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The North Providence Breeze 10-09-2019

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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BREEZE PHOTO BY NICOLE DOTZENROD North Providence School SUPERINTENDENT JOSEPH GOHO collects high-fives from NPHS athletes and cheerleaders during the first High Five Friday at Stephen Olney Elementary School last week. See story and more photos on Pages 7, 8. A high-five welcome NORTH PROVIDENCE – In a town where chronic neighbor- hood flooding issues often persist due to overdevelopment and aging infrastructure, officials are seeking to remedy the problem in a more "holistic fashion," as Councilor Ken Amoriggi puts it. Robert Douglas, of 24 Grand Ave., is one of those residents who's been most impacted by flooding issues over the past 20 years, warning the council last week that yet another claim is on the way due to structural damage to his home. According to Douglas, he's one of the lucky ones in town who has had all of his claims paid out. In 14 years, he's had three claims, all paid out by insurance, the latest in May of this year. All of the homes on his side of the street have had some sort of damage claim paid out over that By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See FLOODING, Page 13 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town has entered a consultant agree- ment with power aggregator Colonial Power Group, setting up a potential agreement for North Providence to become the first community in the state to have such a third-party pact. A 4-3 vote of the council last week added a layer of protection from a previous resolution, giving officials the right to reject a contract with the com- pany if they don't like the financial terms. Residents also wouldn't be obli- gated to have Colonial Power be their provider if they choose to opt out after being opted in. The mayor will be able to sign off on a deal on behalf of "end users," or residents, with the council's approval. Colonial Power would then become the power provider over National Grid, saving money for residents. This agreement, said Councilor Ken Amoriggi, who did much of the legwork on it and explained it to his colleagues, will also add stability for residents in the form of protection against regular serious rate increases In 4-3 vote, council approves pact with Colonial Power By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See POWER, Page 13 AMORIGGI NORTH PROVIDENCE – This town's zoning code requires that any lights used to illuminate a parking lot must be designed to reflect light away from adjoining properties and streets. Melissa Perrille, who runs her Premier Realty Group at 1599 Smith St., says the parking lot lights she installed there were meant partially to make up for a streetlight previous- ly taken out by the town in response to complaints from a neighbor, and are there in part because she's death- ly afraid of black ice. That Turcone Street neighbor is now complaining Business owner worries that investment won't stop complaints By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See LIGHTS, Page 19 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE OCTOBER 9-15, 2019 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 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 OPEN DAILY 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 50 Swan Road, Smithfield 231-9043 JASWELL'S FARMSTAND & BAKERY Pick Your Own Pumpkins Assorted Fall Decorations • Our Own Fresh Pressed & pasteurized Apple Cider • Our Own Candy, Caramel, Chocolate & Caramel, and Gourmet Apples featured on Food network •Fresh Baked Pies, Pastries, AND MUCH MORE!! APPLE CIDER DONUTS! Weekend Concessions available: Hot APPLE CRISP, Apple Cider Donuts, DOUGHBOYS & MORE! APPLES Pick Your own DailY from 10 a.m.-4 P.m. or fresh PickeD OPEN COLUMBUS DAY Hay Rides Sunday & Monday Warned of another flooding claim, officials seek broader action

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