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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-08-2018

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 8-14, 2018 WOONSOCKET 25 ating team upon taking their seats in office. "That's the gorilla in the room, and that's our most important challenge right now is to get our teachers a contract so they can go to work and get rid of this work to rule," he said. The contract negotiations became a focal point in the mayor's race during the final weeks before the election after the Woonsocket Teachers Guild formally endorsed Brien's candi- dacy, blaming Baldelli-Hunt for the city's failure to offer teachers a raise during the current academic year. Many teachers used their day off from school to campaign for Brien on Tuesday, gathering outside polling places with signs of support. While Baldelli-Hunt and City Council candidates both cel- ebrated their wins, the two sides acknowledged their relationship has not been amicable in the past. Gendron, current council president and a member of the group that has opposed many of Baldelli-Hunt's actions in the past, expressed cautious optimism for the future, with at least five, and possibly six, of the group's candi- dates serving the next two years. "It looks good for the city, because we have six people who I can assure you have every inten- tion of working with the mayor," he said. Under the City Charter, however, only five council votes are needed to reject and overturn any mayoral initiative or the bud- get. Baldelli-Hunt said she looks forward to continuing to advance the community and considers her mayoral win a vote of support from residents. "My hope is that they recognize that the people of Woonsocket spoke, the people want me to lead the community," she said. BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM Woonsocket Middle School teachers HEATHER ROSE, JO-ANNE CROSSLEY, ALLISON FERNANDES, MATT KING and TINA MORISSETTE campaign for Albert Brien outside the Hamlet Middle School on Tuesday. BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY Woonsocket City Councilman RICHARD FAGNANT, center, watched the election returns come in at the Italian Working Men's Club in Woonsocket, Tuesday night. Fagnant was not re-elected to another term. ELECTION From Page 17 BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY SANDRINA BALDELLI, of Woonsocket, cel- ebrates as it is announced that her daughter, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, had won re-election. We're close, just 15 minutes from Providence off Rt. 146. 152 School St., North Smithfield Open 6 days: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. We speak "cat." (401) 762-2400 • Cat have a language all their own. Fortunately, we speak it too. Visit our full-service feline-loving animal hospital with a team approach to quality veterinary care. 617 Elm Street, Woonsocket, RI, 401-769-6129 TARDIF FURNITURE Come see the difference! 3 Expansive Showrooms of Quality Traditional, Contemporary & Country Furniture Choose your PieCes Sofa, Loveseat, Chair, Ottoman Choose your FabriC Large selection of Rocker Recliners Power Lift Recliners Longest Glide Smoothest Operation Timeless Style DRL Carpet 27 Veterans Way • Woonsocket, RI 401-765-2830 SHOP OUR SHOWROOM! 3 Room Special $775.00 Berber or Plush Carpet Based on 360 sq. ft. Additional charges may apply. Carpet Cleaning CARPET BINDING • LUXURY VINYL FLOORING • LAMINATE FLOORING OR SHOP AT HOME!

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