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The North Providence Breeze 07-02-2019

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Enjoy a neighborly 4th! BREEZE PHOTO BY TOM WARD GARY PIGNOLET, left, and neighbor RAY ALLARD, chat over the fence of Pignolet's Link Street, North Providence, yard last week. Both men proudly decorate their homes for the Fourth of July holiday. Pignolet gets a helping hand from his wife, Elaine. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Early last year, as the town was in the midst of bring- ing its senior center back from the dead, Mayor Charles Lombardi again made his oft-repeat- ed assertion that he expected to save at least $250,000 on the annual operation of the facility. Those savings, and more, are now being realized, says Lombardi. The former nonprofit Salvatore Mancini Resource and Activity Center, later renamed the North Providence Mancini Center as the town took it over, had long absorbed criticism from town offi- cials over its costs, particularly how those expenses stacked up to the ser- vices offered. Lombardi and others questioned numerous expenditures over the years, for example, why the center needed a vehicle repair bud- get when the town repaired center Promised senior center savings come true By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com LOMBARDI See SAVINGS, Page 4 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Members of the North Providence Fire Fighters Local 2334 say it's an unfortunate reality that the Fourth of July is one of their busiest times of the year. According to the National Fire Protection Association, more fires are reported on the Fourth of July than on any other day of the year, and two out of five are related to fireworks. North Providence firefighters say the best way to enjoy fireworks and prevent injury is to watch a profes- sional show such as the town's show on Wednesday, July 3, starting at 9 p.m. at Notte Park. "Consumer fireworks are danger- ous and the risks to personal safety and the safety of the community are significant," said Local 2334 President Jay Petrillo in a release. According to a 2015 report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks were involved in an estimated 10,500 inju- ries treated in U.S. hospital emergen- cy departments annually. Celebrating the Fourth of Firefighters urge caution with fireworks See FIREWORKS, Page 2 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE JULY 2-9, 2019 • Complete Heating Systems • Remodeling • Repairs • Water Heaters • Complete Sewage Ejector Systems for Basement Baths • Senior Citizen Discounts C. J. Nemes, Inc. Plumbing & Heating 24-Hour Emergency Service 769-4776 Master Plumber, R.I. #1911 Mass. #25011 Member of The Better Business Bureau Drain & Sewer Cleaning Happy 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. God Bless America!

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