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The North Providence Breeze 11-26-2019

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8 NORTH PROVIDENCE NOVEMBER 26-DECEMBER 3, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION Senior Patrol Leader COLLIN RODERICK deliv- ers a wreath to CAROLYN SGAMBATO of North Providence. NORTH PROVIDENCE – A fourth player has entered the fray in the battle to see who will buy the town's former public safety complex building at 1967 Mineral Spring Ave., says Mayor Charles Lombardi. "It seems like every day there's another $100,000 for the town," he said. Lombardi, who isn't going into details on potential uses for the old building or how much money the sale of the complex would bring, said he wouldn't describe this as a bidding war, but told The Breeze, "It's interesting as to the numbers that are coming in for the property." He added, "The proposals that are coming forth are putting taxpayers in a better position." The mayor said the offers being fielded for the complex are certainly helpful in his goal of offering a bud- get with no tax increase next spring. "That's my goal," he said. "My goal is to get relief for the taxpayers whenever I can." Though a zero-increase budget is in his sights, said the mayor, he's not going to get anyone's hopes up all these months in advance. A $75 million bond to upgrade the town's schools changed the equation a bit when it comes to future taxes, he said, but the town continues to pur- sue every possible source of revenue to offset any added burden. Lombardi recalled how the sale of this property was even possible to begin with. He and other town offi- cials went to the U.S. Department of Justice multiple times seeking a waiv- er to allow the Fire Department to be included with police in a new public safety complex funded through a 2012 police settlement with Google. If fire had to stay in the old location, the town wouldn't have been able to sell it and it would have been dif- ficult to find a tenant to fill the empty space vacated by police, said the mayor. "Who else is going to rent the remaining square footage with the Fire Department there?" he said. "When the Justice Department gave us that, I knew we were going to have a windfall of revenue for the taxpay- ers. I saw that a long time ago." The mayor has said he expects to get more than $2 million for the for- mer safety complex building. Also helping the tax picture next year is the recent signing of a $15,000-a-month lease with the Center for Individualized Training & Education, or CITE, at the former Marieville Elementary School on the opposite end of Mineral Spring Avenue from the old safety complex. Valued at $1.42 million in the town's tax database, the former safety complex covers about 19,000 square feet. Built in 1974 on 1.6 acres of land, it has a large gated rear park- ing lot, fire engine bays, and the municipal gas pumps out back. The gas pumps would likely be moved as part of any sale to a private com- pany. Lombardi has said he will go to the council for approval on a final sale and use for the property. Lombardi: Intensifying interest in old safety complex good for taxpayers By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com LOMBARDI 'My goal is to get relief for the taxpayers whenever I can.' MAYOR CHARLES LOMBARDI North Providence NP author Caranci releases new book NORTH PROVIDENCE – Author Paul F. Caranci released his 10th book, "Heavenly Portrait: The Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe." "Heavenly Portrait: The Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe" is the story of God's Divine Providence, the birth of Catholicism in the Americas, and an image so miraculous that "for 500 years it has withstood destructive natural elements, physical abuse, wars and intentional attempts at destruction, to remain a sign of the strength and power of God's love for all people and the appointment of His Blessed Mother as protector of all mankind," Caranci explained. "All that is needed to absorb its power is an open mind and heart." Caranci has written 10 books, four of which have won critical acclaim. His last two books, "The Promise of Fatima: One Hundred Years of History, Mystery and Faith" (2018) and "I Am the Immaculate Conception: The Story of Bernadette of Lourdes" (2019), were each named finalists in the International Book Awards held in Los Angeles in May of 2018 and 2019 respectively. Copies of "Heavenly Portrait: The Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe," as well as any of his previous books, may be purchased at Stillwater Books, 175 Main St., Pawtucket, at many other area book- stores, and online at Amazon by searching by title and/or author. Signed copies of the new book may be obtained by mailing a check for $20, free shipping, to Paul Caranci, 26 East Ave., North Providence, RI 02911, or contacting the author at municipalheritage@ gmail.com . Local Scouts selling wreaths for fundraiser NORTH PROVIDENCE – Troop and Pack 5 North Providence will be selling fresh Christmas wreaths as a part of their annual fundraising efforts. The door wreaths, at 12 inches inside diam- eter, are $15 each, and the wall wreaths, 18 inches inside diameter, will cost $25. All wreaths come with a handcrafted bow and will be delivered by local Scouts any- where in northern Rhode Island over the next few weeks. All the proceeds from this fundraiser go directly to help children go camping through- out the year and summer. To order wreaths or for more information on scouting, call or text Scoutmaster Joe Riccitelli at 401-837-6421 or email scoutinginNP@gmail. com. On Nov. 9, North Providence High School held a TEACHER APPRECIATION CEREMONY during halftime at the NPHS football game. Senior athletes from the cheerleading, dance, and football teams chose a teacher who had a positive impact on their lives during their four years at North Providence High School. Each athlete honored their teacher by escorting them onto the field during the halftime ceremony. The following teachers that were honored are listed from left to right in the picture. Rebecca Volpe, Sheila Pilla, Deborah Giammarco, Lindsay Bedard, Jennifer Goulding, Giana Nassi, Alicia Charpentier, Allison Ambrose, Deana Capaldi-Moore, Taylor Rabbit, Crystal Bozigan, Michael Cicerone, Dean Garganese, Jason Ryan, Deanna Parrillo. Teachers honored, but not pictured Glenn Williams, Rob Bello, Michael Tuorto, David Andreozzi, Brendon Vallee, Madonna Thompson, and Ryan Clinton. • Stuffed Shrimp • Clams Casino • Stuffies • Mushrooms • Scallops/ Bacon • Crab Cakes • Stuffed Scrod • 1/2 Stuffed Lobster • Stuffed Sole Quality Seafood Since 1982 Full Line of Bake & Serve Appetizers and Entrées NORTH PROVIDENCE 1702 Mineral Spring Ave. 353-6350 WARWICK 1 Centerville Road 738-6762 EBT OPEN 7 DAYS CLAM BAKES with LOBSTER! Just add water & steam! Advance Orders LIVE HARD SHELL LOBSTERS! All sizes available. Cooked & stuffed. Quality, Certified SHELLFISH •Steamers •Quahogs •Littlenecks •Oysters FISH & CHIPS Take Out Every Friday Whole Belly Clams, too!

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