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The North Providence Breeze 06-13-2018

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 13-19, 2018 NORTH PROVIDENCE 3 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The Town Council has granted a sixth license to do business around the clock, approving a 24-hour license for Laundromax at 1778 Mineral Spring Ave. at its June 5 meeting. Council members first waited to hear back from Police Chief David Tikoian on his thoughts about adding another round-the-clock business, and despite some words of caution from the chief, ended up being satisfied that the business will operate properly. Other businesses with 24/7 licenses in North Providence are CVS, Sam's Food Stores, Cumberland Farms, Youfit Health Club and McDonald's. Adding a 24-hour license brings potential for crime, traffic and calls for service, particularly with a cash business, said Tikoian in a letter to the council. Quality of life concerns should also be taken into account, he said. But Gina Griffin, representing Laundromax as the soon-to-be region- al leader for area facilities, said the laundry chain takes every precaution available to maintain a safe environ- ment, including maintaining a cash- free business. All customers use pre- loaded cards, she said. The store also uses some 32 cameras and other high- tech security, complete with panic buttons, motion sensors, alarms, and constant off-site video monitoring. Addressing Tikoian's concern about cash, Griffin said this is a cashless business at the machines. Any money given at the register goes into a wall machine, which is manned by some- one around the clock. The heavy secu- rity protects customers and staff, said Griffin. There is never more than $20 in the register, she said. She told council members that some of the other Laundromax locations are located in areas where crime is higher, including Pawtucket and Providence, and none of those locations have had issues. Councilor Manny Giusti was the only nay vote on the 24-hour license. He votes against all such licenses, say- ing he's concerned about the impact on the community of having too many businesses open around the clock. Council members have said that allowing more 24-hour businesses in North Providence makes the town more competitive with other sur- rounding communities in drawing certain chain stores. Council grants sixth 24-hour license By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – Two new drive-through restaurants planned at 1460 and 1480 Mineral Spring Ave. will be allowed to oper- ate, but with limits. Zoning Official Mike Carnevale said both Wendy's and Providence Bagel will only be allowed to have customer entrances and exits on Mineral Spring Avenue, protecting side streets from intrusion. Last month's decision went along with an earlier Planning Board recommendation. Wendy's, at 1460, will have to chain off a David Street entrance and keep it for emergency access only. Providence Bagel, at 1480, must keep a Spicer Street entrance for employee and garbage truck access only. Due to its extended hours of 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Wendy's will also be required to add video surveillance and signage warning customers not to play loud music or yell. The sur- veillance video will be used to get license plates of violators for poten- tial further action. Providence Bagel, when opened, will maintain hours of 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., meaning that restaurant wasn't required to add video surveillance and signage, said Carnevale. Carnevale said there were a num- ber of concerns from residential neighbors of the two businesses that drive-through windows could cause a nuisance, especially when they're trying to sleep. The town has dealt with similar complaints at nearby Taco Bell and other stores. The owners of both the Providence Bagel and Wendy's properties have been easy to work with and eager to comply with restrictions, according to the zoning official. Officials place limits on two new drive-throughs By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Local news. Local owners. You might think every newspaper would be like that. But they aren't. We are. IN BRIEF Police 'Roll Call' forum set for June 20 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Police Department will continue with its community outreach initiative Community "Roll Call" Forum, intended to forge a strong bond between our agency and the resi- dents of North Providence. A second such forum, which was developed to create positive dia- logue with residents, business own- ers, faith-based organizations and police, is planned for Wednesday, June 20, 11 a.m. to noon at the Mancini Center, 2 Atlantic Blvd. The date for the event was moved from June 22. The quarterly forums provide the community a briefing on depart- ment operations and services as well as facilitates discussions with participants to help police better understand the needs of the com- munity. "It is our belief this type of com- munity engagement addresses concerns before they become problems, thereby fostering trust, confidence and mutual respect between the community and its police department," said Chief David Tikoian. NPHS Class of 1968 will reunite Aug. 17 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence High School Class of 1968 will hold its 50-year reunion on Friday, Aug. 17, from 7 to 11 p.m., at the Rhode Island Historical Society Aldrich House, 110 Benevolent St., Providence. The cost is $68 per person. Send check payable to Jean (Desjardins) McGinn, 133 Oak Park Drive, North Providence, RI 02904. Deadline for payment is July 14. 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