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The North Providence Breeze 11-26-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 26-DECEMBER 3, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE 5 No. Providence Police targeting drunk driving over Thanksgiving holiday NORTH PROVIDENCE – Thanksgiving is a time for spending time with family and friends, say North Providence police, but it's also a time when they're forced to remind people that drinking and driving is not a good holiday combination. The high-visibility national enforce- ment campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, will be employed in the town of North Providence this Thanksgiving, which is one of the heaviest travel times of the year. "We will show zero tolerance for drunk and drugged driving. There will be an increased number of officers on the road conducting enforcement, with the aim to drasti- cally reduce instances of drunk and drugged driving on our roadways," said police in a release. Some of this enforcement effort will be readily apparent, other tactics may not be as visible, they said. "Crashes and fatalities involving impaired drivers continue to plague our communities," said police. "Each one of these could have been prevented if the operator made the right decision to not drive impaired." There has been an increase in the use of marijuana by itself or combined with alcohol and other drugs. In Rhode Island, 34 percent of fatal crashes that occurred in 2018 involved an impaired driver. The national average is 29 percent. "Therefore, the North Providence Police Department wants to remind drivers that drunk and drugged driv- ing is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death," said police. "As you head out this Thanksgiving weekend, remember, 'drive sober or get pulled over.'" Police are reminding citizens of the many resources available to get them home safely. "Drunk driving is not acceptable behavior," said Tikoian. "It is essen- tial to plan a sober ride home before you ever leave your holiday location. We will make zero exceptions for drunk and drugged driving. There are just no excuses, life is too pre- cious." The North Providence Police Department has always put an emphasis on the dangers of impaired driving. Arresting those who are not fit to be operating a motor vehicle has been a priority. Thus far in 2019, the North Providence Police Department has already arrested 67 people for driving under the influence. IN BRIEF NRI Chamber Holiday Open House Dec. 5 LINCOLN – The annual Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce's Holiday Open House will take place on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Twin River Casino Events Center, 100 Twin River Road. Network with friends and col- leagues at this event. Sponsored by the Chamber's Board of Directors and Twin River Casino, the night includes networking, food stations and signature drinks along with a silent auction. A portion of the registra- tion fee will be donated to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. To register visit https://tinyurl. com/uwe56vw . NORTH PROVIDENCE – Crews from a TV show filming scenes across Rhode Island for its upcoming second season will be at the former public safety complex, 1967 Mineral Spring Ave., to film a scene next week. "NOS4A2," pronounced "Nosferatu," was adapted from a mystery/thriller novel by Joe Hill, son of Stephen King. It follows a young New England woman named Vic McQueen, played by Ashleigh Cummings, who uses her supernatu- ral abilities to track the show's villain, Charlie Manx, played by Zachary Quinto. Manx feeds off the souls of children before depositing them in a place called Christmasland, a twisted place of Manx's imagination where every day is Christmas and unhappi- ness is against the law. Mayor Charles Lombardi said he was happy to accommodate the show's production in the now-closed complex, saying he was even able to secure $6,500 to the town for the use of it. Bob Paquette, location assistant for Stalwart Productions, who's working with location manager Alex Berard, told The Breeze that production of the horror adaptation is happening all over the state, and producers liked the former safety complex because it fit the look they were looking for and works well because crews needed an empty building. Filming of the North Providence scene will take place Dec. 3, with setup occurring on Monday of this week. The scene being filmed fea- tures the processing of a criminal in the show. Show producers are getting great feedback from season one after resi- dents recognized numerous Rhode Island locales in "NOS4A2" scenes, said Paquette, including Lincoln Woods, the Providence Athenaeum and various locations in Woonsocket. Production of season two is sched- uled to wrap up in January, said Paquette, with the show scheduled to air on AMC in June of next year. TV show filming will happen at old safety complex By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Upegui earns Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching NORTH PROVIDENCE – David Upegui, a North Providence resident and teacher at Central Falls High School, was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Nominations and awards are facilitated by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation. The individuals and organiza- tions announced in October are 2017 and 2018 awardees. Please join Mayor Lombardi in Welcoming Santa Claus to The Meehan Overlook at Notte Park for the lighting of the Town's Christmas Tree Sun., December 1, 2019 4-6 p.m. 4-4:30 p.m. Holiday Music by North Providence High School Band 4:45 p.m. Santa's Arrival on Fire Truck 5:00 p.m. Lighting of the Town Tree 5:15 p.m. Visits with Santa - Free Photos 4-6:00 p.m. Enjoy refreshments Take a ride on Santa's Sleigh • New or Used Autos (includes refinanced autos from other institutions) • ¼% (.25%) off of qualifying rate (rate is determined by credit worthiness) Members can also save an additional ¼% (.25%) off if loan is paid with BRFCU payroll or automatic transfer • Membership eligibility is required • Please mention this coupon or bring it in to receive the additional savings! www.blackstoneriverfcu.org Main Office 10 Monument Square Woonsocket RI, 02895 (401) 767-1990 Branch Office 100 Old River Rd., Lincoln RI, 02865 (401) 333-0780

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