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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 5 and whose parents emigrated from Italy and settled in the U.S. Stationed in Okinawa, he served as part of a technical air intelligence unit, responsible for obtaining infor- mation about the technical capabili- ties of Japanese aircraft. "My job took me right up to where everything was going on," he said. He said he never finished 8th grade and didn't know anything about Japan. "Everything that was happening to me was all new," he said. Aquilante was in Okinawa on the day that WWII ended, and he said that an issue with a plane messed up his plans to travel back to the U.S. He was flown to a remote area in Japan. Without any guns and unable to speak the language, he said, "I was kind of concerned." After he was invited to dine with a Japanese fam- ily, "I found out they were the same as us," he said. From Japan, Aquilante traveled to San Francisco before hopping on a bus and then a train to Washington D.C. where he completed his service, unable to go home to Rhode Island immediately. Back in the U.S., Aquilante got mar- ried and had three children with his wife Elsie. The two were married for almost 60 years until Elsie's death in 2007. They have several grandchil- dren and great-grandchildren. Aquilante worked as a mechanic for a car dealership in Cranston and has enjoyed several hobbies includ- ing amateur radio, photography, and building model airplanes, he said. "I used to spend a lot of time talk- ing to different people in the wee hours of the night," he said of his ham radio pastime. As a veteran, Aquilante has received a fair share of recognition. In 2013, he was a guest on an Honor Flight and met Colin Powell, former U.S. national security advisor, while in Washington D.C. "We got along real fine," Aquilante said. "I was telling him how much I respected him as a person. He kind of squeezed my hand. That was quite a moment." In a 2017 ceremony, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed presented Aquilante with the medals he earned for serving in WWII but which he had never col- lected after the war ended. He's been a guest speaker at the University of Rhode Island for sev- eral years around Memorial Day, he said. AQUILANTE From Page 3 IN BRIEF Tri-County CAA helps families with heating bills NORTH PROVIDENCE – Tri-County Community Action Agency's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is seeking appli- cations from individuals and families in need of help with their fuel bills. Both homeowners and renters may apply. The program location at 11 Emanuel St., North Providence, serves the towns of Johnston, North Providence, Smithfield, Glocester and Burrillville. Call 401-519-1913 for more informa- tion or to apply. NORTH PROVIDENCE – There's a growing danger involving young people driving their go-carts on town streets, particularly in the Marieville area, says freshman Town Councilor Stefano Famiglietti, and he wants town leaders to con- sider options for creating a safer situation. Famiglietti said motorists, par- ticularly owners of SUVs, are complaining to him that they can't see these recreational vehicles as they're driving because they're too low to the ground. "They're afraid they're going to hit them," he said. Famiglietti, District 2 councilman and head of the council's ordinance subcommittee, has included the issue on the agenda for the commit- tee's May 1 meeting, to be held at 6 p.m. in the assembly room of Town Hall, 2000 Smith St. Complaints have mostly centered on Lees Platt and the Charles Street area, Famiglietti told The Breeze. The general opinion he's heard, said Famiglietti, is that these go-carts should be off-road vehicles and not driven on the streets. He said he put the matter up for discussion to see if there's anything the town can do about the situation to protect drivers of both the go-carts and the standards vehicles. "It's all about being proactive rather than reactive to a bad situa- tion," he said. "I want to make sure our community's safe, especially when kids are involved." Famiglietti is inviting police to come to the May 1 meeting to offer opinions and possible resolutions. He said he's not even sure what the town can do, but said one option might be to require adult supervi- sion for young people driving the go-carts. Also at the May 1 meeting, the ordinance subcommittee will: • Hold a discussion and possible vote on a new animal breeding ordinance. The issue of animal breeding has been a contentious issue for quite a while, with some residents repeatedly complaining about their neighbors creating an unsanitary situation. • Hold a discussion and pos- sible vote on the issue of mattress removal. Councilors complained again last fall that residents, instead of scheduling a mattress pickup through Recycling Coordinator Bob Nascimento for $15, or pay- ing $50 to take a mattress to the Central Landfill in Johnston, were instead dumping the items on the side of the road or next to a dump- ster. Councilor Manny Giusti and former District 2 Councilor Ray DeStefanis suggested at that time the idea of finding the homeowner instead of tenants when such items are left at a home. • Hold a discussion and possible vote on creating a no parking zone on King Street. Officials to address go-carts on town streets By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com FAMIGLIETTI

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