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The North Providence Breeze 01-06-2021

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE JOE BARREIRO and ANN MARIE SANTOS, of North Providence, play with their dog, Sophia, and pledge to focus on happiness in 2021 while at Notte Park on Sunday. See more photos on page 5. Leaping into a new year Council president calls for improvements to facilities, says tax increase unlikely NORTH PROVIDENCE – Town Council President Dino Autiello was on a recent trip to Walmart when he came to an even stronger realization about what he already knew relating to the state of local businesses. Autiello said he couldn't find what he needed, but the store was so crowded that he could barely get out, having to weave between people, in close proximity, to find the exit. For Autiello, that visit to the big box store shook him up when it came to feeling the need to better advocate for local businesses, many of which, such as local din- ers and hair salons, still can't open to capacity. "It really bothered me," he told The North Providence Breeze. "It's an assault on the small business community at this point." It would be one thing if By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – Mayor Charles Lombardi's holiday fundraising drive, replacing his annual gala, has raised $24,000 to date, but the mayor says he's hopeful about still reaching his goal of $30,000 and maybe even last year's high of $32,000. Lombardi said he's still hearing from various friends that they never received his letter asking for support and saying they still want to donate. He said he's also getting calls from various nonprofits in town asking if they can still count on the donations Lombardi's charity effort needs one final push By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See CHARITY, Page 8 See BUSINESS, Page 8 Autiello: Time to get our businesses back in gear Northern Rhode Island communities remain largely unfriendly to pedestrians after snowstorms, a safety issue brought on by inconsistent clearing and enforcement efforts, and officials are most often declin- ing to fill in the gaps with municipal crews. Officials in several cities and towns remain reluctant to issue tickets for failure to clear sidewalks, despite the presence of ordinances requiring such work to be done by abutting property owners within certain Communities struggle to get sidewalks cleared By ETHAN SHOREY and LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writers See SIDEWALKS, Page 11 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE JANUARY 6-12, 2021 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. Wishing You a Happy & Healthy New Year!

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