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The North Providence Breeze 01-08-2020

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2 NORTH PROVIDENCE JANUARY 8-14, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION to do one more term," he said. "I'm having a good time." The mayor, 73, said he has some additional loose ends to complete before retiring, and says another four years would allow him to complete those tasks, which include develop- ing a new animal shelter and making some improvements in local neigh- borhoods, particularly with added recreation spaces. "I love what I do," he said. "We're making a difference." Among Lombardi's biggest achievements, he says, are the acqui- sition and improvement of the Camp Meehan space as a town park and bringing the town back from finan- cial disaster to be on its best financial footing in many years. Lombardi defeated then-interim Mayor John Sisto back in 2007 and has won three elections since then, withstanding his only seri- ous challenge in 2016 when Kristen Catanzaro took him on in a primary and took home 38 percent of the vote. He ran unopposed in the elections of 2008 and 2012. MAYOR From Page One The town has a $99 million budget now that requires extensive experi- ence to manage, said Autiello, and who's to say that budget won't grow in the future. "You have to have qualified peo- ple," he said. The council agreed last year to consider the matter in January 2020, which is what members are doing now, he added. As department head salaries increase, the gap continues to widen, meaning the mayor is making "significantly less money" than several department heads, said Autiello. Public safety overtime pay has also pushed a number of police and fire- fighters into the same tier or better than the mayor, he said. PAY From Page One Local students advance to First Lego League qualifier EAST PROVIDENCE – Teams from Pawtucket, Central Falls and Lincoln did well in the First Lego League qualifying tournament, held at Martin Middle School on Dec. 7. During the day-long event, judges rank teams in categories includ- ing core values, project and robot design. The teams' rank in the robot game is equally weighted with the three judged categories to determine which teams advance to the state championship and/or win awards. The First Lego League City Shapers State Championship is Saturday, Jan. 11, at Roger Williams University in Bristol. Bay View Academy's S.M.A.R.T., an all girls team, won the Champion's Award, the event's top prize, at the Dec. 7 tournament. The 2nd place Champion Award went to Sky Makers, of Our Lady of Mercy in East Greenwich. Three local area teams also earned awards and advanced: • The Aztecs, a team from Goff Middle School in Pawtucket won the Project Award, placed second in the Robot Game, and advanced to the state championship. • The Brick Crafters, a commu- nity-based team in Lincoln, won first place in the robot game and advanced to the state champion- ship. • The Expired Cabbage Bushels from Ricci Middle School, North Providence, advanced to the finals. North Providence Library offering census information, Harry Potter night NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Union Free Library, 1810 Mineral Spring Ave., announces the following events. • Census Informational Events: Learn more about flexible, part-time jobs with the U.S. Census Bureau. Drop in between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Mondays, Jan. 13 and 27, and Tuesday, Jan. 21. • Messy Makers: Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. through March 26. Open to ages 2-5. Registration is required. • Baby & Me Storytime: Mondays at 10:20 a.m., Jan. 13-March 23. Open to ages birth to 24 months. Listen to stories, sing songs and meet other caregivers. Registration is required. • Terrific Tuesdays Storytime: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., Jan. 14-March 24. Open to ages 2-5. Read stories, sing songs and make a craft to take home. Registration is required. • Wonderful Wednesdays Storytime: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Open to ages 2-5, Jan. 15-March 25. Read stories, sing songs and make a craft to take home. Registration is required. • Lego Builders: Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. Drop in for weekly building challenges. Open to students in grades K and up. • Pickle the Read Dog: Monday, Jan. 13, 4:15-5:15 p.m. Bring a book from home or select one from the shelves to read with Pickle. He loves listening to children practice their reading skills. Open to all ages. Registration is required. • Waffle Wednesday: Jan. 15 at 2:30 p.m. Open to ages 13 and up. The library will supply all the ingredients and waffle irons to make waffles. • Harry Potter Night: Friday, Feb. 7, 6-8 p.m. Open to all ages. This year's theme is the Tri-Wizard Tournament. Families are welcome, though young children may be scared by some parts. Registration is required. Call 401-353-5600, ext. 5. Do you like to read The Valley Breeze? Then please shop with our advertisers, and tell them 'I saw it in The Breeze!' NO REASON TO GO WITHOUT "Edentulism" is the absence or complete loss of all of a person's natural "dentition" (teeth). While tooth loss had long been considered a natural part of the aging process, advances in oral care and treatment have led to the understanding that tooth loss need not be inevitable. By 1996, only one percent of 25-to 34-year-olds were edentulous, compared to 44 percent of those aged 75 or over. It has been estimated that by 2024, only ten percent of Americans age 65 to 74 will be edentulous, compared to nearly 28 percent in 1988 to 1991. 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