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The North Providence Breeze 12-11-2019

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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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE JENNIFER BEAUDETTE, left, introduces NANCY DELSIGNORE, both of North Providence, to some of the many different scented essential oils she is selling at the North Providence Holiday Bazaar held at the town library last Saturday. See more photos on Page 4. Scent-sational bazaar offerings NORTH PROVIDENCE – A new drone program set to launch in town will serve numerous functions, says Communications Director Ralph Nahigian, adding a new level of safety for workers and residents. The drone with camera will mainly be used for search and rescues and other public safety functions, he said, including finding a missing person in a wooded area or tracking down a suspect in a park. Police officers will use it to recover evidence and reconstruct accidents. A significant portion of the drone program's work will feature survey- ing, including property inspections, mapping, measurements, and check- ing buildings for safety, including measuring snow loads on roofs, said Nahigian. The program will run under the Communications Department but be utilized to a great degree by police and fire for public safety needs, he told The North Providence Breeze. The drone will have a certi- fied pilot and two other employ- ees responsible for its operation. The total cost for the program is $17,000, much of which has come By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com NAHIGIAN See DRONES, Page 15 CUMBERLAND – The increas- ing price tag of being a plow driver is hurting local communities in the form of higher costs and slower responses to storms, say area officials, who are looking for new and creative ways to address the situation. Cumberland Highway Supt. Frank Stowik told The Breeze that recent hikes to insurance rates, bringing the total to $4,000 or more, plus the increasing cost of buying a plow and having it installed on a pickup truck, Officials: Lack of plows leading to delays, higher costs By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See PLOWS, Page 15 NORTH PROVIDENCE – A long- time Centredale businessman says he'll do everything in his power to make sure customers of a new proposed res- taurant business, Centredale Revival Co., don't park in his lot if that com- pany gets all of its approvals needed to open. Anthony Costanzo, of Rhode Island Billiard, Bar & Bistro at 2026 Smith St., is threatening to buy a tow truck and have it on standby if and when Shane Piche opens his restaurant across the street. "You're not going to park in my lot," he says. He and other business owners in the Centredale parking feud escalates By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See PARKING, Page 14 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE DECEMBER 11-17, 2019 www.jaswellsfarm.com OPEN DAILY 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 50 Swan Road, Smithfield 231-9043 JASWELL'S FARMSTAND & BAKERY Gourmet Apples Fruit & Gift Baskets Holiday Pies Holiday Pies q q Over 20 varieties available - place your orders early! OPEN Daily until December 24th Our own caramel, chocolate & caramel, and Gourmet Apples featured on Food Network and in Yankee Magazine. Fresh Cider Donuts, Pastries, AND MUCH MORE! CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH JASWELL'S Delivery & Shipping Available Send your loved ones a piece of Smithfield 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 Wishing the Community Happy Holidays! Town's new drone program will aid search and rescues, public safety

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