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The North Providence Breeze 08-12-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE ERIC WELLS, with his 2-year-old son, ERIC JR., and his 4-year-old daughter, AMYA, all of North Providence, cool off in the waters at Wenscott Reservoir at Notte Park in North Providence during the 92-degree heat on Monday. See more photos on page 6. Town asked to abandon two roads for development NORTH PROVIDENCE – The primary race between two Democrats for the District 1 Town Council seat is the picture of positivity, with challenger Steven Loporchio declining to say anything negative about incumbent Manny Giusti as he seeks to take him down. Loporchio, 63, of 12 East Lake View Drive, says he's walking this district on the Johnston end of town as well as he can, wearing gloves and a mask as he makes sure people are comfortable before approaching. While he hasn't been able to Loporchio, Giusti square off in District 1 By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See DISTRICT 1, Page 22 Beating the heat at Notte Park THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE AUGUST 12-18, 2020 Mike Gorman Roofing, INC. Established 2012 • Fully Insured Comm# 237R RI Reg# 3692 Prompt, Professional Service First Quality Workmanship & Materials 2 Mayfield Street, Greenville, RI cell 401487-5724 or 401728-2851 Family Owned Since 1926 $100 Off New Gas Boiler or Furnace LIC. #RIMP882 • One Day Gas & Oil Boiler Replacements • Same Day Gas & Electric Water Heater Replacements • Boiler Repairs & Maintenance • HVAC Service & Replacements • All Work Guaranteed Call NOW to get your AC Service Ready for Summer. Lombardi Medical Associates LLC Wellesley Medical Building 1515 Smith Street, Suite M, North Providence, RI 02911 401-228-8775 Anthony J. Lombardi, Jr., MD Internal Medicine NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town should soon be down a couple of streets as a developer is looking to use them as part of his plan for a new commercial project. Michael Grieco Jr., owner of 1601 Mineral Spring Ave., a multi-tenant building that previously held the Ken Wok Chinese restaurant front- ing on Mineral Spring, was set to go before the Town Council on Tuesday, Aug. 11, seeking the aban- donment of Utica Street and Martin Avenue, two short streets running on either side of his property. Utica Street measures about 220 feet, connecting Mineral Spring Avenue with Dutchess Avenue, while Martin Avenue runs about 240 feet, running parallel with Utica and also connecting Mineral Spring and Dutchess. Mayor Charles Lombardi said prior to Tuesday's meeting that he has no problem abandoning the two streets. "I don't foresee it as an issue," he said. What would typi- cally happen with a request for aban- donment, he said, owners on either side of the street in question would be given the option to buy half of it. But in this case, he said, Grieco owns the commercial properties on either side of 1601 Mineral Spring Ave. One important consideration is whether an abandonment will impact public safety, added Lombardi, and he doesn't see that being an issue here. Neither one of the streets gets a lot of use, he said, and residents of the neighborhoods behind the property can access Mineral Spring in numerous other By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See ABANDON, Page 4 LOMBARDI

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