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The North Providence Breeze 08-16-2017

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 ROBERT EMERSON North Providence Jets football player DAMI ODEKUNLE is a picture of attentiveness as he listens to his coach's instructions during practice on Saturday morning at Greystone School in North Providence. The team is preparing for its Aug. 27 season opener. See more photos on Page 8. NP's ready for some football NORTH PROVIDENCE – Mayor Charles Lombardi says he's ready to present a proposal to the Town Council on making the nonprofit senior center a town depart- ment, potentially ending a lengthy standoff on how to operate the facility. Lombardi said John Fleming, vice chairman of the board for the Salvatore Mancini Resource and Activity Center, called last week to arrange a meeting with him and present an offer to have the town take over the center by Oct. 1. "They know they're on life sup- port," he said. "They know they're bleeding, and they want to stop the bleeding." The mayor will present the pro- posal from Fleming and the board to the Town Council in a closed-door session this evening, Wednesday, Aug. 16. Senior board members confirmed this week that the meeting is sched- uled to discuss a possible town takeover of the center on Atlantic Boulevard. There are a number of issues for the Town Council to sort out, Lombardi told The Breeze, includ- ing the Mancini Center dropping its Lombardi: Agreement near on senior center By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com LOMBARDI See SENIOR CENTER, Page 2 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Seven years after its founding at Notte Park, the North Providence Farmers Market appears to have ended for good. The market struggled off and on for years with attendance, and it moved this year from Notte Park to the North Providence High School parking lot on Mineral Spring Avenue. Organizers had hoped that move would spark an increase in traffic. But Jeannie Vickers, deputy rec- reation director for the town, said the increased foot traffic never came. Despite a commitment from eight vendors heading into the summer, those vendors were also not showing up. "We really tried," she said. Last Wednesday, Aug. 9, Vanessa Garcia, co-manager of the market, sent out an email that the market had been suspended for the sum- mer. Representatives for Angell Farm would continue with a farm stand in the high school parking lot, she said. NP Farmers Market ends abruptly By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See MARKET, Page 2 Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE AUGUST 16-22, 2017

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