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The North Providence Breeze 10-23-2019

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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DUI arrests way up for N. Providence in 2019 Chief: Enforcement is saving lives NORTH PROVIDENCE – Through three-quarters of the 2019 calendar year, local police have arrested 50 percent more drunk drivers than in 2018, according to data provided to The North Providence Breeze. The majority of DUI arrests are being made on the main thoroughfares in town such as Mineral Spring Avenue, Douglas Avenue, Smith Street and Charles Street, said Chief David Tikoian. "Sadly, some have even occurred in parking lots due to officers respond- ing to a call of a motor vehicle opera- tor passed out behind the wheel of a running automobile," he said. There were 73 total DUI arrests in 2018, and the town was already at 63 as of Sept. 30, "impressive" numbers putting the town on pace to significantly exceed last year's figure by Dec. 31, said Tikoian. Through the same nine months of 2018, Tikoian's first full year as chief, there were 42 arrests over the same nine-month period. The total for 2017 was 31 arrests from January through By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See DUI, Page 15 See GONSALVES, Page 9 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The director of finance for the North Providence School Department has left the job amid claims that he failed to complete a basic task. School Supt. Joseph Goho said that Ronald Gonsalves Jr. handed in a generic letter of resignation two weeks ago. He said he can't say much about person- nel issues, but did note that there have been no termination hearings held and no employees had their employ- ment terminated recently. Mayor Charles Lombardi told The Breeze he wanted to make it clear that he didn't hire Gonsalves and "he couldn't have worked for me." "I'm disappointed that the School Department, knowing what they knew, did not ask for him to leave earlier," he said. The last straw for him, said Lombardi, was when he and his staff were notified that the School Department's worker's compensa- tion insurance had lapsed, an error Gonsalves was responsible for. "We immediately notified the super- intendent and told them what they needed to do," he said. "Thank God no one was injured and filed a claim against the town during this time." An online job profile for Gonsavles shows that he recently left North School finance chief departs amid questions about his work By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON JOEY CALDWELL, 12, gets acquainted with the inside of a pumpkin as he prepares to start cleaning it Monday at Notte Park. NORTH PROVIDENCE – The long-running Pumpkins in the Park Spectacular, returning this Friday, Oct. 25, is expected to draw even more people as the event continues to gain in popularity each year, says Recreation Director Lois Barbieri. North Providence families will again swarm Notte Park for the event, which will run from 6 to 8 p.m. "It just keeps growing each year," said Barbieri. Members of the North Providence Mayor's Youth Commission are working all this week to carve the Pumpkins in the Park event returns to Notte Park Friday By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See SPECTACULAR, Page 5 TIKOIAN GOHO THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE OCTOBER 23-29, 2019 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 FREE SAMPLES 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 Warm Your Home This Fall!

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