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The North Providence Breeze 07-08-2020

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4 NORTH PROVIDENCE JULY 8-14, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION NORTH PROVIDENCE – Remember all that talk a few years back about development of neigh- borhood "pocket parks" for residents to enjoy? Members of the North Providence Land Trust last week revived what they called an "everlasting" con- versation about a planned Hobson Avenue Park near where it intersects with Central Avenue. Chairman Ken Conte said a site plan was created by 4-Site LLC for a small park including landscaping, vegetative pergolas and fencing. He said he would like to proceed with that conceptual plan and take the next step to hire an engineering firm for actual construction plans. Conte said that next step would require a request for proposals, as the work would likely cost more than $5,000. Members decided they needed to speak with Purchasing Agent Michael Mooney about put- ting a bid out for an engineering firm. Members noted that there have been ongoing questions about exactly what the park on the small town property should be and what kind of crowd it would attract. They envision a low-traffic spot without a lot of children. Another concern, officials have said in the past, is whether such parks would be ade- quately maintained with all of the other demands on town staff. Also of note, they said, is that one of the neighbors who previously opposed the creation of the park no longer lives on the street. Back in 2017, Conte emphasized that the same two people kept speaking up in opposition to the facility, while others expressed enthusiastic sup- port for it. Three years ago, Council President Dino Autiello questioned the planned development of pocket parks as a new type of neighbor- hood amenity, saying such facilities sound good in theory but can leave residents with an unwanted burden and nuisance. Pocket parks are small parks that are accessible to the public. They are typically developed on vacant properties or small pieces of land that have little use. Land Trust members have said in the past that the Hobson Avenue park, on a 10,000-square-foot town-owned par- cel, is the only one they're pursuing as a board, but others have been dis- cussed at length. The hope is still that the lot will one day have a public use, said Conte. More than a year ago, the town completed significant landscap- ing to address reports of poison ivy and dead trees, and a survey was done. Much of the opposition to this concept comes from neighbors who tend to start thinking they have rights to property next to them, said Conte during last Thursday's Land Trust meeting. What they often fail to realize is that improving a public property brings up property values in the area. A neighbor was upset about the trees taken down, he said, but officials had the tree warden with them for the work. Members envision a sitting area with some fresh grass. Some past plans have also included a gazebo for community nights. Conte said taking the next step to the construction level will give a better idea on what the work would cost so the board can determine a budget. Conte noted that their funds have been depleted quite a bit, par- ticularly with the planned purchase of a riverfront recreation property, so it might take another grant to get the Hobson Avenue work done. Board seeks to hire firm to plan new Hobson Park By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Councilors STEFANO FAMIGLIETTI, left, and KEN AMORIGGI, right, presented TRACIE AMARAL with a resolution honoring her for her work last Monday. With them are children from the Fab-You-Us family. Councilors honor Amaral of Fab-You-Us NORTH PROVIDENCE – District 2 Councilors Stefano Famiglietti and Ken Amoriggi, as well as Council President Dino Autiello, presented a resolution of admiration to Tracie Amaral, of Fab-You-Us Family Fun Center on Mineral Spring Avenue, last Monday, for her community work geared toward children. They surprised Amaral Monday morning with a resolution honoring her for selflessly contributing her time to elementary schools in the community, and going above and beyond during the pandemic by visiting children's homes to ensure that they continue to receive happi- ness and positivity. Providence Water offering zero-interest loans NORTH PROVIDENCE – Providence Water is now offering 10-year zero percent interest loans for homeowners to replace private lead service lines. If a homeowner replaces their private side of the ser- vice line, from the curb stop/prop- erty line to the house, Providence Water will automatically replace the public side, from the water main in the street to the curb stop/property line, of the service line at no cost. Providence Water has found elevated levels of lead in drink- ing water in some area homes and buildings. While drinking water that leaves the treatment plant in Scituate and journeys through the Providence Water distribution sys- tem has no detectable levels of lead, in the service communities some of the service pipes and plumbing fixtures such as faucets, valves, brass pipes and pipe solder can contain lead. An abundant supply made lead the metal of choice for plumbing use prior to World War II. In older homes built before 1947, there is a strong probability that some or all of the building's pipes, fixtures and soldered plumbing connections consist of lead, brass or lead-based solder. When standing water is exposed to lead pipes or fixtures and solder for more than a few hours, lead can leach into the standing water. This means the first water drawn from the tap in the morning can contain higher levels of lead. Lead can cause serious health problems, especially for young chil- dren and pregnant women. It can cause damage to the brain and kid- neys and can interfere with the pro- duction of red blood cells that carry oxygen to all parts of the body. To learn more information about the risks of lead and reducing lead exposure, visit www.epa.gov/lead . Visit www.provwater.com/lead for tips on reducing exposure risks. thank you for supporting our North Providence Breeze advertisers. They make this free newspaper possible! Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. Send by e-mail to: news@valleybreeze.com, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865. WHAT TO EXPECT AS STATES REOPEN As states begin to reopen, people are getting excited about life returning to normal, but it is best not to expect business as usual when venturing back into the world. For starters, you should still take the same health precautions you were performing during the lockdown. Face masks should still be worn whenever you're in public, and six feet should still be maintained between you and anyone you do not live with whenever possible. Frequent, thorough hand washing is still required (and always a good idea). If you are in a high-risk group or have frequent contact with someone who is (like a parent or spouse), it is still best to stay home as much as possible. In these times of great uncertainty, you can count on DENTAL ARTS GROUP to serve you, as always, with only your best interests in mind. Our foremost goal continues to be providing our pa- tients with top-notch dental care. We utilize only the latest in dental technology for our patients' safety, care, and comfort. If it's been awhile since your last dental visit, call us soon to make an appointment for dental care from caring and fam - ily-friendly professionals at 1136 Hartford Ave., Johnston. You can reach us at 401-521-3661. P.S. As public transportation becomes available, face masks, hand sanitizers, and hand- washing are still vital to preventing the spread of covid-19. NOTICE OF DESTRUCTION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORDS The North Providence School Department Special Education Office would like to inform parents/guardians and former students of the intent to destroy inactive special education records related to the identification, evaluation and educational placement of students who graduated, moved or no longer received special education services as of June 2012-2013 school year. Inactive records are maintained for a period of 7 years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, completes his/her educational program at age 22, or moves from the district. Requests for records can be made by contacting North Providence School Department, Special Education Office 401-233-1100 extension 11115 no later than August 1st, 2020. NORTH PROVIDENCE SCHOOL DEPARTMENT

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