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The North Providence Breeze 06-12-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 12-18, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE 3 Police Department, retiring in 2010 at the rank of major, second in com- mand of the agency. He will serve as a shift supervisor in the Patrol Division. • Officer Raymond Nardolillo, promoted to detective. A 14-year veteran of the department, he served as a field training officer in the Patrol Division, training and evaluating newly hired offi- cers. Nardolillo was transferred into the Investigative Division in February. The following awards will also be handed out: • Life Saving Award: Officer Bryan Andreozzi, Brandon Bursie, Matthew Barros and Christian Orellana. • Commendations: Officers Kyle Moura and Joseph Cole. • Letter of Recognition: Officer Paul Swinson, Det. Mathew Phelan, and Officers Nicholas Gannon, George Monteith and Igor Lima. Officers to be sworn in are Mathieu Florio, making a transfer from the Tiverton Police Department, and Cody Beaudette, coming from the Glocester Police Department. "I extend my sin- cere congratulations and best wishes to all the officers rec- ognized," said Tikoian in a release. NARDOLILLO FLORIO BEAUDETTE From preceding page NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town saw five recycling loads rejected at Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corp. in April and May, according to Recycling Coordinator Bob Nascimento, part of a discour- aging trend showing little or no improvement in overall efforts to boost local recycling. The town has been well under its required recycling rate each of the past several years, showing no improvement. A lack of proper recycling and inflated trash loads cost local taxpayers significant money and do nothing to extend the life of the Johnston landfill, says Mayor Charles Lombardi, who sits on the board of directors for RIRRC. The Town Council, in renewing a contract with RIRRC as "the only show in town" last week, as Lombardi put it, emphasized the need to do more to crack down on bad recycling. A new wheeled tote program that went online last November, giving residents one-wheeled carts to throw trash away in, hasn't seemed to lead to much improvement in recycling efforts in the months since, says Nascimento, despite considerable optimism at the outset. As Lombardi sees it, the situation is seeing slight improvement with a new grant-funded employee, Jeff Gibbons, helping Nascimento, but the town's overall number of reject- ed recycling loads due to trash con- tamination is up, he told the council. "We're going to do whatever we have to," said Lombardi. The following are the town's recy- cling rates for each of the past five years, according to RIRRC: • 2014 – 23.4 percent • 2015 – 22.9 percent • 2016 – 23.7 percent • 2017 – 23.7 percent • 2018 – 23.7 percent The target rate was over 30 per- cent for each of those years. Councilor Ken Amoriggi and oth- ers last week emphasized the need for stricter penalties. Nascimento said he met with the council's ordinance subcommittee and discussed a plan to fine viola- tors, including an initial warning and then $15 and $50 fines for sec- ond and third offenses. Some have asked how the town would collect that money, he said, and it's simple: "Place a lien on the property." Lombardi added that the town "can't afford to go on like this any longer." It hasn't been easy to con- vince people to recycle, he said, and not picking up trash is also problematic because it leads to more rodents. "I'm hoping we can get people's attention, and more importantly their cooperation," he said. Council members asked Lombardi if the town could send out an infor- mational flier with the new tax bills being delivered to residents, and the mayor responded that it shouldn't be a problem. He said the town in the past has placed a notice on tax bills that recycling saves tax dollars. Nascimento said Gibbons has been traveling around checking recycling bins for compliance. If trash bags are found in with the recycling, he places a sticker on those bins and the owner is told to call the recy- cling office. NP's recycling efforts show little improvement By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com 'I'm hoping we can get people's attention, and more importantly their cooperation.' MAYOR CHARLES LOMBARDI North Providence LOMBARDI Now accepting New Patients Footcare for the Entire Family Providing compassionate and quality care for the Community over the past 20 years! 1180 Smith Street Providence, RI 401-861-8830 Saturday appointments available Dr. Louis Simeone, DPM

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