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The North Providence Breeze 08-14-2019

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE North Providence Police Supervisor LT. MICHAEL GAWEL, seated, and from left, OFFICER MICHAEL COLUCCI, SGT. RYAN EMERSON, OFFICER RYAN RAWNSLEY, and OFFICER GEORGE MONTEITH begin their first shift at the new Public Safety Complex Monday afternoon. See story, more photos on Pages 3 and 4. Lombardi bids low, lands rescue vehicle Need for outside help continues decline NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town has secured another frontline rescue vehicle for a fraction of what it would cost new. Mayor Charles Lombardi, the town's public safety director famous for acquiring good vehicles cheap, said the town had only one spare res- cue after it went to a three-rescue system in February, so he was looking to get another rescue truck to bring the Fire Department's total to five, with two spares. "With the third rescue and the num- ber of calls we've been getting, we needed that truck," he said. "This was instead of buying new, the way I do it." He visited the Upperco Volunteer Fire Company, in Upperco, Maryland, after learning that that department was merging with another and looking to offload a truck. "We took advantage of it," he said. The department was asking $30,000 for a 2004 F550 truck, so naturally he came in with an offer of $16,500. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See RESCUE, Page 11 Can't go outside without the pesky little flies also known as gnats sur- rounding your head and flying into your eyes? The Valley Breeze spoke with insect specialists to find out why there seems to be such an an abundance of gnats in Rhode Island this year. URI entomology research associate Andrew Radin described the abun- dance of gnats this year as a "fluky cyclical thing." Abundance of gnats creates summertime headache By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See GNATS, Page 6 'Be a little Ian' Campaign in Novacek's memory encourages kindness NORTH PROVIDENCE – It has been one year since the North Providence community said good- bye to 12-year-old Ian Novacek, but those who knew him say the Ricci Middle School student's spirit lives on through acts of kindness and love. "He was so good that his light still shines. There's literally no dim- ming it," said his mother, Heather Callanan, who has channeled her grief into giving back to the com- munity that came together for her late son. Callanan has had great success raising funds for numerous causes in the name of her son, partnering up with others to raise the needed funds. This summer, the 55-mile charity Ride for Ian, held at Ocean State Harley Davidson, raised more than $4,000. The money will be divided between Special Olympics of Rhode Island and a special fund set up in Ian's memory by the Hometown Foundation. The Hometown Foundation had been particularly influential for Novacek, helping to secure a stair- climber for the North Providence resident, who was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called achon- droplasia and used a wheelchair. By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com LOMBARDI See IAN, Page 11 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE AUGUST 14-20, 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. Family Owned Since 1926 LIC. #RIMP882 Are you thinking about replacing your boiler? Before you sign on their dotted line, give us a call for a free estimate. We can beat or match any of our competitor's prices! • One Day Gas & Oil Burner Replacements • Same Day Gas & Electric Water Heater Replacements • Boiler Repairs & Maintenance • HVAC Service & Replacements • All Work Guaranteed $100 Off New Ductless Mini Split System Installs Call NOW for all your Plumbing, Heating and Cooling needs. Mike Gorman Roofing, INC. Established 2012 Fully Insured Comm# 237R RI Reg# 3692 Prompt, Professional Service First Quality Workmanship & Materials 9 Bayou Drive, Greenville, RI cell 401487-5724 or 401728-2851

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