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The North Providence Breeze 09-11-2019

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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INSIDE A peek into the new Public Safety Complex BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON ROSANNE SIRAVO stands at the intersection of the Route 146 exit at Mineral Spring Avenue, where a new "don't block the box" traffic control graphic will be painted onto the street by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. Siravo decided to take action on the matter due to the daily frustration of try- ing to pull out onto Mineral Spring from the exit. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Every day, coming home from a job in Providence around 4:30 p.m., Rosanne Siravo sits at a standstill on the ever-troublesome exit ramp from Route 146 north to Mineral Spring Avenue. She lives right around the cor- ner, under the overpass, up the hill and to the right, but watches helplessly as driver after driver crosses in front of her through the light, only to be stopped at the end of the ramp in front of wait- ing cars. "I'm so close, but so far," she tells The Breeze, laughing. "Traffic is backed up all the way onto the highway, and that's a long exit. I'm so frustrated by the time I get home." Seeing a Facebook comment and picture from an acquaintance about the Mineral Spring/146 exit traffic problems around the begin- ning of the summer, Siravo was struck by the fact that others were facing the same daily annoyance. "I said, 'Oh my God, I just went NP resident scores change at backed-up 146 exit By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See EXIT, Page 4 NORTH PROVIDENCE – On the eve of the first day of school in North Providence, a group of state and local officials got their first look inside the town's two new Elementary Schools. Last Wednesday, Sept. 4, mem- bers of the Town Council, School Committee, General Assembly and other local leaders went back to school to tour the state-of-the-art facili- ties, beginning with Stephen Olney Elementary School and ending at McGuire Elementary School. The overwhelming feeling expressed by officials, including Mayor Charles Lombardi, Senate President Dominick Ruggerio and Rep. William O'Brien, was awe. "This is great," Lombardi kept repeating. "Worth the wait." New Olney, McGuire schools open By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See SCHOOLS, Page 6 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce this week announced the selection of Elizabeth "Liz" Catucci as its next president and CEO. A leader in busi- ness development, marketing, and sales, Catucci, of North Providence, will be responsible for over- seeing the Chamber's operations, cultivat- ing relationships with members, and advocating for busi- nesses in the community. Her tenure officially begins Sept. 30. Catucci, 37, was a Providence Business News 40 Under Forty winner in 2018. She and her family moved to their current home in June of this year. "The work the Chamber performs is invaluable for local businesses on various levels, and I am humbled to be given the opportunity to serve the community in this new capac- ity," Catucci said in a statement. "Chamber members can be assured that I will continue to advocate on their behalf, and will work to help grow their business through network- ing and marketing opportunities." One of her first priorities, Catucci told The Breeze, will be to spend time with staff and current members doing a lot of the work she does now as NP's Catucci named new president of NRI Chamber By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor CATUCCI See CHAMBER, Page 4 Mayor: 'This is great. Worth the wait.' THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE SEPTEMBER 11-17, 2019 Lombardi Medical Associates LLC Wellesley Medical Building 1515 Smith Street, Suite M, North Providence, RI 02911 401-228-8775 Anthony J. Lombardi, Jr., MD Internal Medicine Serving Our Community The Law Office of Kenneth J. Amoriggi 984 Charles Street, North Providence, RI 401-722-3777 Personal Injury Family Law Landlord Tenant Law Immigration Labor & Employment Law Real Estate Law Debt Collection Are you looking Are you looking for a for a Check out the back Check out the back of our of our Classified section where Classified section where you'll find our advertisers' you'll find our advertisers' most current job offerings! most current job offerings! INSIDE A peek into the new Public Safety Complex ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Welcome to the North Providence Public Safety Complex Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Saturday, September 21st 11 a.m. Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Take a VIP tour inside courtesy of your friends at

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