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The North Providence Breeze 09-16-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON GOV. GINA RAIMONDO chats with students as they enter the JAMES L. MCGUIRE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL on Monday for the first day of classes. Raimondo has been coordinat- ing the sometimes bumpy state effort toward a safe return to schools. She said Monday that she was impressed with the new school as officials detailed how taxpayers approved a bond to make its construction possible. See more photos on page 11. NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town is now accepting requests from owners of res- taurants and bars for extended outdoor seating and will address them on a case-by-case basis. A change approved by the Town Council this month extends a previous emergency ordinance allowing outdoor seating to Dec. 1 and allows individual applications to be made. If businesses want to keep their outdoor areas open beyond 11 p.m. and serve for longer hours, they can approach the council with their plan, said Stefano Famiglietti, head of the town's ordinance subcommittee that decided against recommending broader Town allowing requests for longer hours By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – It's a known trend in politics that challengers rarely succeed in taking out an incumbent of the same party without creat- ing some level of dissatisfaction with the status quo. But Democrat Steven Anthony Loporchio bucked that trend in a big way last week, beating endorsed Democrat Manny Giusti by a wide margin without ever going negative and without try- ing to combat Giusti's promo- tion of a laundry list of town successes during his 16 years Loporchio grateful for his win, stunned by the margin By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Welcome back! See HOURS, Page 12 See LOPORCHIO, Page 11 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Longtime Ricci Middle School teacher Matthew Moniz was arrested on the first day of school Monday, charged with multiple counts of rape and sexual assault against a juvenile victim. Moniz, 52, is a tech education teacher who helps lead the town's marine trades program. He has been featured in numerous articles about that program over the years. On Tuesday, the Barrington resi- dent was indicted by the Statewide Grand Jury on two counts of first- degree sexual assault (rape), one count of second-degree sexual assault, and one count of third-degree sexual assault. The alleged acts occurred in the city of East Providence between Feb. 1 and June 30 of last year, according to the Office of the Rhode Island Attorney General. The East Providence Police Department con- Ricci School teacher charged with rape of underage victim By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See TEACHER, Page 7 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE SEPTEMBER 16-22, 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. 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 Gas Boiler or Furnace ready for winter.

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