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The North Providence Breeze 05-22-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MAY 22-28, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE 7 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Dr. Anthony Farina now has one year to pay last year's taxes on his Mineral Spring Avenue property or it will be handed over to a group led by former General Treasurer Frank Caprio. Caprio raised the auction paddle at a town tax sale last Thursday, May 16, placing Fidelity Realty Associates LLC's winning bid on Branting LLC's tax title at 1830 Mineral Spring Ave. The purchase was for $72,497 in back taxes plus fees, bringing the total to $73,709. Tax Assessor/Collector Tom Kane said Farina now has one year from May 16 to redeem the property. The property at 1830 Mineral Spring Ave. includes Farina's medi- cal building and the lot next door previously occupied by a vacant building at 1840 Mineral Spring Ave. That building was demolished late last year after a lengthy legal battle between Farina and the town led to the doctor commissioning a caricature painting of Mayor Charles Lombardi wearing a crown and sitting on a toilet. Lombardi told The Breeze he made a bid at acquiring the property just before last week's auction, given its prime location at the intersec- tion of Mineral Spring Avenue and Smithfield Road, but Town Solicitor Anthony Gallone told him such a move would have had to go to the council for approval. He said he regretted not thinking of going that route earlier. The mayor said if he had to guess he would expect that Farina comes up with the money to buy the prop- erty title back within a year. Group led by former General Treasurer Caprio buys Farina property's tax title By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor Whelan heroes receiving accolades after saving custodian NORTH PROVIDENCE – Staff at Whelan Elementary School are being recognized by the North Providence School Committee this week after they jumped into action to help to save the life of a maintenance worker who col- lapsed inside the school last week. Principal Linda Murphy described the actions of school nurse Lucille Polisena and physical education/health teacher Gerry Rubino nothing short of heroic. The emergency occurred after a Teacher Appreciation Week luncheon at the school. When a PTO parent entered the school gymnasium/cafete- ria to offer the custodian a bite to eat, she found him collapsed on the floor with no pulse, unable to breathe. "The parent grabbed me and we went running in," Polisena said. She began performing CPR and asked a staff member to retrieve Rubino, who was also trained in CPR and first-aid. Rubino said he was teaching a group of 1st-graders when he heard a resource teacher yelling in the hallway to call 911. He arrived at the gymnasi- um at the same time a group of faculty was rushing to bring him there. "I ran in and saw that the custodian was on the ground and that Lucy was performing CPR/compressions," Rubino said. "I said, what can I do?" Polisena and Rubino worked togeth- er to perform dual CPR until someone arrived with an Automated External Defibrillator, or AED. Rubino hooked the custodian up to the AED as Polisena ventilated. "We shocked him three times," Polisena said. When police arrived at the scene, followed by rescue per- sonnel, they continued to administer additional shocks until they were able to revive the victim, whose heart had suffered an electrical malfunction. Afterwards, both Polisena and Rubino told The North Providence Breeze that they were grateful to be equipped with training that helped save a life, but humbly agreed they don't consider their actions particularly "heroic." "It's my job," Polisena said. "What else would people expect me to do? This is what I'm here for." Polisena, who teaches CPR at the Community College of Rhode Island, said she's performed CPR in the past inside a hospital, but never at school. "It's something I tell my students all the time. You never know when you're going to need this skill," she said. She visited the victim in the hos- pital after the incident and is happy to report that he has since been dis- charged and is with family. "It's a great feeling, it really is. The outcome could have been very differ- ent," she said. "Time is critical in a situation like that," Rubino added. "The brain can't be without oxygen for that long." In this case, Rubino said everyone did their part to help. "I was just a piece of the puzzle," he said, crediting the others who swung into action. "The custodian is a great man and we're just so happy he's doing well." The pair will be honored by the School Committee at its meeting tonight, May 22. North Providence offers CPR train- ing and certification to anyone who is interested, says Supt. Joe Goho. All of the district's physical education and health teachers, school nurse teachers, administrators and certain special edu- cation staff are required to be trained in CPR, as well as athletic coaches. The district offers in-house training for anyone else interested, and a "con- siderable number" of faculty and staff members acquire certification, which Goho said is a great benefit to the safety of the town's schools. 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