North Providence

Catanzaro, Lombardi battle over town’s tax, finance history

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NORTH PROVIDENCE – Looking back to the administration of A. Ralph Mollis, mayoral challenger Kristen Catanzaro is saying North Providence was in strong financial shape when that mayor left office... more

NP gets another bump to its bond rating

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NORTH PROVIDENCE – Moody's Investors Service has again upgraded North Providence's general obligation bond rating, this time from A3 to A2. The upgrade affects $11 million of debt. The rating upgrade... more

State Police arrest 73-year-old for lucrative crime operation

JOHNSTON – State Police on Friday announced the arrest of Johnston resident Richard Tiberi, 73, for allegedly running an illegal organized retail crime operation in Providence and Johnston. Tiberi,... more

Town reaches settlement in sewer case

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NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town has reached a settlement with an Angell Road resident whose home was damaged in a sewer backup. The exact contents of the deal are sealed under a confidentiality agreement... more

School is back in session next week

NORTH PROVIDENCE – School is back in session for students in grades K-9 and special education pre-K next Wednesday, Aug. 31. The first day of school for grades 10-12 is next Thursday, Sept. 1. The... more

State Police say no to request to investigate NP police

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NORTH PROVIDENCE – State Police have officially rejected the idea of investigating problems in the North Providence Police Department, saying they’ll check back after the September primary to see if... more

Lombardi: I’ve invested in public safety

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Mayor Charles Lombardi says it’s always been his priority to address the town’s long-term public safety needs. “Fortunately in 2008 my administration and Police Chief Dave Palmer... more

Catanzaro: Acting positions costing big money

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Town Councilor and mayoral candidate Kristen Catanzaro expressed “serious concerns” this week over the number of “acting” positions under the Lombardi administration. “The cost to... more

Three debates set for mayoral race

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Incumbent Mayor Charles Lombardi and challenger Kristen Catanzaro will participate in a series of three debates leading up to primary election day on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The Breeze... more

Deware still in race for his daughter

NORTH PROVIDENCE – William Deware, candidate for House District 54, says he recently came down with meningitis and was in an induced coma for several days. “I had every excuse to quit this race, and... more

O’Brien reflects on effort to assist seniors, vows to remain an advocate

NORTH PROVIDENCE – House District Rep. William O’Brien says he’s proud of his efforts to advocate for North Providence seniors. He is especially proud of a $15,000 tax exemption on pensions and the... more

Picard: Pursuing grants a high priority

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Incumbent School Committee member Gina Picard says accessing grant funding to relieve the burden on taxpayers has been one of her goals. Most recently, North Providence received $... more

Stanley’s now under new ownership

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PAWTUCKET – Stanley’s Famous Hamburgers, a favorite in the Central Falls area since 1932, is now under new ownership. Louie Augusta, the former manager of the famed burger joint at 535 Dexter St. for... more

Gingras ready to open Parkinson’s Place this fall

PAWTUCKET – Five years after Richard Gingras opened Fight 2 Fitness behind Tolman High School, the retired pro boxer is ready to make a more meaningful impact in the fitness world. Gingras, of... more

Paddleboats expected back in the water at Slater Park

PAWTUCKET – Visitors to Slater Park should soon be back to puttering around the park’s pond. The city hired Solitude Lake Management to clean up the pond, and the company applied chemicals last... more

Making people smile with unique birdhouses

SMITHFIELD - “It makes me feel good to do creative stuff.” That’s what Tom Ballou says while prowling around his backyard garden at his Smithfield home one late afternoon. Among the growing pumpkin... more

DEM asks public to report sightings of invasive beetles

Asian Longhorned Beetle, Emerald Ash Borer have potential to cause extensive tree damage
PROVIDENCE –The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is asking the public – and in particular, those in regular contact with trees – to report sightings of the Asian Longhorned Beetle... more

Wellness expo at Charlesgate Sept. 9

PROVIDENCE – Charlesgate Nursing Center, 100 Randall St., and Senior Living Center, 670 North Main St., will host a wellness expo on Friday, Sept. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call... more

Memorial researcher gets $2.6 million grant to study heart failure prevention

PAWTUCKET – Dr. Charles Eaton, director of the Center for Primary Care and Prevention at Memorial Hospital, received a $2.6-million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The grant... more

Register for the NP Barracudas

NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Barracudas Swim Team will hold registration on Wednesday, Sept. 7 and Thursday, Sept. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the North Providence Pool and Fitness Center... more

Gateway awarded federal health grant

PAWTUCKET – Gateway Healthcare was awarded a $1.2 million grant over three years from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to develop a program to provide behavioral health... more

Wendy’s raises $90,000 for Adoption Rhode Island

PAWTUCKET – Wendy’s restaurants in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts raised $90,000 for Adoption Rhode Island, a nonprofit that aims to find families for children in state care and provides... more

Golden Crest recognized for outstanding resident satisfaction

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Golden Crest Nursing Centre last week received the Excellence in Action award from My InnerView by National Research Corporation. The honor, awarded exclusively to NRC clients... more

Vendors wanted for Snowflake Bazaar

SMITHFIELD – Old County Road School is seeking vendors for its annual Snowflake Bazaar, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3. The annual bazaar features family-themed activities that include raffles,... more

NP Republicans meet next Tuesday

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Local Republicans meet next Tuesday night, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the North Providence Union Free Library on Mineral Spring Avenue. Any Republicans are... more

Join Arbor Day Foundation in August, get 10 free trees

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. – Spruce up your landscape by joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August. Everyone who joins the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation with a $10 donation will receive 10 free Colorado... more