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The North Providence Breeze 10-30-2019

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON ANGELYA HARDEN, 2, and her dad, KELLY, of North Providence, peek out of a cutout of Frankenstein's head at last Friday's Pumpkins in the Park celebration in Governor Notte Park. See more photos on Page 2. Happy Halloween! PROVIDENCE – Nicola Mainelli is celebrating two big milestones this year: his 102nd birthday on Friday, Nov. 15, and his 75th wedding anniversary on Monday, Dec. 2. The World War II veteran, whose fam- ily said they believe is the oldest living WWII veteran in the state, and his wife Santa, 98, live on Badger Road in Providence, right on the North Providence town line. A spokesman for the Rhode Island Office of Veterans Services couldn't confirm whether he's the oldest, say- ing the office doesn't track that type of demographic information. Santa told The Breeze that she doesn't know where the couple's lon- gevity comes from, while their daugh- ter Barbara Ambrosino said, "The secret to longevity and their happy marriage is a cocktail every day." Her father drinks brandy, while her mother has a scotch, she said. Mainelli, who was born in 1917, and his wife both grew up in Providence, went to Central High School, and met in 1939 at the jewelry factory where they worked in downtown Providence. WWII veteran celebrates 102nd birthday, 75th wedding anniversary By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Animal Shelter Committee hasn't met in two years, but with big-ticket town building projects now out of the way, mem- bers are ready to revive talks. Mayor Charles Lombardi said he encouraged Town Council President Dino Autiello, chair- man of the commit- tee, and other mem- bers to reconvene now that both a new public safety complex and two new schools have been completed. He has also asked a couple of new members to join the committee. Talks on town's new animal shelter to resume By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See SHELTER, Page 4 NORTH PROVIDENCE – National Grid has been completing underground utility work along a number of local streets over the past couple of months, in many cases repaving only half of the street when done with the work. Now Mayor Charles Lombardi and Public Works Director Bernie Salvatore are looking into whether the utility was required to do full repaving of the streets under a new state law. They say they'll complete that review before paying any bills. "If that's the case, we won't be pay- ing and we'll be paving more," said Lombardi this week. He explained that National Grid could have to pay for the portion of fully repaved roads covered by the town this year as well as the half-road segments left behind. If that's the case, there would be a lot more money available to the town for future paving, he said. A spokesman for National Grid couldn't be reached for comment Officials investigating National Grid paving job By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com LOMBARDI MAINELLI See PAVING, Page 4 See VETERAN Page 6 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE OCTOBER 30-NOVEMBER 5, 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. 1530 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI In the Luca Building • 401-353-3805 & Music Learning Center 1 FREE INTRODUCTORY LESSON New clients only. Restrictions apply. LESSONS FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS 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

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