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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 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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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JULY 12-18, 2018 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Losing battle at Cedar Swamp Conservation Commission wants area accessible to the public; resident beavers seem determined to keep them out NORTH SMITHFIELD – Paul Soares is on a mission. He has a bone to pick with local wildlife, but it's not squirrels eating from the birdfeeder or mice in the attic he's worried about. Instead, the resident and chairman of the North Smithfield Conservation Commission is deter- mined to do something about the beavers that moved into a section of public land near Rte. 146 a few years ago and quietly staked their claim, keeping it all but inaccessible to the humans who live nearby. Once each week, Soares climbs into his red Toyota 4Runner and heads to Cedar Swamp, a 69.5-acre town prop- By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM North Smithfield Conservation Commission Chairman PAUL SOARES stands near a makeshift bridge, an attempt by commission members to secure access across a flooded section of Cedar Swamp. Most of the 69.5-acre town property, acquired in 2010, remains inaccessible to the public because of regular flooding of access trails due to beaver dams. WOONSOCKET – City resi- dents are circulating an online petition calling for changes at the Hamlet Avenue skate park after officials posted new regulations restricting the park to skateboarders and in-line skaters, excluding BMX bike and scooter riders, last week. The incident is the latest clash in an ongoing conflict between park advocates and city officials since the park first opened near Woonsocket Middle School in August 2017. Last month, The Valley Breeze reported on efforts by park advocates, led by Craft Skate & BMX Shop owner Susan Kirwan, to secure additional invest- ment from the city in the form of new equipment to supplement the donated equipment currently filling the space. Last Friday, Kirwan, who had previously told The Breeze she may need to close her shop if it did not see the increase in traffic she antici- pated a larger and fully-outfitted park would bring, announced on Facebook she intended to close the shop. The post was immediately met with an outpouring of support from the city's skating community, which had used the shop, located on Hamlet Avenue adjacent to the park, as a gathering space. "It is with deepest regret that I Support for skate park goes viral after officials announce new restrictions By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See SKATE PARK, Page 8 WOONSOCKET – On July 24, voters in the city of Woonsocket will head to the polls to determine whether the city's five-member appointed School Committee will become a five-member elected com- mittee. The mayoral appointment system – first approved by voters in 2012 and instituted in 2013 – has come under fire in recent months from City Council members and members of the public due to discrepancies in the preferred picks of Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and the City Council, who must approve the appointments. In April, the council voted to hold a referendum on whether the com- mittee should return to an elected system. The referendum was origi- nally scheduled for June 12, but was pushed back due to conflict with a state law that requires a 50-day waiting period between the call for a local referendum and approval of the ballot by the secretary of state's office. According to Board of Canvassers Manager Estelle Corriveau, on July Woonsocket School Committee referendum July 24 By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer erty donated from the estate of Philip Silva in 2010. The property includes about 30 acres of swampland and another 40 acres of forested high- lands and stretches from Rte. 146 to the power substation, ending just shy of Greenville Road at its eastern edge. See REFERENDUM, Page 2 See SWAMP, Page 15 Enjoy hearing all of life's moments... Not just the quiet time. 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Bldg. 3, Ste. 307, Lincoln, RI At Home For You Hearing and Balance Center we strive for excellence in customer care. Call today to schedule your appointment & ask about our Interest Free Financing! 401-475-6116 Our services include: • Diagnostic Hearing tests ages 6 months & up • Hearing Aid Evaluations • Hearing Aid Sales & Repairs Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist Depressed? Anxious? Stressed? Anthony Taraborelli, LICSW, CDP 1 Social Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895 401-829-8838 • Short term counseling • Unresolved Grief • Anxiety, depression • SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING • Anger Management • Opiate Addiction Treatment and Recovery Children • Adults • Couples • Families Most Insurances Accepted Now Accepting Medicare

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