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The North Providence Breeze 07-01-2020

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 1-7, 2020 LETTERS / NORTH PROVIDENCE 11 Resident petitions for safe opening of town pool As the state works to safely reopen services, business and recreational facilities, I was looking forward to the eventual reopening of the town pool. I am a longtime town resident and pool user. It was with a great deal of con- cern that I read the article in The Breeze suggesting that you (Mayor Lombardi) finally found your excuse for closing the pool. As a result, I have started a petition for the safe opening of the North Providence pool for the following reasons: 1. Teaching our children to swim prevents drowning. 2. Providing exercise classes and adult swim time for seniors prevents falls and other injuries common among the aging population. 3. Providing family swim time pro- motes family life. 4. Sponsoring swim teams encour- ages youth to engage in pro-social behavior and teamwork and prevents adolescent risk behavior. Not all town activities can be mea- sured by the "bottom line." The intrinsic value and the health and safety of the town's citizens is impor- tant; consider what we pay for police and fire. They are expensive services, but we need them. We need the pool too. Don't short change our children, seniors and families. Some decisions are viewed as penny wise and dollar foolish. Looking forward to a positive response. LUCILLE MINUTO North Providence total replacement, according to the state's listing. Other bridges in RIDOT's Bridge Group 39 include the Twin River Road bridge at Route 146 in Lincoln, the Lincoln Farms bridge taking Route 146 over Charles Street in North Providence, and the Breakneck Hill Road bridge at Route 146. North Providence officials have repeatedly asked RIDOT for updates on the condition of the overpass at perhaps the town's busi- est stretch of roadway, some suggest- ing in the past that they never wait under the bridge if the light turns red but stop short instead. 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