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The North Providence Breeze 06-19-2019

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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Splash into summer BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Greystone Elementary School 2nd-grader DAVID KRASNECKY gets a soaking in the pool at the bottom of the inflatable waterslide during the Greystone PTA Summer Bash on June 2. See more photos on Page 2. NORTH PROVIDENCE – When a globally known YouTube watchdog group with a camera showed up to Town Hall last week, Chief of Staff Dick Fossa made the town proud, said Mayor Charlie Lombardi. Fossa's response to a representative from Auditing America coming in to film inside the town's main government building was to offer him a comprehensive tour of every depart- ment, even taking him to the basement level to meet workers in the break room. The response, a far cry from simi- lar filming efforts by the group in other Rhode Island communities and around the world, had Auditing America videographer and narrator "Enrique" raving about the experi- ence. Lombardi said his office took some 75 calls from around the world last Friday as the 15-minute video of the encounter went viral. Calls came in from across the country and around the world with people praising the No. Prov. aces First Amendment audit, wins global kudos By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See FOSSA, Page 4 FOSSA NORTH PROVIDENCE – Chief of Police David Tikoian said a review of the department's arrest numbers this week related to motor- ists driving under the influence of alcohol showed such impressive results of their enforcement effort to remove impaired operators from local roadways that he sent out a message to all officers congratulating them. In 2019, said Tikoian in his mes- sage to sworn mem- bers of the depart- ment, the "excellent work" in the area of DUI enforcement and arrests has led to officers arresting 42 people on DUI offenses compared to 27 DUI arrests at this same time last year. "To put this into even greater context, there were 41 DUI arrests effectuated for the entire year in 2017," he said. Tikoian became chief of the department in August of 2017. In 2018, officers almost doubled the amount of DUI arrests from the previous year, arresting 73 people. "As you know, since assuming command of the department in 2017, DUI enforcement has been one of the targeted enforcement areas of this administration," said Tikoian to officers. "This year, our agency was successful in secur- ing $4,000 in grant funding from the Rhode Island Department of NPPD ramps up DUI enforcement By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See DUI, Page 5 TIKOIAN THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE JUNE 19-25, 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. TIMBER TREE SERVICE, INC. Bobcat Services Firewood • Trimming FREE ESTIMATES 40 years Experience (401)726-TREE (8733) www.timbertreeserviceri.com Licensed Arborists | Fully Insured | License #655 65 Ton & 45 Ton Cranes Available 24 Hour Emergency Tree Removal

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