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The North Providence Breeze 01-20-2021

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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THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE JANUARY 20-26, 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. Does your child like? Robotics • Google Chromebooks Up to date computer room with fiber optic technology Wireless technology throughout the school Strings and Instrumental Music Chorus • Drama • Smartboards • Sports Saint CeCilia SChool Celebrating over 100 years of Catholic education! Then St. Cecilia School is the only school for you! Accepting Registrations for 2021-2022 Pre-K - Grade 8 Where morals and values meet academic excellence Extended Care is available 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 755 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, Rhode Island 401-723-9463 • • Join US FoR a ViRtUal toUR at SCSRi.oRG Call FoR a PeRSonal toUR NORTH PROVIDENCE – A doc- tor with a history of bad behavior in this town committed his most egre- gious offense yet by putting patients in direct danger of getting COVID-19, said Mayor Charles Lombardi, and Dr. Anthony Farina Jr. should be pros- ecuted criminally for his actions. Farina had his license to practice medicine revoked indefinitely last week after the Rhode Island Department of Health found that he deliber- ately exposed patients and staff to the coronavirus. Farina once famously commissioned a caricature of Lombardi sitting atop a toilet on the side of the since-demol- ished vacant building alongside his doctor's office at the Mineral Spring Medical Commons at 1830 Mineral Spring Ave. The doctor, who also has six practic- es total in North Providence, Johnston and East Greenwich, was accused of working while sick with COVID-19 and infecting those in his office, posing an "immediate danger to the public." The state's Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline issued the emergency suspension last Thursday, and Farina has been ordered to report to the Rhode Island Medical Society Physicians Health Program for evalu- ation. Lombardi said he was planning a discussion with Chief of Police Arthur Martins this week about the possibility By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor FARINA See FARINA, Page 6 Lombardi: Dr. Farina should be prosecuted criminally BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE While skateboarding in Stephen Olney Park on Monday, DAVID DELGUIDICE comes to a stop as he encounters a large crack and heave in the pavement that appears to have been caused by the root of a nearby tree. With him is his friend NICOLAS SMITH. The boys live in North Providence. Speed bump NORTH PROVIDENCE – A judge has dismissed domestic charges against a town police detective, saying that accusations against him were embel- lished and otherwise not credible. District Court Associate Judge Mary McCaffrey last month dismissed charg- es of misdemeanor domestic disorderly and domestic simple assault against Detective Luis Rivera after hearing the matter for trial over several afternoons, according to a court transcript. Rivera, 39 at the time of the incident a year ago, returned to an administra- tive role with the North Providence Police Department a few days after his arrest based on a complaint by his ex- girlfriend. Chief Arthur Martins said at the time that there was nothing that caused him to question Rivera return- Domestic charges against Det. Rivera dismissed By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See DISMISSED, Page 4 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Thanks to an anonymous donation from two local women, a new partnership with the Marieville Neighborhood Partnership and Town Council President Dino Autiello is helping to feed hungry people in town while also supporting local businesses that are hurting. The partnership with Parma Bar & Grille is a new charitable program called Plates with Purpose, centered around distributing nutritious meals to individuals and/or families in North Providence who are struggling to meet their own basic food needs. The program takes place on Sundays, and those selected to receive a meal that 'Plates with Purpose' launched to feed NP needy, help businesses By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See PLATES, Page 6

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