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The North Providence Breeze 10-2-13

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A Valley Breeze Newspaper OCTOBER 2-8, 2013 FREE Breeze The north providence Sweet as Pie Girl Power Mancini Center hosts contest for top pie prize. PAGE 15 North Providence native is the new Blue Power Ranger. LIVING @ "Like" us on valleybreeze.com Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers 'Unheard of' privatization of DPW goes to Town Council Family fun night The Stephen Olney School PTA hosted a family game night last Friday. Parents and students enjoyed various games during the evening. Anabella Pacheco, left, 8, and Alana Cunningham, 8, both from North Providence, study their next move in an oversized game of Kerplunk. See more photos on page 7. By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com Breeze photo by David Wuerth Does athletic fundraising advocate 'pay to play'? Committee discusses policy for students selling raffle tickets By MEGHAN KAVANAUGH Valley Breeze Staff Writer meghan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – It has become almost as routine as the sports themselves – student athletes committing to sell raffle tickets during the season to fund extras not paid for by the district, like jackets, plaques and scholarships. In North Providence, one particular raffle that asks athletes to sell five $10 tickets has been going on for more than a decade. But after being asked to purchase a ticket himself, School Committee member Stephen Palmieri is calling the practice See FUNDRAISING, Page 11 Twin Rivers Hearing is pairing with Twin River Casino Please join us for: Sound Advice o in ther.MarrnKing M y ay with D WHEN: Wednesday, October 16th WHERE: Club 100 Room at Twin River Casino TIME: 10:00AM FREE to the Public! Attendees receive a $10 chip to Twin River Casino and be entered in a raffle to win a $500 chip. Call today to book your spot. Seats are limited and breakfast is provided! Dr. Mary Kay Uchmanowicz Licensed Audiologist, 30 Years 151 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917 401-349-0456 www.twinrivershearinghealth.com ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Mayor Charles Lombardi and his administrative team say they've completed an intensive analysis of a proposal to bring a private department of public works to North Providence, and they believe the numbers are showing it's the right move. Lombardi Lombardi met again last week with low bidder Cardi Corp., the company that would take over operations if members of the North Providence Town Council agree with the drastic measure. "If it was my decision, and my decision alone, I'd be privatizing the DPW," Lombardi told The Breeze. The mayor was expecting to present the privatization pro- posal, with projected annual savings numbers, at a Town Council meeting on Tuesday evening. The council must approve any new contracts, he said. "We'll see where they want to go with it," he said prior to the meeting. Visit www. valleybreeze. com Wednesday to find out what happened at that meeting and to leave a comment on Catanzaro this story. Find a complete breakdown of the savings as well. Council President Kristen Catanzaro said Monday she had heard nothing about any savings numbers to be able to offer an opinion on them. She knew only that Lombardi wanted to talk about the "privatization of Department of Public Works" at Tuesday's meeting. "I never received even a See DPW, Page 16

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