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The North Providence Breeze 05-15-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MAY 15-21, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE 19 building before first reaching out to the town. "They've got some real energy," said Lombardi. "I'm thankful that they want to help us make it a bet- ter neighborhood." The building was previously used by a neighborhood watch/police substation before being abandoned. Council members, including District 2's Ken Amoriggi and Stefano Famiglietti, who are part of the Marieville Neighborhood Partnership, gushed about the work of the group, thanking them for tak- ing the initiative on improving their neighborhood. "This is an excellent, excellent story for the town, and I commend all of you," said Council President Dino Autiello. District 2 School Committee member Chuck Pollock also attend- ed the council meeting, emphasizing a desire to create a neighborhood safe space here for local children. Famiglietti said the proposal is "exciting for a few reasons," saying by working together residents are members of a family. "I have no doubt that this will expand throughout the town," he said. Resident Megan Hall, spokeswom- an for the group, thanked Lombardi for committing to the space not only in person but through his bud- get letter. She said group members want to work to get the property to "a place where it can be shared by the community." The property at 1 Charlotte St. is blighted and abandoned, she said, making it the top priority of many projects for the group. "We think it could be an essential gathering place for children and other people in the neighborhood," she said, showing council members an architectural rendering of what the space could be. Lombardi said anyone coming to his office showing this kind of ener- gy, "we're going to do what we can to make sure this happens." Councilor Ron Baccala asked the mayor whether he's moving the needle at all in his negotiations with National Grid on buying the prop- erty. Lombardi's response drew a laugh from the whole chamber. "The needle's pushing that way, Ron, because they need permits to open up the roads daily in this town. So, no further comment." "Asked and answered," responded Baccala, laughing. Group member and Marieville resident Jennifer Morgan said that with the pending closure of Marieville Elementary School, the neighborhood will no longer have a food pantry. She said the build- ing next to 1 Charlotte St. would be great for such a facility, serving as a hub for coat drives and food drives, as a meeting place, and as a storage facility for tools used in neighbor- hood cleanups. A cleanup day is planned for June 22, she said, and that building is the meeting spot. Group Secretary Beth Grossi said she believes the group can be a "beacon for the whole town," saying members "really want to be a pilot for everybody else in other neigh- borhoods." MARIEVILLE From Page One MAYOR CHARLES LOMBARDI has a good laugh, with Meghan Hall and Chuck Pollock behind him, as he tells council members how he's negotiating on the National Grid property at 1 Charlotte St. Marieville resident MEGAN HALL thanks town officials for supporting the Marieville Neighborhood Partnership's goals for 1 Charlotte St. and an abutting abandoned building during the May 7 Town Council meeting. THE BUILDING ON CHARLES STREET that Marieville residents would like to see become a sort of community center. Woonsocket Historical Society hosting sightseeing bus trip June 8 WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket Historical Society, along with radio station WNRI and Kay's restaurant, is sponsoring a guided Woonsocket Historical sight- seeing tour on Saturday, June 8. Woonsocket's hidden gems and his- torical buildings will be highlighted. The bus will leave at 10 a.m. from the Woonsocket Historical Society, 42 South Main St., behind the Museum of Work & Culture. At noon, there will be a stop for lunch at Kay's. Tickets are $25 and include the tour, a sandwich, chips and soft drink. The bus will return to the Historical Society at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at WNRI, 786 Diamond Hill Road, Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Seating is limited to 50. For more information, contact Irene Blais at 401-595-0062. In your time of need, The North Providence Breeze will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. The paper also places the obituary on our Web site,, as soon as it is provided to us by your family's funeral director. Notification to friends and neighbors is also made weekdays on WOON-AM radio announcements. Should you desire our services, kindly inform your funeral director. 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