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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-19-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JULY 19-25, 2018 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY JANEI CLAIBORNE, 10, of Woonsocket, fires a water cannon as she plays at the Splash Pad at World War II Memorial Park in Woonsocket last Saturday. See more photos on page 11. Summer splash WOONSOCKET – Construction began last week on the intersection of Mendon Road and Diamond Hill Road in Woonsocket, a hotspot for congestion and accidents that has garnered complaints from city officials and residents for years. According to Rhode Island Department of Transportation spokeswoman Lisbeth Pettengill, the work will address congestion and safety issues at the intersection and is scheduled to be completed by June 30, 2019. "Mendon Road north- bound will be expanded from two to three lanes and will have a separate left turn, through and right turn lane," she said. "A new traffic sig- nal system will be installed, and all approaches to the intersection will have a left turn indicator. There will be new pavement through- out the intersection as well as on Mendon Road from Walnut Hill Plaza to the Massachusetts state line." All the sidewalks within RIDOT begins expansion of Diamond Hill/Mendon Road intersection By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com Little Red Schoolhouse gets a big makeover NORTH SMITHFIELD – One of North Smithfield's oldest town landmarks is get- ting a fresh look, with extensive restora- tion work of both the exterior and interior of the Little Red Schoolhouse on School Street set to begin in the fall. Last week, the town issued a request for proposals for architectural administra- tion services for the restoration project, which will include work on the roof, windows, siding, floor, doors and lights of By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM RICHARD KEENE, president of the North Smithfield Heritage Association, points out damage on the clap- board siding of the Little Red Schoolhouse building. See SCHOOLHOUSE, Page 22 See DIAMOND HILL, Page 15 WOONSOCKET – Two men were arrested this week on charges of first-degree murder in the March 2016 stabbing of 81-year-old Constance Gauthier at her home at 191 Fairfield Ave. Tyler Grenon, 23, of Attleboro, Mass., and Matthew Dusseault, 20, of Woonsocket were arraigned in Sixth District Court Wednesday afternoon. Woonsocket police arrest two in connection with Gauthier murder By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See ARRESTS, Page 2 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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