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The North Providence Breeze 04-15-2020

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NORTH PROVIDENCE – Need for food has multiplied locally, leading Erin Nascimento, organizer of the Community Members of North Providence group, to start a fundraiser to help the Moms Of Marieville group with its biggest challenge yet. The MOMs food pantry, run by Charlene Smith and Melissa Sampaio, has been a long-run- ning resource in Marieville, but Smith and Sampaio say the MOMs has been strug- gling to meet increased demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Nascimento leading her to start a fundraiser on her North Providence Community page that was approaching $1,000 raised this week. Smith said MOMs is now feeding at least 35 children each week who can't make it to one of the school distribution sites, many of them because their parents are working and they can't go alone. Each week the group is delivering packs of Nascimento helps MOMs group feed hungry children By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON A walker and a jog- ger greet each other, while keep- ing social distancing in mind, as they move through Notte Park on Easter Sunday morning. See more photos on page 5. Little Leagues face uncertain future With professional sports being put on hold and collegiate sports getting canceled because of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, youth sports of all levels have also been forced to call a time-out. That includes the most popu- lar youth sport of the bunch, Little League, and for the next three weekends, northern Rhode Island's leagues were scheduled to host their Opening Day ceremo- nies. But those events have been postponed, and it's uncertain when (or if) regular-season games will take place. The same can be said for the district and state all- star tournaments that highlight each July and pack parks with families and spectators. A story on the state of affairs in the area's Little Leagues is on page 11. See HUNGRY, Page 10 NASCIMENTO NORTH PROVIDENCE – Mayor Charles Lombardi is present- ing his seventh budget without a tax increase at a time when residents can ill-afford to pay more. The mayor has repeatedly asserted that he didn't expect to have to seek an increase this year after the town was able to capitalize on a rental agreement for the former Marieville School and is on the cusp of secur- ing purchases of the former public safety complex and old Brayton School. Those sales will further solidify the town's position despite ongoing hits to revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic. Lombardi said he was proud to announce his seventh budget with no increase since becoming mayor in 2007, all while also being able to open a new "$27 million state- of-the-art" safety complex and two new schools over the past year, and opening a new regionalized dispatching service at the safety complex at no cost to the taxpayers. He said he expects to save about $580,000 through regionalization of dispatching services. During these uncertain times, Lombardi wrote in a letter to the Town Council last week, which was accepted by the council at its virtual April 7 meeting, it's more important to seek untraditional ways of raising revenue, such as regionalized dis- patching where other communities Mayor Lombardi proposes no tax increase this year By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See BUDGET, Page 3 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE APRIL 15-21, 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. Family Owned Since 1926 $100 Off New Gas Boiler or Furnace LIC. #RIMP882 • One Day Gas & Oil Boiler Replacements • Same Day Gas & Electric Water Heater Replacements • Boiler Repairs & Maintenance • HVAC Service & Replacements • All Work Guaranteed Call NOW to get your Gas Boiler or Furnace ready for winter.

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