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The North Providence Breeze 03-11-2020

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Junior Girl Scouts from North Providence Troop 225 are sponsoring dona- tion and adoption drives to benefit the North Providence Animal Shelter. On Sunday, SIERRA SCHIECHE, 11, SOPHIA DECKER, 10, HEATHER BROOKS, Girl Scout volunteer, and CADENCE GRAVES, 11, from left, collect donations of goods at the animal shelter on Smithfield Road. The next collection will be Sunday, March 29, also at the shelter. See more on Page 2. Shelter collections No. Providence officially merges emergency dispatching with Pawtucket Move expected to bring savings, better services NORTH PROVIDENCE – The "wave of the future" is here for North Providence and Pawtucket, says North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi, with more communi- ties ready to join an initiative more than a decade in the making. It was back 11 or so years ago when he first had a discus- sion with former Cumberland Mayor Dan McKee at Town Hall about regionalization, particularly of emergency dispatching services, Lombardi said, but the effort never fully got off the ground. "We tried to spearhead that at the time, but getting cooperation was another story," he said this week. "Today is a new day." Lombardi, hosting a news confer- ence with Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien on Tuesday, announced that the two communities' shared fire and rescue dispatching services will be housed within the new North Providence Public Safety Complex on Mineral Spring Avenue. The savings here are plentiful, he By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See DISPATCH, Page 4 NORTH PROVIDENCE – A debate on how to help families and youth sports leagues with enrollment fees and other financial needs has led to a decision to put a planned new aid program in the hands of the Marieville Neighborhood Partnership. Town Councilor Ken Amoriggi said the Town Council decided Jan. 29, with help from grant writer Lisa Andoscia, that the best and most success- ful route would be to have the program run through the neighbor- hood nonprofit he's the president of. The Marieville Neighborhood Partnership met two weeks ago and members are meeting again this week to discuss specific steps that need to be taken. Those include: • Establishing a board or committee to review the applications for support and make decisions about fundraising, grants, etc. There are currently four people on the board, Amoriggi, Robert Douglas, Jennifer Morgan and Nicole Cookson, but the group is looking for more. • Establishing a goal. This relates to fundraising, and has not been done yet. • Setting application/qualification guidelines. There will be one grant fund, and the individual leagues will be able to apply to the group for funding for one of the three following causes: Financial aid for youth sports will run through Marieville group By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor AMORIGGI See YOUTH SPORTS, Page 4 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Animal Shelter Committee is on a bit of a break from regular meetings as officials seek more information on costs related to the planned project. And though committee members have said they don't see a shelter being built for less than $1 million, after some initial estimates came in at $400 per square foot and 5,000 square feet, or $2 million, Mayor Charles Lombardi said he still thinks it can be done for less than $1 million. "We're getting some prices now on the building before we put it out to bid," he said. Changing materials used for vari- ous aspects of the building has a significant impact on the cost, he Town seeks costs on animal shelter work By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See SHELTER, Page 2 LOMBARDI THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE MARCH 11-17, 2020 (401)944-2450 FOR A PERSONAL TOUR Our uplifting environment and special approach to Alzheimer's and dementia care have created a quality of life you simply can't get any place else. MEMORY CARE ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENCE Convenient to US Hwy 6 and I-95 in Johnston, RI 49 Old Pocasset Road | 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 Personal Injury Family Law Landlord Tenant Law Immigration Labor & Employment Law Real Estate Law Debt Collection

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