North Providence

New system installed in town’s schools can detect shooters ‘in a heartbeat’

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NORTH PROVIDENCE – A new high-tech system designed to detect exactly where an active shooter is in the building and help police officers track him down makes local schools some of the safest around,... more

Annual savings from streetlight purchase: $223,858

LED conversion will mean better lighting of neighborhoods
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NORTH PROVIDENCE – Town officials are predicting significant cost savings on energy and brighter lighting in local neighborhoods as part of a pending new agreement to buy all 4,000 streetlights in... more

Editor Green retiring from Breeze May 5

Shorey will assume role of managing editor
CUMBERLAND – Publisher Tom Ward is announcing this week the May 5 retirement of Marcia Green, editor of The Valley Breeze since its founding in 1996. Replacing her will be Ethan Shorey, a Breeze... more

Union displeased with plan to cut three police positions

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Mayor Charles Lombardi’s plan to cut three upper-level positions from the North Providence Police Department is drawing criticism from members of the local police union, who say... more

Rhode Island Senate puts a hold, again, on home wine delivery

CUMBERLAND – State Sen. Ryan Pearson, of Cumberland and Lincoln, and Sen. Stephen Archambault, of Smithfield and North Providence, have signed on to a bill that would permit Rhode Island residents to... more

Chief Pelagio: Mayor’s new approach at Evans Field the right one

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Chief of Police Chris Pelagio says Mayor Charles Lombardi’s reversal of a directive ordering police to escort “unauthorized” youths off basketball courts at Evans Field last week... more

Questions swirl around HEZ grant procedures

School Committee could consider handing project over to town
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NORTH PROVIDENCE – Questions are swirling around the Health Equity Zone grant procedures after some school board members are concerned policy may not have been followed. Last week, the School... more

Planning Board approves self-storage facility

NORTH PROVIDENCE – The Planning Board last Wednesday granted conditional master plan approval for a new self-storage facility at 1204 Douglas Ave. Conditions include: • The Town Council approving a... more

Land Trust unveils plans for Hobson Avenue pocket park

NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Land Trust unveiled a conceptual plan for a “pocket park” near the corner of Hobson Avenue and Central Avenue at its meeting last Thursday evening. The plan... more

Town will host Day of Prayer service May 4

NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town will hold its 66th annual National Day of Prayer Service on Thursday, May 4, from noon to 1 p.m. on the upper level of North Providence Town Hall, 2000 Smith St. The theme... more

Police holding drug take-back day April 29

NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Police Department will hold its annual drug take-back day on April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The drop-off point will be at the rear of the police department... more

Centredale School announces Jr. Scholars

NORTH PROVIDENCE – The following students have been named Feinstein Jr. Scholars for March at Centredale Elementary School: Ethan Patnaude, Sokhna Fall, Kristian Freeman, Jayden Racine, Brady Fallen... more