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The North Providence Breeze 04-19-2017

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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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Editor Green retiring from Breeze May 5 Shorey will assume role of managing editor CUMBERLAND – Publisher Tom Ward is announcing this week the May 5 retirement of Marcia Green, edi- tor of The Valley Breeze since its founding in 1996. Replacing her will be Ethan Shorey, a Breeze reporter for the past 11 years, who will assume the title of managing editor. "This will certainly be a sad day here at The Valley Breeze," said Ward. "But nobody deserves a break more than Marcia, and I'm pleased she'll have plenty of time now for travel and her beautiful grandchildren. For 21 years, she has been the heart and soul of the paper's coverage and a steady voice of reason. Everyone here will miss her greatly," said Ward. Shorey said he has a big challenge ahead of him in taking over for the retiring Green, who helped start the paper with Ward and Deputy Publisher Jamie Quinn. "I'm excited to keep growing with a company that is so committed to what I love, which is sharing stories that make a difference and matter to peo- ple," said Shorey. "The Breeze has set the standard for news coverage in the Blackstone Valley since it was founded See RETIRE, Page 2 GREEN SHOREY BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY North Providence POLICE CHIEF CHRIS PELAGIO, left, gives instructions to officers on how to respond in the event of an active shooter in a school build- ing, at North Providence High School on Monday. The town purchased a new high-tech system designed to track down the location of a shooter. NORTH PROVIDENCE – A new high-tech system designed to detect exactly where an active shooter is in the building and help police officers track him down makes local schools some of the safest around, say police and town officials. Officers took part in simulated drills at North Providence High School on Monday and Tuesday as they learned the new system and practiced taking down a police officer playing the part of an active shooter. Thanks to federal money won through a settlement five years ago, North Providence students and staff now have "another layer of protec- tion" in case of a major incident, New system installed in town's schools can detect shooters 'in a heartbeat' By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Online News Editor See SHOOTER, Page 4 Annual savings from streetlight purchase: $223,858 LED conversion will mean better lighting of neighborhoods NORTH PROVIDENCE – Town officials are predicting significant cost savings on energy and brighter lighting in local neighborhoods as part of a pending new agreement to buy all 4,000 streetlights in town. With planned light upgrades likely to be done by August, the town would start saving $223,858 a year in the 2017-2018 fiscal year starting in July. The town currently spends $650,000 on its streetlights. The Town Council at its meeting this month gave Mayor Charles Lombardi the authority to work out an agreement with the Partnership for Rhode Island Streetlights Management (PRISM) program to buy all local streetlights and convert them to energy-efficient devices. Town officials have been working on a potential streetlight purchase for the past two years, but say By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Online News Editor See STREETLIGHT, Page 15 Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE @ APRIL 19-25, 2017 J OSH ' S J OSH ' S J OSH ' S R OOFING & R OOFING & R OOFING & S IDING I NC . S IDING I NC . S IDING I NC . 401-597-5660 • 508-922-3574 Residential & Commercial Roofing Siding • Windows "B ecause You Have To Trust Who You Hire" • Unmatched Quality • Attention to Detail "W E O UTSHINE T HE R EST !" 2nd Generation Roofer "I N & A ROUND T HE B USINESS F OR O VER 30 Y EARS " RI Reg. # 20208 RI Comm. Reg. # 182R Mass. Reg. # 16296 (WHY TAKE A CHANCE?)

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