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The North Providence Breeze 07-01-2020

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NORTH PROVIDENCE – For Tom Jones, more than 20 years in law enforcement has taken its toll, a life often spent living in the negative both during work hours and in his private life. "We work in the element of the world people try to keep themselves out of and run away from," he said, adding that he and others in law enforcement are often the last people invited to a birthday party. Given the depth of all those nega- tive emotions, says Jones, the early results of his new venture feel that much better, giving him an outlet to do something he loves and make others happy. After launching his Facebook page for Custom Stars and Stripes by Tom Jones on June 23, Jones says he's getting many more orders for his custom flag creations than he can currently keep up with, and the overwhelmingly positive response has been unlike anything he's experienced outside of the grati- tude he's received for being part of motorcycle funeral escorts. "I haven't experienced that feeling much," he said. "Police officers aren't popular." After toying with woodworking as a hobby for much of his life, learning construction from his uncle, Jones said he was able to create his own home shop and settle into it after get- ting married and having a baby last year. "I really wanted to dedicate time to it," he said. "It's satisfying to create from scratch." By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY North Providence POLICE LT. TOM JONES shows off one of his custom made wooden flags in his workshop. Tom has started a new business, Stars and Stripes Woodworking, making hand carved flags and crosses. Some of the flags he has made are American, military branch, police, firefighter, international, medical and first responder. NORTH PROVIDENCE – A Rhode Island Department of Transportation crew was at the Route 146 overpass crossing Mineral Spring Avenue last week, chipping away more concrete from the deficient span's underbelly. Back in April 2018, RIDOT was saying the bridge was on the sched- ule to be replaced in 2020, but spokesman Charles St. Martin said this week that the bridge, which is part of a four-bridge project, will be advertised for a contractor in 2022. Workers on June 24 chipped away more concrete from holes left from previous preventive mainte- nance work meant to avoid poten- tial future accidents due to falling concrete. The concrete marked for removal had been identified during a recent inspection, said St. Martin. "This bridge is structurally defi- cient, and we have visited the bridge before for similar chipping," he told The Breeze. The bridges listed in the group with the Mineral Spring over- pass in the state's Transportation Improvement Plan are in North Providence and Lincoln, and will all undergo major rehabilitation work, superstructure work, and/or Redo of crumbling MSA bridge pushed back to 2022 By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See BRIDGE, Page 11 See STRIPES, Page 12 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE JULY 1-7, 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. • Complete Heating Systems • Remodeling • Repairs • Water Heaters • Complete Sewage Ejector Systems for Basement Baths • Senior Citizen Discounts C. J. Nemes, Inc. Plumbing & Heating 24-Hour Emergency Service 769-4776 Master Plumber, R.I. #1911 Mass. #25011 Member of The Better Business Bureau Drain & Sewer Cleaning Hiring Licensed Plumbers call for Details! Mike Gorman Roofing, INC. Established 2012 • Fully Insured Comm# 237R RI Reg# 3692 Prompt, Professional Service First Quality Workmanship & Materials 2 Mayfield Street, Greenville, RI cell 401487-5724 or 401728-2851 Officer finds positive outlet in 'Stars and Stripes'

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