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The North Providence Breeze 10-02-2019

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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Town seeking grant to buy 3-acre riverfront property BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON More than 150 adults and children, runners and walkers alike, took part in the 2ND ANNUAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS 5K sponsored by Dexter Training Concepts, last Sunday morning. Proceeds from the event benefit physical education programs in the town's schools. Above, they're off and running at the starting line. See more photos on Page 12. NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence School Department is keeping close watch over the town's two newly constructed elementary schools, limiting public access to the facilities. The School Committee turned com- munity members away from a tour of the taxpayer-funded Stephen Olney Elementary and McGuire Elementary ahead of the first day of school, despite the tour being posted publicly as an open meeting. Last Wednesday, Sept. 25, the question of access to the buildings was again raised, this time by repre- sentatives for the nearly 50-year-old Leaders hesitant to open new school gyms to public By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See GYMS, Page 11 PAWTUCKET – The exterior of the city's mill redevelopments rarely matches the interior vibrancy, but that's about to change at the Lorraine Mills located at 560 Mineral Spring Ave. Long-running work to restore an old dining car at the front of the building is now nearing its conclu- sion, with a possible reopening by Thanksgiving. The unsightly plastic that's hung in front of the dining car for years will then be removed, revealing the gleaming restored din- ing car. Jonathan Savage, owner and devel- oper of the mill, said this week that there's been "good progress" on the dining car he's renaming the Miss Miss Lorraine Diner set to make its debut By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See DINER, Page 4 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE OCTOBER 2-8, 2019 Our Uplifting Environment and Special Approach to Alzheimer's and Dementia Care have created a Quality of Life You Simply Can't Get Anyplace Else. 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. NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town is pursuing the opportunity to add significant waterfront prop- erty to its portfolio, submitting an application for a $400,000 grant to go toward purchasing three acres of land on the Woonasquatucket River off Adams Lane. Over the summer, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management announced the avail- ability of an additional $4 million to help communities preserve open space. The RIDEM announced that the extra money would be made available to help communities and local organizations protect valuable green space throughout the state. The Open Space Grant Program's 2019 grant deadline is Oct. 25. Mayor Charles Lombardi said it appears to be full-steam ahead for the town in trying to acquire the property and convert it into another local park. The asking price By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See PROPERTY, Page 2

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