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The North Providence Breeze 02-07-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON Birchwood Middle School student YILMAZ KASAPOGLU squeezes the microphone after correctly spelling a word during the North Providence District Spelling Bee on Monday night. He was the eventual winner of the event when he spelled "sarcasm" correctly. Thanks, Coach Torti NPHS head wrestling coach honored for 25 years at the helm NORTH PROVIDENCE – North Providence High School head wrestling coach Richard Torti had absolutely no idea that, prior to last Thursday night's Division I meet against Johnston High, he was going to be recognized in front of a large gathering in the Cougars' wrestling- only gym (known as "The Pit") for his 25 years of dedicated service with the program. Longtime assistant coach Bobby Arrighie even walked up to Torti 10 minutes before the scheduled start of the meet and pointed out Torti's family sitting in the audience, and Torti was still in the dark about what was about to take place. "I was a little confused," Torti said, "but then I started looking around and I said to myself, 'Oh, wow, a lot of my ex-wrestlers are here.' " That's when Torti put two and two together and realized that most of the fans on hand were there to pay tribute to him and his magnificent career, which not only includes double figures in regular-season titles, four sectional championships, and nearly 250 victo- ries, but also saw him create the town's youth wrestling program and begin By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com TORTI See TORTI, Page 11 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Mayor Charles Lombardi is looking for the town to buy another piece of property, a move he says is in keeping with his philosophy that municipalities should always look at purchasing the land abutting their own. The target prop- erty, at 175 Bourne Ave., contains a foreclosed home. It would be added to the existing police and fire complex property at 1967 Mineral Spring Ave. By adding the home and its yard to the larger property, it should immediately double its value, said Lombardi. The property is currently valued at $192,000 in the town's tax rolls, and Lombardi is seeking to buy it for $127,000. Lombardi was set to take his pur- chase plan to the Town Council at a meeting Tuesday evening, Feb. 6. The existing 20,000-square-foot police and fire station is situated on 71,000 square feet of land at the corner of Mineral Spring Avenue and McGuire Road. Public safety employees will vacate the complex once a new public safety complex is completed next year, and the prop- erty will either be put up for sale or lease, according to Lombardi. Mayor eyes property to add to police and fire station By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com LOMBARDI See PROPERTY, Page 4 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Yilmaz Kasapoglu, a 7th- grader from Birchwood Middle School, went head-to-head with Birchwood 6th-grader Christian Archbold in the finals of the North Providence District Spelling Bee on Monday and came out on top. Kasapoglu and Archbold went four rounds together as the final duo still standing. Archbold spelled "character," "tithe" and "caribou" correctly before miss- ing on the spelling of "impera- tive," adding an "e" instead of an "a." Kasapoglu spelled "Spitz," "yacht" and "elite." After fol- lowing Archbold's misspelling of "imperative" with the correct spelling of that word, he clinched the win with the correct spelling of "sarcasm." If he'd missed that word, the two finalists would Birchwood's Kasapoglu wins NP District Spelling Bee By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See SPELLING, Page 6 Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE FEBRUARY 7-13, 2018 See our Senior Living Guide Inside! See our Senior Living Inside! published by ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Lombardi Medical Associates LLC Wellesley Medical Building 1515 Smith Street, Suite M, North Providence, RI 02911 401-228-8775 Anthony J. Lombardi, Jr., MD Internal Medicine 1530 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 401-353-3805 & Music Learning Center 1 FREE INTRODUCTORY LESSON New clients only. LESSONS FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS We are an independent financial services firm helping individuals create retirement strategies using a variety of insurance and investment products to custom suit their needs and objectives. Investing involves risk, including the potential loss of principal. Investment Advisory Services offered through Global Financial Private Capital, LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Insurance and Annuity product guarantees are subject to the claims-paying ability of the issuing company, and are not offered through Global Financial Private Capital. CALL TODAY FOR AN INVESTMENT FEE ANALYSIS 401-333-8000 AS AN INVESTOR YOU DESERVE TO Understand what they are, why they're there and how you might be able to lower them KNOW YOUR FEES

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