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The North Providence Breeze 04-25-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. NORTH PROVIDENCE – It's been said that all good things must come to an end, and after this season, the North Providence East and West Little League programs, which have enjoyed two of the longest runs in the state, will join forces in 2019 and form the North Providence Little League. North Providence West president Sal Piccirillo reported on Friday night, before his league's Major Division doubleheader at Romano Field, that North Providence East was not going to renew its charter after this season. Instead, the NPELL will be "absorbed" by the NPWLL, the rea- son being simple and straightforward. "We are doing this to save Little League baseball in North Town's two leagues team up to form NP Little League next year By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE North Providence firefighters BRIAN BABB and CAPT. JOHN LAURIE treat volunteer LINDA CHIARINI, of Coventry, who plays the role of a victim with a wound to the leg in the triage room set up for the acting victims. Greystone Elementary School in North Providence was the setting last Friday as the town police and fire departments practiced and drilled for any potential active shooter situation. The drill took place while the students were on spring vaca- tion. See more photos on Page 11. NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town now has a third option as officials target new properties for recreation spaces, and leaders say a bidding war could ensue. Last Wednesday, April 18, Mayor Charles Lombardi presented Town Council members with the poten- tial purchase of a property on Ivan Street near the existing baseball fields. He didn't say exactly where the land is. Members of the council's finance subcommittee expressed willingness to float a bond of up to $3 million for town residents to consider this November, borrowing they say would cost a manageable amount Councilors to mayor: Negotiate on properties for sports fields By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See NEGOTIATE, Page 2 See LITTLE LEAGUE, Page 4 School safety drill Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE APRIL 25-MAY 1, 2018 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Money due to come back to local taxpayers from town resident and former fire- fighter Paul Labbadia will go toward local recreational facilities, said Mayor Charles Lombardi this week. Labbadia won't go to jail, but must pay back nearly $200,000 to the town and state in money he fraudulently accepted in pension payments he was not entitled to, according to a sen- tence imposed in Superior Court on Tuesday, April 17. He received three years of probation. Labbadia pleaded no contest in January to three counts of filing false documents to obtain a pension. Labbadia said in court that he's tried his whole life to do the right thing, but people sometimes make mistakes. In handing down the sentence, Superior Court Justice Netti Vogel said Labbadia has shown "no remorse whatsoever." She took issue with Labbadia calling his action a "mis- take," emphasizing that what he did was a crime. Labbadia did not return a call for comment this week. Lombardi said Labbadia is making an immediate payment of $34,578 to the town, and must pay back another $112,554 on the $147,000 he owes within three years. Those payments will not come with interest, accord- ing to the agreement with the town, but Labbadia will be penalized if he doesn't meet his obligations, said Lombardi. Labbadia owes another $51,711 to the state for fraudulently obtaining pension checks. The money owed to North Providence is for cost of living pay increases and medical benefits. 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. • Complete Heating Systems • Remodeling • Repairs • Water Heaters • Complete Sewage Ejector Systems for Basement Baths • Senior Citizen Discounts C. J. Nemes, Inc. Plumbing & Heating 24-Hour Emergency Service 769-4776 Master Plumber, R.I. #1911 Mass. #25011 Member of The Better Business Bureau Drain & Sewer Cleaning Accepting All Insurances Evening and Saturday appointments also available. NICHOLAS D. IANNUCCILLI, MD DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SINCE 1975 DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY | XRAY | ULTRASOUND BONE DENSITY | ACR ACCREDITED Over 100,000 Mammograms interpreted by Dr. Iannuccilli WELLESLEY MEDICAL BUILDING 1515 Smith Street, North Providence, RI Phone: 353-1600 Fax 353-4187 Labbadia restitution going toward recreation space By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See LABBADIA, Page 6 Our local guide to spring simplicity INSIDE Our local guide to spring simplicity INSIDE Keep it simple Spring for Spring in the Valley 2018

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