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The North Providence Breeze 9-18-13

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A Valley Breeze Newspaper SEPTEMBER 18-24, 2013 FREE Breeze The north providence Fresh Air Fun Park Pride Reconnect with nature at upcoming Land Trust Days events. LIVING New park will tie NP and Johnston communities together. PAGE 3 @ valleybreeze.com "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Google cash OK'd for Notte Park police substation Thirsty for football action Two new officers to staff park summers, become resource officers during school year By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – Officials from the U.S. Department of Justice have given verbal approval to a proposal from the North Providence Police Department to build a new police substation and add two new police officers at the Notte Park/ Camp Meehan property. The new officers will bring an added benefit to local schools, serving as school resource officers during the academic year, according to Chief Paul Martellini. One will serve in the elementary schools and one will serve in the middle schools. Martellini said he's long wanted to restore some of the community policing initiatives that were in North Providence Breeze photo by David Wuerth The North Providence Jets have been practicing for their season opener at Greystone Elementary School. Coach Jerry Fuscellaro pours water into the mouth of his son, Angelo, 6, as other players await their turn. See more photos on page 6. Catanzaro calls for meeting on field use By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Staff Writer NORTH PROVIDENCE – Town officials should hold a community meeting and invite everyone who has a stake in local athletic fields, says Town Council President Kristen Catanzaro. A "needs assessment" meeting could help hash out ongoing issues with how and when the fields are used, according to Catanzaro, giving town officials a broader understanding about the needs of all community groups and sports teams for when they're asked questions. Are you happy with the way field use is decided in North Providence? Tell us by com- menting on this story at www. valleybreeze.com . An analysis of field use is especially important given a tentative plan to spend money in the future on construction of a new athletic field at the expanded Camp Meehan/Notte Park property, said Catanzaro. See FIELD, Page 9 JFA S W E L L ' SY & A R M S TA N D BAKER OPEN DAILY 8 a.m.-5 p.m. APPLES www.jaswellsfarm.com Fresh Picked & Pick Your Own Please Call For Info 231-9043 • Our Own Fresh Pressed & Pasteurized Apple Cider • Our Own Candy, Caramel, Chocolate & Caramel, And Gourmet Apples Featured On Food Network • Fresh Baked Pies, Pastries, AND MUCH MORE!! Pick Your Own Assorted Fall Pumpkins Daily! Decorations Call today for your free trial of The Invisible Intigai from Oticon. Experience Our HAYRIDES Sundays 1pm-4pm With donation to the RI Community Food Bank Weekend Concessions available: Hot Apple Crisp, Doughboys & More! Dr. Mary Kay Uchmanowicz Licensed Audiologist, 30 Years 151 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917 401-349-0456 www.twinrivershearinghealth.com 50 Swan Road, Smithfield 231-9043 ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. when he first came here, and the Google money will allow his department to do just that. Writing up a "creative" proposal that also gets officers into the schools, for additional relationship building with youth and added security, is a "win-win" situation for everyone in the town, said Martellini. Mayor Charles Lombardi praised the proposal this week, saying Martellini did the right thing in seeking approval for a substation. "We're going to dedicate those officers strictly for the betterment of recreation and education," said Lombardi. The approval from the Department of Justice is for an expenditure of $299,904 out of the Police Department's $60 million winnings from a 2012 settlement with Google. See POLICE, Page 5

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