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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 08-09-2018

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 AUGUST 9-15, 2018 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Town Council is once again consider- ing purchasing the "Gold Forest," a wooded property off Douglas Pike featuring hiking trails and pond access. The proposed purchase would add 144 acres to the town's overall dedicated open space. The property is located between Mattity Road and Tarkiln Pond and includes access to Tarkiln Pond as well as a number of historic and envi- ronmental features, including a rail- road bed, a historic cemetery, a large field and a former pig farm. Carol Ayala, secretary of the North Smithfield Conservation Commission and a proponent of the sale, said the property is ready to be used for out- door recreation with minimal changes required by the town. "There's trails, it's ready to go," she said. "It's a turnkey park." The Town Council considered the purchase Monday evening during a closed meeting with property repre- 'Gold Forest' purchase up for reconsideration By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON Woonsocket band "The Beardogz" performs on the midway before a rain shower ended their set early at the Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church Carnival last Thursday. Band members are, from left, BRIAN ROWE, SPENCER SOUCY, JONATHAN BLANCHETTE and PETER SOUCY. See more photos on page 17. WOONSOCKET – Another offensive comment made by a city councilor during Monday night's meeting – and his use of a particular word – has spurred public backlash, with some resi- dents calling for his removal from the council. Councilor Richard Fagnant made the offhand remark after a resolution he proposed failed to gain enough votes to pass. The resolution, intended to restrict recording of council meet- ings to certain areas of the council chambers, was voted down in the final minutes of the meeting after four other councilors said they did not think the resolution was war- ranted. Councilor's offensive word spurs calls for his removal By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See OFFENSIVE, Page 19 FAGNANT See GOLD FOREST, Page 13 WOONSOCKET – A pro- posed housing development in east Woonsocket is moving forward, planned for the extension of Sunset Avenue near its intersection with Hillside Avenue off Diamond Hill Road. "Sunset View Estates," as the devel- opment is termed by Real Estate Property Management, will include nine single-family homes on a com- bined 3.81 acres of land at the end of what's currently a dead end street. The development will be located in an R2 low-density residential zoning district requiring lots to be a mini- mum of 10,000 square feet. Planning for the project, located near the Walnut Hill Apartments, has been ongoing since 2008 but was postponed following the housing mar- ket crash, according to company legal counsel and former Municipal Court Judge Lloyd Gariepy. "What happened is the market for single-family homes took a vacation in 2011," he told The Breeze follow- ing a meeting of the Woonsocket 'Sunset View Estates' moving forward By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See SUNSET, Page 18 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 See our Senior Living Guide inside! See our Senior Living ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. published by Senior Living Guide

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