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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-12-2018

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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10 THE VALLEY JULY 12-18, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION New Woonsocket DMV location opening next month 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 customers 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 during a recent visit, 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, customers will likely begin visiting the new location in August. "We expect to open our new branch sometime next month. We're firming up the opening date now," he said. "It depends on the final equipment/ furniture installation, staff training and similar details. We're excited that the move is close at hand." Grimaldi said the new location will have more clerk stations than the branch's current location on Pond Street with the possibility of transferring additional staff from divi- sion headquarters. For customers, that could mean shorter wait times and better service at a location that serves all of northern Rhode Island as the division's only branch north of Cranston. "The Woonsocket branch handles about 10 percent of all DMV transac- tions," said Grimaldi. "It's our second- busiest office after our Cranston headquarters. The new office is going to provide a better experience for our customers and our staff." The opening of the DMV branch is the latest in a series of openings and closings in a plaza that has seen high turnover in recent years. Since last spring, the plaza sometimes referred to as Diamond Hill Plaza has seen the opening of Ollie's Bargain Outlet as well as the closing of New China Super Buffet, Radio Shack and long- time city business Oceans of Pets. A Planet Fitness previously located in the plaza moved to neighboring Walnut Hill Plaza last summer, while across the street, the Ocean State Job Lot previously located down the road moved to a larger space in the former Walmart building earlier this year. Woonsocket Plaza is currently owned by New York-based Madison Properties, which purchased the plaza in 2015. According to Grimaldi, the DMV will not continue any operations in the Pond Street location after the move to Diamond Hill Road, though the building will remain state prop- erty. The new branch location will maintain the same hours as the cur- rent location, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer Teen headphones craft July 23 at Lincoln library LINCOLN – Teens and tweens ages 11-17 are invited to make their own thread-wrapped headphones at the Lincoln Public Library, 145 Old River Road, on Monday, July 23, at 6 p.m. Bring a favorite pair to work with or use one of the pairs provided. While working on this aca-amazing project, crafters will be viewing a movie about an acapella group find- ing their perfect pitch. Call 401-333- 2422, ext. 22, to register or stop by the library.

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