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The North Providence Breeze 07-31-2019

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Car-washing kids ABIGAIL LEE, 9, of North Providence, in front, joins a group of children from the North Providence Kids Klub urging motorists passing by the Joseph A. Whelan Elementary School to have their cars washed. Proceeds from the car wash and lemonade stand, held last Wednesday, totaled $478, which will be donated to the North Providence Animal Shelter and the Gloria Gemma Foundation. See more photos on Page 7. BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE NORTH PROVIDENCE – A connecting bridge between Johnston and North Providence is in line for immediate renovation or replacement under the latest plan from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. The Breeze reported in February 2017 that RIDOT, despite protesta- tions by town officials, wouldn't replace the bridge for another decade. Mayor Charles Lombardi said town officials stayed on it, and the project RIDOT may replace Greystone Ave. bridge this year By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See BRIDGE, Page 2 NORTH PROVIDENCE – A brand new, handicap accessible playground will take recess to the next level in the next school year at Whelan Elementary School. Town and school officials, along with volunteers from the schools PTO, celebrated the collaborative efforts that brought the project to life at last week's School Committee meeting. Dubbed "Woodville Community Playground," the team said the play space will fill a need at a school currently lacking playground equip- ment. The conversation about bringing a playground to Whelan began at last summer's back-to-school bash, when then-candidates for Town Council and School Committee Stefano Famiglietti and Chuck Pollock were approached by PTO President Alisha McKay. Pollock said he and Famiglietti pledged their support for the project, win or lose. "A lot of time and effort has been put into this," Pollock said of the project finally coming to fruition. Famiglietti said they're hoping to have the playground fully installed by the end of September. This playground will be special, they said, for its focus on accessibil- ity, with equipment geared toward children of all abilities. McKay said both she and PTO New, accessible playground coming to Whelan School By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See PLAYGROUND, Page 4 Half of town's police officers expected at this year's National Night Out Free Aug. 6 community event takes place at Notte Park NORTH PROVIDENCE – Lt. Michael Tavarozzi says he expects 50 percent of the town's police force to be working on the night of the depart- ment's National Night Out celebration next Tuesday, Aug. 6, exceeding num- bers from last year. In 2018, the first year under new FOP Lodge 13 President Lt. Tom Jones, Jones had sent out an email saying he would attend without pay, after years of department members being paid to show up, and encour- aged others to do the same. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See NIGHT OUT, Page 11 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE JULY 31-AUGUST 6, 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. www.jaswellsfarm.com OPEN DAILY 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 50 Swan Road, Smithfield 231-9043 JASWELL'S FARMSTAND & BAKERY Our Own ALL NATURAL LEMONADE Try our New Specialty Strawberry or Blueberry Flavored Lemonades. FRESH PICKED BLUEBERRIES Call 231-9043 for info on PICK YOUR OWN Fresh Picked Corn & Summer Vegetables Now Available Our own Cider Donuts & Blueberry Donuts Try Our Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches! Plus Our Own: Fresh Baked Pies, Pastries, Muffins, Cookies, Gourmet Hot and Iced Coffees Welcome to 1565 Douglas Avenue, North Providence, RI 401-353-5555 Fax: 401-353-4807 An Active Adult Community. Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sat. & Sun. by appointment All of our Apartments include: •Air Conditioning •Heat, Hot Water & Gas Included •Pools, Tennis & Bocci Courts •Plenty of Parking •On-Site Laundry • Friendly On-Site Staff •Snow Removal! Douglas Apartments

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