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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 10-11-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE OCTOBER 11-17, 2018 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON JAY REILLY, left, and SHERRY O'BRIEN donned stilts to walk the Autumnfest parade route. They are members of Extraordinary Arts. See more Autumnfest pictures on pages 9-14. WOONSOCKET – The Boston Surface Railroad Company's plans to bring passenger rail service to Woonsocket are on track, with the first trains scheduled to depart 1 Depot Square for Providence in spring of 2020, according to company founder Vincent Bono. In August, the company purchased its first trains, two streamliner loco- motives acquired at auction from the Connecticut Department of Transportation. The trains are now headed for Seaview Transportation in the Quonset Business Park, where they'll be reconditioned and prepared for the tracks. "We were pretty excited about that. Those are just the locomotives, though, we're looking to buy our Woonsocket- Providence passenger rail on track for spring 2020 By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See RAIL, Page 18 Hitting the right notes NSHS program goes beyond music classes to building careers NORTH SMITHFIELD – Ben Morris has been playing in the school band since he was in the 6th grade. The North Smithfield High School senior serves as band vice president, plays the tuba and bass in the sym- phonic band and jazz band and sings in the chamber choir and men's choir. On nights and weekends, he volun- teers as a sound technician for shows at the Stadium Theatre, a position he's hoping will turn into paid gigs. His resume is impressive, but there's one thing Morris, who plans to study sound engineering at UMass Lowell next fall, hopes will set him apart from other seniors. Morris is one of four students at North Smithfield High School currently pursuing a Career and Technical Education (CTE) certification in music, a designation that will appear By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See MUSIC, Page 23 NORTH SMITHFIELD – A group of residents in North Smithfield are searching for the old- est living town resident, and the rea- son why almost certainly goes back to before that person was born. In 1909, Mr. Edwin Grozier, pub- lisher of the Boston Post newspaper, sent 700 canes to towns throughout New England with specific instruc- tions that they be presented to the oldest male citizen of each town with compliments of the Boston Post. According to the Maynard Historical Society of Maynard, Mass. – a group that runs a website dedicated to collecting news and research on the canes – the canes were made of ebony wood imported from the Congo in Africa and prepared by J. F. Fradley and Co., a New York manufacturer. Each cane was tipped with a 14-karat gold head inscribed with the name of the town and a reminder the cane was "to be trans- The search is on for the oldest person in North Smithfield By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See CANE, Page 17 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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