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The North Providence Breeze 10-14-2020

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2 NORTH PROVIDENCE OCTOBER 14-20, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION Council approves longer hours for Camp Nowhere's second patio NORTH PROVIDENCE – Camp Nowhere, at 1838 Smith St., now has permission to keep its secondary patio open for another three hours each night, from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Town Council last week approved the extended hours, matching the sec- ond patio to the front patio where the longer hours were already allowed. Though Town Clerk Maryann DeAngelus said no official complaints have been filed related to the establish- ment, Councilor Ron Baccala said he has received calls. He said allowing the longer hours here could open "Pandora's Box" to many more requests. Councilor Steven DiLorenzo said he too has gotten complaints about traffic in the area, though he said it could be related to another bar such as The Duke across the street and he doesn't want to fully assign blame for such incidents as a motorcycle race. He questioned whether 1 a.m. is too late in a crowded neighbor- hood. Owners said they're trying to maxi- mize every opportunity they can as the weather gets cooler, including apply- ing for the state's new Take It Outside grants. The owners said they understand that DiLorenzo doesn't like them, but he rejected that notion, saying he's simply concerned about the neighborhood. He added that he remains a "pro-business ally," having been in business for much of his life. Other council members agreed, saying there's no one more pro- business than DiLorenzo. Councilor Mario Martone said he too has concerns about a 1 a.m. end time, but noted that Camp Nowhere has a track record of responsibility with its smaller front patio. He also men- tioned that this extension will last until December. The council ended up granting the request for the right to stay open until 1 a.m. in the expanded area, with a review at a later meeting. If there are no complaints, then that review will be removed from the agenda. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Town again targeting dog owners at 22 Piave St. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Despite repeated warnings and citations over several years, including several that led to property cleanups and overall chang- es, town officials are again targeting the residents of 22 Piave St. for the way they keep animals. The home, which in the past has been the key driver in rule changes and crack- downs on breeding animals in town, is now seeing four large dogs routinely escaping through openings in the fences and roaming the Charles Street area, said Town Councilor Ken Amoriggi last week. The dogs have been going after other dogs, he said, and have been picked up by Animal Control Officer Ernie Calandra on multiple occasions. Amoriggi noted that pending new rules on leashing and keeping of ani- mals, coming at Councilor Steven DiLorenzo's request, will help deliver consequences to the owners of the dogs. New rules, up for a vote of the full coun- cil next month, call for a fine of $100 for a second offense of the leash law and $200 for each subsequent offense, up from $25 for offenses currently. The council, at Amoriggi's request during its Oct. 6 meeting, sent a letter to Calandra asking him to assess the latest situation at 22 Piave St. and speak to the owners before getting back to the coun- cil on his findings at the Nov. 4 meeting. Council President Dino Autiello, a res- cue dog owner, commended Amoriggi for tackling the issue once again, saying it's "unfortunate that this address (22 Piave) is on our agenda once again." He said it's "just awful what's going on in this house," saying it's "animal cruelty" and "I'm really sick and tired of what's going on over there." By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Historical Society launches free history classrooms PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Historical Society has launched a free new series of Turnkey Google Classrooms for Rhode Island educators, distance learning families and homeschoolers. Then & Now: The Relevance of History in Current Events is a series of Google classrooms designed to create historical context for the stories we see in our social media feeds and on the news. Using primary sources, articles, and videos each classroom traces how past events have influenced our contemporary world. Topics include Identity and the U.S. Census, The Black Experience, Protest, Suffrage, and Immigration. Each free classroom includes educator guides and informational videos for exploring how educators can best adapt the classroom for their in-person or distance- learning needs. Classrooms can additionally be adapted by users by adding and removing material, inviting students, and assigning due dates and grades. Classrooms will be released weekly on Fridays. Classrooms can be secured by filling out the request form at https://bit.ly/2Hr0sa1 or by emailing mowc@rihs. org .

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