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The North Providence Breeze 02-12-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE ALISHA ZHUANG, a 6th-grader at Birchwood Middle School, is congratulated by BRUCE BUTLER, principal of McGuire Elementary, after she successfully spelled the word "archive" to win the North Providence School District Spelling Bee. She will represent the town at the state-level spelling bee on March 14. NORTH PROVIDENCE – As her competition on the North Providence High School audito- rium stage quickly dwindled, Alisha Zhuang saw her path to victory unfolding in record time. After a third-place finish in the North Providence District Spelling Bee in 2019, Zhuang, a 6th-grader at Birchwood Middle School, cruised to the top in just five rounds last week, and will now represent the town in the Rhode Island State Spelling Bee, sponsored by The Valley Breeze, on March 14. Zhuang is the daughter of Xiaofeng and Huiting Zhuang, long- Zhuang v-i-c-t-o-r-i-o-u-s in No. Prov. Spelling Bee By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See BEE, Page 2 Council also moves toward finding engineer for Centredale changes NORTH PROVIDENCE – Town officials are now in talks about whether they should eliminate most tangible taxes paid by businesses in town, all while potentially securing as much or more tangible tax rev- enue than they are currently receiv- ing. The idea came up during a multi- pronged discussion on the revi- talization of Centredale last week. Council members offered initial posi- tive reactions to a suggestion from developer Shane Piche that eliminat- ing the tangibles could have far-reach- ing impacts on the local economy, help- ing local businesses reduce over- head while not hurting taxpayers. Piche said he met with Tax Assessor/Collector Tom Kane and By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com PICHE See TAXES, Page 4 Merged dispatch services expected soon for NP, Pawtucket Lombardi says other communities also knocking NORTH PROVIDENCE – A merging of emergency dispatch ser- vices between North Providence and Pawtucket is expected to be consum- mated by the first of March. North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi said he's also in talks with other communities about joining a regionalized dispatch center at the new North Providence Public Safety Complex. "I can say that two other com- munities and a possible third have reached out in the past couple of weeks interested," he said. "Regionalization of services is all of the communities' salvation." By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See DISPATCH, Page 10 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE FEBRUARY 12-18, 2020 Lombardi Medical Associates LLC Wellesley Medical Building 1515 Smith Street, Suite M, North Providence, RI 02911 401-228-8775 Anthony J. Lombardi, Jr., MD Internal Medicine Serving Our Community The Law Office of Kenneth J. Amoriggi 984 Charles Street, North Providence, RI 401-722-3777 www.amoriggilaw.com Personal Injury Family Law Landlord Tenant Law Immigration Labor & Employment Law Real Estate Law Debt Collection Family Owned Since 1926 $100 Off New Gas Boiler or Furnace LIC. #RIMP882 • One Day Gas & Oil Boiler Replacements • Same Day Gas & Electric Water Heater Replacements • Boiler Repairs & Maintenance • HVAC Service & Replacements • All Work Guaranteed Call NOW to get your Gas Boiler or Furnace ready for winter. Officials discuss cutting tangible taxes on small businesses

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