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The North Providence Breeze 4-24-13

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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A Valley Breeze Newspaper APRIL 24-30, 2013 FREE Breeze The north providence Baseball's best Take a spin North Providence West Little League hosts Pitch, Hit and Run contest. PAGE 5 Historic Looff Carousel is open for the season. LIVING @ "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers NP Police want high-tech car computers with license scanners Words on the street By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Staff Writer Breeze photo by Elise Manahan What's your word? Whelan Elementary School was filled with students and faculty in wacky costumes for the word parade on April 12. Students and faculty each picked a word and then dressed up in a way to represent that word. First-grader Karina Papineau dressed up in a purple wig for her word "entertain." NORTH PROVIDENCE – North Providence Police Chief Paul Martellini plans to outfit his department's new police vehicles with state-of-the-art computers that will allow officers to easily swipe someone's driver's license to gain information about them. The new equipment would be a huge upgrade over the current computers, accord- ing to the chief, allowing police to do their jobs in a more efficient way and all but eliminate errors. "It will be a MARTELLINI great tool for all of our officers," he told The Breeze. Police are planning to submit an application to the U.S. Department of Justice to use a See COMPUTERS, Page 6 Celebrating four decades of fun in NP girls softball league By PAUL R. DUBOIS Breeze Sports Editor NORTH PROVIDENCE – They all had something in common. Bob and Diana Rainone, Joe and Judy Unsworth, Lucille Dunbar and their friends had athletic daughters with no place to play softball. So they marshalled their resources and energy and started the North Providence Girls Recreation Softball League. That was 40 years ago. Sue Rainone, who coaches numerous athletic teams at North Providence High School, and who still plays softball, was on one of the first teams that year. "There was a softball program at North Providence West Little League across town, but if you lived on the other side of town, you couldn't play," she said. "There was nothing for girls in those days. No soccer, no lacrosse, no nothing." Lou Cimini was the town recreation director at the time and was instrumental in assisting the parents achieve their goal. The softball program began on a modest field in Capt. Stephen Olney Park. Nothing fancy. No manicured fields, no dugouts. Just a flat surface where the kids could congregate and start to learn about the game. "I remember quite a few of the league founders had to coach multiple teams because See SOFTBALL, Page 15 NORTH PROVIDENCE SM ITH FIELD/ GREENVILLE 6 54-410 0 2 33-8 96 6 1818 M i neralSpri Ave. ng 375 Putnam Pi ke Sun.- Thurs., 11AM - 12AM ;Fri & Sat.11AM - 1AM . Providing photography for any moment or occasion you would like to capture! • Kids • Families • Senior Portraits • Couples/engagement • Pets • Headshots • School Photos • Recital Photos • Theatre Production Photography • Beaudoir • Babies • Maternity • Siblings • Friends 7 $ 99 (401)862-1175 Portrait Photographer ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. CARRYOUT ONLY

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