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The North Providence Breeze 07-29-2020

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 29-AUGUST 4, 2020 NORTH PROVIDENCE / THE VALLEY 21 chase plan previously approved by the Town Council, as the town is not planning to retain all of the proper- ties but to put them back to good use. "We're trying to get this done with- out utilizing any taxpayer dollars," he said. "Right now we're just in discussion as to where the recreation will be and what we will do with the other properties." One possibility for one of the larger properties, a 1-acre lot located at the end of Josephine Street near the Providence line, is for development of an athletic field, basketball courts, walking trails and other amenities. "I'm excited about the opportuni- ties," he said. Lombardi said a number of resi- dents learned that the town would be purchasing properties, and he has spoken with several of them about the possibility of them purchasing properties that abut their own to add to existing lots "for protection." When a resident knows that that 3,500 square feet of property has become available behind them, and it's become available "for more than a fair market price," it makes sense to purchase it to erase any ques- tion of what could happen to it, said Lombardi. The mayor has long been an advo- cate for purchasing the properties closest to you, whether as a private resident or business owner, as a best practice. Lombardi said back when news of the potential purchase was first announced in January that he expect- ed some of the lots to be sold off for construction of new homes, but his primary goal in all of this, he main- tains, is to save open space for future generations and improve quality of life in the neighborhood. Many of the lots the town has pur- chased were once used for poles to run National Grid lines through the neighborhood, with the utility pro- vider gaining easements for its assets. Back in January, The Breeze report- ed that the town was pursuing 15 properties with the $200,000, but Lombardi confirmed this week that the number is 20. "It's substantial," he said back in January of what the purchase would mean for the town. "It's a no-brainer for the town to purchase these prop- erties." In other news on town prop- erty transactions, Lombardi said he expects to have a signed deal within the next 30 days or so on the sale of the former public safety complex at 1967 Mineral Spring Ave. The mayor still expects to get at least $2.2 mil- lion for the property, a sale he has said will help the town control its tax rates. virus," urging everyone to take it seri- ously. The average age of those getting COVID-19 is 38, said Autiello, and he'll turn 38 at the end of the sum- mer. What he initially thought was a sinus infection quickly intensified into far worse, with a high temperature, deep tiredness, body aches, cough, congestion, and loss of smell and taste, among other symptoms. After quarantining for seven days, he said, he was finally starting to get back on his feet, but was still strug- gling with symptoms. He said he remains very tired, falling asleep at odd times. Where symptoms of a regular flu typically hit someone for a couple of days and then wane, he said, the strong effects of COVID- 19 are lasting. He described an odd feeling of congestion-induced nausea and a "consistent flu-like feeling com- bined with a sinus infection for two weeks." Last Thursday, Autiello said he couldn't sleep at all, but the next night slept from 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. He's also been taking four or more hour- long naps throughout the day. None of this experience has been any fun, said Autiello, and he can't imagine someone with an underlying health condition having to deal with it. Autiello, the deputy director of constituent services for the Rhode Island Senate and manager of pre- construction services for A. Autiello Construction Co., says he's always maintained a healthy lifestyle, follow- ing a nutritious diet, exercising, and not being a smoker or heavy drinker, yet COVID-19 still had strong impacts on him. "If it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone," he said. Autiello said he has family and friends to thank for shopping for him and taking care of him over these last days, but it made him think of all those people who don't have that luxury. He said he's particularly appreciative for front-line workers who are putting themselves in harm's way every day, saying they deserve every penny of hazardous duty pay that they receive. Once someone tests positive, they don't need to get another test, said Autiello, but he said he wanted to get another one before going back to work and being around friends and family again. Many people are still treating COVID-19 far too lightly, said Autiello. He said he's consistently worn a mask to try to avoid passing anything to his parents, who are in their 60s, as well as his elderly grand- parents, some of who have underly- ing health conditions. He said he had a mask with him at the golf event, but of course removed it for eating. He said he could have contracted the virus then or at any point he was near other people. Autiello said he understands that this is summer and he, like many, would be at the beach seven days a week if they could, but he's urging everyone to make smart choices to keep Rhode Island's COVID counts where they are. He said elected offi- cials are doing their best, despite hav- ing to make unpopular decisions, and Rhode Islanders should do their part to take it seriously. AUTIELLO PROPERTIES From Page One The shelter committee conducted extensive research on the needs and costs of building a new shelter, along with recommending experi- enced architects, she said. "The research revealed, among other things, that animal shelters are unique properties that must be designed and built by experts to account for things like acoustics and noise reduction; odor control; surfaces that are easily cleaned and sanitized; a well-designed HVAC system for disease control; a layout to account for separation of species, sick or nursing animals; specific plumbing for waste/drainage; and adequate space for animals, volun- teers, and the public," she said. "A new shelter is not only needed for the humane treatment of animals within its care, but would also ben- efit the community by 'policing' through compassion, education and outreach." While Lombardi still maintains that he believes the town can get the shelter built for less than $1 million, with Johnston contribut- ing $300,000 toward it, Lanni said research shows that the cost of such a facility has increased from about $1 million in 2017 to $2 million today, "which is just 3 percent of the $60 million received from the Google settlement." Having funds available to only be spent on police expenditures "presents a once-in-a-lifetime oppor- tunity to build a new shelter without requiring any taxpayer money, so it's imperative we get this built now with the remaining funds before the cost rises again," she said. AUTIELLO From Page One SHELTER From Page 2 Texas Roadhouse virtual ride supports homes for troops NORTH SMITHFIELD – For the 17th year, Texas Roadhouse will host a nationwide motorcycle ride to benefit Homes For Our Troops. This year, participants will ride separately, but enjoy a similar expe- rience as in years past, all to support veterans. Ride packets will be available for pick-up, with an emailed donation receipt, on Sundays, Aug. 23 and 30, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Texas Roadhouse, 39 Dowling Village Blvd. For each $30 donation, registrants receive a commemorative T-shirt, a Virtual Ride 2020 Patch, and a food voucher to use by Oct. 31, 2020. Online registration is available at . The first 200 individuals to register will be guaranteed a commemorative T-shirt. Home For Our Troops is a non- profit organization that builds and donates specially-adapted custom homes for post-9/11 veterans, severely injured in the line of duty. 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