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The North Providence Breeze 01-17-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY North Providence Superintendent of Schools BRIDGET MORISSEAU goes over conceptual plans for a new Stephen Olney Elementary School last Thursday. NORTH PROVIDENCE – School officials say they will use some of the money they're saving by reworking construction plans for two elementary schools to make improvements at three others. The reconstruction of Stephen Olney and McGuire Elementary Schools has done "a lot of catch- ing up recently," says Supt. Bridget Morisseau, and is "pretty much on schedule." School officials have worked closely with architects and the con- tractor on the project on the vision for what the schools should be, said Morisseau. Some changes have been made to schematic designs, as school staff have given input on what they want to see incorporated in the schools. Original plans were based on "pie in the sky" visions of what would be desired in a "perfect world," said Morisseau, but school officials always knew they were going to have to make cost-saving adjustments to those plans. Part of the process has been to determine priorities and how they can make the project more affordable. Some of the savings will be used to make improvements to the town's other three elemen- tary schools – Greystone, Stephen Olney and Centredale – set to stay open in a future reconfigured school district, said Morisseau. All five elementary schools will get improvements under new plans By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – North Providence Planning Board members have given conditional preliminary approval to build a new Honey Dew Donuts shop on Mineral Spring Avenue in Marieville. The board on Jan. 10 also learned details of a condo development pro- posed for the area of Noto Drive and Smithfield Road on the Smithfield town line, but did not take action. The board also postponed action on a pro- posal for new homes on Smith Street. With Chairman Theodore Garille's term expiring, the board also elected a new leader, unanimously select- ing Peter Iacobucci as its chairman. Iacobucci was nominated by member Wendy Regan. The board chose Henry Riccitelli as its vice chairman. The approval of a preliminary appli- cation to build a new Honey Dew at 1113-1117 Mineral Spring Ave. took much longer to decide than the motion for new leaders. Attorney John Restivo, representing applicant J. Beresford Tipton Trust and owner Churchill and Banks Holdings, said that since mas- ter plan approval, the applicant had obtained: • A special use permit for a drive- through window at the coffee shop. • A permit from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Planning Board approves Honey Dew at problem intersection By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See SCHOOLS, Page 2 See APPROVE, Page 10 Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE JANUARY 17-23, 2018

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