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The North Providence Breeze 02-15-2017

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE CHRISTIAN PETRECCA, 10, of North Providence, leads the way down a snowy hill, kicking up a cloud of snow in the face of his friend, THOMAS NIOSI, 11, also of North Providence. All the commotion came on the hills at Esek Hopkins Field in Scituate on Saturday. See more photos on Page 10. Having snow much fun! Crime in town up slightly in 2016 Biggest jump in cases related to auto theft NORTH PROVIDENCE – Crime in town was up by 4 percent in 2016, according to officials from the North Providence Police Department, but they say there's little reason for con- cern from the latest numbers. North Providence saw 1,028 total crime incidents in 2016, up 41 over- all from the 987 incidents in 2015, according to statistics provided to The Breeze. Deputy Chief Charles Davey said the main categories that saw a jump were crimes targeting vehicles, with thefts from vehicles up by 20 inci- dents from 2015 to 2016, theft of vehicles up eight incidents from year to year, and theft of motor vehicle By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Online News Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See CRIME, Page 4 Brady seeks overhaul of town's main meeting spot Board also starts process for allowing public input NORTH PROVIDENCE – The 1950s-style platform that Town Council members sit on as they conduct municipal business could soon be demolished as part of a complete overhaul of council chambers on the third floor of City Hall. Town Councilor Alice Brady said last week that she's heard from a num- ber of residents and other council members who believe the town's main meeting place needs a significant makeover. Brady said she believes its time for an ad hoc com- mittee to be formed to work on planning the revamp, including get- ting informal prices from contrac- tors. She said she wants to review the budget to see if the town can afford the work during this 2016- 2017 fiscal year or hold off until the new fiscal year starting July 1. Council member Kenneth Amoriggi questioned what specific issues Brady has with the existing meeting hall. Brady said she thinks the dais should be deconstructed and brought down to the level of the By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Online News Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See COUNCIL, Page 6 BRADY 'THE SANDWICH SWAP' Centredale students present play on cultural differences. PAGE 2 COUNTING BIRDS Audubon's Backyard Bird Count starts Friday. LIVING A Valley Breeze Newspaper Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE FREE valleybreeze.com @ FEBRUARY 15-21, 2017 Like us on Follow us on AS AN INVESTOR YOU DESERVE TO KNOW YOUR FEES Understand what they are, why they're there and how you might be able to lower them CALL TODAY FOR AN INVESTMENT FEE ANALYSIS 401-333-8000 www.MasseyOnMoney.com We are an independent financial services firm helping individuals create retirement strategies using a variety of insurance and investment products to custom suit their needs and objectives. Investing involves risk, including the potential loss of principal. Investment Advisory Services offered through Global Financial Private Capital, LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Insurance and Annuity product guarantees are subject to the claims-paying ability of the issuing company, and are not offered through Global Financial Private Capital.

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