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The North Providence Breeze 03-25-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY PAUL PENTA, of Pauly Penta's in North Providence, is hustling to do whatever he can to keep his business afloat, including curbside pickup service. Here he's pack- aged up spaghetti and meatballs, two zeppoles, and a loaf of bread. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Brisk sales of zeppoles for St. Joseph's Day helped the bottom line at Pauly Penta's Gourmet Italian Deli and Catering last week, but owner Paul Penta told The North Providence Breeze that business was still down by about a third as he and his staff continued to contend with the impacts of the new coronavirus. Still, those numbers are "pretty good" when one considers what they've been dealing with, said Penta, with more people staying home and no one allowed to sit down in the restaurant. Pauly Penta's, like other businesses, Local businesses trying to make the most of new normal By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See BUSINESSES, Page 10 Hope is Rhode Island's motto, and it's hope in the midst of crisis that Cumberland resident Mike Griffin and his family were point- ing to when they strung 400 col- ored lights from "one little tree" in front of their home last week. That simple act, inspired by a request from Griffin's youngest son Liam, was enough to make national headlines, and though Griffin is sure others across the country might have had the idea to put up lights earlier in response to the coronavirus pandemic, he's happy to see his family's lights be the inspiration for spreading a mes- sage of hope locally and around the globe. After NBC 10, NBC News, CNN, The Boston Globe and others picked up on the story last week, others jumped in with their own lights, including Tom Winfield in Smithfield, who lit up the Greenville Christmas tree with its traditional colored lights. In Griffin's hometown, the light phenomenon was spreading this week, with famed Curran Road Christmas light enthusiast Mark Ruel, who took a break from his big display this past Christmas, get- ting in on the movement. Mike and Holly Griffin, Lights a sign of hope By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See LIGHTS, Page 6 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The first full week of joint emergency dispatching services between North Providence and Pawtucket went "better than expected" last week, said Communications Director Ralph Nahigian. Though there were some bumps in the road, he said, dispatchers from Pawtucket and North Providence were doing a great job learning each other's systems and handling the calls. No calls were missed, he said, and none took too long to answer. Making a smooth transition to a combined dispatching center at the North Providence Public Safety Complex more impressive was the fact that responders were fielding about 10 times the regular volume of calls due to concerns about the COVID-19 crisis, he said. That included a lot of questions that didn't necessitate emergency responses. One issue, said Nahigian, were some alert tones going to the wrong fire stations in the two neighbor- Few hiccups due to combined dispatching By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com NAHIGIAN See DISPATCHING, Page 10 OUR 2020 HEALTH & WELLNESS DIRECTORY INSIDE THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE MARCH 25-31, 2020 new construction remodeling we hanDle all insurance claims • Siding • Decks • Dump Trailer Service • Unbeatable Prices • Fully Insured • No job too small • FREE Roof Inspections (401) 225-9422 Free Estimates • RI Lic # 29424 "Everything For Your Home" Please Call for a Free Estimate 100% Financing Roofing by roofing special going on now! 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 If you are need of any personal assistance during the ongoing crisis, we are here to help. Contact me. 2020 Edition – Published by A Northern Rhode Island Guide of Physicians & Health & Wellness Professionals Health & Wellness A Helpful Guide for Better Health

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