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The North Providence Breeze 09-02-2020

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Superintendent contract becomes primary target BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE EDY ARTEAGA cooks a slice of beef to be used in one of the many Colombian dishes she serves at El Montanero, a restaurant on Charles Street in North Providence. She and her sister, Sirley, learned how to cook from their mother and grandmother in Colombia. A taste of Columbia NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town has had to combine polling locations for the Sept. 8 primary, down from 16 places to cast a vote to 10, meaning local voters will need to make some adjustments. The combining of locations start- ed off due to a lack of poll workers, said Acting Board of Canvassers Director Denise Vasques, but two additional polling spots, Centredale Manor and Spring Villa, were lost due to construction activity. The town previously used Marieville School in District 2, where there's a big race for School Committee between Roderick DaSilva and Catarina da Silva, but that building is now being used Fewer polling locations, but more options for primary By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – Leonard "Lenny" Cioe is taking his campaign to the streets of Senate District 4, covering parts of North Providence and Providence, hop- ing to unseat Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, a fixture in Rhode Island politics for decades. Cioe, 61, of 25 Superior View Blvd. in North Providence, says he's working very hard in this race and not taking anything for grant- ed, saying it seems to be working as Ruggerio is spending "a lot more money" than in the past "try- ing to stop me." He says he's meeting a lot of people who are struggling due to cuts to Medicaid, saying leaders need to get reimbursements up and Cioe takes on Senate President Ruggerio in District 4 By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See POLLING, Page 26 See DISTRICT 4, Page 18 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The contract for the town's superinten- dent of schools has taken center stage in the only school board race of note this election season, with both District 2 challenger Catarina da Silva and her political ally, Mayor Charles Lombardi, questioning it. Da Silva and her campaign team were hand-delivering copies of the con- tract along with an accompanying letter to residents over the weekend, saying it essentially guarantees him "lifetime employment." She then tells resi- dents in her letter that if the contract offends them, they should vote for change. Lombardi, who made requests to the School Committee back on July 23 and again on July 30 for an expla- nation on what he calls a "lifetime contract" for Joseph Goho, says his requests came up empty. He took out a full-page ad this week, the last week before the primary between da Silva and Roderick DaSilva (no rela- tion), accusing the School Committee of playing "Let's Make a Deal" with more than $1.5 million of Goho's salary. As Lombardi explained in that ad this week, taxpayers must pay Goho until his retirement, even if officials no longer want him as the district's top administrator. According to his contract, a non-renewal would GOHO By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See CONTRACT, Page 17 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE SEPTEMBER 2-8, 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.

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