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The North Providence Breeze 4-23-14

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©2014 Breeze PuBlications inc. SHE'S GOT TALENT NPHS students shine in talent show fundraiser. PAGE 8 LADIES NIGHT Wine, Women & Jewelry, and Girls Night Out at the Stadium. LIVING A Valley Breeze Newspaper Breeze ThE NorTh ProVIdENcE FREE valleybreeze.com @ APRIL 23-29, 2014 By EThAN ShorEY Breeze staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – A plan by a for-profit hospital group to purchase the financial- ly troubled Our Lady of Fatima Hospital could be all but done by next month, bringing future new tax revenue for the town. Town officials say they're working through a number of details on a proposed memo- randum of agreement on taxes with Prospect Medical Holdings Inc., the Los Angeles-based group that would also purchase Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence. Mayor Charles Lombardi said the pending tax agreement is "very important" to North Providence officials, who are focused on keeping the town's hospital financially viable into the future while maintaining and increasing revenue for the town. "Fatima is a key employ- er of people who live here, work here and do business here," said Lombardi. "We need that hospital to stay," he said. Pending legislation before the Rhode Island General Assembly that allows cities and towns to tax for-profit hospitals offers the option of a "stabiliza- tion agreement" between the community and hospital. Gov. Lincoln Chafee's budget for the next fiscal year includes $544,000 in "payment in lieu of taxes" – or PILOT – money from Fatima, said Finance Director Justin Cambio, and that money will go away once the hospital becomes a for- profit institution. The $544,000 figure is included in next year's budget proposal, he said. There was no immediate Officials working on tax agreement with Fatima Hospital buyer Public hearing is next Monday, April 28 see hoSPITAL, Page 11 North Providence held its Lombardi Fishing Derby at Notte Park on Monday. About 150 kids, ages 6-14, tried their best to land a trophy win- ning fish on a warm, sunny afternoon. Here, FrANcEScA ST-GErmAIN, 6, waits patiently for a fish to bite. See more photos on Page 4. Breeze Photo By DaviD Wuerth By EThAN ShorEY Breeze staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – This town wasn't even on Mike Berling's radar as a possible landing spot for his company, but when local officials reached out to him – even pursued him – he couldn't help but take notice. When they rushed him through what they call their "one-stop shop," a town department designed to cut through the red tape of opening a business, Berling was sold. Mayor Charles Lombardi has con- firmed that Berling was told last fall that he wouldn't need to apply for a zoning variance because his gym business repre- sented a "lesser use" than the previous car dealership at 975 Charles St. On March 29, Berling and his busi- ness partner, Aaron Meredith, held a grand opening for their Ocean State CrossFit on Charles Street. Hundreds of people turned out for a ribbon- cutting and opening workout, grunting in unison as they were put through the high-intensity training of the popular CrossFit workout program. There were some rumblings that day about a resident planning to address the Town Council about noise com- Town welcomes gym, then shuts it down CrossFit has residents fuming over 'seismic booms' BErLING see GYm, Page 11 "Like" us on "Follow" us on NORTH PROVIDENCE 6 54-410 0 1818 M ineral Spring Ave. Sun. - Thurs., 11AM - 12AM ; Fri. & Sat. 11AM - 1AM SM ITHFIELD/ GREENVILLE 2 33-8 96 6 375 Putnam Pike $ 7 99 CARRYOUT ONLY

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