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The North Providence Breeze 11-26-2019

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4 NORTH PROVIDENCE NOVEMBER 26-DECEMBER 3, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION Help neighbors in need with winter coat drive NORTH PROVIDENCE – The Marieville Neighborhood Partnership, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 13, and North Providence Fire Fighters Local 2334 are partnering up for their first winter coat drive this year. Residents are invited to drop off new or gently used coats at the North Providence Public Safety Complex, any fire station, Fab-You-Us, 1420 Mineral Spring Ave., or Knights of Columbus, 15 Bassett St. The owners of Midway Laundry, 1818 Mineral Spring Ave., have offered to wash all the collected coats before they are distributed. The drive benefits North Providence children and families who need a little extra protection against the cold this season. The community partners will also be donating and distributing new hats, gloves and scarves as part of the charitable effort. Youth and adult clothing items are accepted. The Marieville Neighborhood Partnership and safety unions previ- ously worked together doing a com- munity clean-up and have pledged to continue working together to help the community. From left, PATROLMAN JASON BURLINGAME, FIREFIGHTER CAPT. JAY PETRILLO, LT. THOMAS JONES, LT. MICHEL SCARAMUZZO, and DETECTIVE CHRISTOPHER PETTERUTTI stand next to a winter coat collec- tion bin at the North Providence Public Safety Complex. Police collect 400 pounds of Thanksgiving food donations NORTH PROVIDENCE – Chief David Tikoian is thank- ing members of the department after they collected some 400 pounds of food during this year's Thanksgiving Food Drive, "an incredible amount," he said. Just on Nov. 23 alone, more than 200 pounds of food and eight turkeys were received by depart- ment members who were on hand at Stop & Shop to receive food donations from shoppers. Those efforts will ensure those in the community "living within the margins and in need of assis- tance will be afforded a hearty, nutritious meal this Thanksgiving Day holiday," he said in a memo. "The volunteerism and food donations associated with this food drive is another fine example of the North Providence Police Department's commitment to the community we serve," he said. petent, respected and professional leadership. Martins told The Breeze it wasn't initially a big part of his thought pro- cess to eventually become chief when he came last year, though he came to think more recently that such a promotion was likely. The goal when he first got here, he said, was to help Tikoian reform the department and "get it on some better footing than it was on." "We were on the same page from the beginning," he said of the part- nership with Tikoian, particularly in their thought processes and ide- ologies related to engaging with the community. He said he plans to continue the progress made under Tikoian with community policing and outreach efforts. One area of focus will be on developing more traction with such groups as the new Marieville Neighborhood Partnership. "I'd like to see something like that in different neighborhoods of town," he said, adding that engaged neigh- borhood groups help with watching for crime, improving quality of life, and overall engagement. The goal going forward will be to keep driv- ing that community mindset in both the department and community, he said. Asked how his time in Pawtucket benefits him in coming to a town with less complex crime issues, Martins said he's seen just about everything in the neighboring com- munity and there's nothing that can really take him by surprise. North Providence has seen a reduction in crime the past few years, but there's still a way to go, with certain cat- egories such as property crimes still impacting certain neighborhoods. As he did in Pawtucket, he's plan- ning to continue the effort to elimi- nate crime before it happens. "I'm a firm believer in crime pre- vention," he said. "I would rather prevent crime than solve crime any day." Once people fall victim to criminal activity, they lose faith and live in fear, said Martins. If, working with the community, police can help pre- vent the crime from happening in the first place through simple measures such as adding better lighting or sup- porting a neighborhood crime watch, then they'd prefer that route. Martins, 54, has been married to his wife, Paula, since 1994 and they have two daughters, Kendra and Haley. He enjoys spending time with family, fishing, reading and staying active, including running and spending time in the outdoors, he said. Asked how long he plans to stay in North Providence, he said he sees no reason why he would want to leave, saying he's invested here and loves working with the men and women of the department. "When I first started, I didn't know what to expect," he said, adding that he was pleasantly surprised by the realities of the department compared to some of what he'd read about the department. Local officers had taken a few hits, he said, but they were and are proud of their organization and want to see it thrive. Though he doesn't have to come in and tackle any big-time initia- tives, with a new safety complex in place, the department's 2012 Google winnings also paying for new equip- ment and vehicles, and the depart- ment now receiving accreditation, Martins said he wants to continue fine-tuning operations, including the thought processes within the depart- ment. In addition to having officers be visible in the community, he wants to keep focusing on data-driven approaches to crime and traffic safety. "We want to reduce crime, reduce accidents, and improve the quality of life of all our residents," he said. Martins was a former longtime major in the Pawtucket Police Department, where he worked for 28 years, and later a member of former Attorney Gen. Peter Kilmartin's staff starting in 2015, mostly investigating social security fraud. He was one of seven applicants for the deputy chief job in North Providence, a position he won after rising through the ranks in Pawtucket from patrol officer to detective, sergeant, lieutenant, cap- tain and finally major. He has been responsible for many of the department's day-to-day operations since arriving in North Providence. Martins was the key organizer in the restoration and revitalization of Barton Street in Pawtucket, reducing crime and prostitution in that neigh- borhood. A graduate of Bryant University with a degree in criminal justice, Martins holds a master's degree from Anna Maria College in the admin- istration of justice. He graduated from the FBI National Academy. He served on the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club Strategic Planning Committee, the Blackstone Valley Youth and Family Collaborative, and the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen Board of Directors. He received the 2015 John J. Coen Award for Community Service and Social Justice. North Providence School Department 2240 Mineral Spring Avenue North Providence, RI 02911 Office: 401-233-1100 is soliciting cost proposals for Middle School Spring Supplies and Equipment Requests for proposals will be issued on 12/03/2019 Proposals will be opened at North Providence Central Administration Office on 12/13/2019 @ 10 a.m. Town of North Providence PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the North Providence Town Council will hold a Public Hearing at the North Providence Town Hall, 2000 Smith Street, North Prov- idence, RI 02911 on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 6:30 PM. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to receive public input on a Recreation Development Grant appli- cation for renovations to the Pate Athletic Field Center and Marieville Playground to be submitted to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. At said Hearing opportunity will be given to all interested persons to be heard upon the proposed application. The town's Large Recreational grant request, $400,00, is for the development of Pate Athletic Field; to create a multi-use athletic field, restrooms, concessions, press box, outdoor lighting and parking. The Small Recreational Grant request, $100,000, re: Marieville Playground on Roosevelt Street, #241; to develop a community playground, landscaping, fence and benches. The total project cost is estimated to be $500,000 with a Town match of 20%. All persons interested in the above are requested to be present at the time and place to be heard thereon. Facilities are accessible to handicapped persons. If communication assistance (readers/interpreters/captions) or any other accommo - dation to ensure equal participation is needed, please contact the North Provi- dence's Mayor's office at 401-232-0900, ext. 226 at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the meeting. BY ORDER OF THE TOWN COUNCIL MARTINS From Page One 'I'm a firm believer in crime prevention. I would rather prevent crime than solve crime any day.' DEPUTY CHIEF ARTHUR MARTINS North Providence Police Department

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