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The North Providence Breeze 11-06-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 6-12, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE 3 NORTH PROVIDENCE – On Halloween, Oct. 31, members of the North Providence Police Detective Division conducted checks on those town residents identified as the most serious sex offenders. All of those offenders checked were in compliance with restric- tions and not passing out candy, according to police. Compliance checks were made on 23 registered offenders, identi- fied by Rhode Island Department of Corrections Probation and Parole office as sex offenders who were convicted of crimes against children. There were 22 total sex offenders included as part of this Halloween check program last year. Sex offenders with special provi- sions are generally not allowed to pass out Halloween candy. Capt. Michael Paiva, commander of the Detective Division, said all 23 of those checked on were Level 2 or 3 offenders. Of the offenders in town, these all committed the most serious offenses and committed crimes against children. There are 54 total sex offenders in town, and the 31 other Level 1 offenders were not part of this program and did not commit crimes against chil- dren, Paiva told The Breeze. Sex offend- ers are often transient by nature, said Paiva, making it important to keep track of those who might be com- ing in contact with children. Detectives last week made con- tact with 18 of the 23 Level 2 and 3 sex offenders. None of the 18 were passing out candy, and the homes of the offenders not reached by police appeared to be empty and their lights off. In most cases, those offenders convicted of crimes against chil- dren are not allowed to loiter at or visit locations where children are known to be on a regular basis. The purpose of last week's opera- tion is to assure town residents that police will always attempt to be proactive when it comes to sex offenders and protecting the com- munity from harm by any means legally permissible, states a release. Police emphasize that such action is not intended to increase fear in the community. Offenders are not wanted by police. Police conduct compliance checks on local sex offenders By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com CAPT. PAIVA The North Providence Mancini Center took a First Place prize in the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island 2019 Step Up Challenge. The top three steppers were THOMAS BIANCO, in first, KI UN HAN, in second, and LAURA LEONE, in third. The challenge ran from Sept. 3-30 and was a friendly competition between local senior centers designed to encourage seniors to incorporate physical activity into their rou- tine. The winner of each region was the center with the highest average steps over the course of four weeks and awarded a $2,500 prize to be used to promote health and wellness at their location. The North Providence Mancini Center was included in the Northern Region, which was the largest with 10 centers competing. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island announced the winners of the Step Up Challenge on Oct. 19 at the Life Expo held at the Twin River Event Center. The Mancini Center stepped their way right into first place with an average of 8,773 steps and 2,763,450 total steps. Pictured are, from left, JOSEPH NARDELLA, North Providence Mancini Center program coordinator, LINDA GIORGIO, director, MARY ANN LINNA, health education coordinator. Stepping up for good cause

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