EAST PROVIDENCE — At its meeting Tuesday night, Feb. 20, in the City Hall Chamber, the East Providence City Council passed some much talked about parking ordinances for Taunton Avenue and also approved appointments to the Affirmative Action Committee among other actions.
Following discussions at a couple of recent meetings, the Council settled on a plan to change a small portion of Taunton Avenue on both sides from John Street to Russell Avenue from a two-hour parking zone to six hours, actually 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., except Sundays and holidays.
Most of the rest of the area would remain restricted to two-hour parking. The Council approved the changes by a unanimous 5-0 vote.
As for the appointments, the Council, again by a consensus 5-0 tally, named or renamed members of the East Providence Affirmative Action Committee. Those members reappointed included Cheryl Burrell, of 1370 Pawtucket Ave., Jerome Spinola, of 200 East Shore Circle, Anita Turner, of 190 Grosvenor Ave. and William Fontes, of 95 Hazard Ave.
Cheryl Gibbs, of 810 Veterans Memorial Parkway, and Nadina Lima, of 3 Ledgewood Boulevard, Darmouth, Mass., were appointed as new members. Gaston Malloy, of 384 Roger Williams Ave., was up for reappointment, but chose not to serve another term.
In a separate appointment, Casondra Bevilacqua, of 29 Woodbine St., was chosen to fill a vacancy on Carousel Commission.
Council president James Briden swore in the all of the committee members appointed Tuesday.
Several members of the East Providence Fire and Public Works Departments were recognized for their efforts above and beyond their responsibilities during the recent "Nor'easter Nemo" Blizzard of 2013.
EPFD Lieutenant Brian Poland along with firefighters William Poland, Joseph DaSilva, George Carvalho and Mathew Goodreau were presented with commendations for their performances during the storm as well DPW members Carl Torres, Chris DiCecco and James Miller.
Messrs. DeCecco, Miller and Torres were recognized for assisting in the location of a lost child who wandered astray at the Kent Heights playground during the storm.
The Council approved one-time specific beverage licenses for events to be held in city in the coming weeks and months.
The licenses are for a fundraiser by Vartan Gregorian School at Providence Country Day School, 660 Waterman Ave., on March 9; for a Portuguese Night on March 16 at St. Martha Church; for an Italian/Irish Night on May 5 also at St. Martha's Church; and for the annual soup dinner at Sacred Heart Church, 118 Taunton Ave., on March 2.