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The North Providence Breeze 07-22-2020

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 – The Centredale Revival Co., a new restau- rant located at what many view to be the western entrance of town, is set to open in the old Winkleman and Finkelstein general store where Smith Street meets the start of Mineral Spring Avenue. Owners Shane Piche and Jeff Merlino say they've redone the entire triangle-shaped building, fixing any structural issues that it had and creat- ing a classic look and feel they hope will make people think they uncov- ered many of the features during the restoration process. Once home to the store lovingly known as Winks and Finks, the build- ing has had numerous tenants over the years and plenty of time spent with no one doing business inside. "We feel this is a real up-and- coming area," said Merlino. "We want to be a catalyst for redevel- opment in Centredale." Piche and Merlino, with exten- The Centredale Revival Co. set to open at old Winks and Finks By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY SHANE PICHE, left, and JEFF MERLINO are preparing to open the Centredale Revival Co. at the start of Mineral Spring Avenue, where it meets Smith Street. sive restaurant experience, were already not planning to "cram people in like sardines," so they say there should be plenty of space for people to keep their distance from each other when Centredale Revival opens in the See CENTREDALE, Page 17 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence School Department submitted a three- pronged plan to the Rhode Island Department of Education last Friday outlining potential scenarios for returning to school this fall – or not – amid the coronavirus pandemic. The state required school districts to submit their plans by July 17, out- lining four potential scenarios: full distance learning, full in-person, par- tial in-person and limited in-person. Local and state officials declined to share the plans, considering them "drafts" until July 31 when the final documents will be posted publicly Schools submit reopening plans By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer Pallotta: Wait until January for in-person learning See SCHOOLS, Page 12 Dr. Farina cited for multiple violations Avenue Grille reopens after failed inspections NORTH PROVIDENCE – Anthony Farina Jr., the doctor who previously tangled with Mayor Charles Lombardi over the demoli- tion of his former eyesore building, is in trouble with the state after failing to following pandemic protocols at his medical offices next door. After a lengthy legal fight with the town, Farina eventually had his former dilapidated building and declared public health hazard at the corner of Mineral Spring Avenue and Smithfield Road torn down in late 2018, but not before he com- missioned a caricature painting of Lombardi seated as a king on a toilet. During a July 16 inspection, a state task force inspector cited the Medical Office of Dr. Anthony Farina Jr., 1830 Mineral Spring Ave., after find- ing staff violating multiple basic pro- tocols on wearing masks, social dis- tancing, or keeping logs of required cleaning during the COVID-19 pan- demic. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See VIOLATIONS, Page 11 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE JULY 22-28, 2020 The Law Office of Kenneth J. Amoriggi 984 Charles Street, North Providence, RI 401-722-3777 Personal Injury Family Law Landlord Tenant Law Immigration Labor & Employment Law Debt Collection Estate Planning If you are in need of any personal assistance during the ongoing crisis, we are here to help. Contact me.

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