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The North Providence Breeze 05-22-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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Lombardi planning to remove beds from firehouses Exploring a career in dog grooming NATTALY ALVES, a 7th-grader at Birchwood Middle School, makes a friend with QUINCY, a Burnese mountain dog and therapy dog, who made an appearance Birchwood's Career Day last Thursday. Helping to groom Quincy are ISABELLA BLAIS, center, and HAILEY DIOGENES. See more photos on Page 8. BREEZE PHOTOS BY ROBERT EMERSON Memorial Day Parade, road race step off Monday Expect local closures as roads to be shut down completely NORTH PROVIDENCE – Everything is a go for the North Providence Memorial Day Parade and Celebration next Monday, May 27, says Mayor Charles Lombardi. Police this year have to plan traffic management measures to accommodate runners in the first Ahlborg Memorial Day 5K and Kids Fun Run with Mickey, set to go off before the parade. "We should be all set," said the mayor. "It's a big day for us." Lombardi and other officials are expecting some 500 to 600 runners to take part in the race. The parade will start from North Providence High School's front lot at 1 p.m. North Providence police say By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See PARADE, Page 4 NORTH PROVIDENCE – When faced with hard times, it helps to have a hero in life to look up to. Eleven- year-old Jeremiah Nouel, of North Providence, believes a hero's spirit lives inside all of us. That was the mes- sage of "Hero," a song written and produced by Nouel for this year's National Parent Teacher Organization Reflections art contest, for which Nouel won first place in the music composition catego- ry at his school, McGuire Elementary, and then at the state level. Now, Nouel's song is up for the "Outstanding Interpretation" award at the national ceremony in Ohio this summer. The theme for this year's Reflections McGuire student earns national recognition for song 'Hero' By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer NOUEL See HERO SONG, Page 2 Mayor: 'Tell me where (it says) I've got to pay them to sleep.' NORTH PROVIDENCE – Local firefighters could lose the beds they sleep in at town firehouses under a plan proposed by Mayor Charles Lombardi. "Stay tuned," said Lombardi this week. The head of the local fire union, Jay Petrillo, president of the Local 2334 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, is accusing the mayor of being "negligent" with a plan he says would put firefighters and the public at increased risk of harm. He said the idea is "clearly retaliatory" and "we don't see any reason for it." Lombardi says he remains upset over the union's action seeking an additional raise in "hazardous duty pay" for all personnel as a response to the mayor adding a third rescue vehi- See FIRE BEDS, Page 11 By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE MAY 22-28, 2019 TIMBER TREE SERVICE, INC. 24 Hour Emergency Tree Removal FREE ESTIMATES 40 years Experience (401)726-TREE (8733) 65 Ton & 45 Ton Cranes Available Licensed Arborists Fully Insured License #655 Bobcat Services Firewood Trimming OPEN DAILY 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 50 Swan Road, Smithfield 231-9043 JASWELL'S FARMSTAND & BAKERY Try our Fresh Made Pastries & Apple Cider Donuts Our Own Fresh Picked Asparagus Plus Our Own Fresh Baked Pies, Muffins & Cookies OPEN FOR THE SEASON

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