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The North Providence Breeze 11-13-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 13-19, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE 7 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The owner of the Hopscotch Room and Tumblesalts Café says he wants to make it clear that his $10,000 offer to the town for the old E.A. Brayton School was not an attempt to be cheap, but took into account the great cost of rehabbing the old structure near his complex. Brad Aubin said he'd been told to offer $1 for the property as the only bidder to restore it, but wanted to make a reasonable offer that showed he was serious. He says his estimates are that it would cost him $596,000 to convert the old building into a modern marketplace and residential building. The Breeze reported last week that Mayor Charles Lombardi planned to put a new sign on the building off Mineral Spring Avenue to see if the town can secure more than $10,000 for the building. Adding to the cost of doing this project, emphasizes Aubin, is that the Historic District Commission "wants it to be a certain way," and the per- son who restores it will take on extra expense to comply. Asked if he would still be interested in buying the building if the town isn't able to get a higher offer, Aubin said officials would have to tell him what they want. What typically happens in a case such as this is that the seller comes back with a counteroffer and has some dialogue, he said. The mayor did not inform him that he wasn't taking his offer prior to it being reported in The Breeze, he said. Aubin says he envisions a "market square" type of development simi- lar to Faneuil Hall in Boston where people shop, listen to music and enjoy artists' work. Tumblesalts owner addresses rejected offer for the old Brayton School By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com North Providence Police host Military Appreciation Breakfast NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Police Department held a Military Appreciation Breakfast on Oct. 25 at the new Public Safety Complex. The break- fast was a small gesture to display the department's appreciation and support for those members who have served or currently are serving in our nation's armed forces, said Chief David Tikoian. During the first quarter of 2019, North Providence Police Sgt. Rodney Moreau, a major in the Rhode Island Army National Guard, returned after a yearlong deploy- ment to Baghdad, Iraq, with a Special Operations Joint Task Force in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Within weeks of welcom- ing Moreau back to the department, another officer, Patrol Officer Keith Rowe, an infantry officer assigned to a rifle company, had been placed on orders and activated by the National Guard for a one-year deployment overseas. "Without question, having a mem- ber of the department activated and deployed for an extended period of time does affect the agency opera- tionally with a staffing shortage and overtime costs," said Tikoian. "However, I'm sure most would agree as I do that those issues are insignificant compared to the sac- rifices these citizen soldiers make on behalf of our town, state and Members of the U.S. ARMY RECRUITMENT COMPANY and members of the DAV 107TH SIGNAL COMPANY, based out of Mt. Pleasant in Providence, pose together at the North Providence MIlitary Appreciation Breakfast on Oct. 25. See APPRECIATION, Page 12

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