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The North Providence Breeze 11-18-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE COURTNEY SCOBILLE, of North Providence, and her children, BROOKLYN, 3, and LEIGHTON, 6 months, enjoy the warmth of a 70-degree day last week dur- ing their visit to Notte Park. Courtney called the weather amazing for November and said she was so happy to be outside in the sunshine with her children. November warmth Police: Most vehicle thefts this fall have been preventable Number of incidents way up compared to 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Of the 13 vehicles North Providence has seen stolen within its borders since Sept. 1, eight of them were consid- ered preventable incidents, say local police. In five of those cases, said Chief of Police Arthur Martins, keys were left in the car, while in another three cases, vehicles were left running and unat- tended, including by residents running into a store or warming up their vehicles in their driveways in the morning. Investigating such incidents remains a difficult task for police, who are ask- ing residents to help the cause by tak- ing common sense precautions. "In addition to warning residents about leaving their cars running, either in the morning or to briefly enter a store, we want to emphasize the importance of not leaving the key or key fob in the vehicle," said By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com MARTINS See THEFTS, Page 4 NORTH PROVIDENCE – In the last 14 years, the annual Mayor's Holiday Charity Gala has raised more than $250,000 for local non- profits and groups, providing a vital lifeline to organizations that depend on the end-of-year cash infusion. Mayor Charles Lombardi and his wife Carol have decided against holding an in-person gala this holi- day season, also nixing plans for an ad book and raffle, but are still ask- ing those who typically support the festive fundraising effort to contrib- ute as they always have. "We're hoping that in the end we're able to fulfill the requests of the various organizations and fund Mayor's Holiday Charity Gala off, but need for help persists By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See GALA, Page 4 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town's proposed new ordinances on restraining pets, including increased penalties for escaped dogs and definitions for what constitutes as a leash, are headed to the Town Council for a vote on Dec. 1. One recent change to the proposal is to consider previous offenses from the years before a pet owner moves into North Providence, a modification motivated by concerns that someone with a history of poor pet ownership could get away with little or no punishment with a fresh offense here. "Any prior action taken by a municipality involving the same dog in question within a period of three years prior to the issuance of a violation by the town of North Providence may be considered a first, second or subsequent offense, as applicable," it states. The ordinance as drafted increases penalties from $25 to $100 for a sec- ond offense, and to $200 for a third and subsequent offense, payable within 15 days. A warning would be issued on a first offense of any kind. So, for example, a Warwick pet owner with a prior case of allowing Town's revised new leash law up for a vote By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See LEASH LAW, Page 4 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE NOVEMBER 18-24, 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. Register For Online Courses: valleybreeze.com/learning/ excel.html Improve Your EXCEL Skills! • Take courses from the comfort of your home or on-the-go using your smart phone • "Ask The Expert" feature submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying Find out more, call 401-334-9555 x134 INSIDE Look for our annual Holiday Gift Guide INSIDE Look for our annual Holiday Gift Guide

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