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The North Providence Breeze 08-09-2017

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. BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY New North Providence POLICE CHIEF DAVID TIKOIAN, of Smithfield, is con- gratulated by his mother, ANN, after a press conference last Friday announcing his appointment. In the background is Tikoian's brother, Gary. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Back in 2015, then-State Police Maj. David Tikoian came across a bind- er with $4,000 sitting inside it in the middle of Smith Street. He imme- diately tracked down its owner and returned the case. Around that same time, former North Providence Chief Police John Whiting was sentenced to six months in prison for stealing $714 from the car of a woman back in 2011 and then trying to cover up the theft. Mayor Charles Lombardi said last Friday that he hadn't recalled Tikoian's selfless action when he decided to name him the town's new police chief, but said that act of integrity offers a great example of what Tikoian brings to the depart- ment and what was missing with Tikoian: Ready to give NP police honest 'leadership and direction they deserve' By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See CHIEF, Page 2 R.I. College officials pledge cooperation on parking expansion Neighbors worried about the future NORTH PROVIDENCE – Officials from Rhode Island College last week put a temporary halt to plans for construction of another parking lot, and are pledging to work with local leaders and residents as expansion work starts back up this week. Neighbors of the college remain skeptical about continued expan- sion at the college, saying they have "grave concerns" about the school's ongoing plans. They told the North Providence Town Council last week that their quality of life is already suf- fering. Kristy dosReis, associate director of communications for the office of the president at RIC, told The Breeze last Friday that the college "had put a temporary halt on enhancements to the parking lot" and were planning a meeting with interested parties. Going forward, said dosReis, RIC officials will continue to keep neighbors and community leaders informed on all "necessary modern- izations and upgrades to our campus." A news release from the Rhode Island Senate last Saturday afternoon indicated that the meeting dosReis mentioned had happened that morn- ing. It stated that elected officials came to an agreement with the By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor NORTH PROVIDENCE – Never in Richard Torti's wildest dreams would he have envisioned allowing middle school students to use a table saw, the Youth Summer Boatbuilding Program instructor joked at a gradua- tion ceremony last Thursday, Aug. 3. Torti commended the 20 North Providence teens, all incoming high school freshmen, for their skills and acumen in using table saws, drills and other equipment to build a 14-foot Zest racing dinghy, construct some model boats and a dock, and repair canoes during the six-week program. Before official ceremonies began, several students sailed and canoed the Wenscott Reservoir at Notte Park. Torti's fellow instructors were Matt Moniz, a tech education teacher at Ricci Middle School, and Henry Marciano, a retired teacher from Providence. Enrolling a total of 49 students Incoming No. Providence High freshmen graduate from summer boatbuilding program By NANCY KIRSCH Valley Breeze Contributor See BOATS, Page 14 See PARKING, Page 4 Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE AUGUST 9-15, 2017 401-228-8775 401-228-8775 Now Accepting New Patients Wellesley Medical Building 1515 Smith Street, Suite M, North Providence, RI 02911 Lombardi Medical Associates LLC A NTHONY J. L OMBARDI , J R , MD Internal Medicine Heritage Podiatry, Inc. Fam ily Foot Care Specializing in general, diabetic and elder foot care Robert V. Riccitelli, DPM Form erly affiliated w ith M assachu setts General Hosp ital and Harvard M edical School Accep ting all insu rances Call Today for you r ap p ointm ent 1801 Sm ith Street North Providence, RI 02911 401-830-5661 5 M oney Hill Road Chepachet, RI 02814 401-567-9288 Now Accepting New Patients CELEBRATE SUMMER 50 Swan Road, Smithfield 231-9043 J A S W E L L ' S F A R M S TA N D & B A K E R Y w w w. j a s w e l l s f a r m . c o m O P E N D A I LY 8 a . m . - 5 p . m . PLUS: OUR OWN Fresh Baked Pies, Pastries, Muffins, Cookies Our Own All Natural Lemonade Gourmet Hot and I ced Coffees Farm Fresh Fruits & Vegetables! OUR OWN FRESH CIDER DONUTS & FRESH BLUEBERRY DONUTS With Our Fresh Picked CORN BLUEBERRIES & VEGGIES Our Own Fresh Picked: Zucchini Summer Squash Green Peppers Cucumbers

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