North Providence

Study: NP police stop high percentage of minority drivers

But overall stops are near the bottom in the state
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NORTH PROVIDENCE - Considering North Providence's population demographics, local police pull over more non-white drivers than expected, according to a new statewide report. The department is one of... more

Jury finds Baccari not guilty of corruption

PROVIDENCE - A federal jury on Thursday found Richard Baccari and Churchill & Banks not guilty on charges of corruption. Each had been charged by a federal grand jury with conspiracy to pay a... more

Autiello taking aim at council presidency

Catanzaro agrees that it's time to rotate
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NORTH PROVIDENCE - Dino Autiello, the youngest member of the North Providence Town Council, has designs on taking over as president of the body whether Alice Brady retains her seat or not. Much of... more

Thinking Brady wouldn't run, Autiello bought a house in District 2

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NORTH PROVIDENCE - Councilor Dino Autiello was so sure that Alice Brady wouldn't be running again this year for her at-large council seat that he purchased a home in a neighborhood outside the... more

Merged town, school maintenance departments deemed a success

NORTH PROVIDENCE - The merger between the town and school maintenance departments has proven quite successful, says North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi, with the town saving approximately $285,... more

After 'racially insensitive' post, GOP cuts ties with Lemois

PAWTUCKET - The Pawtucket GOP has cut ties with Republican candidate for Senate District 15 Steve Lemois after what its chairman called an "idiotic" and "racially insensitive" post on Twitter. Scott... more

Newcomer Cardin-Dean will challenge Cataldi for District 2 School Committee seat

NORTH PROVIDENCE - While she is new to the political scene, North Providence native Gail Cardin-Dean says she hopes her passion and alternate views on education help her secure the District 2 School... more

Mother-daughter team hopes to fill 15,000 backpacks for the homeless this holiday season

SMITHFIELD - A mother-daughter team from Smithfield is hoping to collect and fill 15,000 backpacks as part of their "Homeless Backpacks for R.I." plan to distribute snacks and basic supplies to local... more

RIRRC nearing a deal to recycle glass again

JOHNSTON - State officials are "closing in on a solution" to the problem of glass items getting dumped in the Central Landfill. Sarah Kite-Reeves, director of recycling services for Rhode Island... more

Town's popular Pumpkins in the Park ready to glow on Friday

NORTH PROVIDENCE - The town will put on its annual Pumpkins in the Park spectacular this Friday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Notte Park off Douglas Avenue. Mayor Charles Lombardi, in cooperation... more

It's time for our annual Christmas card contest

Submit your drawings by Nov. 14
Kids! We depend on you for one of our favorite holiday traditions. Here at The Valley Breeze every year, we use children's drawings for our company holiday greeting cards and to illustrate our... more

Scouting for Food begins Saturday

PROVIDENCE - The Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America is gearing up for its annual "Scouting for Food" drive. On Saturday, thousands of Scouts from across the state will be distributing door... more

Piche says election is about 'positive change'

NORTH PROVIDENCE - The upcoming election on Nov. 4 is about "a positive change in our town government," says independent at-large candidate for Town Council Shane Piche. "For far too long our... more

Brady: I'm receiving a positive reception

NORTH PROVIDENCE - Alice Brady, Democrat running to keep her at-large seat on the North Providence Town Council, says she has been walking door-to-door during her re-election bid and is hearing good... more

O'Neill will continue commitment to R.I. students, teachers

NORTH PROVIDENCE - State Sen. Ed O'Neill, seeking re-election in Senate District 17, said during his three terms he has made a significant impact on education for students in Rhode Island. O'Neill... more

McKenna demands fiscal accountability

NORTH PROVIDENCE - Keven McKenna, candidate for the state Senate District 17 seat, said the people of District 17 need an informed advocate for fiscal accountability and believes "an effective... more

NP Republicans to host Ernie Almonte next Tuesday

NORTH PROVIDENCE - Independent candidate for general treasurer Ernie Almonte will be speaking at an event hosted by the North Providence Republican Town Committee next Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 7 p... more

Regan appointed to Planning Board

NORTH PROVIDENCE - The North Providence Town Council accepted the appointment of Wendy Regan to the North Providence Planning Board. Mayor Charles Lombardi made the appointment prior to the Sept. 2... more

NP resident to serve on CRICC Board of Directors

NORTH PROVIDENCE - The Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce announced that North Providence resident Marisa Albanese, of National Grid, was selected to serve on the chamber's 2014 Board of... more

North Providence will host flu clinic Nov. 15

NORTH PROVIDENCE - Mayor Charles Lombardi and the North Providence Emergency Management Agency, in conjunction with the Department of Health, will host a flu vaccine clinic on Saturday, Nov. 15, 9 a.... more

'Art & Poetry' to feature works by survivors from St. Mary's Home

PROVIDENCE - The "Art & Poetry Exhibit; Survivors of Sexual Assault," an art show featuring the artistic expression of trauma survivors, is running through this Thursday, Oct. 24, and again Oct.... more

Parent meeting planned for Saturday

NORTH PROVIDENCE - Allendale Baptist Church, 545 Woonasquatucket Ave., will hold its monthly Parenting Resource and Children's Time on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. Parents will discuss parent-... more

Bishop celebrates annual Mass for health care workers

NORTH PROVIDENCE - The Rev. Thomas Tobin, Bishop of Providence, was set to preside at the annual White Mass on Tuesday in the chapel of Our Lady of Fatima Hospital in North Providence. Rev. Timothy... more

Musical instruments needed for children

PROVIDENCE - The Instruments for Children Program of the Rhode Island Rhythm & Blues Preservation Society is reaching out to potential donors of used or new musical instruments for children in... more

R.I. Polonia awards scholarships, announces trips

PROVIDENCE - Students in their first year of college this fall were awarded scholarships from the Rhode Island Polonia Scholarship Foundation. They are Brian W. Suchacz from Ponagansett High School,... more

Chicken dinner at St. Luke Church on Nov. 1

PAWTUCKET - St. Luke Episcopal Church, 670 Weeden St., will hold a roast chicken dinner on Saturday, Nov. 1. Dinner is at 6 p.m. The menu will feature chicken, roasted potatoes, pasta, salad and... more