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The North Providence Breeze 11-04-2020

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 ROWAN MCCALLUM, 3, of Cumberland, inspects the bag of Halloween candy she has just received while attending the North Providence Union Free Library special Halloween trick-or-treat event last Saturday. See more on page 5. Sweet inspector Council to vote on land sale to NP Housing Authority Lombardi provides updates on other properties NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town's glut of excess properties might be shrinking a bit this week after the Town Council votes on whether to sell off a newly acquired parcel of property on Charles Street to the North Providence Housing Authority. The Housing Authority's board pre- viously voted to approve the $75,000 purchase. That price is well below the By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – On a regular basis, says Supt. Joseph Goho, there have been two to five teachers out of each school building every day this school year, with more at the high school, which has averaged six to 10 teachers absent on a given day. The school district has increased substitute teacher pay to help combat shortages due to the coronavirus pan- demic. Goho said during a typical school year, the district has a pool of roughly 10 substitutes. This year, some of those individuals have accepted long- Sub pay bumped to help meet inflated teacher absences By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See SUBSTITUTES, Page 10 See HOUSING, Page 10 As other collectors and sellers of secondhand goods continue to scale back operations, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island is ramping up efforts to make new inroads in area communities, and they're doing it for a good cause. With National Recycling Day coming up on Nov. 15, BBBS Chief Executive Officer Katje Afonseca is reminding residents that the nonprof- it keeps more than 4 million pounds of cloth out of the landfill each year and has donated more than $100,000 to its nonprofit partners over the past year through its profit-sharing pro- gram. Taylor Millspaugh, business devel- opment specialist for BBBS, said that as other organizations, includ- ing the Salvation Army, have closed locations in com- munities such as Pawtucket and North Providence, BBBS is trying to capitalize on new opportunities. "We're really try- ing to build partner- ships," she said. "The more we collect, the more we raise for our nonprofit part- ners," and the money also supports the BBBS mentoring program. As they're looking to fill the gap left by other organizations, BBBS staff are promoting the fact that while someone might not be able to give financially, they can still help a worthy cause by cleaning out their closets, said Millspaugh. The group also offers fundraisers to other non- profits, meaning that if organizers of a scouting troop or PTO want to col- lect items at a certain time and place, Big Brothers Big Sisters plans to add new bins, ramp up partnerships By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com MILLSPAUGH See DONATIONS, Page 10 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE NOVEMBER 4-10, 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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