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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-12-2018

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4 WOONSOCKET JULY 12-18, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION WOONSOCKET – The Blackstone Valley Craft and Music Festival will return for its second annual run this weekend, and orga- nizer Tara Cruz said attendees can expect more of the local artisans and area bands that made last year's inau- gural event a hit with attendees. The event will take place at River Island Art Park this Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It's the second time Cruz, who heads the event as the founder of local craft and vendor group Elite ACE, is coordinating the festival she says combines the best of homemade crafts and music. "I wanted to bring something in the summertime to Woonsocket," she told The Breeze. "I do work a lot with the artists, crafters and events in the Blackstone Valley area, so it's some- thing I wanted to bring for the love of arts and crafts and music. It was kind of like a mesh of all that." Last year's event drew about 50 artisans and vendors and a sizable crowd to World War II Veterans Memorial Park, where visitors could participate in children's activities and view live craft demonstrations. This year, said Cruz, the festival will feature slightly fewer artisans, about 40, but an increase in the number of musicians after the music side of the event was popular with younger attendees. The lineup includes at least a half-dozen bands and solo art- ists performing everything from rock to techno to classic hits. "A lot of our music is very local. We're getting a lot of the local bands and musicians and it's all genres of music," she said. "A lot of our attendance probably is the younger crowd." While that younger crowd might not be typical of craft fairs, Cruz said it's a great way to expose younger generations to some classic artisan trades, especially those that might not make it into the public spotlight. Last year's event featured wreath- makers and glass-etchers, and this year, a spinner will give an alpaca yarn-making demonstration for the second year in a row. "I try to incorporate interactive craft exhibits so that they're coming up and they're seeing the people actually working on their products," Cruz said. The event will also feature local businesses like Craft BMX and skate shop and direct sales merchants, as well as food from Bitchin' BBQ and other local food trucks. Cruz said she learned a lot during the first year's event and is looking forward to continuing to improve the crowd experience. "This year we're having it at River Island Art Park, because I felt like Veterans Memorial was just a little too large. We're not like Autumnfest or something like that, we're just a little smaller," she said. Cruz is no stranger to event plan- ning in the Blackstone Valley. She serves on the Autumnfest Steering Committee overseeing the craft and merchant showcase and has been planning events with Elite ACE for two years. Prior to that, she said, she owned a small gift shop and planned craft fairs for her church and other nonprofits. It's a passion that's sup- ported by the local volunteers who come out to lend a hand. "I had a great team of volunteers last year, and I will have another pretty solid team of local community people helping out at the event," she said, adding the event is still seeking additional volunteers. Blackstone Valley Craft and Music Festival returns for a second year By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY The TRIBAL MEDICINE SINGERS, made up of members of the Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe, perform at last year's Blackstone Valley Craft and Music Festival. This year's event will feature approximately 40 artisans and vendors and at least a half-dozen local music acts at River Island Art Park on Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15. Placing on the ballot for the Special Referendum Election to be held on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, a question amending the City of Woonsocket Home Rule Charter to allow for a five member school committee whose members shall be elected Question 1 AMENDMENT TO THE WOONSOCKET HOME RULE CHARTER – ELECTED SCHOOL COMMITTEE (Ordinance of the City Council of Woonsocket adopted May 21, 2018) "Shall the City of Woonsocket Home Rule Charter, Chapter XIV, entitled, "Department of Education," be amended to provide for the five person school committee of which members are to be elected by the qualified electors of the City for a term of two years or until a successor is duly elected or appointed? (Amends Chapter XIV, Section 2) Response to the above question shall be "Approve" or "Reject" POLLING LOCATIONS RD VD SEN LOCATION 49 01 20 Middle School at Hamlet – Gym – 60 Florence Drive 02 24 John F. Kennedy Manor – 547 Clinton Street 03 24 Park View – 218 Pond Street 04 24 Fairmont Heights – 525 Second Avenue 12 24 **Harris Elementary School – Gym – 60 High School Street 50 05 20 Crepeau Court – 100 Front Street 06 24 Globe Park Elementary School – Cafeteria – 192 Avenue A 07 24 Our Lady Queen of Martyrs – School Hall – 1371 Park Ave. 08 24 Bernon Heights School – Cafeteria – 657 Logee Street 51 09 20 Leo A. Savoie School – Cafeteria – 990 Mendon Road 10 20 Woonsocket Senior High School – Cafeteria – 777 Cass Ave. 11 20 Governor Pothier School – Gym – 420 Robinson Street ** OUT OF CODE SPECIAL LOCAL REFERENDUM ELECTION JULY 24, 2018 QUESTION & POLLING LOCATIONS WOONSOCKET, RHODE ISLAND S/James N. Allam S/Suzanne J. Vadenais S/Martha Tetreault Board of Canvassers and Registration Pursuant to Section 11-32 of the North Smithfield Code of Ordinances, notice is hereby given that the North Smithfield Town Council will conduct a public hearing regarding the application of Lockwood McKinnon Co Inc. d/b/a Taco Bell located at 2 Dowling Village Blvd., North Smithfield, RI for additional operational hours between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. This hearing will be held at the North Smithfield Middle School Auditorium, 1850 Providence Pk, North Smithfield, RI on July 16, 2018 at 6:45 p.m. All interested persons are invited to attend said hearing and be heard. Anyone requesting interpreter services must contact the Town Clerk's office at 767-2200, ext. 326 at least 72 hours prior to the scheduled hearing date. STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS TOWN OF NORTH SMITHFIELD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given in accordance with R.I.G.L. §45-22.2-8 that a public hearing will be held at the North Smithfield Middle School cafeteria, 1850 Providence Pike, North Smithfield RI on July 16, 2018 at 6:45 p.m. The purpose of this hearing is to consider a proposed update to the North Smithfield Comprehensive Plan as follows: The adoption of a new Comprehensive Plan to replace, in its entirety, the existing Comprehensive Plan adopted March 2006. Availability of Information Proposed text is available for public review at the North Smithfield Planning Department, North Smith- field Town Hall, 1 Main Street, North Smithfield, RI during the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thursday and 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Friday and can be found on the North Smithfield website at The proposal may be altered prior to the close of the Public Hearing without further advertising, as a result of further study or because of the views expressed at the Public Hearing. All persons interested in the above are respectfully requested to be present at the time and place noted above. Individuals requesting special assistance should contact the Town Clerk's Office at 767-2200, ext. 326 seventy-two (72) hours in advance of the meeting date. Per Order of the North Smithfield Town Council Debra A. Todd, Town Clerk TOWN OF NORTH SMITHFIELD TOWN COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING - COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE

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