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The North Providence Breeze 09-11-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | SEPTEMBER 11-17, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE 5 within 48 hours. If the mattress is still out in public after 48 hours, the DPW will remove it and the cost of removal, transporta- tion and disposal will constitute a lien on the property. • The Division of Inspection and/ or the recycling coordinator or their designees are responsible for enforce- ment. • Failure to comply with the requirements will result in a complaint being filed in North Providence Municipal Court with the progressive fine of $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second offense, and $100 for the third and subse- quent offenses. • Costs and penalties will constitute a lien on the property, which will accrue interest at 12 percent per year until debts are paid. • A $15 fee for disposing of a mat- tress or box spring will remain as it's been. Town rules previously required a resident to pay the $15 fee per mat- tress prior to having them removed, but the common practice was for the town to pick up mattresses even if the advance payment and permission hadn't been obtained. MATTRESSES From Page 3 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Neighbors of the Duke Kitchen & Spirits, opened at 1839 Smith St. ear- lier this year, say the restaurant and bar is having a negative impact on their daily lives. Resident Katherine Feist, who pur- chased a home across the street and moved in in February, said she was unaware at the time that this was going to be a bar, thinking it was a grocery market. Feist, at the Sept. 3 Town Council meeting, brought a petition signed by 15 or so neighbors asking for either the restaurant to be closed or that significant steps be made toward improvement. According to Feist, who was the only neighbor to attend the meeting, she and those around her are dealing with trespassing on their properties, loud music coming from open doors, people turning around in their drive- ways, and screaming and shouting late at night. She said she even had her car smashed, though there were no wit- nesses to the incident. "The noise level is just very inconve- nient for everyone," she said. She said it's important to celebrate new businesses when they come in, but she asked that the council recon- sider its licenses granted to The Duke or require a number of action steps, including closing at a more reason- able 11 p.m. instead of 1 a.m., keeping doors closed around the clock, adding video cameras to make surrounding properties more secure, and adding signs stating residential parking only on the street "so we're not disturbed." Peter Pimentel, managing partner of The Duke, told the council these com- plaints came as a shock to the owners. He said police reports submitted to town officials previously and reviewed last month came from residents who "didn't want a neighborhood bar and grill in their backyard," but denied that there is screaming and yelling. Pimentel said the restaurant puts out cones for safety and works to keep the area clean. "We try to be very neighborly," he said. Asked by Councilor Manny Giusti about doors being left open, Pimentel said there was a problem with the building's air conditioning, as the former grocery store here had open air coolers and didn't need the same capacity, but that situation has now been resolved. He said the restaurant is happy to conform and make sure doors are shut. Entertainment at The Duke comes in the form of a jukebox, said Pimentel, and he recently learned that the business might not even need a license for that. Council seeks action as neighbors complain about The Duke bar By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See DUKE, Page 6 NP library lists upcoming programs NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Union Free Library, 1810 Mineral Spring Ave., announces the following events. • An Arts and Crafts for Adults program will be held on Friday, Sept. 13, at 1 p.m. Participants will decorate tiles for use or dis- play. All supplies will be provided. Registration required. Call the Circulation Department at 401-353- 5600. • Lego Builders for ages 5 and up is offered on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Participants read a book together and then build on a theme. The library provides the Legos. Drop-in for weekly building challenges. • A Personal Finance Management presentation will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, at 6:30 p.m. Alex Stais, chief investment officer of the Employees' Retirement System of R.I., will speak on topics such as per- sonal balance sheets, financial goal- setting, investing, pre-marriage, pre- family, and pre-retirement planning, and essentials of estate planning. Registration is required, call the Circulation Department to sign up. For more information, visit www. nplib.com . 'The noise level is just very inconvenient for everyone.' KATHERINE FEIST Neighbor of The Duke Kitchen & Spirits

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