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The North Providence Breeze 4-3-13

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A Valley Breeze Newspaper APRIL 3-9, 2013 FREE Breeze The north providence Rock of Ages The Gift of Music Blurred Vision band members enjoy getting back in the rhythm. LIVING 14 Ricci students receive instruments after winning essay contest. PAGE 6 @ "Like" us on valleybreeze.com Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Face-full of fun at pie auction Officials nearing decision to add speed bump on Smith Street By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com Breeze photo by Elise Manahan Greystone Elementary School students vied for pies last Thursday during the school's first ever pie auction. School custodian Ed Broccoli, left, had the last pie of the evening thrown in his face by his boys after it was auctioned off for $23.50. Broccoli's youngest son Nicholas, 5, lets out a laugh as his dad tries to wipe pie filling off his face. See more photos on page 7. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Hitting a speed bump at 40 probably won't feel so good. Town officials, intent on calming traffic along the troublesome Smith Street/Route 44 corridor in the village of Centredale, have narrowed their search for an answer almost exclusively to a small strip of raised pavement. Mayor Charles Lombardi told The Breeze that speeding cars and limited visibility are teaming up to create dangerous situations every day along the stretch. A speed bump out in front of Town Hall would surely slow down drivers who are sometimes hitting 40 miles an hour or more in a 25-milean-hour zone, said Lombardi. "Forty is really moving," said the mayor. "We're getting close to putting a bump out there." Experts last fall completed a "traffic calming evaluation" of the Centredale stretch of Smith Street and deemed it a dangerSee BUMP, Page 4 Both thumbs up, thumbs down for new fingerprint time clock By MEGHAN KAVANAUGH Valley Breeze Staff Writer meghan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – While considered a "replacement in-kind," new time clocks with a fingerprint sign-in fea- ture may be too different for school employees to handle. All hourly employees, including secretaries, custodians and crossing guards, are required to clock in and out each day, but some are not comfortable with using the new biometrics technology. Linda Malloy, North Providence High School guidance secretary, spoke to the School Committee at its meeting on March 27 about the staff's trepidations with the new system. "The girls are upset about it because they don't feel their Awarded as Smithfield's #1 Hearing Practice ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. fingerprints should be anywhere," she said. "I understand you can use this time clock with a swipe card or number code. The girls don't have a problem punching in a number." School Committee member Roderick DaSilva agreed. "The thumbprint is invasive," he said. "There's got to be a better way to do this." School Committee member Gina Picard said while the technology is new, many businesses are using biometrics to See CLOCK, Page 12

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