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The North Providence Breeze 07-10-2019

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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14 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR /NORTH PROVIDENCE JULY 10-16, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION Thanks for a 'magical' celebration in NP Hey, a "shout out" to Mayor Charlie Lombardi and all the staff – police, food truck vendors, the band Reminisce and especially the com- pany – that put on a magical display of fireworks at Notte Park. It was one of the best displays of pyrotechnic extravaganza that I have witnessed in a long time. A huge crowd, lots of friends and children were all having a great time in honor of the greatest country that God ever created: USA. TOM ROSSI Lincoln Media thanked for help in fixing E-911 disgrace To all Rhode Islanders: It is my pleasure to be able to help my com- munity. E-911 is critical to the safety and welfare of everyone. I wish to acknowledge the hard work of so many who helped guide state leadership toward making more appropriate decisions in the interest of the public good. I am grateful for having the oppor- tunity to learn of the 911 fee diver- sion issue through Katie Davis of WJAR-TV who originally clued me into the difficulties afflicting our E 911 call system and for (former Republican representative) Bob Lancia of Cranston, setting up the FCC commissioner to speak in the state at the Summit for Safety. Bob has never quit on anything, fighting for R.I. even past his unfortunate loss and unplanned retirement from the R.I. House. I am grateful for Mr. Paul Roselli of Burrillville for stepping up very strong when he came to under- stand the legal nature of the issue. He was my sidekick working resolutions through municipalities, along with Dr. Michael Fine of Scituate. Paul was a peaceful, learned authority in our meeting with Speaker Mattiello. I appreciate having the opportunity to join forces with Paul in support of improving E911. Roselli is man who works quietly and effectively in sup- port for good in the State of R.I. I am appreciative of having met Dr. Fine, Exec Director of the Blackstone Valley Community Health Center, and subsequently connecting with David O'Connor of the Wiley Center and Katherine Martinez of Providence College, all who helped me converse with numerous mem- bers of the community through mul- tiple citizen meetings. Journalist Lynn Arditi attending these meetings led to the discovery of the CPR training issue and removal of the director of 911. Dr. Fine also agreed to appear on Dan Yorke's State of Mind with me, which was very helpful in shar- ing the issue across the airwaves of WPRI television. I am sincerely grateful to Tara Granahan of WPRO radio, who per- sistently helped advance us ultimately to a meeting with Speaker Mattiello, for graciously allowed me to share my info on E911 with R.I. I wish to thank Jim Hummel and the editors of the Providence Journal for placing 911 as a feature story before read- ers and the Hummel Report. The interview with the governor and Col. Manni of the R.I. State Police were extremely important pieces needed to help leadership in the Executive Branch learn why R.I. needed to cor- rect its behavior legally. I wish thank former Attorney General Arlene Violet for her very gracious sup- port and to Tom Ward of The Valley Breeze. "Kudos" to you, sir, for all your years of dedication in media helping your fellow citizens. I am very grateful to all who stepped up in support of correcting the course of E911, putting R.I. on the right path. The journey contin- ues with some "technical issues" but R.I. is now moving in the right direction. We're not done yet and I am very grateful to have all of R.I. in my corner. ROBIN GIACOMINI North Providence While the organization offers pro- grams in the fall, winter, and spring, some kids after the fall season switch to other sports and activities, includ- ing basketball, baseball, softball, dance, and gymnastics, Luna said. Other surrounding communities, including Lincoln and Cumberland, have seen boosts in enrollment in recent years. Soccer is a great way for kids to build friendships and get out of the house, Luna said. NPYSA, a volunteer-run organiza- tion created more than 30 years ago and a member of U.S. Youth Soccer, is open to adolescents in North Providence and surrounding com- munities, ages 4 to 19. Children ages 4 to 6 play on the Little Strikers team in the fall, Luna said, while the recreation program has teams for kids ages 6 to 16. The league's competitive program includes U-8, U-11, U-12, U-14, U-16, and U-19 teams that play against other towns from October to July, in the Rhode Island Youth Super Liga. This year, the girls' U-11 team had a handful of new players and ended up taking first place in the Superliga State Championship, Luna said. "They had a great year for a brand new team," he said. "Even though it's a small town, we are very competitive," Luna said. "When we go up against other towns we play very hard and very well (and) win a lot of awards." "We're trying to make it fun (for the kids)," he added. The cost per year is $500 to $600, Luna said. "It's an affordable sport," he said. The organization operates pri- marily from registration fees but also relies on sponsor donations to help keep registration fees down and to help with major projects, leaders say. Operating expenses include game jerseys, equipment for games and practices such as balls, cones, pin- nies, goalie gloves and jerseys, cor- ner flags, goals and nets; equipment and supplies for field maintenance such as line-painting machines, paint, sandbags; referee fees, trophy and award celebrations, and more. Past major projects include outfit- ting both NPYSA and Ricci School Soccer Complex Field with high quality, durable goals. Teams practice and play at Ricci Middle School, and in the winter, they use Wide World of Indoor Sports in North Smithfield, Luna said. "The town (of North Providence) gives us plenty of support," Luna said. Registration for the fall 2019 sea- son is now open; register by Aug. 1 to avoid late fees. To register and for more informa- tion, visit . Contact with questions. SOCCER From Page One The North Providence Youth Soccer Association's U-11 GIRLS' TEAM with coach ALDO LUNA, at right. The team took first place this year in the Superliga State Championship. Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. Send by e-mail to:, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865. 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