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The North Providence Breeze 04-11-2018

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. BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SINGERS, directed by STEVEN RICHARDS, sing "There's a Bee on My Plate" during a family concert Sunday that featured The American Band. The show was held in the North Providence High School auditorium. See more photos on Page 6. N. Providence recycling effort mired in mediocrity Town Council creates subcommittee to research plastic bag ban NORTH PROVIDENCE – Nearly every municipality that has switched from the small blue and green bins to 95-gallon totes has immediately improved its recycling efforts. North Providence, however, has gone in the opposite direction. When North Providence residents received their new blue and gold totes in the fall of 2015, the town became one of the last communi- ties in Rhode Island to switch from the smaller bins. Mayor Charles Lombardi and others said at the time that they hoped it would help boost a peren- nial recycling rate hovering about 25 percent. While Lombardi said three years ago that he didn't think North Providence would see the 18 percent increase achieved in neighboring Pawtucket, he said he thought the town could achieve a bump of 8 to 10 percent in its recycling rate. But the town's current recycling rate is just shy of 24 percent, nearly 5 percent less than a one-time high of 28.6 percent with the old recy- cling containers. "Our recycling rate is awful," said Joe Riccitelli, a member of the North Providence Environmental Commission. The 23.7 percent rate ranks the town at 29th of 39 communi- ties in Rhode Island, said long- By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See RECYCLING, Page 12 LOMBARDI Joining The American Band NORTH PROVIDENCE – The construction of two new schools in town should have a qualified and experienced person making sure the job is done right, say members of the Town Council. Councilor Raymond DeStefanis said at the April 3 council meet- ing that he had the impression after attending planning meetings last year that a clerk of the works would be hired, but said "somewhere along the way" the idea seems to have fallen by the wayside and no one appears to be moving forward with it. It's "in the town's best interest," said DeStefanis, to have someone with Council to hire clerk of the works for school building project By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See CLERK, Page 2 Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE APRIL 11-17, 2018 .com for all of your flooring needs 25 Esten Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02860 (401) 723-6996 www.FactoryCarpetOutlet.com

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