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The North Providence Breeze 02-24-2021

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE ROCCO MELISE, 7, of Johnston, flies off a small jump in the middle of the slope as he sleds down the hill at Stephen Olney Park last Saturday. Catching air NORTH PROVIDENCE – The Zoning Board last week denied a request for a 1-foot variance allowing a 25-foot-wide home to be built on an undersized lot on High Service Avenue. But the owner of the lot at Zero High Service Ave., Bukky Olukoga, could still choose to build a 24-foot- wide home without a variance, a move her attorney, John Garrahy, told The North Providence Breeze on Monday that he plans to recommend to her. "I have to have that conversa- tion with her. It's probably what she should do," he said, adding that he was surprised by the Zoning Board's decision after the Planning Board voted 5-0 after a "very vigorous hear- ing" to recommend granting the relief needed. As he told the Zoning Board last week, said Garrahy, the applicant started out thinking she would need a greater level of relief from the town to allow the home, but he researched North Providence's zoning code and found conflicting information, leading to the request for lesser relief of just Board rejects variance for home on tiny lot, but it might still go up By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – Police Chief Arthur Martins says he's finally ready to kickstart some of the initia- tives that came to a screeching halt with the arrival of the pandemic last year, including the Police Department's first in a series of "Coffee with a Cop" events. The opening event is planned for this Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the North Providence Public Safety Complex, an informal event, said Martins, for residents to talk to officers about absolutely any- thing they want. "It's an opportunity to engage in dialogue," he said. Topics could range from issues in the community or a neighborhood to football and Tom Brady. "Whatever. There's no set agenda," said Martins. If a resident is encountering problems, police want to listen and help them solve them, he said, or if someone wants to "just have a beverage with a town official, they can do that as well. Nothing for- mal." Depending on community interest, Martins said, he could end up hold- ing these events once each quarter or monthly to focus on particular topics. Forums could be held in person once Chief Martins starting 'Coffee with a Cop' events By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town's first in a series of vaccine clinics for residents age 75 and older over the weekend was seam- less and left everyone "very, very happy and satisfied," said Mayor Charles Lombardi. The mayor said a total of 259 people were vaccinated in the closed-pod clinic at North Providence High School last Saturday. "Not one vaccine was left over," he said, adding that he told Fire Chief John Silva, the town's EMA director, that with vaccines at a shortage, there was no option to First vaccine clinic seamless, second will have more doses By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See VARIANCE, Page 6 See COFFEE, Page 7 See VACCINE, Page 6 MARTINS THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE FEBRUARY 24-MARCH 2, 2021 (401)935-0935 Our uplifting environment and special approach to Alzheimer's and dementia care have created a quality of life you simply can't get anywhere else. MEMORY CARE ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENCE Visit our website BriarcliffeRI.com or call to book a Virtual Tour from the Comfort of Home Convenient to US Hwy 6 and I-95 in Johnston, RI 49 OLD POCASSET ROAD BriarcliffeRI.com TRASH COLLECTION SERVICES Residential/ Commercial ADDITIONAL SERVICES Excavation • Demo • Junk Removal • Construction Call For An Estimate! 401-688-0517 ROLL OFF DUMPSTERS 10, 15, 20 & 25 yard Free Property Evaluation at no cost or obligation Call Norm Harrison, owner/broker 401-353-9000 x 10 NormHarrison@realtycenterri.com

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