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The North Providence Breeze 03-31-2021

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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BURRILLVILLE – One year into the pan- demic, Paula Dumas, owner of Uncle Ronnie's Red Tavern in Burrillville with her husband, Ron, said they've faced everything. Since last March, they've switched to takeout, limited their seating, and navigated the compli- cated policies around reopening. But the latest challenge, she said, isn't related to the number of customers or government restrictions. Instead, she said, it's staff that she's struggling to bring in the door. Restaurant owners say employee shortage holding them back By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Deputy Editor BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM Owner PAULA DUMAS stands on the back patio at Uncle Ronnie's Red Tavern in Burrillville, which she says they've been unable to open due to a shortage of employees. See RESTAURANTS, Page 21 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The would-be developer of three new commercial buildings totaling six combined units is scheduled to come before the Planning Board with his proposed plan on April 14. Michael Grieco is looking to create an all-new plaza to replace the old Ken Wok/Lucky Cottage building at 1601 Mineral Spring Ave. to have front-facing businesses instead of less visible side-facing ones. He and his company, 1601 Mineral Spring LLC, also own two vacant lots on either Three new commercial buildings sought on MSA By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor NORTH PROVIDENCE – Every town leader should have a say in how the town spends its federal stimulus dollars, says Mayor Charles Lombardi, which is why he intends to call a summit to allow everyone to give input based on how they believe taxpayers would want them to spend it. The meeting, likely at the Town Council's finance subcommittee, would allow everyone to present ideas of their own on the spending, he said. A redo of North Providence High Autiello agrees that recreation improvements are top priority By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See RECREATION, Page 22 See COMMERCIAL, Page 22 OFFICE – 6 Blackstone Valley Place Suite #204 Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone - 401-334-9555 Fax - 401-334-9994 Check Out Each Week's Growing List of Local Yard Sales In Our Classifieds Section. YARD SALE as seen in Day(s): Date(s): Tim e: Address: Please dispose of this sign as soon as your Yard Sale ends. Thank you! Planning A Yard Sale? Listings are JUST $25 and includes an online listing on our website. DEADLINE: TUESDAYS AT NOON Place your ad Online at or call or stop by our office. Let's Go (YARD) Sale-ing! THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE MARCH 31-APRIL 6, 2021 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze — CELEBRATING OUR 25 TH ANNIVERSARY — 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.

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