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The North Providence Breeze 01-15-2020

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NORTH PROVIDENCE – Nearly a year ago, as Mayor Charles Lombardi was plowing the parking lot of his Luxury Cleaners business in Pawtucket around 2 or 3 a.m., he said a resident of Locust Street walked up to him and told him what a great hire he'd made in choosing Arthur Martins as the town's deputy chief. "That's the respect that Arthur Martins enjoys, the mark he's left with the people of Pawtucket," said Lombardi during a Jan. 7 ceremony where Martins was sworn in as the next chief in North Providence. He said hopefully Martins will now leave that same mark with residents in his community. Martins, the former 28-year vet- eran Pawtucket police officer who came to North Providence after a stint as an investigator with the Office of the Attorney General, and is the brother-in-law of former Pawtucket Chief Paul King, spelled out his plans for continuing the strong culture he helped develop under recently retired North Providence Chief David Tikoian. He thanked Tikoian for everything he did in the department. In Pawtucket, Martins was widely credited with helping to reduce neighborhood crime and improve quality of life through intensive outreach efforts, and he said out- reach will be a key component of his tenure in neighboring North Providence. The Smithfield resident thanked his mother, Arminda, for raising him and his three sisters after his father died when Martins was 15. She did a "remarkable job instilling in us the necessary qualities" for success in life, he said. Martins also thanked his wife, By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com COL. ARTHUR MARTINS speaks to the crowd at North Providence High School during a Jan. 7 swearing-in ceremony where he officially became chief of the North Providence Police Department. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Yellow stickers reminding adults that it's illegal to sell alcohol to minors will be popping up at liquor stores in North Providence this week, as part of a campaign by members of the North Providence Mayor's Youth Commission. "We want to set the example," Victoria Wrage, a senior at North Providence High School and one of the co-leaders of the Youth Commission, told The Breeze. "We don't care what other kids might think. (We want to) show them (drink- ing) is not worth the consequences." As part of the Sticker Shock cam- paign to address the issue of underage drinking in North Providence, Youth Commission members are placing 1,000 stickers on bottles at Douglas Wine and Spirits and Mineral Spring Liquor, both on Mineral Spring Avenue, and Delta Wine and More and Sak's Centredale Liquors and Wine Cellar, both on Smith Street, this week. The stickers read: "Stop. It is illegal to give alcohol to a minor. It is illegal to use a fake ID to buy alcohol. Face up to $1,000 in fines and jail time." The group is also distributing 1,000 paper bags with the same message to the stores. "When people walk into the store whether they're buying it or not, Youth Commission targets underage drinking with sticker campaign By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com See STICKERS, Page 12 See MARTINS, Page 6 PHOTO COURTESY OF RON CECE Notes the challenges of modern policing THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE JANUARY 15-21, 2020 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. Does your child like? Robotics • Google Chromebooks Up to date computer room with fiber optic technology Wireless technology throughout the school Strings and Instrumental Music Chorus • Drama • Smartboards • Sports Saint CeCilia SChool Celebrating over 100 years of Catholic education! Then St. Cecilia School is the only school for you! Accepting Registrations for 2020-2021 Pre-K - Grade 8 Where morals and values meet academic excellence Extended Care is available 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 755 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, Rhode Island 401-723-9463 • www.scsri.org • mtetzner@scsri.org open house January 26th 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Martins sworn in as town's new chief of police Breeze BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON See captions for cover photos on page 3. BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Best pictures of the year Breeze THE VALLEY A look back at our favorite photos and the stories behind them See our Best Photos of 2019 inside!

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