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The North Providence Breeze 10-11-2017

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. Artist and fun- nyman CHARLIE HALL, right, "paints" a portrait of North Providence MAYOR CHARLES LOMBARDI in preparation for an actual painting of the mayor at this coming Sunday's Art in the Park celebration in Gov. Notte Park. Art in the park NORTH PROVIDENCE – Mayor Charles Lombardi was "shooting the breeze" with funny- man and artist Charlie Hall one night in the mayor's driveway when Hall suggested the idea of starting a North Providence arts festival. "Charlie's a neighbor and he came to me with the proposal and I said, let's go with it," said Lombardi. The inaugural North Providence Art in the Park will be held at Notte Park/Camp Meehan, 1801 Douglas Ave., this Sunday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free, family-friendly event will feature artists, crafters, photog- raphers, jewelry makers, kids crafts and face painters, food trucks, enter- tainment and more. "I thought it was a great project to not only showcase local artists but to get the town's residents out to see what we've accomplished at the (Camp Meehan) site," said Lombardi. A highlight of the day, said Hall, will be painting Lombardi's portrait, with help from the community, on a "giant" 5-foot by 4-foot canvas. Residents will have the chance to paint a brush stroke to help com- plete the portrait, said Hall, and he will "tie it up at the end" to make it look like the mayor. Lombardi named Hall the festi- val's honorary chairman. "Why should Wickford and Scituate have all the fun?" joked Hall, who has lived in North Providence for more than 30 years. "I say the town is a bastion of cre- ativity – especially if you consider hairdressing an art." Hall said he came up with the idea for a town art festival as he Charlie Hall: NP ready for its first art festival, set for this weekend By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See ART IN THE PARK, Page 2 Officials considering options on animal shelter North Providence and Lincoln both courting Smithfield for regional partnership Officials from multiple communi- ties are now in talks with Smithfield town officials about potentially part- nering on operations of a regional animal shelter. North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi says he's hoping new Smithfield Town Manager Randy Rossi chooses to join North Providence and Johnston on a planned tri-commu- nity shelter in his town, on Smithfield Road. Meanwhile, Cumberland Mayor Bill Murray and Lincoln Town Administrator Joe Almond are courting Rossi to be part of a three-community shelter in Lincoln, where officials are planning a major expansion and renovation of the existing facility on Wellington Road. Rossi confirmed this week that Smithfield officials "are in dis- cussions with both collaborative efforts," but said no decision has By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com ROSSI See SHELTER, Page 4 Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE OCTOBER 11-17, 2017 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 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

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