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The North Providence Breeze 09-11-2019

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4 NORTH PROVIDENCE SEPTEMBER 11-17, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION through there, I go through this every day,'" she said. Drivers going down Mineral Spring Avenue toward Pawtucket are routinely trying to beat the light, without regard for whether they'll be stuck inside the intersection due to back-up at the next light, Siravo said, a practice she always avoided like the plague due to how embarrassed she would be about blocking other drivers. She said she can't count the number of times a Mineral Spring Avenue driver has sat there staring straight ahead, pre- tending to ignore eye contact with drivers who just want them to back up a bit to let them through. Instead of just complaining on Facebook, where local complaints often die in obscurity, Siravo this summer decided to do something about the situation, initiating calls to the town and state about the situ- ation. The calls ping-ponged back and forth, the town saying it was under the state's purview, the state saying the opposite, but she eventu- ally succeeded in gaining a hearing with the state on her concerns. Siravo has learned that the State Traffic Commission, at its July 24 meeting, approved a request from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation for "do not block the sign box" pavement and sign markings, a win for Siravo and her fellow commuters. She said she was amazed to receive a message from RIDOT that her taking action pro- duced such results. "I'm so proud of her," said her daughter, Bianca, of her mother's getting involved civically. Rosanne said it was during a con- versation with her daughter about politics, where she expressed frus- tration with the way things are, that her daughter encouraged her to use her voice. While the planned white lines painted inside a box on the asphalt, as well as corresponding signage, don't automatically keep drivers outside the area at the end of the ramp on their own, their presence gives police the ability to fine driv- ers and have the tickets stick, said Siravo. Though Siravo imagines there might still be times when she gets the urge to jump out of her car to force drivers to back up, she said she expects a dramatically improved situation once there's a threat of penalty. Many people don't realize that blocking an intersection is against the law, she said. Prior to the vote for the paint- ed markings on July 24, Sean Raymond, principal civil engineer for RIDOT, testified that Mineral Spring Avenue is a very congested area and the northbound off-ramp from Route 146 gets backed up onto the highway. RIDOT also agreed to make sure both traffic signals at the location are working properly. EXIT From Page One a board member in creating value propositions, going beyond market- ing and networking. The focus, she said, will be on people and develop- ing a strategic plan going forward, aligning goals to make sure everyone is on the same page. Her approach is to bite off one task at a time. One goal is to explore the idea of a women's initiative, a particular area for growth, she said, and she has other ideas she'd like to roll out as they become more developed. A comprehensive search for the organization's next president resulted in more than 60 applicants from a variety of industry backgrounds. The Board of Directors Executive Committee screened applicants for more than six months to find a can- didate with the experience, skills, and knowledge that could provide an orderly transition and build on the foundation and reputation of the Chamber, states a release. "Liz demonstrates the values of the Chamber and represents the future of the organization, and we feel con- fident in her ability to navigate the economic climate and deliver results for our members," said Craig Sculos, chairman of the NRI Chamber Board of Directors and vice president and general manager of Twin River Casino Hotel. Catucci has served in a variety of leadership roles in the region. Most recently, she served as director of marketing and business develop- ment at PKF O'Connor Davies, for- merly Batchelor, Frechette, McCrory, Michael & Co. In that role, she led the firm's business development, guided initiatives to achieve strategic goals, and oversaw marketing efforts. She also worked in marketing and managerial roles for The Capital Grille, Shula's 347 Grill and Legal Sea Foods. "Having worked with Liz as a board member, I understand and appreci- ate the passion and commitment she has for the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce. It is excit- ing to know that she will be leading the Chamber and helping take it to the next level," said John Gregory, the current president and CEO of the organization. He announced his retirement in February, and is leaving after a 35-year career advocating for the business community including 27 years as president and CEO of the Chamber. During the transitional peri- od, Gregory has made a commitment to continue on in an advisory role. For the last four years, Catucci has served on the NRI Chamber's Board of Directors and on its executive committee for the previous two years. She is a regular supporter of the com- munity through her volunteer roles as a board member and development chairwoman of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island and as vice president of the Greater Providence Chapter of the Providence College Alumni Association. Her volunteer work was cited in her winning the 40 Under Forty honors last year. A self-described people person with a background working with all types of people in the hospitality industry, Catucci said she learned so much from Gregory as a men- tor, and they've really become quite close. She said she could see herself being in this job for many years. No one has brought up her young age, she said, but she's intent on proving herself and that she's up to the job of following Gregory. "That's what I've been doing all along," she said, noting that Gregory wasn't much older than she is now when he started. Gregory has an amazing reputa- tion, she said, and while following in his shoes is unnerving, she's con- fident based on the foundation he's built. One of her greatest strengths, said Catucci, is the energy she brings to her work every day. She remembers sitting down with Gregory some time ago to talk about her career path and recalls him ask- ing what she ultimately wanted to do. "I want to do what you do," she responded. He immediately encour- aged her to go for it. After living in Providence, Catucci now lives in North Providence with her husband, Paolo, and their three daughters, Francesca, Natalie, and Gabriella. She said she sees a lot of oppor- tunity for growth in membership in North Providence, particularly because she's here every day and supporting local businesses. Her brother-in-law, Carlo Catucci, is owner of White Dog Distilling in Pawtucket. Visit for more on the business advocacy orga- nization. CHAMBER From Page One ABOUT US The Valley Breeze is a locally owned newspaper Office location: 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Closed weekends and holidays. Call us: 401-334-9555 Fax: 401-334-9994 Online: READER SERVICES DO YOU HAVE A STORY IDEA? Contact Managing Editor Ethan Shorey at or call 401-334-9555, ext. 130. 24-hour, 7-day voice mail. 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