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The North Providence Breeze 06-05-2019

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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Holding down the sail against a gusty wind, GIUSEPPE PAYNE, left, and ZACH RAYMOND, students in the Marine Trades Program at North Providence High School, take part in the May 24 launch of the fleet of boats the Marine Trades students built, on the Wenscott Reservoir. See more photos on Page 16. BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON NPHS sets sail NORTH PROVIDENCE – Town officials have found enough savings within the 2019-2020 budget to cut a projected tax increase by 16 percent. The new projected increase is 75 cents per $1,000 of assessed residential value, down from 90 cents originally. The Town Council, at its May 29 meeting, found 9 cents within the bud- get through various cuts, and Mayor Charles Lombardi said he had Tax Assessor/Collector Tom Kane run all the numbers again and was able to pick up another 6 cents through that process. "That's from a tax rate increase that should have been $1.72 with the school bond," he said. The town needed to generate anoth- er $4.85 million in taxes to meet its first payment on a new school bond. Lombardi was initially able to slash the projected $1.72 tax increase to 90 cents, and the council last week reduced it to 75 cents. Under the 90-cent increase, the owner of a home valued at $200,000 would have paid $144 more in annual real estate taxes to the town, with a 20 percent homestead exemption factored in for those who live at their proper- ties. That increase would be down to $120 if the budget is finalized as is with the lower 75-cent increase. Projected tax increase reduced by 16 percent By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See TAX, Page 4 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Municipal employees will meet with a local historic cemeteries expert this week to determine how the town can do a better job of caring for burial grounds. NP forming plan to care for historic cemeteries By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See CEMETERIES, Page 14 NORTH PROVIDENCE – If you ask a student or teacher who has spent any time at Marieville Elementary what makes the school special, most will say the same thing: it's like a little family. Members of the Marieville Elementary School family are hop- ing to hold onto that deep sense of community that binds them, even after the circa-1930s school closes permanently this month. Next Monday, June 10, will be the final day of school at Marieville, at which time former Principal Bruce Butler said the community would be losing "a great little school with the biggest heart." "Marieville has been like home for me," he continued. "The fac- ulty, parents and especially the students have made me feel like I was part of their great big family. Everyone welcomes each other with open arms." Parent Teacher Association president Charlene Smith said the school has given her a sec- ond family. No matter how many changes and transformations the Former staff, alumni say goodbye to Marieville By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See MARIEVILLE Page 13 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE JUNE 5-11, 2019 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. Factory Certified Installer From roofs to windows Tabeley's has your needs covered 15 years of perfection Lic# RI 18045 MA REG. #172793 – Member RI TABELEY'S ROOFING 401-431-2816 20 years of perfection RI Reg. #18045 • MA Lic #172793 • Member RI

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