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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 12-06-2018

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 DECEMBER 6-12, 2018 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY NAVAEH ST. GEORGE, 4, of Woonsocket, uses a hammer to make a toy in Santa's Workshop at the Museum of Work & Culture in Woonsocket last Saturday. See more photos on page 21. Santa's helper Woonsocket Hill Road Bridge opens ahead of schedule Stone Arch Bridge could open by Christmas NORTH SMITHFIELD – For the first time since February, traffic is free to flow from one end of Woonsocket Hill Road to the other via the newly opened bridge over Route 146. The new bridge opened the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, a month ahead of its expected December completion date, and involved a full replacement of the previous bridge over Route 146. According to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, the bridge carries approximately 1,000 vehicles per day. By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See BRIDGE, Page 12 NORTH SMITHFIELD – With a look to the future, North Smithfield's elected officials reflect- ed on the accomplishments of the past two years but also the chal- lenges that lie ahead at Saturday's inauguration ceremony. Town Administrator Gary Ezovski, who was sworn in for a second two-year term after run- ning unopposed, recalled some of the issues facing the town when he first took office in 2016. While some, such as a legal dispute with Woonsocket over wastewater treat- ment fees, a lack of resource offi- cers in the schools and aging fire and rescue equipment, have since been resolved, others, like building projects on several municipal prop- erties, remain far from complete as they move into another year. Ezovski named seeing building projects through to completion, improving town roads and continu- Officials highlight progress, challenges at inauguration By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer NORTH SMITHFIELD WOONSOCKET EZOVSKI See NO. SMITHFIELD, Page 20 WOONSOCKET – In a festive ceremony including celebratory remarks and performances by local schools, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and members of the newly elected City Council and School Committee were sworn in at a formal inaugura- tion at the Stadium Theatre Tuesday night. The evening focused largely on the city's advances in recent years, including improvements in infra- structure, the elimination of a budget deficit and lowering of tax rates cited by Baldelli-Hunt in her inau- gural address. Looking to the future, Baldelli-Hunt also referred to several ongoing or upcoming city projects, including development of a bike path through downtown Woonsocket, the establishment of a state higher educa- tion center, and the reconstruction of Worrall Street outside the Stadium Theatre. "Collectively, we have the ability to make these practical advances to attract what is necessary for our city to thrive and not be left behind," she said. "There is no benefit in letting the grass grow under our feet." Senate President Dominick Ruggerio administered the oaths of At Woonsocket inauguration, city leaders emphasize cooperation By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See WOONSOCKET, Page 16 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 No fee for initial consultation. 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 • Saturday Hours and Evenings Children • Adults • Couples • Families Most Insurances Accepted Now Accepting Medicare Don't miss our Christmas Coloring Book inside! Breeze DECEMBER 6-12, 2018 Serving CHRISTMAS © ADOBE STOCK Happy Holidays from The Lincoln Mall Happy Holidays from The Lincoln Mall LINCOLN MALL 622 GEORGE WASHINGTON HIGHWAY LINCOLN, RI 02865 ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. from your friends at

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