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The North Providence Breeze 09-30-2020

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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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE MANUEL and MARIA SIMOES, of North Providence, have been married for 55 years and walk together in Notte Park three or four times a week, weather permitting. They were out again enjoy- ing a fall day in the park on Monday. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Mayor Charles Lombardi was elected last week to be the next president of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns. Lombardi said he was "elated" at the trust his colleagues in other communities put in him to serve for the next two years, saying there are big challenges ahead that he looks forward to tackling. He said the day-to-day issues from community to community may be different, but all have an obligation to Lombardi chosen as president of R.I. League of Cities and Towns By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor An autumn walk in the park See LOMBARDI, Page 6 PROVIDENCE – For 30 combined years, Len Lavoie and his partner Peter Giroux say they were model pet own- ers, first loving their beagle for 16 years and then a cocka- poo for more than 14 years. They've lived the majority of that time as renters across from the DaVinci Center on Charles Street in Providence, walking their dogs three or four times a day and let- ting them play in 4 acres of green space across the street or driving them to nearby Wanskuck Park. Too old for a dog? Local couple say ageism taking them out of play By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See AGEISM, Page 7 NORTH PROVIDENCE – A North Providence fire captain who was arrested for drunk driving in April is now seeking an accidental disabil- ity pension after never going back to work for the depart- ment. Town labor attorney Vincent Ragosta confirmed that Capt. Robert Bell filed a claim for being injured on duty, which would have given him a 100 percent pension tax-free. After being denied by the town, he filed with the state's retirement board for an accidental dis- ability pension that would give him 66.66 percent of his pension with tax benefits. The town has been asked for all information relating to the case, and has provided it to the state through an employer's disability state- ment, according to Ragosta, who would not confirm what sort of injury Bell is claiming. According to a source, Bell is claiming mental injuries endured during his career. The claim came after a spent time at the IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery in Maryland fol- By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See CLAIM, Page 6 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 6, 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. NP fire captain who was arrested for DUI seeks injured status

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