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The North Providence Breeze 7-24-13

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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A Valley Breeze Newspaper JULY 24-30, 2013 FREE Breeze The north providence Beating the heat Wild things Residents cool down at Governor Notte Park. PAGE 16 Interesting creatures visit the North Providence Library. PAGE 8 @ "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers School Department awards departing Milazzo a huge payout Summer Swing on the field Mayor says he should have received nothing By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Staff Writer NORTH PROVIDENCE – Armand Milazzo's contract with the North Providence School Department has expired, but that didn't keep the School Committee from agreeing to pay him close to six months' worth of extra salary. Milazzo, the School Department's director of noninstructional operations for the past 14 years, is getting a layoff package thought to be in the range of $38,000, though school officials would not confirm that number this week. Mayor Charles Lombardi is ripping the payment, saying that Milazzo "deserves nothing" beyond his final paycheck. It's never been a secret that he and others have not been big fans of Milazzo, said Lombardi, and to pay him so much money now is "ridiculous." "If it were up to me I would have said, 'hey look,' you're done," said the mayor. School Committee Chairman Anthony Marciano declined to discuss the specifics of the severance package given to Milazzo behind closed doors on Breeze photo by Elise Manahan The 4th annual "Summer Swing" tournament for the 8U girl's softball teams was held last Saturday at Stephen Olney Park. Teams gathered with their bats, gloves and helmets in the heat to play ball before going on to the single elimination game held Sunday. The North Providence Velocity took on the Darlington All Stars Saturday afternoon during the tournament. Jordan "Jojo" Carmen, 8, of North Providence, prepares to throw to first base during the game. See more photos on page 2. High car taxes anger residents again But it appears town calculations are correct By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Staff Writer NORTH PROVIDENCE – Sticker shock reverberates across the state these days when car tax bills are sent out, and there are few places where the pain is felt worse than in North Providence. One of the highest car tax rates in the state, $41.95 per $1,000 of value, combined with just a $500 exemption on a vehicle's value, means that the impact is spread to just about everyone who owns a car registered to a North Providence address. Even though they know their vehicle excise taxes will be high, a number of residents this year did a double-take when they saw just how much they were being charged on tax bills found in their mailboxes at the end of June. Could a $377 bill for a 2003 See TAXES, Page 11 June 27, telling The Breeze that the extra payment is a "personnel matter" and he can't comment on it. The Breeze has submitted an open records request for the information. Marciano deferred comment on the specifics of the payout to legal counsel Andrew Henneous, the attorney he said had a big hand in drafting the terms of the payout to Milazzo. Henneous did Lombardi not return a phone call. School Committee member Stephen Palmieri, who was one of the biggest proponents of letting Milazzo go, said the payout "wasn't really a severance," but money Milazzo "had coming to him" in the form of unused sick time and vacation time. The payment wasn't his idea, said Palmieri, but he voted for it in part so the department can finally be rid of the lingering impact of a prior administration's decisions. Milazzo's job became obsolete when town and school officials merged maintenance See MILAZZO, Page 11 FREE VACS (Rt. 3 - 34 Nooseneck Hill Rd.) R egi ster O nl ne i N ow ! • R easonabl T ui on R ates e ti • Si i & M ul pl C l bl ng ti e ass Di scounts • Fam i y Fri l endl y A tm osphere • Professi onal & O rgani zed • N oncom peti ve ti WWW.TOTHEPOINTEOFPERFORMINGARTS.COM SM ITH FIELD/ GREENVILLE Washes start at Cranston: 942-5554 North Providence: 354-0054 West Greenwich: 385-9500 NORTH PROVIDENCE 6 54-410 0 2 33-8 96 6 4.99 $ 1818 M i neralSpri Ave. ng 375 Putnam Pi ke Sun.- Thurs., 11AM - 12AM ;Fri & Sat.11AM - 1AM . $1.00 OFF Any Car Wash with this code Use code 1111 when ready to pay. Expires 7/31/2013 1527 Mineral Spring Avenue North Providence, RI • 401-865-6009 IN AND OUT IN 5 MINUTES OR LESS! ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. 7 $ 99 CARRYOUT ONLY

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