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The North Providence Breeze-11-21-2017

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 BILL MURPHY DOTTIE LEACH, left, of North Providence, delivers a donation to North Providence POLICE PATROLMAN JEFF GALLIGAN at the annual "Stuff a Cruiser" food drive event at the Mineral Spring Avenue Stop & Shop last Saturday. See more photos on page 5. Thanksgiving generosity NORTH PROVIDENCE – Town and police officials have reached a deal with the local police union to bump pay for officers who work overtime details by $6.25 an hour in exchange for removing the deputy police chief position from the union. The agreement, which stands on its own and has no bearing on ongoing contract negoti- ations with police, allows new Chief David Tikoian to choose someone from outside the police department to be his new deputy chief, instead of having to promote someone from within the department. Tikoian had made the request after deciding against promoting anyone in the department to the vacant position, said Mayor Charles Lombardi. "We're going to have one, but it's going to be one he wants, and it doesn't have to be from the bar- gaining unit," he said. "It's going to make for a better police depart- Chief, union reach deal By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor Pay bump for police details in exchange for non-union deputy chief See DEAL, Page 19 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The football field behind North Providence High School is in such tough shape that it's leading to the cancelation of games, says Athletic Director Glenn Williams, and the best solution is like- ly to go the artificial route. During a Nov. 15 School Committee meeting, Williams emphasized the need to do some- thing about the situation. Williams was the first one to speak about the need for a new field. The facility's biggest needs are for arti- ficial turf and new lights, he said. Three varsity programs and three junior varsity programs play on the busy field in the fall, and two varsity programs and one junior varsity pro- gram use the field in the spring. For the last three years, Williams has had the field seeded to try to grow more grass. However, there is still a lot of dirt in the center of the field, he said. This is a big prob- lem because when it rains, the dirt accumulates the water and kills the root system of the growing grass, defeating the purpose of growing more grass, he said. The puddling in the dirt areas makes the field almost impossible to play on the next day, he said. "Nobody knows this, but I go out Artificial field comes into focus after canceled games By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See FIELD, Page 18 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Ken Cohen says he's been forced to juggle crossing guard stations across town due to repeated absences, making the task of keeping local students safe quite a challenge. There are crossing guards at each elementary school and the Ricci Middle School. Currently, the district has 23 crossing guards, including 19 full-time and four part-time employ- ees. However, at the moment, almost all employees are working full-time shifts, Cohen told the school board on Nov. 15. "All of them are virtually working full time because every day some- one's out," said Cohen, the crossing guard coordinator for the past two years. "As of right now, we have three people that have been out due to illness or long-term injury from not-job-related incidents." Though some crossing guards have been fired due to their number of Crossing guard absences cause concern By ASHLEY WOLF Valley Breeze Writer TIKOIAN WILLIAMS See ABSENCES, Page 19 Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE NOVEMBER 21-27, 2017 NORTH PROVIDENCE 6 54-410 0 1744 M ineral Spring Ave. Sun. - Thurs., 11 a.m . - 12 a.m . ; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m . - 1 a.m . SM ITHFIELD/ GREENVILLE 2 33-8 96 6 375 Putnam Pike Ralph Buontempo 1417 Douglas Avenue, North Providence, RI 02904 401-353-2200 • 401-353-1264 H appy Thanksgiving

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