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The North Providence Breeze 10-21-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON SHERRY LAVINE, of North Providence, catches a fly ball during the grand finale event at McCoy Stadium on Sunday. As part of the final weekend celebration, fans were invited to the park to participate in activities such as walking the warning track, catching pop flies, meeting the PawSox mascots, standing on home plate, a trivia contest and batting practice. See more photos on page 9. Keep your eye on the ball Brayton School conversion proposal moves forward Neighbors concerned about parking in area NORTH PROVIDENCE – Plans are moving forward on the pro- posed adaptive re-use of the former E.A. Brayton School at 2 Thomas St. following approvals from the Planning and Zoning Boards last week. Developer Joseph Colaluca went before the Planning Board Oct. 14 and Zoning Board on Oct. 15 to ask for an eight-space parking variance under off-street parking require- ments and a special use permit for By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – Town officials will consider a couple of proposals to help increase recycling in town. The Town Council's finance sub- committee, at its Oct. 26 meeting, will hold a discussion and possible vote on the cost and feasibility of: • Providing additional recycling totes at no cost to residents who request them; • And/or increasing the frequency of recycling pickups for every household. The town currently runs recycling trucks every other week and offers residents a single 65-gallon tote unless they purchase a second one. Town Councilor Kenneth Amoriggi is initiating the discus- sion, telling The Breeze that for those like him who are committed to recycling, one bin simply doesn't cut it. "Many, many people feel the Town considers second recycling bins, increased frequency By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See CONVERSION, Page 15 See RECYCLING, Page 16 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Mayor Charles Lombardi is commending the Town Council for standing its ground during budget discussions in the spring, saying newly discovered "accounting and recording errors" reveal that school officials were wrong about claims of a $1.2 million deficit last year. Lombardi, in an email to the coun- cil last week, attached an Oct. 5 doc- ument submitted to the Department of Revenue showing budget-to-actual changes. "I am pleased to inform you that due to accounting and recording errors, the School Department is no longer projecting a $1.2 million defi- cit for the fiscal year 2020," he said. As stated on Page 3 of the attached report, "The deficit estimate was overstated because of the prior year's payroll accrual that was not reversed in fiscal year '20. In addition, double postings occurred in the recording School deficit evaporates; Lombardi commends council for holding line By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See DEFICIT, Page 16 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE OCTOBER 21-27, 2020 FOR ALL OF YOUR FLOORING NEEDS 25 Esten Ave., Pawtucket, RI • 401-726-3000 www.FactoryCarpetOutlet.com HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY 9-5 24 MONTH FINANCING AVAILABLE* *Subject to credit approval. Ask for details.

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