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The North Providence Breeze 09-04-2019

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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BREEZE PHOTO BY BOB EMERSON SUZAHN MCPHERSON tries to keep up with her daughter, OBAN, 2, during a Labor Day walk at Stephen Olney Park in North Providence Monday morning. Labor Day in the park Officials must decide: Protect residential lots on MSA? Another commercial project in the works could replace more houses NORTH PROVIDENCE – The School Committee is in another war of words with Mayor Charles Lombardi over what the mayor is calling increas- ing out-of-control spending by the School Department. The mayor is expressing frustration with the school board's decision to hire a comptroller for the finance depart- ment, saying that position in unneces- sary and duplicates the responsibilities of other people in the finance office. School officials counter that the position is not new, as Lombardi claims, but rather a different title for the "finance supervisor" role they've been trying, unsuccessfully, to fill since Lombardi, school board battle over 'new' finance office position By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See FINANCE Page 4 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Members of the North Providence Historic District Commission are backing up their assertion that the old E. A. Brayton School should be saved from the wrecking ball by taking con- crete steps to seek a new use for the old Centredale building. The commission moved last week to solicit letters of interest for the adaptive re-use of the building on Thomas Street. Members have said they'd love to see an eclectic mix of businesses take up residence in the building as part of a redevelopment project. Local developer and Planning Board member Shane Piche, who has multiple building redevelopment projects nearby, and is a cheerleader Commission seeks new use for former Brayton School By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See BRAYTON, Page 11 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE SEPTEMBER 4-10, 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. • 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 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The line between commercial and the last remaining residential areas along Mineral Spring Avenue would blur even further with approval of another substantial retail complex at 1998 Mineral Spring Ave. The project, from prolific local developer Anthony Manzo, would replace two existing homes across the street from the existing Hilltop Plaza and just up the street from where the main commercial corridor begins around Laurito's Liquors. The town is also shopping the former public safety complex diagonally across from Laurito's for additional commercial development. Town Planner David Westcott said developer Manzo and his Jeff Anthony Properties are seeking mas- ter plan approval on a substantial piece of land, complete with "two houses and a big chunk of rock." This is 58,000 square feet of space cur- rently designated for residential lim- ited zoning. At the Sept. 11 meeting, scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in Town Hall, Manzo's representatives will By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See MSA RESIDENTIAL, Page 11

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