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The North Providence Breeze 03-04-2020

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Artistic inspiration BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Senior citizens who want to learn how to paint or sharpen their skills can learn from one of the best every Monday morning at the North Providence Mancini Senior Center, where 93-year-old MICKEY MELUCCI, of North Providence, a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, leads a painting class. Melucci has been painting since she was 5 and enjoys sharing her secrets of painting with anyone attending her class. See more photos on Page 7. Other recreation parcels in various stages of development NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town has received $150,000 of $3.33 million in R.I. Department of Environmental Management grants to purchase a 2.5-acre riverfront property. Lisa Andoscia wrote the grant on behalf of the North Providence Land Trust, which will match the $150,000 to reach the $300,000 purchase price for the property owned by the Octeau family on the Woonasquatucket River near the Johnston town line. The acquisition, according to the RIDEM, "will protect valuable river frontage and provide public access for canoes and kayaks." Close to dense residential devel- By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See GRANT, Page 4 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town is following the state's lead on preparedness measures related to the expected spread of the coronavirus in Rhode Island, says Mayor Charles Lombardi, and that advice is headlined by the idea of taking simple precautionary steps and not panicking. In the schools, officials and staff- ers, including school nurses, are in regular com- munication with the Rhode Island Department of Health, Rhode Island Department of Education, and state and local EMA officials to ensure every pre- Buildings, buses getting deep cleanings amid coronavirus concerns By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See VIRUS, Page 6 GOHO NORTH PROVIDENCE – It has been 20 years since Ray Leonhart reached up into a kitchen cabinet and fished out a class ring. The heirloom has been with Leonhart for decades, but it does not belong to him. Years ago, Leonhart had purchased a property near Oakland Beach to renovate and sell. "I was in the process of going through the home when I looked in one of the upper cabinets and way in the back there was this ring," the 88-year-old retired contractor said. The ring, silver with a blue stone, is dated 1984. It is engraved with "Ricci Middle School" and the ini- tials "MGR." Man hopes to return found Ricci Middle School class ring By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See RING, Page 12 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE MARCH 4-10, 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. 401-421-2222 1480 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence Mon. - Fri. 5:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 6 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. 6 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE Bagel & Cream Cheese with any purchase of a Hot or Iced Coffee. Expires March 18, 2020 Town receives $150,000 grant for purchase of riverfront property

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