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The North Providence Breeze 11-20-2019

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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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 20-26, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE 3 AT THE LIBRARY NP Union Free Library announces upcoming programs NORTH PROVIDENCE – The Mayor Salvatore Mancini Union Free Public Library and Cultural Center, 1810 Mineral Spring Ave., announced its upcoming programs starting with the Last Friday of the Month Book Club on Friday, Nov. 22, at 11 a.m. The other programs include: • Documentary Film with a show- ing of "In My Mother's House" by Lina Fruzzetti and Akos Ostor on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m. Meet Liza Fruzzetti as she shares the history of her American-Eritrean- Italian family. Sponsored by the Italian Language Meetup. All are welcome. • Crafternoons for grades K-2 on Monday, Nov. 25, from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Join the library to make a fun craft project to take home. Registration is required. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Believing that it's important for his Legendary Boxing and Fitness to give back to the community it now does business in, owner and boxer Jarrod Tillinghast said he decided to start col- lecting food for a Thanksgiving drive. "Someone called and asked me if we were doing something to feed people," he said, and he thought that was a great idea. Through his social media efforts and dealings with walk-in traffic, Tillinghast collected 35 turkeys in two days last week, including 10 from Mayor Charles Lombardi. Friends and customers have brought in numerous food items, all with the intent to give people a full Thanksgiving dinner. He's working with Tri-County Community Action to distribute the food to families in need. "I think we can feed 100 families, maybe more," he said. Items are being stored at his Smith Street location, except for turkeys which the owners of Royal Fried Chicken generously agreed to keep in their freezer, said Tillinghast. The effort ends on Nov. 23, when everyone is invited to come together to pack up and distribute the food. Lombardi, Supt. Joseph Goho and School Committee members, mem- bers of the Police Department, Town Council members, USA Boxing, Curreri Collision, Lifespan and others have been helping with the collection. Donated gift cards will be used to buy more food. His mantra, says Tillinghast, is to be the change we want to see in the world. Legendary Boxing is about using one's hands for good, he said, so everyone's using their hands to chip in here. Tillinghast looks to punch out hunger with Thanksgiving drive By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor NORTH PROVIDENCE – A pend- ing agreement between the town of North Providence and neighboring city of Pawtucket would potentially save the two communities a combined $300,000 or more, say officials. Pawtucket will be sharing dispatch resources with North Providence in the coming months, said Wilder Arboleda, spokesman for Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien. "This will improve the overall efficien- cies and responses to all emergency calls related to the fire departments," he said. The two communities have been in talks for some time about ways to share emergency services. Pawtucket has long needed upgrades to its dispatch center, according to Grebien. "The city of Pawtucket continues to prioritize and improve the public ser- vices for our residents," said Arboleda. "These shared services will support the long-needed improvements to the dis- patch center. The city is in the process of finalizing some of the specifics with (North Providence) and other parties to finalize the agreement." The agreement would likely mean Pawtucket paying a fee to North Providence for hosting the services at the town's new public safety complex on Mineral Spring Avenue, said North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi. Communications Director Ralph Nahigian is in the process of drafting up a report on the proposal for combined services, he said. When a formal announcement is ready, says Lombardi, he'll have more exact numbers on how much each community will save through sharing services. Lombardi says the new North Providence Public Safety Complex was built with the idea that it could accommodate some services for other departments. He says the state-of-the-art dispatch center has space for one or two additional communities. Other efforts to regionalize services in North Providence have included a shared animal control facility and shared gun range, both with neighbor- ing Johnston. Town would see savings in joint dispatch By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor JARROD TILLINGHAST

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