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The North Providence Breeze 08-07-2019

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 | AUGUST 7-13, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE 9 "Everything stays the same," said Tikoian. Both the old and new buildings are now running simultaneous commu- nication systems, as work on radio, phone and computers was completed last week to create needed redun- dancy leading up to the move. There are significant logistics that need to be coordinated with a move such as this, said Tikoian, with boxes already filling the hallways early this week. There's a great challenge in coordinat- ing between all involved parties, he said. "The critical piece is the communi- cation piece so the public can call in," said the chief. "We're still function- ing as a full-service law enforcement agency." The final cost of construction of the new state-of-the-art complex will come in just over $26 million. Added to the $2 million or so in preliminary site work, "we are right on target" with the budget of $28 million, said Tikoian. The department had a little more than $30 million left in Google funds prior to the project, but Tikoian wasn't confirming whether that leaves $2 million left in funds from the settle- ment. The town was eligible for a portion of the winnings from Google because a local detective participated in an investigation into illegal advertis- ing practices by the company. No one person can do this kind of construction job alone, Tikoian told The Breeze, with help coming from all directions, including the maintenance staff and Mayor Charles Lombardi. "I'm excited, I think that complex will be the envy of every public safety department at least in the state, if not in New England," said Lombardi. "It's a beautiful facility; it's over the top. Hopefully everyone will enjoy it." The mayor said officials have met weekly to make sure the 20,000-square-foot complex was done on time and on budget, though the town wasn't handcuffed by deadlines because personnel could stay in the current headquarters at 1967 Mineral Spring Ave. He said the public is invited on Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. to see the facility and celebrate its opening. Town Council President Dino Autiello said the pending completion of the safety complex is yet another positive sign for a town that contin- ues to see great progress. He said he can't believe how much positive feed- back he hears from residents on the completion of both the safety complex and two new schools. Lombardi said in addition to the project coming in on budget, he's also excited that taxpayers will get some future tax relief through the sale of the current safety complex building. Tikoian said there are still some minor jobs for contractor Ahlborg Construction to complete as part of a punch list of items even after safety personnel move into the new build- ing, including touch-up paint and elec- trical work. All the major components and operating systems, including AC, heating and communications, have all been fine-tuned and balanced, he said. The view of the new NORTH PROVIDENCE PUBLIC SAFETY COMPLEX, above, from across Mineral Spring Avenue at North Providence High School, and as seen from the sky, below. COMPLEX From Page One CLASS REUNIONS NPHS Class of 1959 meets Sept. 14 at Kirkbrae NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence High School Class of 1959 will hold its 60-year reunion on Saturday, Sept. 14, from noon to 4 p.m., at Kirkbrae Country Club, 197 Old River Road, Lincoln. Anyone interested in attending should call Catherine Luca Arruda at 401-231-2003 or Marie DiDonato Fournier at 401-231-7685. NPHS Class of 1964 will hold reunion Sept. 8 NORTH PROVIDENCE – North Providence High School Class of 1964 will hold a 55-year class reunion on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 5 to 10 p.m., at Meenhan Overlook, 2 Governor Notte Parkway, off Douglas Avenue. The reunion will feature stations with American and international appetizers, a dinner buffet, music, dancing and more. The price is $60 per person. Those interested in attending can contact Paulla (Pellecione) Lipsey at 401-724- 7222 or 401-742-4993, or Anthony Parente at 401-725-2019. • Stuffed Shrimp • Clams Casino • Scallops/Bacon • Stuffies • Crab Cakes • Mushrooms • Stuffed Scrod • Stuffed Sole Quality Seafood Since 1982 Full Line of Bake & Serve Appetizers and Entrées NORTH PROVIDENCE 1702 Mineral Spring Ave. 353-6350 WARWICK 1 Centerville Road 738-6762 EBT OPEN 7 DAYS • 1/2 Stuffed Lobster CLAM BAKES with LOBSTER! Just add water & steam! Advance Orders LIVE HARD SHELL LOBSTERS! All sizes available. Cooked & stuffed. Quality, Certified SHELLFISH •Steamers •Quahogs •Littlenecks •Oysters FISH & CHIPS Take Out Every Friday Whole Belly Clams, too!

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