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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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2 NORTH PROVIDENCE SEPTEMBER 11-17, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION NORTH PROVIDENCE – Inside this week's North Providence Breeze, we have a special section on the new North Providence Public Safety Complex. We hope you, the residents of North Providence, will enjoy learning more about this standout building that you own. Wondering why a new building would warrant such focus? In these pages you'll find a first-of-its-kind interview with the town's $60 mil- lion man, histories from police and fire perspectives, the inner work- ings of a facility that will make local public safety easier, as well as the intensive work done to limit costs within the complex, including nix- ing a $47,000 conference room table in favor of a much more affordable alternative. All are invited out for a special opening ceremony on Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. Come for a tour, stay for the goodies. The new safety complex came in within budget and on time. Located across from North Providence High School, it is expected to last for the next century, built all at no cost in local tax dollars. The $60 million won by the North Providence Police Department through a settlement with Google back in 2012 keeps on giving, and will continue to give for decades to come through what's being described as a "monumental" build- ing. The safety complex it funded is for the town's taxpayers, town offi- cials emphasize, and taxpayers will always be welcome here. Read up on the new safety complex, including $47,000 table that wasn't By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com INSIDE TODAY'S BREEZE Do you like to read The Valley Breeze? Then please shop with our advertisers, and tell them 'I saw it in The Breeze!' Birchwood Middle School art teacher LAURIE BATEK, named Outstanding Middle School Art Educator of the Year, is pic- tured here with SUPT. JOSEPH GOHO, PRIN- CIPAL BRIAN GILMORE and ASST. SUPT. LOUISE SEITSINGER. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Birchwood Middle School art teacher Laurie Batek asks a class of 6th- graders on their first day of art who likes to draw. Hands go up in the air. "Who likes to paint?" she asks, as more hands shoot up into the air. "In this class, you can draw, paint or use any other materials available on your projects. I'm not concerned with your level of talent – only your Birchwood teacher named 'Outstanding Art Educator' By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com Continues on next page

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