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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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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 10-16, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE 5 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The School Committee has approved emergency repairs to address cracking and sinking that has occurred in an exterior wall at Ricci Middle School. Gilbane Building Co. went out to bid for the major project, which came back at $489,000. School officials asked the Rhode Island Department of Education for emer- gency funding for the repairs and were authorized to borrow up to $500,000. When the work is complete, North Providence expects to be reimbursed by the state up to 57 percent of the project cost. The North Providence Facilities Committee has been discussing the cracking for several months while exploring its options for financing the fixes. School Committee Chairman Frank Pallotta said he tried to make an insurance claim, but the Rhode Island Interlocal Trust declined to pick up the tab. The School Committee is expect- ed to approve the use of no more than $67,000 in surplus funds for the purpose of "expediting the emergency repair project at Ricci" during its meeting tonight, July 10. Pallotta said that amount was intended to cover the difference between the bid price, RIDE reim- bursement and any other expenses incurred. "I'm still trying to get the trust to pay for that portion," Pallotta said. "They do not feel as though this comes under insurance. I have a different opinion; I think it does." The $67,000 will come out of the School Department's surplus. Pallotta said they're waiting on the final audit report to come in to know how much they have in surplus funds, but the number was roughly $1 million before he was elected. That number decreased by $341,000 last summer, represent- ing the cost to remove mold from Ricci. Pallotta said the outer gym wall at Ricci has been sinking and cracking for years. "They say the school was built on a cranberry bog," he said. "Over the years the pilings have sunk. They now have to drill down deep- er than the original pilings, based on today's regulations." Pallotta said school officials are hoping to fix the damage that's already been done while stopping further sinking from occurring. Cracking was monitored and tested by Odeh Engineering on a monthly basis throughout the school year. The company deter- mined that the building was safe to occupy. Emergency repairs will fix cracking at Ricci Middle School By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer IN BRIEF Lincoln Johnny Lightning Race Club hosts Diecast Jam LINCOLN – The Lincoln Johnny Lightning Racing Club will host its two-day Diecast Jam on Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21, at the MacColl YMCA, 32 Breakneck Hill Road. The event will be held in the gym and program rooms in the YMCA, and the hours both days are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Activities will include vendor tables with Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Johnny Lightning and other types of die cast vehicles to buy, sell, and trade. There will be live auctions to raise money for A Wish Come True and Operation Stand Down, raffles, silent auction, downhill racing with Hot Wheels and other die cast brands both days, HO Slot Car Racing on Saturday, Hot Wheels Monster Truck racing to benefit A Wish Come True, food trucks, Car Cruise outside both days, Straw Draw, Wiffle ball game on Saturday, and more. For more information, call 401-248- 1625. do you know? You're holding 1 newspaper, but we fill 5 every week! They're all at Witness again the last time we were one Never-before-seen footage and audio recordings take you straight into the heart of NASA's most celebrated mission as astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins embark on a historic trip to the moon. The 50th Anniversary Join Us For The Valley Breeze FREE Movie Night Friday, July 19, 7:30 p.m. • FREE Admission at The Stadium Theatre, Woonsocket, RI To see the trailer, search "Stadium Theatre Apollo 11" NEXT FRIDAY! JULY 19! 1968 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence Hours: M-F 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Lowest Prices Guaranteed On Name Brand Tires North Providence Tire & Auto Complete Auto Repair Foreign & Domestic 231-6868 Family Owned & Operated for 36 Years! $ 40 - $ 200 REBATE on 4 Select Goodyear Tires TIRE SALE

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