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The North Providence Breeze 07-29-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE DIANA MCVEY and EDWARD MARKWARD, both of North Providence, go for a walk with their dog MONTANA at Stillwater Scenic Trail in Smithfield on July 12 to avoid the heat of the day. Markward was a conductor for many years at the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, and McVey is an opera singer who has performed at many places including Carnegie Hall. A walk in the park NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town has sealed the deal on the purchase of 20 properties of vari- ous shapes and sizes from National Grid in Marieville, giving plentiful options on helping to reshape the area to be a better place to live, says Mayor Charles Lombardi. Among the plans for the lots, purchased for a total of $200,000, is to create new recreation space for residents, including a long-sought new playground and fields. A lot on Roosevelt Street is tentatively expected to house the playground. In the end, said Lombardi, he expects to own all of these proper- ties "for nothing" based on the pur- Town buys 20 properties from National Grid By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence School Department submitted a four- pronged plan to the Rhode Island Department of Education last week outlining potential scenarios for the fall: full in-person learning, full dis- tance learning, lim- ited in-person and partial in-person learning. Unlike several Rhode Island districts, North Providence has not declared which plan it would prefer to implement, instead waiting on the state to decide. Supt. Joseph Goho said the dis- trict would like to see "as many stu- dents in school as possible" based on Gov. Gina Raimondo's goal to reopen schools in the fall. Under the plan for a full in- person reopening, students would return to school in a full-time capac- ity under new safety precautions. Masks would be required for teach- ers and recommended for students. The partial in-person plan pro- vides a hybrid model, with roughly half of the student population attending the school buildings at any given time. The student body would be divided based on last Schools share potential plans for fall By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer GOHO See SCHOOLS, Page 22 See PROPERTIES, Page 21 NORTH PROVIDENCE – It should go without saying at this point, says Dino Autiello, but COVID-19 is no joke. Autiello would know. The North Providence Town Council president said he was taking just about every precaution he could think of prior to being diagnosed with COVID-19 on July 14. He tested positive for a second time last Saturday, July 25, meaning at least another week of quarantine. The best he can tell, said Autiello, is that he contracted the dangerous virus during an event following a July 13 North Providence High School charity golf tournament. He hadn't golfed, he said, but said a couple of people who were there at the event afterward have since tested positive for the virus. Autiello posted a video of how COVID-19 is "affecting me tremen- dously" last Wednesday, July 22, and it had more than 15,000 views as of Monday morning, many commenting that his experience battling the virus proves that this isn't just an older person's problem. In that video, Autiello described COVID-19 as a "very, very serious Autiello after COVID-19 hits him: This is no joke By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See AUTIELLO, Page 21 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE JULY 29-AUGUST 4, 2020 1565 Douglas Avenue, North Providence, RI 401-353-5555 Fax: 401-353-4807 Douglas Apartments All of our Apartments include: Air Conditioning • Heat, Hot Water & Gas Included • On-Site Laundry • Pools Tennis & Bocci Courts • Plenty of Parking • Friendly On-Site Staff • Snow Removal! 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