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The North Providence Breeze 02-19-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON During last week's Mah Jongg tournament between members of the Mancini Senior Center and Lincoln Senior Center, North Providence resident CHARLENE LARKIN has a lively reaction to her new set of tiles. See more photos on Page 11. Oh, Mah Jongg! NORTH PROVIDENCE – There's been plenty of talk about the need for a new football field behind North Providence High School over the past few years, and now town officials are saying it's time to act. Two years after the most recent extensive discussions, several Town Council members have said they're ready to see real progress on the field, and Mayor Charles Lombardi now says he's putting the "replacement and refurbishing of the high school field on the fast track." He told The Breeze he and others have visited the facility and he's spoken with sev- eral council members, "and everyone agrees that it needs to be done." Over the next couple of weeks, said Lombardi, he plans to meet with By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com LOMBARDI See NPHS FIELD, Page 4 NORTH PROVIDENCE – David Westcott has shown himself to be a walking encyclopedia since he was appointed the town's planner in 2014, but it's been his honest and compassionate approach, mixed with all the history and nuance you could ever ask for, that have made him one of the town's most valued employees ever, say those who have worked with him. "There will never be another plan- ner here like you," said Mayor Charles Lombardi at the con- clusion of the Feb. 12 Planning Board meeting. Just prior to that, as the meeting drew to a close, Westcott announced that he had just participated in his final meeting as town planner after being compelled to retire. He told Town Planner Westcott steps down from role By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See WESTCOTT Page 4 WESTCOTT NORTH PROVIDENCE – Officials at a Feb. 12 Planning Board meeting gave approvals to two major projects while holding off on a third. • The board approved a prelimi- nary plan for a commercial develop- ment at 1998 Mineral Spring Ave. The new complex, which replaces a current residential property, previ- ously sparked conversation on how to protect the last residential stretch off this busy roadway. • The board approved a pre- liminary plan for 10 new condos at Board approves two projects, delays Marconi Street condos By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See BOARD, Page 6 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE FEBRUARY 19-25, 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. FOR ALL OF YOUR FLOORING NEEDS 25 Esten Ave., Pawtucket, RI • 401-723-6996 www.FactoryCarpetOutlet.com "BRING IN THIS AD" AND RECEIVE 10% OFF ANY FLOORING PURCHASE (Product only) Offer good thru 2/29/2020. Prior sales & quotes excluded. Town officials fast-tracking NPHS field replacement

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