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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 10-18-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE OCTOBER 18-24, 2018 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY JAVON VELEZ, 1, of Woonsocket, chooses his pumpkin at the 6th annual Woonsocket Pumpkin Patch at Cold Spring Park last Sunday. The event featured free pumpkins, paint and decorating materials. See more photos on page 2. Picking the perfect pumpkin Historic Andrews Mill targeted for housing development Tupperware, Coastal Recycling most recent owners NORTH SMITHFIELD – A Woonsocket-based nonprofit has acquired the historic Andrews Mill located on Great Road just west of the intersection with St. Paul Street and has ambitious plans for the building that has served as a textile manufacturer, office space and gar- bage dump over its 100-year history. NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley purchased the property for $300,000 in March and plans to turn the former mill into an affordable housing complex, the number of units yet to be deter- mined, according to NeighborWorks Assistant Director of Real Estate Development Bill Lewis. The 32-acre property includes a machine shop, water tower and several smaller buildings, but organization By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com WOONSOCKET – After more than a year of lobbying by those who see medical marijuana cultivation as an economic opportunity, the City Council voted unanimously Monday to allow large-scale cultivation within city limits, approving for the first time an ordinance establishing the necessary zoning requirements. The ordinance allows licensed cultivation of marijuana in existing buildings on industrial-zoned lots of five acres or more. Marijuana must be cultivated for medical purposes with intent to deliver to a state-reg- Council green-lights medical marijuana cultivation By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See ANDREWS MILL, Page 7 NED CONNORS, left, is a preserva- tion consultant and BILL LEWIS is the Assistant Director of Real Estate Development for NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley's historic Andrews Mill building project. See MARIJUANA, Page 11 With less than three weeks to go until election day, residents of Senate District 24, covering portions of Woonsocket and North Smithfield, are gearing up for the vote to replace longtime Sen. Marc Cote, who announced his plans to retire from public office earlier this year. In the running are Democrat Melissa Murray, a sitting city coun- cilor in Woonsocket, along with three independents who have never held public office, including North Smithfield resident Glenn Dusablon and Woonsocket residents Richard Garrepy and Michael Disney. Murray, a small business owner, describes herself as a "true blue" Democrat who supports the initia- tives of the state Democratic Party. Her positions on issues such as pro- tecting social services for seniors, funding public education, preventing Four try for vacant District 24 seat By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See DISTRICT 24, Page 21 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. Remember the Sound? 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Bldg. 3, Ste. 307, Lincoln, RI www.hearforyouri.com 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 Remember the Sound? Check out our Autumn Local Restaurant Guide INSIDE Check out our Autumn Local Restaurant Guide INSIDE Local Restaurant Guide EAT OUT EAT OUT Let's Autumn 2018 ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. OCT-18-2018-DINE-CL.indd 1 10/11/18 9:05 AM

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