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The North Providence Breeze 11-26-2019

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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As chief, Martins plans to enhance neighborhood engagement BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE SUSAN PALUMBO, once a student at James L. McGuire Elementary School, in North Providence, was honored with a Book Nook in her memory at the school's library in a dedication cer- emony held there last Saturday. Susan died in 2017 at Brigham and Women's Hospital at the age of 54. She was the valedictorian of her high school class and an honors graduate from Harvard and Simmons Colleges. Attending the dedication were, from left, McGuire Principal BRUCE BUTLER, Susan's cousin, ANN FLANNERY, Susan's sister MARY PALUMBO, illustrator GINA TRIPODI, who worked on a children's book with Susan, and Susan's sister JANE SHEEHAN. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Last Saturday morning, members of the community and those closest to the late Susan Palumbo gathered at McGuire Elementary School's new library to dedicate a reading nook in her memory. Friends and family of Palumbo said they couldn't think of a better way to memorialize this "lifelong learner" who had a deep love of reading. Palumbo had attended McGuire, was North Providence High School's 1980 valedictorian, and went on to graduate with honors from Harvard and earn a master's degree from Simmons College. She stayed rooted to her home in North Providence, remaining strongly connected to her family and friends in the community. In 1999, she was diagnosed with polycythemia vera, a rare blood can- cer. After seven years, that turned into bone marrow cancer, or myelo- fibrosis. In January of 2017, Palumbo McGuire reading nook dedicated to former teacher By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See NOOK, Page 15 NP football team visits Smithfield in 49th annual Thanksgiving Day game NORTH PROVIDENCE – It's been a difficult season for the North Providence High football team, but the Cougars will look to wrap it up with back-to-back victories on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. when they take on neighboring Smithfield in the 49th meeting of their Thanksgiving Day rivalry at the Sentinels' Boyle Athletic Complex. The Cougars will enter this game with a 3-7 overall record that includes a 1-6 mark in Division III play. Their league victory came on Oct. 4 on their Homecoming See GAME, Page 15 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE NOVEMBER 26-DECEMBER 3, 2019 Family Owned Since 1926 $100 Off New Gas Boiler or Furnace LIC. #RIMP882 • One Day Gas & Oil Boiler Replacements • Same Day Gas & Electric Water Heater Replacements • Boiler Repairs & Maintenance • HVAC Service & Replacements • All Work Guaranteed Call NOW to get your Gas Boiler or Furnace ready for winter. Happy Thanksgiving Serving Our Community The Law Office of Kenneth J. Amoriggi 984 Charles Street North Providence, RI 401-722-3777 www.amoriggilaw.com Personal Injury Family Law Landlord Tenant Law Immigration Labor & Employment Law Real Estate Law Debt Collection Former Pawtucket cop sees opportunity for fine-tuning NORTH PROVIDENCE – In many ways, Deputy Chief Arthur Martins is a carbon copy of outgoing Chief David Tikoian, from sharing a hometown of Smithfield to their affable leadership styles. But make no mistake about Martins despite his good-natured vibe, said Mayor Charles Lombardi when he came to the department at the start of 2018; he's a "good street cop" who earned his stripes on the streets of neighboring Pawtucket, where he also learned to be a great administrator. Lombardi told command staff last week that Martins would be the new chief and there would be no search to replace Tikoian, who is retiring. Martins will officially start his tenure as chief on Jan. 1. "From my perspective, Maj. Martins is the perfect fit for the department," said Tikoian at that time. "He is an experienced, well respected law enforcement profes- sional sharing my leadership philoso- phy and vision for the department." And Tikoian hasn't changed that tune in the nearly two years since, telling The Breeze for a story last week that Martins will bring a seamless transition to a department that's made such strides, bringing com- By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com MARTINS See MARTINS, Page 4

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