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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-06-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JULY 6-11, 2018 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON BEVERLY ALWARD, who has lived in Woonsocket for more than 25 years and will soon turn 80 years old, grooves to the music during the first concert of the 2018 Levitt AMP Woonsocket Music Series last Friday. The concert series is held at River Island Art Park. See more photos on page 6. Dancing in the park WOONSOCKET – The city's election season heated up last week as two candidates declared their intent to challenge Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt on the final day of the declaration period for the 2018 local elec- tions, which ran from June 25-27. Albert Brien and Albert Beauparlant both took out papers to run for mayor, setting the stage for a may- oral showdown in the fall. Brien, a former City Council president and father of current Beauparlant, Brien both pledging serious mayoral runs By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com NORTH SMITHFIELD – Chief Joel Jillson may have been a fix- ture around town as chief of North Smithfield Fire and Rescue Services for the past 18 years, but as of June 30, he is officially retired, and says he looks forward to a smooth transition to a new generation of leader- ship. David Chartier, a town resident and deputy fire chief of the Smithfield Fire Department, will take over, hav- ing been officially named chief by the organization's board of directors last week. "Change is good for everybody. Time for a different voice, different face. I've loved every second of it," Jillson told The Breeze. "If I had a chance, I'd do it all again tomorrow." Jillson retires, Chartier takes over as town fire chief By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket branch of the Division of Motor Vehicles is slated to open a new location on Diamond Hill Road later this summer, and state officials anticipate the move will make for a better DMV experience for custom- ers and staff. The new branch, located in a store- front that once housed a McDonald's at the far left side of Woonsocket Plaza, appeared to be making its final preparations to open earlier this week, with hours of operation and the DMV logo printed on the glass doors. According to Paul Grimaldi, chief of information and public relations at the Rhode Island Department of Revenue, custom- ers will likely begin visiting the new location in August. "We expect to open our new New DMV location opening on Diamond Hill Road next month By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See MAYORAL RACE, Page 20 See DMV, Page 10 See CHIEF, Page 18 CHARTIER BEAUPARLANT BRIEN MONDAY ALL DAY 9 HOLES $24 Name: Bungay Brook Golf Club; Width: 3.0753 in; Depth: 3.8 in; Color: Black plus one; Ad Number: p192419 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, RI 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 www.GeorgeMPrescottLaw.com No fee for initial consultation.

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