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The North Providence Breeze 08-05-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON STEFANIE BLANKENSHIP is the new North Providence Union Free Library Director. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Stefanie Blankenship describes start- ing her new role as director of the North Providence Union Free Library as a homecoming. Blankenship, who was born and raised in North Providence and went to the library as a child for crafts and story times, said she also worked there in the reference department throughout her time in college. "This place is near and dear to my heart," she told The Breeze. "It's mean- ingful when it's the place that you're from. I definitely feel back at home." Blankenship started as director on July 6, taking over for Mary Ellen Hardiman, who retired after decades leading the library on Mineral Spring Avenue. "I have big shoes to fill," Blankenship said, noting that NP native hired as new director of town library By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – Following multiple recent dog attacks, Town Councilor Steven DiLorenzo is seeking new rules on leashing and keep- ing pets in town. The attacks, said DiLorenzo, hap- pened in the area of Homewood and Garden Avenues off Olney Avenue. One was document- ed, with actions taken, and two or three more were not documented. North Providence has an antiquat- ed leash law that's short on details, DiLorenzo told The Breeze, seem- ingly written a century ago. At Tuesday's Town Council meet- ing, DiLorenzo was planning to bring up the issue and ask the full Town Council to send it to the ordinance subcommittee for review. Current rules on dogs cover only a few sentences, he said. Among the potential additions, he said, might be increased fines and Councilman seeks new rules on leashing, containing dogs By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – Nineteen months after a drunk driver nearly took his life, leaving him with numerous injuries, Officer Christian Ariza is back working at the North Providence Police Department. Department leaders and colleagues say they couldn't be happier to have After long recovery, Officer Ariza excited to be back on duty By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See DOGS, Page 21 this great officer and wonderful man back in the fold and doing police work in town. "It's been a long road, with lots of uncertainty, but I'm glad to be back," Ariza told The Breeze of his July 16 return, which was followed by some light duty before he was cleared for a full workload again. "I'm glad to be walking." Lt. Michael Tavarozzi said Ariza is wonderfully positive and upbeat about his return. He said he's an outstand- ing officer, a great family guy, and a standup person in all that he does. Some people might have used injuries such as Ariza sustained to stay out a lot longer, Tavarozzi said, but Ariza was eager to return to police work. Ariza, who will have been with the department five years this December, says he's returning to full-time police work with both excitement and a little bit of nervousness. See DIRECTOR, Page 6 See ARIZA, Page 21 DILORENZO THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE AUGUST 5-11, 2020 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. DESIGN ~ INSTALL ~ MAINTAIN commercial • residential 401-451-2622 401-300-9228 We Specialize in All Phases of Hardscape Patios • Walkways • Retaining Walls Licensed & Insured D.C.J. LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION Rhode Island • Massachusetts • Connecticut We WIll beat any CoMpetItoRs pRICe

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