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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-08-2018

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET | VALLEY BREEZE | NOV. 8-14, 2018 NO. SMITHFIELD / THE VALLEY 7 Stone Arch Bridge to re-open in December Woonsocket Hill Road span nears completion; other jobs set to begin NORTH SMITHFIELD – According to reports from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, residents have less than two months to go until the long-awaited reopening of the Stone Arch Bridge at the heart of Slatersville on Route 5. Town Administrator Gary Ezovski told The Breeze that RIDOT officials have indicated the work is mov- ing according to schedule and the bridge will reopen to two-way traffic in December. Work on the bridge will continue into next year and is scheduled to wrap up in 2019. "They're not saying what date, I don't have a specific date yet, but they continue to tell me that it will be open in December for two-way traffic," said Ezovski. "The proj- ect will not be completely done, but traffic will be restored to the bridge." The closure, which began in January, is the second of two clo- sures of the main thoroughfare in the past 18 months as RIDOT completes a total rehabilitation of the historic structure. The works includes concrete reinforcement of the 150-year-old bridge, along with road improvements along Main Street and Route 5. In the meantime, businesses con- tinue to feel the impact as detours reroute traffic away from Main Street. In April, Gusto Pizzeria & Spaghetteria, a business that had spent eight years in the building directly opposite the bridge, closed its doors, the owner citing high rents and a 40 percent drop in busi- ness due to the bridge closure. Last month, road repaving added to busi- ness owners' woes as heavy rains combined with pavement removal made for difficult travel along Main Street. The pavement has since been restored, with the remainder of repaving down to the bridge sched- uled to be complete by this week, according to Ezovski. "It's been very difficult for the businesses, especially in the last few weeks with the road reconstruction that's taken place out front. It's got- ten to the point that deliveries need to be turned away. They just can't get to the buildings," he said. Ezovski said he has spoken with local business owners who are con- cerned about the impact on their upcoming holiday sales, but does not know at what point in the month the bridge will reopen. "It's been tough, and the business- people that are continuing to push through it should be commended and supported because they've hung on," he said. The news is a little more positive for another local bridge closure, the Woonsocket Hill Road bridge over Route 146. While the official RIDOT opening date for that bridge remains in December, Ezovski said he's heard numerous indications the bridge will reopen ahead of sched- ule and will likely be open to traffic by the end of this month. The updates come as the town prepares for another major bridge project, the restoration of the Great Road bridge over the Branch River near St. Paul Street. According to RIDOT officials, that project will go out to bid in January, with work due to begin on April 30 and con- tinue for two years. Beginning next year, the bridge will close to east- bound traffic, with automobile traffic detoured to Pound Hill Road and truck traffic detoured to Greenville Road. Westbound traffic will con- tinue uninterrupted. "That will be for an extended period. That's going to be a pain," said Ezovski. Work also continues on the Route 146 bridge over Pound Hill Road, scheduled for completion in the fall of 2019, and plans are taking shape for restoration of bridges on Pound Hill Road over Cherry Brook and Route 146 over Connector Road. A plan to restore the Union Village Railroad Bridge near Lapre Road, according to Ezovski, was recently delayed to 2020 due to evidence of historic structure remains near the bridge. By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer Raw 'Outcasts' film in Providence Saturday PROVIDENCE – The critically acclaimed film "Outcasts," a movie that "lays bare the lives of people on society's fringes" while it fol- lows the Catholic Franciscan Friars of Renewal in their work around the world, will be screened this Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m., at the McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way. The film is for mature audi- ences due to the raw nature of its content. Admission is free, and there is plenty of free parking. Pre- registration is requested. Register at or phone 401-278-4588. To learn more and see a film trailer, visit Following the screening of the 60-minute film, there will be a 30-minute question and answer period with director Joe Campo, and Father John Anthony, one of the Friars in the film. "Outcasts" was filmed in the prisons of Central America, and the dark streets of London, New York, and Ireland's most treach- erous neighborhoods. It earned the "Best Justice Film" award last year in New York. The showing in Rhode Island is sponsored by the Catholic Foundation of Rhode Island with the support of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of R.I. In accordance with Section 13 of the North Smithfield Zoning Ordinance, notice is hereby given of a public hearing of the North Smithfield Town Council on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 6:45 P.M. at the North Smithfield Middle School Cafeteria, 1850 Providence Pike, North Smithfield, RI to consider the petition of John Russo, applicant, to subdivide Plat 4, Lot 144 and to request an extension of the BH (Business Highway) designation from Plat 4, Lot 425 through Plat 4, Lot 144. This property is located on the westerly side of Victory Highway (Route 102), approximately 300 feet north of the intersection of Victory Highway with Main Street and Mount Pleasant Road. The northwest corner of the property abuts Carlton Avenue. Additionally, the project proposes access within a portion of the Carlton Avenue right- of-way. A public right-of-way modification requires ten day notice in accordance with RIGL Chapter 45-23.1 Mapped Streets, Section 2, Additions and Changes. is proposal may be altered or amended prior to the close of the public hearing without further advertising, as a result of further study or because of the views expressed at the public hearing. Any alteration or amendment must be presented for comment in the course of the hearing. Persons interested in the above petition are requested to attend said meeting and be heard. e map is also available for review in the Office of the Town Clerk at the Municipal Annex, 575 Smithfield Road. Individuals requiring special as- sistance should contact the Town Clerk's Office at 767-2200, ext. 326 seventy-two (72) hours in advance of the hearing date. Per Order of the North Smithfield Town Council Debra A. Todd, Town Clerk TOWN OF NORTH SMITHFIELD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ZONE CHANGE AND AMENDMENT TO ZONING MAP The Town of North Smithfield is seeking individuals bids for purchase of two (2) 2019 or current Ford Police SUV's Interceptors. Bid packets are available online at or at the Finance Office located at 1 Main St., Slatersville RI. These packets can be obtain Monday – Wednesday 8:30 AM – 3:30PM or Thursday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Any questions can be directed to Detective Steven Donovan at (401) 762-1212 ext. 220. Sealed bids are due no later than Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 10:00AM. Sealed bids will be opened and read out loud on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 10:00AM at North Smithfield Town Hall. Sealed Bids should be addressed to Karen Bernardino. Any individuals requesting an interpreter for hearing impaired must call Karen Bernardino 767-2200 ext. 307, 72 hours prior to the bid opening. TOWN OF NORTH SMITHFIELD BIDS REQUESTED FOR PURCHASE OF TWO POLICE INTERCEPTORS SUV Pursuant to the provisions of the North Smithfield Zoning Ordinance, the North Smithfield Zoning Board of Review will hold a public hearing on Tuesday November 27, 2018 at 7 PM at the Primrose Fire Station 1470 Providence Pike, North Smith- field, R.I. 02896. The Board will consider the following: The application by KMD Arean, LLC applicant and owner to construct a 10,400 sq. ft. addition to an existing 34,000 sq. ft. commercial building that contains an ice hockey rink. The applicant seeks a Special Use Permit pursuant to section 5.4.6(9) of the North Smithfield Zoning Ordinance. The property is located in a BH (Business Highway) zoning district. Application materials and operating procedures of the Zoning Board of Review are available for review at the Office of the Zoning Official, Town of North Smithfield Annex, and 575 Smithfield Rd. North Smithfield, RI during regular business hours. Individuals requesting interpreter services for the hearing impaired must call (401) 767-2200 at least 72 hours in advance of meeting date. NORTH SMITHFIELD ZONING BOARD OF REVIEW HEARING NOTICE

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