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The North Providence Breeze 07-08-2020

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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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 8-14, 2020 NORTH PROVIDENCE / THE VALLEY 7 Pawtucket and Johnston, not realiz- ing that fireworks are actually being shot off in those communities despite being visible in North Providence, said the chief. All of those calls have been included in the department's totals because police responded to them. The sergeant on the 4 p.m. to mid- night shift has frequently reported that police are arriving within a minute after fireworks are shot off, said Martins, but they find no one around and nothing more than lin- gering smoke when they show up. It remains a difficult task to locate those who are setting off illegal aerial fire- works, he said. Police are putting notes in files to build a database of sorts on where calls are originating from so they might be able to be tracked down at a later date. Adding to the complex- ity of the enforcement effort, said Martins, is that some residents simply don't want to rat out their neighbors. Arrests were made from June 19 through June 28. Most arrests were a matter of being "in the right place at the right time," Martins said, with some admitting to what they'd done at the scene. Asked about one resident who said he planned to form his own "posse" prior to the Fourth of July weekend to catch violators because local police aren't doing enough, Martins said he doesn't encourage anyone to take matters into their own hands but to trust police to do their job. FIREWORKS From Page One Corvese seeks re-election in District 55 NORTH PROVIDENCE – State Rep. Arthur J. Corvese has announced his intention to seek re-election to the state House of Representatives in District 55, North Providence. "In seeking re-election this year, I wish to continue to use my politi- cal and governmental experience to serve the people of our town on the state level," Corvese said. "I will continue working for my constitu- ents as their voice in the General Assembly." Among his accomplishments dur- ing the past two years, Corvese said he has continued to support the phase-out of the automobile tax, fought for and received increased funding for local public schools, supported the creation of a Small Business Development Fund in last year's state budget to encourage investment in our local small busi- nesses, and strongly supported the amending of the state's civil statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse, among others. He said is also continuing to fight against the inappropriate and illegal use of fireworks; and is helping resi- dents deal with governmental bureau- cracy related to the pandemic. Editor's note: This is the last week we'll be allowing campaign announcements. We will be covering campaigns and allowing press releases in the weeks just before the elections. 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