donna Alqassar, NPSELAC chairwoman, at npselac@npsd.k12.ri.us . St. James hosting Spring Bash auction NORTH PROVIDENCE – St. James Episcopal Church, 474 Fruit Hill Ave., will host its Spring Bash Craft & Gift Fair Quarter Auction this Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come shop for great crafts and gifts, say organizers. Free admission for shopping. The auction starts at noon. The cost is $5 for bidding paddles, plus entry into a door prize shopping spree. Win gifts for 25 cents to $1. No bids over $1. There will also be games, raffles, a 50/50, food, chocolate treats and more. See AQUILANTE, Page 5 S STANLEY TREE Since 1986 • Professional High Quality Service At Reasonable Rates • Licensed Arborists • Serving RI & Nearby Mass. • Our Team Of Professionals Is Fully Equipped To Handle Your Job In A Safe Efficient Manner N. Smithfield, Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Affordable Solutions for Your Tree Problems Fully Insured Free Estimates 401-765-4677 www.StanleyTree.com Tree Removal Pruning Cabling Brush Mowing Stump Grinding Crane Service Plant Health Care Spraying/Fertilization TREE REMOVAL EXPERTS Affordable Solutions for Your Tree Problems Stump Grinding Plant Health Care Spraying/Fertilization TREE REMOVAL EXPERTS

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