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The North Providence Breeze 5-22-13

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A Valley Breeze Newspaper MAY 22-28, 2013 FREE Breeze The north providence Business is Cooking Hero Visits McGuire Jamie Oliver's home sales company makes a home in Pawtucket. LIVING Watertown Police officer speaks to elementary school children. PAGE 5 @ "Like" us on Gallonio selected as grand marshal for Memorial Day Parade valleybreeze.com Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Talent on her toes Sealed bids set to be opened Thursday morning By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – Michael Gallonio, a 90-year-old town resident and a "true hero" of American history, according to his family, has been selected as the grand marshal for the 2013 North Providence Memorial Day Parade and Celebration. The sixth Memorial Day event returns to Governor John A. Notte Jr. Park on Gallonio Monday, May 27, beginning at 1 p.m. in front of North Providence High School. Mayor Charles Lombardi is inviting all residents for a parade that will march down Mineral Spring Avenue, Douglas Avenue, and end at Notte Park, where a celebration will follow. There will be a ceremony, music, entertainment and a food court. See GALLONIO, Page 16 Twelve companies inquire about running DPW By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com Breeze photos by Elise Manahan Visitors attending the 6th annual Ricci Middle School talent show last Friday were treated to a wide variety of performances including singing acts, dancing, musical performances and more. Kicking up her heels in an Irish step dance was 7th-grader Mackenzee Stanley. 548 Smithfield Ave., Pawtucket 401-556-1006 Owner, Nick Ferrante 6 Months Financing Available With Approved Credit HOME OF THE 10x10 KITCHEN Includes choice of 10 door styles, all wood construction in stains, paints & glazes. Also includes installation of new cabinets, choice of granite tops with stainless steel under mount sink, crown moulding, dovetail full extension slow motion draw glides and hardware. FREE in-home measure. .00 $4,995 Over 20 Years Experience NORTH PROVIDENCE – Representatives for a dozen private construction companies showed up for a tour of North Providence last week. All had at least a preliminary interest in taking over the town's public works services, according to local officials. Mayor Charles Lombardi, who is seeking bids for a private company to assume control of the Department of Public Works, told The Breeze that the number shows a "strong interest" in running the DPW, which can only be a "good thing" for taxpayers. The more competition the greater chance of a bid that will save the town big money, he said. Companies were required to be represented at the initial walk-through and briefing on May 16, according to Lombardi, if they wanted to be considered when final bids Looking to Sell Your Stuff? Let us help. NEW! Pay only $10 for ads for Items for Sale valued at $200 or less. 3 weeks, only $25. Visit valleybreeze.com, or call 334-9555 weekdays. Deadline, Tuesday at 3 p.m. were submitted. They had the chance to "come in, look around and ask questions," he said. Sealed bids will be received by Purchasing Agent Michael Mooney until 9:45 a.m. this Thursday, May 23. They'll be opened at 10 a.m. Thursday, according to the town's official request for proposals. Thursday's bid event will prove once and for all whether all the talk from Lombardi over the years that the town's DPW could be run in a much more cost-effective way, with fewer employees doing the work, is realistic. John DeAngelis, Lombardi president of the Local 1491-A of Council 94, AFSCEME, AFL-CIO, told The Breeze Monday that the union is not prepared to decide on possible legal action against the Lombardi administration. "We can't do anything until we see the numbers," he said. "Until we see the numbers we can't speculate." In its letter, the union does question whether the mayor See DPW, Page 14 NORTH PROVIDENCE SM ITH FIELD/ GREENVILLE 6 54-410 0 2 33-8 96 6 1818 M i neralSpri Ave. ng 375 Putnam Pi ke Sun.- Thurs., 11AM - 12AM ;Fri & Sat.11AM - 1AM . 7 $ 99 Open 7 Days a week by appointment only Call Nick at 401-556-1006 Installation by Registered R.I. Contractors WWW.KITCHENSANDMOREONLINE.COM ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. CARRYOUT ONLY

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