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The North Providence Breeze 08-21-2019

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE On Monday, workers finish up preparations for the Sept. 5 opening of the new STEPHEN OLNEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in North Providence. New schools, upgrades will greet students in NP Redistricting, absenteeism, trauma-informed teaching all points of emphasis NORTH PROVIDENCE – Students returning to school Sept. 5 will find themselves in refreshed learning environments, with two new state-of-the-art schools going online and a host of improvements made this summer to other buildings. Supt. Joseph Goho said it's been a very busy vacation season for the School Department, "and we eagerly anticipate a smooth opening to the school year, which is a tremendous accomplishment considering the multitude of moving parts that we've had to address in a compressed time- frame." North Providence students in grades K-9 return for the 2019-2020 school year on Sept. 5. Grades 10-12 return Sept. 6. "Students and families should know that our attention has been focused on facility improvements to every single school in the district, not just the two new elementary schools," By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Review: Only 12 vacant commercial properties are available Friendly's building expected to sell quickly NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town's booming commercial growth is evident to the naked eye along all of its main routes, but a review of trade name certificates and vacant properties this week shows just how far the town has come. The total number of vacant store- front spaces left along the town's five biggest roads stands at 12, said Mayor Charles Lombardi, accord- ing to a review done by Building Inspector Mike Carnevale at the request of The North Providence Breeze. The numbers do not count vacant lots without buildings. According to separate analysis done this week by Lisa Resende, executive secretary to Lombardi, there have been 37 new trade name certificates issued so far in 2019, bringing the total across town to 448. Last year there were 41 certifi- cates issued for the entire calendar year. The numbers a few years ago By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – David "Chucky" Tramonti, one of the town's most visible residents and an honorable public safety icon, got a thank you last Friday that had just about everyone in attendance in tears. Campers in the town's summer program presented the volunteer police officer and firefighter with a large cardboard picture they drew of him on his famous bike, thanking him for everything he did as they presented a poster everyone had signed. "Everyone knows this kid, every- one loves this kid," said Mayor Charles Lombardi, who attended the end-of-summer party at Notte Park with police and fire chiefs as well as recreation staff, presenting Tramonti with a recognition from the town thanking him for what he does. Lombardi, who was childhood friends with Tramonti's late father, David "Chuck" Tramonti Sr., said it's been great to watch the way town police and firefighters look out for Tramonti as their adopted son. Tramonti, now 30, said he was happy to volunteer again for sum- Town thanks local favorite 'Chucky' Tramonti By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com TRAMONTI See VACANCY, Page 4 See SCHOOLS, Page 14 See CHUCKY, Page 2 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE AUGUST 21-27, 2019 • Complete Heating Systems • Remodeling • Repairs • Water Heaters • Complete Sewage Ejector Systems for Basement Baths • Senior Citizen Discounts C. J. Nemes, Inc. Plumbing & Heating 24-Hour Emergency Service 769-4776 Master Plumber, R.I. #1911 Mass. #25011 Member of The Better Business Bureau Drain & Sewer Cleaning 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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