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The North Providence Breeze 03-18-2020

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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NORTH PROVIDENCE – The extra people out enjoying the sunshine over the weekend certainly didn't match the fact that so much about local life had come to a screeching halt. Local restaurants were forced to either temporarily close their doors or go all-in on takeout menus and other creative solutions after Gov. Gina Raimondo effectively shut down eat-in dining across the state Monday. Mayor Charles Lombardi issued an executive order Monday afternoon declaring a state of municipal emer- gency in North Providence due to com- munity spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Rhode Island. His order suspends municipal and probate courts, suspends entertain- ment licenses and other special event permits within the town, and postpones public events during the municipal emer- gency, among other directives. Life in town has changed in what seems like the blink of an eye this week, with businesses, churches, senior and childcare centers, funeral homes, theaters, libraries and schools all feeling the impact of the spreading coronavi- rus. All town offices and operations Community life grinds to a near halt By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE DENISE XIARHOS of North Providence sanitizes her hands with a dis- infectant wipe while out running errands Sunday. See VIRUS, Page 11 NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is hoping a massive influx of federal infrastructure funds will help complete a long-awaited overhaul of Route 146, eliminat- ing the traffic light at the dangerous intersection with Sayles Hill Road and improving safety throughout the highway. Last month, RIDOT officials sub- RIDOT seeking $90 million for massive Route 146 project By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See ROUTE 146, Page 4 PAWTUCKET – North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi has made no secret that he'd like to see a system where the nearest truck to the scene of a fire gets called in first, regardless of which community it is in, but at least one Pawtucket official isn't so keen on that idea. City Councilor Tim Rudd last week questioned Lombardi's preference for eventual auto- matic aid, giving as the scenario a fire in the Marieville section of North Providence where North Providence Fire Station 3 is on another call and Pawtucket is deemed closer and called in, leav- ing the west side of the city, where there is only one engine, with no coverage. "It seems like he's going for a com- plete regionaliza- tion, and it would be a grave concern of mine and I'm sure everybody else as far as public safety goes," Rudd said. "I don't think we should go down that road. Pawtucket needs to protect Pawtucket." He said he knows the Pawtucket administration is on his side with this one, and he urged officials to "stay strong" on not agreeing to such an arrangement, calling it a Rudd unhappy with automatic aid, but Lombardi says it makes sense By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor LOMBARDI Mayor Lombardi noted that Pawtucket has a lot more inci- dents than North Providence, or 18,000 calls per year instead of the 8,000 in his town, and calling in the clos- est fire engine would benefit Pawtucket a lot more often than North Providence. See AUTOMATIC AID, Page 6 RUDD THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE MARCH 18-24, 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. ShingleS • lifetime RubbeR RoofS • RepaiRS EstimatEs • Fully insurEd RI REG #10135 | Comm. Reg. #210R Call (401) 433-ROOF (7663) install nEw rooFs

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