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The North Providence Breeze 10-16-2019

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 BILL MURPHY DANIEL GBORKORQUELLIE, 8, of North Providence, rides the mechanical bull at the North Providence PTO/PTA Fall Festival on Oct. 5. The event, featuring food, games, music arts and crafts, was held at Governor Notte Park. See more photos on Page 15. Ride 'em, Daniel NORTH PROVIDENCE – Residents of Centredale Manor describe three weeks of some of the worst transportation services they've ever seen, saying the company now responsible for getting them back and forth to doctors' appointments is fail- ing in its mission. Gina Collins, resi- dent service coordina- tor at the residential facility at 2074 Smith St. in Centredale, said she's been advocating Seniors left waiting for late, no-show transportation By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See WAITING, Page 6 Town receives proposal for Brayton School building A separate fundraiser is intended to go toward structure NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Historic District Commission has received a confiden- tial letter of interest for the adaptive reuse of the old E.A. Brayton School building on Thomas Street, forward- ing the proposal to Mayor Charles Lombardi for review. On Oct. 8, the commission declined to discuss the letter's con- tents and voted to submit it to the mayor's office the next day. Lombardi said the proposal from a local businessman to purchase the building would involve the rehabili- tation of the building and converting it into a mix of residential and com- mercial spaces. He said there's been no determination on the proposal, but called the building an "albatross" and said the town would be fortunate to have it taken off its hands. "I would love to get that prop- erty back on the tax rolls," he said, declining to go into specifics on who is behind the proposal and what they're proposing. Separately, a local man has started a GoFundMe page in an attempt to raise $1 million for the rehab of the building. Matthew Bergeron, a 16-year resident, told The Breeze he has an interest in history and archi- tecture, living in his own 1834 home in the Fruit Hill historical district. "Even growing up as a kid, I hated to see buildings demolished for ridic- By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com COLLINS See BRAYTON, Page 4 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE OCTOBER 16-22, 2019 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. Your One Stop Source for: 375 Putnam Pike, Village Plaza Smithfield, RI | 757-6872 HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. • Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. •CBD Lotions •Healing Balms •Tinctures •CBD Pet Products Samantha Tavares, GM MENTION THIS AD AND RECEIVE 10% OFF YOUR PURCHASE NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 1, 2019 INSIDE Enjoy Our Fall Restaurant Guide INSIDE Enjoy Our Fall Restaurant Guide Fall 2019 Local Restaurant Guide EAT OUT Let's OCT-16-2019-NPS-DINE.indd 1 10/7/19 7:38 AM

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