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The North Providence Breeze 04-07-2021

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE With the weather getting warmer WINNIE CHU, of North Providence, rides her bike at Stephen Olney Park, in North Providence, on Monday. Winnie just turned 2 and is learning to ride her bike for the first time. Biker in training NORTH PROVIDENCE – Following the revelation last week that Maria Vallee took home $181,000 in pay for working two positions last year, Mayor Charles Lombardi says he plans to keep Vallee's base pay of $133,304 the same, but cut her down to one offi- cial position. Lombardi, following a report by WPRI on Vallee's pay level, said Vallee is worth every penny the town pays her, as evidenced by another clean audit report last week and reserve accounts that are now topping $15 million after another $1.3 million surplus. The town has never been in this kind of financial position, he said, and Vallee is the reason auditors found no deficien- cies on the town side. "I think this speaks volumes to Mrs. Vallee's professional handling of our financial affairs, which is helping in my goal of financial sta- bility and another year without a tax increase," he said. In addition to cutting out the title Vallee will go to one position, but base pay will remain the same By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See VALLEE, Page 10 NORTH PROVIDENCE – It's been a tough year for everyone, and particularly high school stu- dents, says Sherri Bonaminio, of the Cougar Alumni, Parents and Students (C.A.P.S.), which is why the group wants to do something to give back to them. C.A.P.S. traditionally holds a num- ber of in-person events to benefit students, but has been unable to do so over the past few months. With the state starting to emerge from the Spring vendor event benefits NPHS students By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See FUNDRAISER Page 10 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Violent crimes in many commu- nities increased during the 2020 pandemic year, but not in North Providence, where overall crimes against persons were down 5 per- cent, from 235 to 223 total. Crimes against property were also generally down, with the exception of some larceny and robbery charges, seeing a decrease of 4 percent overall, or 411 total cases in 2019 to 394 cases in 2020, according to data provided by Chief of Police Arthur Martins. Total crime instances in North Providence were down by about 7 percent, from 1,450 in 2019 to 1,354 cases in 2020. Martins told The North Providence Breeze that after a story last summer on crime being down during the pandemic, "it started to even out" as life got back to more of a normal state heading into the fall. One area that evened out in a downward trend later in the year was domestic violence cases, which ended the year at 254 compared to 250 a year Crime in NP 'evened out' in second half of 2020, but declined overall By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See CRIME, Page 10 FREE APRIL 7-13, 2021 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze — CELEBRATING OUR 25 TH ANNIVERSARY — CBD Vape Hookah RED LOTUS S M O K E S H O P NOW OPEN! Joe who owned Metro on Smith is back with a new business! We take Utility and Cell Phone Payments! 1852 Smith Street, North Providence 332-0222 North ProvideNce An Active Adult community Limited Availability for 1 and 2 Bedroom apartments available! Please call our Leasing Office to set up an appointment.

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