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The North Providence Breeze 10-18-2017

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 Nurse JILL TABIS puts some needed stitches into a Pokemon animal named Evee, while owner ORLANDO VELAZCO, 8, of Pawtucket, looks on during the Teddy Bear Clinic held at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital on Saturday. The clinic is designed to give children a chance to meet medical staff and increase their ease with a hospital visit, while also getting a free checkup and treatment for their stuffed animal. See more photos on page 21. Sew much love NORTH PROVIDENCE – Advocates for an ordinance to allow backyard chickens in this town say they're undeterred by past reluctance from town officials to make the change. Liz Canario, a Woodhaven resident who wasn't involved in a failed 2015 cam- paign to allow locals to raise their own chickens, is the key organizer of a new petition that's gathered more than 400 signatures. Canario told The Breeze she fought the hardest battle of her life last year when she took on breast cancer, and she's more than up for this fight on quality of life. She said she's hopeful that town officials will be more recep- tive to the proposal this time around, but is prepared to pursue other options. "If they're going to fight us on it, I'm willing to go to court," she said. Canario said she hadn't followed the 2015 campaign for backyard chickens very carefully, and had assumed the measure was eventually passed. She purchased four of her own chickens, and was keeping them in her yard, when a neighbor com- NP residents renew call to allow backyard chickens By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See CHICKENS, Page 21 CANARIO NORTH PROVIDENCE – Chris Pelagio, who retired as the town's acting police chief on Aug. 22, bumped his "bust out" pay from the department by some $14,000 by staying in the town's police union an extra three years. Pelagio, who stepped down after a series of controversies, received $184,616 in unused time off, includ- ing 2,729 hours of unused sick time, 34 days of unused vacation time, and 496 hours of unused compensa- tory time. If Mayor Charles Lombardi had made Pelagio permanent chief when former Acting Chief Paul Martellini retired in December of 2014, he would have received $170,014 upon his retirement, said the town's con- troller, Maria Vallee, providing the information in response to a public records request from The Breeze. That payout would have included $145,422 upon Pelagio's retirement as acting deputy chief in December 2014, including $115,308 in unused sick time, $6,535 in unused vacation time, and $23,579 in compensatory time for the department veteran of 27 years. He is also entitled to a By staying in 'acting' police chief role, Pelagio bumped his pay by $14,000 By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See PELAGIO, Page 6 Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE OCTOBER 18-24, 2017 Are you looking Are you looking for a for a Check out the back Check out the back of our of our Classified section where Classified section where you'll find our advertisers' you'll find our advertisers' most current job offerings! most current job offerings!

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