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The North Providence Breeze 3-27-13

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MARCH 27-APRIL 2, 2013 A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE Breeze The north providence Beyond Cookies Health Care Wrinkle NP Girl Scout Troop 129 serves up talent. PAGE 9 Fatima Hospital launches one of the state���s first senior-friendly emergency rooms. PAGE 3 @ ���Like��� us on Councilors push for outside company to evaluate roads Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Panel to acquire system for town whistleblowers Scrambling For His Eggs By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Staff Writer NORTH PROVIDENCE ��� Before any repaving begins, a majority on the new North Providence Town Council wants to call in an outside expert to review the condition of all local roadways. Council President Kristen Catanzaro has been joined by Councilors John Lynch, William Warren, and AUTIELLO Dino Autiello in pushing for a thorough inspection by an unbiased third party. ���Under normal circumstances, I would not support spending taxpayer dollars on hiring an outside expert to tell us what we already know, that our roads are in terrible condition,��� said Autiello in an e-mail statement. ���However, because this is consistent with the process followed by other cities and towns to ensure a fair analysis of our roadways, I will support bringing in an outside expert.��� Those who favor an indepth review say that Mayor See ROADS, Page 15 ���I don���t know why everyone is so afraid of it,��� says Lynch By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY DAVID WUERTH Eamonn Ward, 2, of North Providence, takes off in pursuit of Easter eggs at the East Smithfield Public Library on Saturday. More than 30 children ages 2 to 4 gathered up 600 eggs filled with candy at the event. After the hunt, the library provided pizza and juice for the youngsters. NORTH PROVIDENCE ��� A controversial ���whistleblower��� system, an anonymous forum for residents to report actions of town officials and workers, will soon be up and running, according to town officials. Members of the North Providence Financial Audit Committee say they���re closing in on hiring a company to create the web-based tattling system. ���We���re going out to bid and meeting next month with the vendors,��� said John Lynch, the chairman of the committee and a member of the North Providence Town Council. The idea for a whistleblower system ���is not that complex,��� said Lynch, and has operated with success in many other communities. ���I don���t know why everyone is so afraid of it,��� he said. According to Purchasing Worried about big Lab Bills? If you are uninsured or have high deductibles, your lab bill could be in hundreds of dollars for even simple tests. We charge LESS THAN $25 for most tests. Our lab is CLIA certified and run according to national standards Javid Calcatti MD Tess Godin PA���C Agent Michael Mooney, members of the Financial Audit Committee will only have to seek bids if the amount Lynch they intend to spend on the creation of a whistleblower system is to exceed $5,000, but Lynch said he intends to seek bids even if the amount is less. Mooney told The Breeze he provided the committee with information from North Kingstown, a town that utilizes a similar system to what North Providence officials want to employ. The North Providence Financial Audit Committee was formed in January of last year after officials from the state Office of the Auditor General required it as a way to create more transparency in town government. The committee is required because See WHISTLEBLOWER, Page 16 NORTH PROVIDENCE SM ITH FIELD/ GREENVILLE 6 54-410 0 2 33-8 96 6 1818 M i neralSpri Ave. ng 375 Putnam Pi ke Sun.- Thurs., 11AM - 12AM ;Fri & Sat.11AM - 1AM . Internal Medicine & Primary Care Accepting New Patients HEALTH CLINIC OF RI 1635 Mineral Spring Ave. Suite 203 North Providence, RI 02904 401-438-1010 Email: ��2013 Breeze Publications Inc. 7 $ 99 CARRYOUT ONLY

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