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The North Providence Breeze 06-20-2018

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 ETHAN SHOREY IAN NOVACEK poses with his friends from Ricci Middle School in front of a new-to-him 1991 modified Ford van donated to his family by the town. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Faced with the daunting task of raising the $40,000 needed to pur- chase a new wheelchair-accessible van, Heather Callahan-Novacek said her family was feeling increas- ing pressure, especially as their old van fell apart. Last Friday at Ricci Middle School, after running out of gas on the way to school due to a broken gauge, the apprehension lifted and the tears flowed for Callahan- Novacek and her son, Ian, as the two played central roles in a scene resembling the ending to a feel- good movie. "We're blown away, over- whelmed," Callahan-Novacek told The North Providence Breeze. "This is the craziest day ever. What a bless- ing." Ian Novacek, 12, had been told he was getting some type of award at school last Friday, but his mom and others kept it a secret right up until he came out the doors to a wildly cheering crowd that he was winning something much big- ger. After a greeting from Mayor Charles Lombardi and Ricci Principal TJ Mellen, he slowly drove his motorized wheelchair toward his new van and his moth- er, who was waiting with open Ian gets his van, and Ricci goes wild By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See VAN, Page 15 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Thomas "TJ" Mellen has announced his intent to remain principal of the Ricci Middle School in North Providence, resigning from his appointment as Lincoln Middle School's next princi- pal. After accepting the job in March, Mellen said his first goal was to establish a leadership team, "that would represent what I so dearly felt the school and students of Lincoln deserved." Mellen said he felt confi- dent at the time that he would "have a voice in the hiring process," or that his opinion on the vacant assistant principal's position at LMS "would at least be taken into consideration." "Over the past week, I have learned that this was never the case," Mellen told The Breeze. "The new superinten- dent has a vision and goals for the district and in fairness to him, I was not his choice as he was hired after me. I think my departure gives the School Committee and the super- intendent an opportunity to fill the position with leaders they feel com- fortable with and respect." Outgoing Lincoln Supt. Georgia Fortunato, outgoing Business Mellen turns down LMS principal job, returns to NP By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See MELLEN, Page 4 MELLEN NORTH PROVIDENCE – The conversion of the town's nearly 4,000 streetlights is about halfway through a 10-week project timetable, but some residents are already complaining about the new look. Ralph Nahigian, director of com- munications and technology for North Providence, said the full effect of the conversion project through the Partnership for Rhode Island Streetlights Management (PRISM) program won't be known until well after it's completed. According to Nahigian, all lights installed to date are at the maximum recommended brightness of 60 watts out of 100 watts (if they were at 90 or 100, everyone in town would be com- plaining, he said), and once all lights are up, officials will be able to dim individual lights based on complaints. All lights will be connected to a net- work once the project is done, he said, and thus easily manipulated. The issue that could arise, said Nahigian, is that one resident might want a light dimmer, while another might want it brighter. The lights being used in North Providence are the same ones being installed in Cumberland, said Nahigian, and have a flat back with a half moon on front, to put light out to the side. A different style of light is being installed on Mineral Spring Avenue, Douglas Avenue and Smith New street lights too bright, say some residents By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See LIGHTS, Page 4 Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE JUNE 20-26, 2018 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, RI 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. Offer expires 06/30/18 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 Check out our Summer Local Restaurant Guide INSIDE New street Check out our Summer Local Restaurant Guide INSIDE Summer 2018 LOCAL RESTAURANT GUIDE EAT OUT EAT OUT Let's

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