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The North Providence Breeze 03-25-2020

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10 NORTH PROVIDENCE MARCH 25-31, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION saw all of their catering gigs canceled amid the spread of the virus and subsequent measures by the state to respond. Penta said he cut down on help and spread out hours, and staff have been very good about dealing with the situation. He said he also reached out to a number of vendors to cancel contracts. After initially seeing slow progress in curbside pickups for those custom- ers looking to limit potential expo- sure to others, Penta said he and his staff saw that effort gain some trac- tion by mid-week last week. Staff at Captain's Catch were among those reporting brisk busi- ness even over the weekend and Sunday afternoon, while others, such as those at Tumblesalts Café, were forced to close their doors tempo- rarily after trying to make a go of it with revised takeout menus. Business owners repeatedly countered rumors that Gov. Gina Raimondo was planning to order residents to shelter in place in their homes, saying such a move would be a disaster. As of press time, Raimondo remained reluctant to make such a drastic move. Mayor Charles Lombardi said he's spent much of the past few days meeting with business owners. It's not easy for small business owners to survive events such as this, he said. "It's a matter of survival," said Lombardi. Lombardi said he and other may- ors were on a conference call with Raimondo last Friday when he told the governor he thinks it's unfair that certain busi- nesses, such as bar- bershops, salons, or entertainment-based businesses, are now being told to close when grocery stores are not complying with social distanc- ing restrictions. "How are you going to survive?" he asked of the smaller stores. "A number of small businesses are not going to be able to make it through this." He said he's not in favor of closing grocery stores, but the owners really need to do something about control- ling the crowds, perhaps even allow- ing only a certain number of people in at a time. "Maybe someone needs to be out- side, you let 10 people in, 10 come out, he said. "What's fair for the small businesses should pertain to the large businesses as well." He added, "We need to get coop- eration, but across the board." It's not fair to have a nail salon with five people or barbershop with three people closed down while the grocery market up the street has 40 people in it, said the mayor. He said he made a similar com- ment when it was brought up on the conference call that town halls should close. He said there may have been 10 to 15 people in Town Hall all day last Friday, and when people came in they were asked to dial a phone to call the office they needed for someone to come out and help them. "We're doing what we can to help the people and address their needs, but also abiding by that 10 or less person ruling," he said. Lombardi said his own business, Luxury Cleaners, is down by about 55 percent in revenue over the past couple of weeks, and has had to move forward with layoffs as a result. Luxury Cleaners is 73 years old, he said, so it will end up being fine, but "no one's going to be making any money now." He said he's doing his best to stay open as long as he can to keep paying full-time employees. "I've heard the same thing from other small businesspeople," he said. Lombardi said he's reached out to numerous business owners to try to calm their fears and tell them that the town is here to help them with whatever possible. To that end, a tax sale previously scheduled for the end of this month has been postponed, he said. BUSINESSES From Page One LOMBARDI ing communities, but personnel were able to "instantly figure that it's wrong and they disregarded" those alerts. The hardest aspects of the process, said Nahigian, has been training existing Pawtucket dispatchers on North Providence's equipment and learning Pawtucket's operational pro- cedures. Four groups of dispatchers have a mix of personnel from Pawtucket and North Providence, he said, and they're cross-training each other quickly. During the first week of combined service, there were four building fires in Pawtucket, he said, and dispatch- ers did a great job of making sure the right personnel were sent out. A veteran North Providence dispatcher handled the whole fire channel, he said, and did a great job with just one day of experience in Pawtucket. No matter how experienced the dispatcher, he said, the experience of responding to calls is different because of how the communities differ on various routines and pro- cesses. All dispatchers are under a tremen- dous amount of pressure, he said, not just from receiving more calls but from worries related to family mem- bers being laid off. "The phone won't stop ringing," he said. All calls are being screened with a series of questions so rescue person- nel can be properly notified about certain steps to take, he said. All calls that come in immediately issue an alert for the community they're com- ing from, he said. DISPATCHING From Page One RIDEM urges residents not to flush wipes PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is urging all Rhode Islanders to refrain from flushing disinfectant wipes, including those labeled flushable, and instead to dis- pose of them in the trash. This morning, the Burrillville Sewer Commission alerted the RIDEM that equipment at the Burrillville Wastewater Treatment Facility and its pump stations have been getting clogged as a result of wipes being flushed down the toi- let. Staff from the treatment facility have also been called out after-hours to clear clogged pipes at pump sta- tions to avert sewage overflows. In addition to Burrillville, other local communities have also raised this concern. Whether your home or business is connected to the public sewer system or has an onsite wastewater treatment system, you should never flush any type of wipes, including baby wipes and those labeled flush- able, down the toilet. Instead, place these products in the trash for proper disposal. In addition to causing clogs and wastewater collection system over- flows, flushing wipes can also lead to sewer back-ups in basements and damage wastewater treatment equip- ment. In your time of need, The North Providence Breeze will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. The paper also places the obituary on our Web site,, as soon as it is provided to us by your family's funeral director. Notification to friends and neighbors is also made weekdays on WOON-AM radio announcements. Should you desire our services, kindly inform your funeral director. 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