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The North Providence Breeze 11-06-2019

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4 NORTH PROVIDENCE NOVEMBER 6-12, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION when Casinelli would start. "The new finance director has to provide departure notice to Barrington Public Schools and will start working in North Providence in the middle of November, at which time the interim finance director will depart after a brief and appropriate transition," he said. Once former Finance Director Ronald Gonsalves informed officials of his resignation, "we moved expeditiously to secure an experienced interim finance direc- tor (Crowley) to ensure uninter- rupted and proper oversight of the budget," he added. "The School Department is in capable hands with Mr. Crowley and, in addition, we were fortunate to find a highly qualified candidate for the perma- nent position, who also happens to be an invested town resident." Goho said he couldn't say wheth- er Crowley will be paid alongside Casinelli. He said he hasn't said whether Crowley will be paid for his work, as Crowley has simply indicated that Casinelli will be able to call him at any time after she starts for help and guidance. The School Committee and School Department have accom- plished a great deal in the district "by working with the town as a team, and in a respectful and fis- cally responsible manner," added Goho in a statement. "We look for- ward to that partnership continu- ing in the best interest of students, families, and taxpayers." Lombardi empha- sized that Goho was clear about Crowley staying on to support Casinelli in an interim capacity. He said if school officials had just followed his advice to not hire Gonsalves, who left last month after questions about missed deadlines on workers' compensa- tion, and instead have existing staff run the finances, or if school officials would just let the town fill the gaps as requested a number of times, the department would not need an interim director at what- ever it ends up costing taxpayers. The district has had anything but a stellar track record on hiring in recent years, said the mayor. School Committee Chairman Frank Pallotta, in a letter to the editor this week, is defending the School Department's autonomy in making hiring and firing deci- sions. He noted that the finance department is still operating with the same number of people it's run with for the past 10 years, and that it was reorganized for efficiency. He rebuffed the earlier assertion by Lombardi that the department is in shambles, saying officials have created stability by hir- ing qualified people to manage a level-funded budget. He said the School Committee has saved more than $200,000 over the past nine months through a variety of moves. "As always, we will continue to work with all branches of govern- ment to ensure that taxpayers' dollars are expended judiciously and efficiently, and to provide an appropriate education for all our children," he said. Goho, at the September meeting, noted a "laundry list" of successes by the department, including completing redistricting and the appeals process, creating a new transportation plan, re-staffing the entire district thanks to redistrict- ing, negotiating a new teacher con- tract, completing multiple school construction projects and moving two swing space schools, filling 60 vacant positions, hiring several new administrators, implementing state testing, and developing bud- gets, and reorganizing the central office, among others. "Other than a few bumps, they all went off swimmingly, surprising even myself we handled all of this, with so many new people, so effi- ciently and effectively," he said. FINANCES From Page One LOMBARDI THE BIRTHDAY CLUB NOV. 3 Happy Birthday, Russ Gusetti! From all your friends at The Valley Breeze NOV. 11 Lorenzo Cardillo, Happy 15th Birthday! We love you, Mommy, Daddy, Marchello, and Grandma NOV. 14 The Valley Breeze wishes Priscilla Charlier a very Happy Birthday! NOV. 27 Rhonda Hanson, Happy Birthday from all your friends at The Valley Breeze! ABOUT US The Valley Breeze is a locally owned newspaper Office location: 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Closed weekends and holidays. Call us: 401-334-9555 Fax: 401-334-9994 Online: READER SERVICES DO YOU HAVE A STORY IDEA? Contact Managing Editor Ethan Shorey at or call 401-334-9555, ext. 130. 24-hour, 7-day voice mail. ADVERTISING – Call your sales representative, or Director of Sales Jack Birolini at 401-334- 9555, ext. 141 or email: CLASSIFIEDS – Place ads at, or call 401-334-9555 during office hours. NEWS BRIEFS AND CALENDAR EVENTS Let others know about events sponsored by your non-profit organization, church or school. • Deadline: Entertainment news is Friday at noon. 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News aggregators that solicit advertising may not link INVITATION TO BID The Woonsocket Housing Authority, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, the Awarding Authority, invites sealed bids from Contractors for completing Re-construction of Fire-Damaged Apartments #26 & 62 at the Veterans Memorial housing development, RI 3-2; in accordance with the documents prepared by William Starck Architects, Inc., 126 Cove Street, Fall River, Massachusetts. The work generally includes, but is not limited to the following: New finishes, doors, windows, cabinets, plumbing, plumbing fixtures, electrical panel, re-wiring of apartments, receptacles, switches, etc. Bids are subject to Equal Employment Opportunities, bonding requirements and other bidding and contract requirements as set forth in the construction documents. Bids will be received until 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at the Woonsock- et Housing Authority, 679 Social Street, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, 02895, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud. Bids shall be accompanied by a Bid Deposit that is not less than five percent (5%) of the bid amount and made payable to the Woonsocket Housing Authority. Bid Forms and Bid Documents will be available for pick-up, in PDF format on compact disc (CD) beginning Monday, November, 11, 2019 at the office of the Architect, William Starck Architects, Inc., 126 Cove Street, Fall River, Massachusetts, 02720, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. A deposit for Bidding Documents is required in the form of certified or cashier's check in the amount of Forty Dollars ($40.00) per CD, payable to the Woonsocket Housing Authority. This deposit will be refunded upon return of the CD in good condition within ten (10) days of the bid opening. Otherwise, the deposit shall become the property of the Woonsocket Housing Authority. Bidders requesting Contract Documents to be mailed to them shall include a separate check for Thirty Five Dollars ($35.00) per set, payable to William Starck Architects, Inc., to cover mailing and handling costs. If mailed, bids shall be sent to the Woonsocket Housing Authority, 679 Social Street, Woon- socket, Rhode Island, 02895 and received no later than the date and time specified above. A Pre-bid conference is scheduled for 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the project site, 2 Bourdon Boulevard, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, 02895. Meet at the Administration/ Maintenance building. Bids are subject to prevailing wage rates as determined by the U.S. Secretary of Labor. The Woonsocket Housing Authority reserves the right to reject any or all bids or to waive any informalities in the bidding if it be in the public interest to do so. WOONSOCKET HOUSING AUTHORITY Robert R. Moreau, Executive Director AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER TOWN OF NORTH PROVIDENCE ZONING BOARD 2000 Smith Street, North Providence, RI 02911 (401) 233-1419 PUBLIC NOTICE AND AGENDA Notice is hereby given that the North Providence Zoning Board of Review will be in session at the North Providence Town Hall, Council Chambers, 2000 Smith Street, North Providence, RI on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. when all persons interested will be heard for or against the granting of the following Applications under Article V of the Zoning Ordinance: 1. Pledge of Allegiance, Roll Call, Approval of minutes 2. Variance Request LOCATION: 76 Charlotte St. AP 001 AL225 SIZE: 10,361 sq.ft. ZONING: Residential General (RG) OWNER: Guerino Pontarelli APPLICANT: Guerino Pontarelli PROPOSAL: Variance to park commercial vehicles with gross vehicle weight >9,500 lbs in a Residential District VARIANCES: Section 407, 501 and Section 714 By Order of the Zoning Board of Review c/o Michael A. Carnevale, Zoning Official APPLICATIONS ARE ON FILE FOR REVIEW IN THE PLANNING & ZONING DEPARTMENT, LOCATED AT 2000 SMITH STREET, N. PROVIDENCE. INDIVIDUALS REQUESTING INTERPRETER SERVICE FOR THE HEARING-IMPAIRED MUST NOTIFY THE TOWN CLERK AT (401) 232-0900 SEVENTY-TWO (72) HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE HEARING.

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