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The North Providence Breeze 11-06-2019

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 ROBERT EMERSON ANTHONY MARIANO, left, and JD ROBERTS, of North Providence Cub Scout Pack 5, cross out bar codes on the cans of food donated to the Scouting for Food drive on Saturday morning. The food went to the food pantry of St. Thomas Church on Fruit Hill Avenue. See more photos on Page 6. Scouting for Food Lombardi: Town should manage school finances NORTH PROVIDENCE – Mayor Charles Lombardi, upset at what he sees as mismanage- ment within the North Providence School Department, says school officials should turn over manage- ment of their finances to the town and stick solely to the education side. Supt. Joseph Goho and School Committee Chairman Frank Pallotta are defending their work, saying they're managing the dis- trict's finances through proper oversight. Goho says Lombardi's statements about the district paying two peo- ple for one job, new Director of Finance Lisa Casinelli and interim Finance Director John Crowley, is inaccurate. He said it hasn't been determined yet whether Crowley will be paid during an interim period after Casinelli officially comes aboard. Lombardi previ- ously cited Goho's assertion that Crowley would be paid $600 per day to help "keep the ship afloat" for at least a month dur- ing a transition. "We would have done it for noth- ing," he said of town employees taking on the extra load. Goho said he made that state- ment at a meeting two weeks ago when he wasn't fully aware of By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com GOHO PALLOTTA See FINANCES, Page 4 Lease, sale deals near on two town-owned buildings Plans include putting Brayton School up for sale NORTH PROVIDENCE – Mayor Charles Lombardi says he's nearing a "lucrative" lease deal for the former Marieville Elementary School build- ing, one that would bring in recurring revenue for many years to come. A lease deal is always what he's wanted for this Mineral Spring Avenue building, said the mayor, and under this scenario, "we're always going to own it." The mayor is also in separate dis- cussions about a straight sale of the former public safety complex on the other end of Mineral Spring Avenue. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com CUMBERLAND – When Cumberland resident Tony Alves started hunting 50 years ago, he often came across other hunters searching for deer and turkey in the woods of Rhode Island. These days, the former president of the Cumberland Beagle Club said, the sport is safer than it used to be, but that hasn't stopped present- day hunters from getting pulled away by the distractions of modern life. "Unfortunately I don't see a lot of hunters in the woods," he told The Valley Breeze. "Years past, I would come across one or two hunters in the woods, but times have changed, With hunting in decline across R.I., state conservation funds in jeopardy By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See HUNTING, Page 14 See PROPERTIES, Page 14 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE NOVEMBER 6-12, 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. $$ Millions in FREE Roofing Available $$ See if you qualify Roof Repair Wind Damage Free Inspections Insurance Claims Specialist Call Today! 401-737-5761 SUN TECH ROOFING Educators defend their work, autonomy

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