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The North Providence Breeze 05-15-2019

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2 NORTH PROVIDENCE MAY 15-21, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION IN THE KNOW Ever wonder how businesses are selected to have their logos included on those blue signs next to the high- way? In response to an inquiry from The Breeze, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation is shedding some light on what it calls the Specific Service Logo Sign Program. According to RIDOT spokesman Charles St. Martin, about a dozen businesses each year apply to be on the signs. Applications are only reject- ed if a sign is already full of logos or a company doesn't meet the criteria found in an application, such as that their business be open a certain num- ber of days per week and hours per day, have public restrooms, and be located within three miles of an exit ramp. Asked if businesses have to reapply to stay on the signs, St. Martin said RIDOT routinely checks businesses to make sure they are still open and in compliance. There is no renewal process, he said. "We spot check the businesses to make sure they continue to meet the criteria," he said. "The companies pay for the installation of the signs and their maintenance." He declined to provide information on what businesses have been reject- ed or how many are being rejected each year. The Specific Service Logo Sign Program, according to the state's brochure, is designated to provide information about gas, food, lodging, camping, or 24-hour pharmacy servic- es available at the next interchange. It is not intended to be an advertis- ing service, according to RIDOT, but is intended to give motorists driving on the highway information on what's available within easy distance of the exit. The logo panels themselves must convey a clear message and aren't accepted if they don't. Only one type of service is allowed to be displayed on a logo. No descriptive advertising words, phrases or slogans, including lounge, senior discount, Wi-Fi or anything constituting advertising beyond a business name and logo are permit- ted. RIDOT explains how companies get on those blue highway signs By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has specific guidelines about how com- panies are able to get their logos on BLUE HIGHWAY SIGNS such as this one near Exit 22 in Cumberland. BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY IN BRIEF Memorial Day Parade Committee looks to honor heroes NORTH PROVIDENCE – Leading up to the North Providence Memorial Day Parade and Celebration on May 27, members of the parade committee are seeking the public's help in honoring town residents who have served in the military and are no longer with us. Residents are invited to submit names to have honored the day of the event. Names will be added to a memorial wreath to be displayed throughout the parade route. The wreath will then be placed at the Memorial Stone in Notte Park. Contact the Recreation Office at 401-719-1633 by this Friday, May 17. Names can also be submitted to rec- director@northprovidenceri.gov. The parade will start from the high school's front lot at 1 p.m. In the event of rain, the ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at the Overlook at Meehan, 2 Governor Notte Park Way. Quotes in a story last week on an award won by the Little Sisters of the Poor were incorrectly attributed to Mother Mercy Stella Theresa. The person who made the comments in a phone interview was Sister Mary Agnes. Correction Editor's note: In the know is a new feature we hope to run periodically to explain things you pass by every day. Please feel free to send ideas on items you'd like to know more about to ethan@ valleybreeze.com . Village Paint & Decorating offers: • Color Matching • Expert Color Help • In Home Color Consultation (Ask for Details) • Color and History • Full Line of Benjamin Moore Products • Interior & Exterior Paints and Stains • Wallpaper & Boarders • Window Treatments • Floor Coverings – Carpet, Laminate & more! www.facebook.com/vpandd www.villagepaintinc.com 900 Victory Highway – Slatersville Plaza Slatersville, Rhode Island (401) 76PAINT – (401) 765-3128 MON. thru FRI. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., SAT. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Beautiful, Durable, Colorful Benjamin Moore Exterior Wood Stains Mark the Date! May 18 thru May 27 - 10 Days Only Valid May 18-May 27 2019 Offer valid for $10.00 OFF retailers suggested price per gallon of up to 5 gallons of Regal Select interior & exterior paint from participating retailers. Products may vary from store to store. Subject to availabil- ity. Offer cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts or pro- motions or applied towards prior purchases. Retailer reserves the right to terminate, cancel or mod- ify this offer at any time without notice. Offer valid May 18 through May 27, 2019.

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