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The North Providence Breeze 11-13-13

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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NOVEMBER 13-19, 2013 A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE Breeze The north providence Cougar Pride BAH HUMBUG! NPHS fills the stands for annual homecoming festivities. PAGE 19 Veteran actor takes on Scrooge in 'Christmas Carol.' LIVING @ "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Free-spirited fun at NPHS Council considers new rules on political signs By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Staff Writer Breeze photo by David Wuerth North Providence High School held a "Spirit Night" on Thursday as part of its Homecoming Week events. The evening featured contests between freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors for fun, bragging rights and prizes. Freshman Angelica Pannozzo, 14, is eliminated during the musical chairs competition. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Turns out those signs put out on local lawns every election season are illegal. Members of the North Providence Town Council's ordinance committee say they made the discovery as they were conducting a general review of the town's rules on signs. What they found was quite surprising. "Election signs of any size or shape which advertise any person for political office or adver- tise a political party are hereby prohibited from being located or placed on private property," states the code of ordinances. According to the town's bylaws, election signs are only permitted at a candidate's election headquarters, on commercial billboards, and on moving vehicles. The existing ordinance calls for a $100 fine for placing a campaign sign on a private lawn. Officials weren't sure how or when the rule against signs on private property was adopted. Committee Chairwoman Alice Brady told her colleagues See SIGNS, Page 8 More technology is on its way to North Providence schools By MEGHAN KAVANAUGH Valley Breeze Staff Writer NORTH PROVIDENCE – The district plans to invest approximately $2,500 in each North Providence classroom in grades 2 through 5, outfitting the rooms with technol- ogy, thanks to money made available through Kids Klub facility-use fees, Supt. Melinda Smith said last week. Each of these classrooms will receive an interactive projector with stylus, a document camera, speakers and a whiteboard. Smith said equipment will be ordered this week, and installation will hopefully begin over winter vacation, "to create technology-enabled classrooms." Installation by town workers will be free, Smith noted. The entire project will be funded using: $60,000 from the Feinstein Foundation, which granted each elementary school in town $10,000 earlier this year; money collected ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. through individual school fundraisers and pooled together; as well as approximately $30,000 from the account set up years ago specifically to collect Kids Klub money. Kids Klub, a nonprofit organization run by Mary Ann Shallcross Smith as a part of her Dr. Day Care business, was founded in 1987 and has been in North Providence for five years. Until the School Committee meeting last month, Kids Klub funds could only be used for elementary school capital projects. That restriction was lifted by School Committee members, See TECHNOLOGY, Page 10

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