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The North Providence Breeze 07-08-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE NAYSHA BRITO, 10, of Providence, enjoys the cooling waters of the Wenscott Reservoir at Notte Park in North Providence last Sunday. She says she likes the water but is looking forward to going back to school because she misses her friends. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Town officials say they were routinely hear- ing from visitors to the Notte Park beach off Douglas Avenue that they'd seen lower beach fees advertised on various websites, with some of those inaccurate fee schedules dating back a decade ago. Recreation Director Lois Barbieri said she was regularly telling visitors that the town can't control the prices that other sites list. "All we can control are our own," she said. To counter the arguments, the town has now posted its fee schedule on its website so there's no question how much it costs to use the beach. The fees are now plainly spelled out as follows: Town posts beach fees to counter conflicting info By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – Officers from the North Providence Police Department made four arrests of residents for setting off illegal fire- works displays in June, according to Chief Arthur Martins. Those arrests were part of a larger effort to protect safety and quality of life for residents, he said. Police responded to: • One fireworks complaint call during the first week of June. • 28 calls during the second week of June. • 57 calls during the third week of June. • 39 calls during the fourth week of June. • And 23 calls from June 28 through last Friday, July 3. Martins said he expected quite a few calls over the Fourth of July weekend, but those numbers weren't available as of press time. Calls for service seemingly peaked in the middle of June, Martins said. What police discovered was that many residents have been reporting calls from neighboring Providence, Police answer calls on fireworks, make arrests By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com • North Providence residents, with proof of residency, get in for $2 per person or $4 per carload daily and on weekends. A season pass, for resi- dents only, is $20, with a limit of six people. • Seniors age 55 and older and those who are handicapped get in for NORTH PROVIDENCE – A small but key connection point between North Providence and Johnston, allowing motorists to avoid significant rush hour traffic on Route 44, has been shut down for the next two years. Effective last Thursday, July 2, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation announced that the Greystone Sluiceway Bridge on the Johnston/North Providence line would be shut down to protect pub- lic safety after dozens of overweight trucks were seen crossing the struc- turally deficient span, which has a weight restriction of three tons. Based on the condition of the bridge and the number and type of overweight vehicles being driven across the bridge by people ignor- ing posted signs, RIDOT decided to close the bridge until it can be replaced. The structure is currently funded for $2 million for recon- struction in 2022. A pickup truck weighs about half of the three tons, meaning most larger trucks are prohibited from crossing the bridge, but that didn't stop drivers of nearly 100 over- weight vehicles from crossing the bridge during a RIDOT count on a day in late May. During other spot inspections, RIDOT representatives saw similar Bridge connecting NP, Johnston shut down By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com MARTINS See NOTTE PARK, Page 6 See BRIDGE, Page 10 See FIREWORKS, Page 7 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE JULY 8-14, 2020 TIMBER TREE SERVICE, INC. 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