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The North Providence Breeze 03-14-2018

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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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Soon after being sworn in more than six months ago, Chief of Police David Tikoian expressed a desire to have transparency, accountability, profes- sionalism and community outreach become synonymous with the North Providence Police Department. "We have been working hard inter- nally and externally at the department to change the culture within the agency," said Tikoian this week. "I refer to it as transformational leadership." Maintaining that commitment, Tikoian and his staff have crafted the first-ever North Providence Police Department Annual Report, a 37-page document highlighting the department's operations during the Tikoian releases first report By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor BREEZE PHOTOS BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Olympic Medalist, SARA DECOSTA sits in a group with her young fans from James McGuire Elementary School. See more photos on page 8. SARA DECOSTA, Gold and Silver Olympic medal winner from Warwick, spoke to James McGuire Elementary School students on March 6, about her road to become an Olympic hockey player. She addressed students at Calef School, in Johnston, which is McGuire's temporary home, as their original school is being demolished and a new school is being built. Above, 1st-grader ANNELIESE CARROLL, presented DeCosta with a gift, and in return, had her picture taken with Sara and her two Olympic medals. Gold medal visit TIKOIAN NORTH PROVIDENCE – A longtime member of the Town Council says he's longing for the days when the town was regularly saying no to new stop signs. Councilor Manny Giusti, head of the council's ordinance subcom- mittee, said he believes it's time for the town to return to the way it was during the first several years of his 14-year tenure on the council, when the council was regularly instituting moratoriums on new stop signs. Giusti made a motion at the March 6 meeting to have his idea for a new moratorium on all traffic signs sent to the ordinance subcommittee. Once there, he said, com- mittee members will decide whether it's warranted and how it would be imple- mented. He would want the moratorium to last for one year. "One thing North Providence doesn't need is any more stop signs," he said. "Every month we get requests for stop signs." Giusti said he always votes in favor Councilman wants halt to new stop signs By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor GIUSTI See SIGNS, Page 6 See REPORT, Page 2 Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE MARCH 14-20, 2018 1388 Mineral Spring Ave. North Providence 401-353-7827 • Free Delivery! All Day! House of PIZZA Sammy's Now offering Slices all day! Made Fresh Daily! Crime in town down 16 percent in 2017

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