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The North Providence Breeze 12-18-2019

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 BILL MURPHY As SANTA CLAUS counts down to the moment the North Providence town Christmas tree will be lit up in Gov. Notte Park Sunday evening, MAYOR CHARLES LOMBARDI lifts up his great nephew, VINCE LANNI, 20 months, of Warwick, for a good view of the lights. See more photos on Page 17 Countdown to Christmas lighting NORTH SMITHFIELD – It seems Santa Claus wasn't the only one mak- ing the rounds in Slatersville on Dec. 24, 1869. On Christmas Eve, 150 years ago next week, Mark Twain paid a visit to the village as part of a trip around New England and New York. Together with a visit to Pawtucket the previous week and stops in Warren and Providence, the visit was one of four Rhode Island stops on his second eastern speaking tour. Though little survives from the visit, what does remain reveals he was far from the famous author he later became. At the time, he was known for his humorous newspaper stories and the speeches he delivered in Mark Twain visits R.I. on Christmas Eve 150 years ago By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See TWAIN, Page 19 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Providence Picture Frame, which markets itself as the largest art and frame store in New England, "with a legendary reputation and heritage" dating back to 1950, is planning a move from Providence to Mineral Spring Avenue in North Providence. The Breeze confirmed that a build- ing permit was pulled for the former Andor's Furniture property at 1350 Mineral Spring Ave., where exten- sive demolition, starting Nov. 27, has already taken place. A copy posted in the window shows that the esti- mated project cost here is $205,000. "We are here at 27 Dryden Lane Providence Picture Frame moving to Andor's space on MSA By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See ANDOR'S, Page 4 NP officials 'sick' over home approved on tiny lot NORTH PROVIDENCE – In an out-of-the-way area of Greystone, not far from the Johnston town line, sits a tiny parcel of land measuring less then 4,000 square feet at the end of a dead-end. This over-developed town might be the only one around where a property such as this would register more than a blip on the potential housing lot scale, an observer assum- ing it's just part of the Greystone Park conservation space behind it. In North Providence, the mini- mum standard to develop a new home under modern rules is 8,000 square feet, but residents over the past two weeks noticed a foundation going in on this 3,800-square-foot North Elmore Avenue property next to the park. The year-long process leading to approval of a new home on the property prompted The North Providence Breeze last week to question town officials about how it all hap- pened. Now some of those officials are asking for a full review of how the town got to this point. Zoning Official Mike Carnevale says the man who initially came By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor Review raising questions about zoning vote See ZONING, Page 11 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE DECEMBER 18-24, 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. For the next two weeks, The North Providence Breeze will arrive on Thursdays, December 26 and January 2. Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE

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