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The North Providence Breeze 12-04-2019

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 – A proposal for a new restaurant in Centredale, which would take up the last available liquor license, is draw- ing opposition from one neighbor who says he doesn't want the town to approve any more such licenses. Anthony Costanzo, of Rhode Island Billiard, Bar & Bistro on Smith Street next to Town Hall, showed up for a Town Council meeting on Nov. 25 to protest the plan for Shane Piche's nearby new Centredale Revival Co., citing concerns over parking for the establishment at 2031 Smith St., the recognizable triangular building locat- ed at the far western end of Mineral Spring Avenue. Council President Dino Autiello told The Breeze prior to a previ- ously unexpected sec- ond hearing on Piche's licenses on Tuesday, Dec. 3, that he expect- ed the proposal to pass, subject to Piche receiving approval of a parking plan from zoning officials. Piche, who is a member of the town's Planning Board and a devel- oper with three properties on Smith Street in Centredale, said he planned to submit his parking plan on Monday, Dec. 2. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Rhode Island got its first snowfall of the season this week. VICTOR RODRIQUEZ, of Providence, uses a snowblower to clear a sidewalk along Mineral Spring Avenue on Monday. He says he accepts the snow as a part of living in New England. His family originally came from a much warmer Dominican Republic. See more photos on Page 11. Clearing out PICHE See PARKING, Page 6 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town is seeking to add five new full-time positions as a plan for the merging of emergency dispatching services with Pawtucket proceeds. North Providence Communications Director Ralph Nahigian confirmed that the effort to add more personnel coincides with the ongoing discussions on a finalized agreement with the neigh- boring city. The estimated combined cost sav- ings of merging services between the communities has been tabbed at $300,000 or more. Officials first announced they were in discus- sions on joint services at North Providence's new public safety com- plex last month. According to North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi, the town's state-of-the-art new dispatch- ing center could also accommo- date further merging with one or NP looks to hire five new dispatchers for planned merger with Pawtucket By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See DISPATCHERS, Page 4 NORTH PROVIDENCE – During her years at North Providence High School and as leader of the North Providence Mayor's Youth Commission, Vanessa García Polanco always had an interest in food and how it impacts the com- munity, including organizing the North Providence Farmers Market and North Providence Business Expo. NPHS grad García Polanco is James Beard scholarship winner By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See POLANCO, Page 8 OUR ANNUAL LOOK AT THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE DECEMBER 4-10, 2019 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. Lombardi Medical Associates LLC Wellesley Medical Building 1515 Smith Street, Suite M, North Providence, RI 02911 401-228-8775 Anthony J. Lombardi, Jr., MD Internal Medicine Bid for town's last liquor license drives questions about parking in The Valley in The Valley INSIDE

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