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The North Providence Breeze 03-15-2017

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE OLEK BOGUSZ, 9, a 4th-grader, wonders how he can beat his younger sister, MAYA, 6, a 1st-grader, at Chinese checkers during Family Game Night at Dr. Joseph Whelan Elementary School. See more photos on Page 2. NORTH PROVIDENCE – A rep- resentative for the town's senior cen- ter complained to the Town Council last week about town officials deacti- vating their fuel cards, not repairing vehicles, and failing to remove snow in their parking lot, among other issues. Though council members agreed with new senior center board mem- ber Albert Peterson that town and senior center officials need to work out their differences and find a solution going forward, they didn't appear sympathetic about the chang- es. Council President Dino Autiello and Councilor Manny Giusti were especially critical of the actions taken by officials from the Salvatore Mancini Resource and Activity Center, questioning why they would choose to sue the town two years ago instead of just providing answers that council members asked for. "I feel like this council has been used as a chess piece," said Autiello. He explained that senior center officials have repeatedly "run to the Town Council" when there have been By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Online News Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Sibling strategy See CENTER, Page 2 'I feel like this council has been used as a chess piece.' DINO AUTIELLO Town Council president AUTIELLO Investigation finds allegations from two officers 'unfounded' But offensive behavior, morale problems abound, report says NORTH PROVIDENCE – An independent investigation by an outside attorney finds allegations by two female police officers against oth- ers in the North Providence Police Department to be "unfounded." But it finds plenty of "offensive" behavior, including crude comments and other actions leading to low morale in the department. Attorney Marc DeSisto, in a 75-page investigative report completed March 6 and released to the media on Monday, dismissed nearly all allega- tions from Lt. Diana Perez and Sgt. Lisa Andrews over sexual harassment, discrimination, and department poli- cies and practices. Lt. Perez's complaint alleges viola- tions of the NPPD harassment in the workplace policy and raises allegations of gender discrimination, retaliation and general mismanagement. Sgt. Lisa Andrews raises issues of sexual harassment, discrimination, and questions the process of the investi- gation into the allegations raised by Perez. "Several episodes involve behavior By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Online News Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com 'Interoffice banter is OK or thought to be funny at times, when we're all getting along, until someone either doesn't like you anymore or is trying to protect themselves.' MAYOR CHARLES LOMBARDI LOMBARDI See HARASSMENT, Page 11 F O R A L L O F Y O U R F L O O R I N G N E E D S 25 Esten Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02860 • (401) 723-6996 www.FactoryCarpetOutlet.com .com For a FREE Estimate call (401)723-6996 Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE valleybreeze.com @ MARCH 15-21, 2017 Council calls for changes at town's senior center

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