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The North Providence Breeze 11-24-2020

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UNSAL ARDA, of North Providence, left, and KEVIN MACHADO, of Pawtucket, play a game of touch football with their friends at Slater Park in Pawtucket on Sunday. Game time Land Trust favors creating kayak launch at new riverfront property NORTH PROVIDENCE – Members of the North Providence Land Trust, who met last week to dis- cuss ideas for the recently purchased property off Adams Lane along the Woonasquatucket River, agreed that making it a site for passive rec- reation, including adding a kayak launch to access the river, made the most sense. "I see this as the best use of the property," said Chairman Ken Conte at the Nov. 19 meeting, noting that people could go and take a ride down the river. "I'm not sure how much more we want to impact that area." He also suggested adding a few picnic tables. Land Trust member Cheryl Hodgdon agreed, saying that with close proximity to the river and one hiking trail already in existence on site, "why reinvent it?" Earlier this fall, the Land Trust finalized the purchase of the approxi- mately 2.5-acre property, which is located off Waterman Avenue in the southwestern part of town near the Smithfield and Johnston lines. The $300,000 purchase from the Octeau family was half funded by the Land Trust with a matching $150,000 grant from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. "This is a nice piece of property at the end of Adams Lane," Conte said, adding that the purchase is the Land Trust's largest acquisition in its By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com Addition of dog park being researched BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE NORTH PROVIDENCE – Police and town officials have been tackling dozens of traffic and parking issues in this pandemic year, all part of an effort to address increased complaints from residents and enhance safety and quality of life. North Providence's side streets continue to act as cut-throughs for drivers looking to avoid traffic on Mineral Spring Avenue, they say, leading to frequent complaints about speeding with more pedestrians out and about. What police are finding through their data collection trailers is that problems often shift over time, said Lt. Michael Tavarozzi. The By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com NP tackling widespread speeding, parking issues See SPEEDING, Page 11 See RIVERFRONT, Page 10 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE NOVEMBER 24-DECEMBER 1, 2020 Family Owned Since 1926 $ 100 Off New Gas Boiler or Furnace LIC. #RIMP882 • One Day Gas & Oil Boiler Replacements • Same Day Gas & Electric Water Heater Replacements • Boiler Repairs & Maintenance • HVAC Service & Replacements • All Work Guaranteed Call NOW to get your Gas Boiler or Furnace ready for winter. AN ACTIVE ADULT COMMUNITY Wishing You a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving

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