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The North Providence Breeze 02-17-2021

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4 BUSINESS FEBRUARY 17-23, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION WOONSOCKET – Live-streamed from The Stadium Theatre, the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce held its 30th annual celebration last Wednesday with a look back through the last year of the pandemic and messages of hope and excitement for the future. Typically a sit-down dinner with Chamber members and sponsors at Twin River, the event was held virtu- ally, with some members speaking at The Stadium joining over Zoom. The keynote speaker, the coun- try's 2020 CEO of the Year Brian Moynihan, of Bank of America, was interviewed over Zoom by Immediate Past Chairman Kevin Tracy, of Bank of America in Rhode Island. "The number one issue for the United States and the world is to win the war on the health care crisis," Moynihan said. "We are all on the same side of this war. If we win that, then everything else falls into place." Moynihan has some connections to Rhode Island, including being on the Brown University Board of Fellows. He leads a team of more than 200,000 employees and participates in several organizations that focus on economic and market trends, said Northern Rhode Island Chamber President Liz Catucci when she introduced him. "The good news is, we're at the light at the end of the tun- nel," Moynihan said. "Our economists at Bank of America have us growing to 6 percent GDP growth in 2021. It's a pretty strong growth rate, as the economy is the same aggregate size as 2018. With the stimulus packages, they will help make sure that the 6 percent growth comes true along with the Fed and monetary policy." While Moynihan and many other businesses had to cut back and do things differently in 2020, so too did the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce. Catucci was serving her first term as president and said that last year started off amazing. She said that in the first quarter they had their highest new member rate ever and were able to launch the Women's Business Council. "Like many of our local business, your Chamber team quickly pivot- ed," she said. "We hosted educational seminars on PPE loans, HR issues, and yes, even a how-to on making your favorite cocktail at home, all virtually. We offered individualized assistance with the numerous grant programs that were launched, hand- ed out thousands of PPE supplies to our members and participated in the 'Take it Outside' initiative." Tracy commented on all of the innovative programs the Chamber still put on this past year. He noted that the organization held about 40 to 50 events, some in-person, some virtually and some both ways. Maintaining that connection with businesses was vital, he said. Incoming Chairman Peter Marino, president and CEO of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, said he was thrilled with how the Chamber responded to the pandemic last year as well as its ongoing response. "Having a chamber that rolls up its sleeves and works with businesses to make sure we can all be successful is why we're all here," Marino said. "I also want to thank everyone who serves on the Chamber Board and all the new board members." As part of the annual celebra- tion, the Chamber gave out awards. Catucci said that they needed to come up with an award this year to recognize their Northern Rhode Island Community Heroes, as 2020 was so challenging. This year's inau- gural winners were the health care professionals at Landmark Medical Center. The award was accepted by Landmark CEO Mike Souza, who said that he has witnessed countless heroic acts at his hospital. Also presented was the Ben Mondor Award, given to honor a NRI Chamber celebrates 30 years with optimism By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Staff Writer CATUCCI See CHAMBER, Page 22 ABOUT US The Valley Breeze is a locally owned newspaper Office location: 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Closed weekends and holidays. Call us: 401-334-9555 Fax: 401-334-9994 Online: READER SERVICES DO YOU HAVE A STORY IDEA? Contact Managing Editor Ethan Shorey at or call 401-334-9555, ext. 130. 24-hour, 7-day voice mail. ADVERTISING – Call your sales representative, or Director of Sales Jack Birolini at 401-334- 9555, ext. 141 or email: CLASSIFIEDS – Place ads at, or call 401-334-9555 during office hours. NEWS BRIEFS AND CALENDAR EVENTS Let others know about events sponsored by your non-profit organization, church or school. • Deadline: Entertainment news is Friday at noon. All other news is Monday 3 p.m. • Submit: We prefer receiving news via e-mail. 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News aggregators that solicit advertising may not link TOWN OF NORTH PROVIDENCE 100 Smith Street, North Providence, RI 02911 PUBLIC NOTICE OF DRAFT PHSE II STORMWATER ANNUAL REPORT PREPARED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RHODE ISLAND POLLUTION DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM (RIPDES) PROGRAM GENERAL PERMIT FOR STORMWATER DISCHARGE FROM SMALL MUNICIPAL SEPARATE STORM SEWER SYSTEMS AND FROM INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITY AT ELIGIBLE FACILITIES OPERATED BY REGULATED SMALL MS4s DATE OF NOTICE:________________ PUBLIC NOTICE NUMBER: Year 17 NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS OF SMALL MS4 OPERATOR: Town of North Providence, 2000 Smith Street, North Providence, RI 02911 Pursuant to the requirements established in the Rhode Island Pollution Discharge Elimination System (RIPDES) General Permit for Storm Water Discharge from Small MS4s and from Industrial Activity at Eligible Facilities Operated by Regulated Small MS4s (herein aer "General Permit"). e Town of North Providence submitted an application package, including Notice of Intent and Storm Water Management Program Plan (SWMPP) to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) for authorization of the storm water discharges from the Town of North Providence MS4. In accordance with Part IV.E of the General Permit the operator must annually evaluate the compliance of the SWMPP with the conditions of the permit, as well as the appropriateness of the selected best management practices and efforts towards achieving certain measurable goals. An annual report prepared in accordance with Part IV.G of the General Permit must be submitted to RIDEM by March 10th for each year aer the permit is issued. Notice is hereby given of the intent to receive public comment and to hold a public hearing, if requested, on the Town of North Providence Phase II Storm Water Annual Report. FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE DRAFT ANNUAL REPORT: Copies of the Phase II Storm Water Annual Report may be obtained at no cost by writing or calling the Town as noted below: Louis Lanni, Stormwater Coordinator, Town of North Providence, 2000 Smith Street, North Providence, RI, 02911 (401) 232-0900 e administrative record containing documents is on file and may be inspected by appointment at the Town's office note above between 8:30AM and 4:30PM, Monday through Friday. PUBLIC COMMENT AND REQUEST FOR PUBLIC HEARING: Pursuant to the requirements of the Phase II Small MS4 General Permit, a public hearing has been tentatively scheduled to consider the Town of North Providence Phase II Storm Water Annual Report. Requests for a public hearing must be submitted in writing to the attention of Louis Lanni at the address indicated above. Notice should be taken that if the Town of North Providence receives a request from twenty-five (25) people, a governmental agency or subdivision, or an Asso- ciation having no less than twenty-five (25) members on or before 4:00PM, February 24, 2021, the public hearing will be held at the following time and place: March 1, 2021 at 4:00PM, North Providence Town Hall, 2000 Smith Street, North Providence, RI 02911 Interested persons should contact the Town of North Providence in advance to confirm if a hearing will be held at the time and location noted above. Interested parties may submit comments on the dra annual report and the administrative record to the address above by the close of the public comment period which ends 4:00PM March 5, 2021. Citizens or groups who wish to comment may request a longer comment period if necessary, to provide a reasonable opportunity to comply with these requirements. If, during the public comment period, significant comments are received concerning the dra annual report, the Town of North Providence will provide a written response to comments to all persons that submitted comments and all members of the public that request a copy of the response. e response will include a final annual report and identify what changes to it have been made if any. FINAL ANNUAL REPORT: Pursuant to the Phase II Small MS4 General Permit, the Town of North Providence will submit the final annual report to the RIDEM. All records relating to this permit are available for review by the public. e public may view the records during normal business hours at the address indicated above. Changes adding (but not subtracting or replacing) components of the SWMPP may be implemented immediately upon written notification to RIDEM. Unless denied, changes replacing ineffective or infeasible six minimum measure best management practices, specifically identified in the SWMPP, shall be deemed approved and may be implemented within sixty (60) days from submittal of the request. Changes replacing ineffec- tive or infeasible storm water control specifically identified in the SWMPP or in an approved scope of work intended to meet the requirements of a total maximum daily load (TMDL) or other water quality determination may be implemented only upon receipt of written approval from RIDEM. Custom Finish or You Finish & Save Tables • Chairs • Entertainment Centers Stools • Hutches • Bookcases • Benches Corner Cabinets • Bedroom Sets • etc. 1661 Lonsdale Ave., Lincoln, RI 725-0360 Mon.-Wed. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thu & Fri 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. UNFINISHED & FINISHED FREE 4 PEG COAT BOARD With any purchase $20 Off any purchase of $100 or more With ad. One per order. Does not apply to sale items.

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