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The North Providence Breeze 4-3-13

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4 North Providence Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ABOUT US The North Providence Breeze is a locally owned newspaper Office location: 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Closed weekends and holidays. Call us: 401-334-9555 Fax: 401-334-9994 Online: www.valleybreeze.com READER SERVICES DO YOU HAVE A STORY IDEA? Contact Ethan Shorey at ethan@valleybreeze.com or call 401-334-9555, ext. 130. 24-hour, 7-day voice mail. ADVERTISING Call Sales Director Karen Buckley at 401-334-9555, ext. 127 or e-mail kbuckley@valleybreeze.com. CLASSIFIEDS Place ads at valleybreeze.com, or call 401-334-9555 during office hours. NEWS BRIEFS AND CALENDAR EVENTS Let others know about events sponsored by your non-profit organization, church or school. • Deadline: Friday at noon. • Submit: We prefer receiving news via e-mail. Send yours to news@ valleybreeze.com. You may also fax or mail your item. Receipt does not guarantee publication. 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APRIL 3-9, 2013 | valley breeze | north providence edition North Providence Business Expo will be held April 16 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Small Business Expo will be held on Tuesday, April 16, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Tri-Town Community Center, 33 Maple St. Members of the North Providence Youth Commission and the Office of the Mayor have been gathering information from business owners and managers on their key goals and concerns. Workshops at the Business Expo will run for 30 minutes each. Information tables will be open throughout. Tables will be represented by the Small Business Administration, Department of Labor and Training, Center for Women and Enterprise, Goodwill Industries, the North Central Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club and Citizens Bank. Information on how to start a business in North Providence will be offered at another table. The following is the schedule for the Business Expo: • 8 a.m. – Opening assembly, followed by words from North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi and then Deborah Ramos, president of the North Central Chamber of Commerce. • 8:30 a.m. - Growing your business • 9 a.m. - Business regulations • 9:30 a.m. - Business taxes • 10 a.m. - Financial balance • 10:30 a.m. - Developing a marketing plan • 11 a.m. – Making your business green • Noon – conclusion Speakers have been asked to stay for the entire Business Expo so that business owners who do not wish to attend the workshops can ask questions directly. Refreshments will be served. Business owners are asked to confirm their attendance by April 12. Call Jeannie Vickers at 401-519-1937 to do so. Visit www.northprovidenceri.gov . Those who don't wish to register are still invited to stop by. By attending the Business Expo, business owners can win one of a number of prizes, including: • A six-month membership to the North Central Chamber of Commerce • An article about the winning business in a local magazine • A financial balance consultation • A website development consultation • A digital business card All individuals that provide any service to the small business community are welcome to attend. BUMP be approved by the DOT, said Lombardi, his administration will meet with state officials this week in an effort to come to a final decision on adding a speed bump or other trafficcalming measures. Town officials originally asked the DOT to investigate issues along the corridor, including speeding problems and areas of limited visibility. Engineers from the DOT and VHB conducted their review from the portion of Smith Street between the Woonasquatucket River, on the town line with Johnston, and Woonasquatucket Avenue, at the Centredale roundabout. The section includes Town Hall and dozens of businesses, and residential neighborhoods back up to those buildings. Among the concerns raised by the review team last fall are: • High speeds along the corridor • Lack of adequate pedestrian crossings • Limited sight distance for vehicles turning out of Steere Avenue Next, the team proposed a variety of measures to address the safety concerns, grouping them into short-term and intermediate/long-term categories. Some of the main overall fixed proposed are: • To narrow travel lanes with new striping and/or curb extension "bump-outs" at specific locations • To install a raised crosswalk and/or speed hump/bump to calm traffic • To install or enhance pedestrian warning signage and speed limit signs throughout the corridor • To consider pedestrian warning technologies such as a HAWK signal or rectangular rapid flashing beacon at the crosswalk "While short term suggestions, like signing and pavement markings, can be expected to enhance safety along the corridor, the installation of bump-outs along the corridor may have the greatest benefit, as they appear to address the greatest number of issues, such as reducing pedestrian crossing width and subsequently pedestrian exposure, narrowing the roadway to 'calm' traffic speeds, reducing obstructions between motorists and pedestrians crossing, and providing improved visibility of signing treatments placed on bumpouts," states the report. But Lombardi contends that motorists "don't pay attention" to "bump-outs," extra signs or street stripes. If anything, the sidewalk bump-outs that have already been installed over the years may be leading to an even more dangerous situation, he said. A speed bump would be a sure way to get everyone's attention and achieve the desired goal, to reduce speed and force motorists to think about public safety, said Lombardi. From Page One ous route in need of significant improvements. The report drafted by engineers from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin identifies safety issues along the corridor, as well as short-term and longer-term ways to fix the traffic safety problems. State engineers agreed with a recommendation for a speed bump on the busy state road that runs into Providence. Police have been asked to maintain a regular presence along the roadway, according to Lombardi. "It's really a dangerous situation, not only for taxpayers coming into Town Hall but for customers of the businesses there," said the mayor. "We need to do something about it." Lombardi told The Breeze that several pedestrians, including some town employees, have come close to being hit in recent weeks, adding to the urgency of finding a solution. Since Smith Street is a state road and any changes have to NOW OPEN Salina nails salon FREE Nail Design With any Manicure. Until May 1st $5.00 Off Gel Color 1955 Smith St., North Providence, RI 401-349-5713 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9:30am-7pm Sat. 9am-6pm; Sun. 10am-5pm RECYCLING ATTENTION NORTH PROVIDENCE RESIDENTS SPRING CLEAN UP PROGRAM STARTS APRIL 1, 2013 NEW – NEW – NEW – NEW April 1, 2013 thru May 31, 2013 weekly pick-up STARTING JUNE 10th thru SEPTEMBER 30th YARD WASTE WILL BE PICKED UP ON A BI-WEEKLY BASIS SUBSCRIPTIONS The Valley Breeze may be delivered anywhere in the United States, in an envelope, by First Class mail only. The cost is $189 per year, or $4 per week. Phone 401-334-9555 for details. OCTOBER 1st until DECEMBER 15th ON A WEEKLY BASIS COPYRIGHTS valleybreeze.com or its content may not be linked to any other Web site without the written permission of the publisher. News aggregators that solicit advertising may not link valleybreeze.com. Yard waste must be in biodegradable bags or containers marked yard waste only. Any questions, call 719-1610. NO BIN – NO TRASH POLICY CONTINUES NOTICE TO RESIDENTS OF THE TOWN OF NORTH PROVIDENCE DOG AND CAT OWNERS LICENSES ARE DUE AND PAYABLE DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL. (EXPIRE MAY 1ST OF EVERY YEAR) TO OBTAIN A LICENSE YOU MUST SHOW PROOF OF RABIES INOCULATION. LICENSE FEE: $6.00 Cash or checks payable to Town of North Providence Licenses may be obtained either by mail or in person in the office of the Town Clerk, 2000 Smith Street, North Providence, Rhode Island Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or at the... NORTH PROVIDENCE RABIES INOCULATION CLINIC SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2013 10:00 AM TO 12:00 NOON RECREATION HALL/GOVERNOR NOTTE PARK INOCULATION FEE: $12.00/CASH ONLY, NO PERSONAL CHECKS ACCEPTED Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in carriers. Dog and cat licensing services will be available. FOR THE RESIDENTS OF NORTH PROVIDENCE ONLY. Proof of previous year rabies certification must be shown in order to get 2 year inoculation shot. Mayor Charles A. Lombardi Public Safety Director Mary Ann DeAngelus Town Clerk

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