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The North Providence Breeze 02-21-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY LINDA GIORGIO, new acting director of the town's municipal senior center, stands in the foyer of the center after the crowds cleared out from a Valentine's Day lunch. Town-run Mancini Center buzzing with activity Leaders expect membership will grow to 3,000 by the end of this year NORTH PROVIDENCE – Since 2002, the most members ever record- ed at the Salvatore Mancini Resource and Activity Center were the 1,803 members on the list in 2004. Now that the Mancini Center is a town-run operation, leaders there say they expect membership totals to sky- rocket. Over two days of a fledgling membership drive last week, some 400 seniors signed up as members. New Acting Director Linda Giorgio said she expects between 2,000 and 3,000 total members by the end of the year, an estimate she said could be conservative given the level of excitement she and others are seeing at the center. Jack-of-all-trades Joe Riccitelli said he has a more ambitious goal of see- ing 2,000 or more members signed up by the end of February. Based on town demographics showing some 12,000 senior citizens living in town, he said he believes that's easily doable. Giorgio and Riccitelli, both former workers at the center who are now back under municipal management, said they were at a great disadvantage By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See SENIOR CENTER, Page 4 Piche says no conflict of interest with Centredale Revival LLC But Marion says issues could arise NORTH PROVIDENCE – A North Providence Planning Board member seeking to help revitalize the village of Centredale says he's not looking to do any- thing that would cause a conflict of interest between his personal goals and appointed position. A number of resi- dents last week ques- tioned how Shane Piche could both serve on the board and be part of Centredale Revival LLC, his newly formed company. According to Piche, he doesn't envi- sion that he would ever have to go before the board he serves on for any approvals under his long-term plan. He said he's not seeking to change the character or the use of Centredale, but rather "bring out the potential it has to be a great village area." The first Centredale building he purchased, a 5,000-square-foot vacant structure at 1985 Smith St., will not By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See CENTREDALE, Page 6 PICHE NORTH PROVIDENCE – A local ordinance prohibiting anyone from parking on a North Providence street for more than an hour dur- ing overnight hours could prove difficult to repeal, says Chief of Police David Tikoian. After hearing about the issue from the Town Council, following Councilor Stephen Feola's request for a review of the ordinance, Tikoian said he did some research on the ordinance, but hasn't fully vetted it yet. Though the ordinance is on the books, he said, it appears that "little if any enforce- ment has taken place." That said, some potential issues would arise if officials repeal the prohibition entirely, said Tikoian, including possibly impacting trash collection and snow-plowing opera- tions. Another potential problem would crop up if officials prohibit legally registered vehicles for dis- abled people from being on the street, he said. "With that being said, there are Repeal of overnight parking rule could be problematic By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com TIKOIAN See PARKING, Page 11 Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE FEBRUARY 21-27, 2018 NORTH PROVIDENCE 654-4100 1744 Mineral Spring Ave. SMITHFIELD/ GREENVILLE 233-8966 375 Putnam Pike Sun. - Thurs., 11 a.m.-12 a.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 am.-1 a.m. Accepting All Insurances Evening and Saturday appointments also available. 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