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The North Providence Breeze 4-10-13

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APRIL 10-16, 2013 A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE Breeze The north providence Uplift your season With our Sprin g & way a to Serving The Valley Breez e & Observer up, up @ in the Valley val ley bre eze .co m fairy land By MEGHAN Valley Breeze KAVANAUG staff Writer H meghan@vall eybreeze.com NPHS hosts Carnival Night to battle cancer. PAGE 8 Consider addin whimsy to your g a little spring by creatingarden this the fairies who g a home for Fairy garden live among us. s have becom something specia e l for people of Uplift your season any age, said eral manager Gary Briggs, genand Home, of Briggs Garden 295 Kelley Blvd. in North Attleb oro, All you need Mass. are a few plies, some creativity and supimagination. your Think small, to keep everyt Briggs said, hing in scale. see FAIRIES, Page 14 With our Spring in the Valley special section. INSIDE "Like" us on 'Short on garden space? valleybreeze.com Make use of trees by fixing a door to the bark and a der to the side. ladA tree stump can provide a foun also dation from which to fairy commun start a ity. Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Magical musical Greystone students By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com Breeze photo by Elise Manahan ©2013 Breez ' e PuBlicatio ns inc. Lombardi budget hits residents with 24-cent tax increase In reversal, no money for repaving or car tax breaks What are princesses, genies and magic carpets doing at Greystone Elementary School? They're rehearsing for the upcoming performance of Aladdin to be held at the North Providence High School auditorium on Thursday, May 2 at 6 p.m. Students in the drama club held a dress rehearsal on Wednesday, April 3 and ran through the myriad of catchy songs and dances in the musical. Members of the chorus strike a pose with 5th-grader Kayla Halpert playing the role of the monkey Abu, 5th-grader Alexia Santos playing the role of the Genie in the lamp, and 4th-grader Cody Giroux playing the role of Aladdin. See more photos on page 2. n APRI L 10-16 , 2013 New yard trend gardeners to 'thencourages ink small' Compete for a Cause @ special sectio NORTH PROVIDENCE – Mayor Charles Lombardi has proposed an $89.8 million budget plan for Fiscal Year 2014 that would require a tax hike of 24 cents per $1,000 of home value for local homeowners. Earlier talk about possible car tax givebacks and reinstating a road-repaving program are off the table for now, says the mayor. A proposed $560,000 increase in the tax levy, or total amount of local taxes, would result in a bump in the tax rate from $24.15 to $24.39, the Lombardi town's first tax hike in three years, said Lombardi. The increase would mean an annual increase of $35.50 on the tax bill for the owner of a home valued at the town average of $185,000, said the mayor. That amount reflects the 20 percent homestead exemption that most homeowners receive, so the owner of that $185,000 home would be taxed on $148,000 of value. See BUDGET, Page 15 RIDE report: Schools under capacity, but 'generally in good condition' By MEGHAN KAVANAUGH Valley Breeze Staff Writer meghan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – All of the school buildings in town are "generally in good condition," according to a facilities report released by the Rhode Island Department of Education on March 29. The six elementary schools, two middle schools and North Providence High School all scored a 2 on a scale where 1 is "good" and 4 is "poor." The state average is 2.05. "A rating of 2 indicates that the building is generally in good condition, but minor renovations should be performed on systems to preserve the building," the report states. "Using collected data and industry standards, RIDE estimates that it would cost districts $86 per square foot to make minor renovations," as opposed to $147 per square foot for a "3" or $247 per square foot for a "4." The purpose of the Public Schoolhouse Assessment, it states, is to document the capacity and condition of Rhode Island schools "and to identify Summer Camps & Classes for ages 18 months – adult Now Enrolling CRANSTON: 942-5554 NORTH PROVIDENCE: 354-0054 WEST GREENWICH: 385-9500 (Rt. 3 - 34 Nooseneck Hill Rd.) Visit us online for more info or to register! www.tothepointeofperformingarts.com ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. Voted Best Family Restaurant GREAT FOOD! opportunities for savings and efficiencies for both the districts and the state." This is the first report of its kind in Rhode Island. 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