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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 12-13-2018

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 13-19, 2018 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket The Valley Breeze invited children to send in their best Christmas season draw- ings to run in this week's edition of the paper. This festive artwork was sent in by SOPHIA MACNEILL, 11, of Woonsocket. See more drawings on pages 14, 21 and 32. Hot chocolate by the fireplace Owners of proposed massive solar farm lay out design details Major project would include 'pollinator habitat' to lessen environmental impact NORTH SMITHFIELD – Plans are taking shape for the Green Development solar farm, a proposed 40-plus-megawatt development that, if approved, would be the largest solar project in northern Rhode Island and possibly the state. The latest plans, presented to mem- bers of the Planning Board during a review of the company's master plan application last week, continued to draw opposition from residents and environmental advocates who expressed concerns with soil erosion, water quality and impact on wildlife as a result of tree clearing on the mas- sive 407-acre site. The site is roughly bordered by Iron Mine Hill Road to the south, Greenville Road to the west and Route 146 to the north and east. However, the latest version of the project also included a long list of accommodations intended to lessen the project's environmental impact, By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See SOLAR, Page 17 BLACKSTONE – Cookies, carol- ing, popcorn and, of course, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus are all on the calendar for this weekend's first Hometown Christmas Celebration hosted by the Blackstone Parks and Recreation Department on Saturday, Dec. 15. The festivities will kick off at 1 p.m. at the Municipal Center, where families can participate in crafts and cookie decorating, get a cup of apple cider and even vote for their favorite creation in the gingerbread house contest. At 2 p.m, Santa and Mrs. Clause will arrive by fire truck for an afternoon of photos followed by an evening of caroling, a bonfire and the lighting of the town Christmas tree. According to Chairwoman Celeste Langlois, the Hometown Christmas Celebration is the latest event to come out of the Parks and Recreation Commission, a team of Blackstone gets festive with Hometown Christmas Celebration By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer Drip, drip: New roof for Woonsocket Senior Center Worsening leaks will finally be addressed WOONSOCKET – A puddle of water might not sound like a pressing issue, but when it's leaking through the roof of the Woonsocket Senior Center onto the activities below, that little bit of water can turn into a big concern for the staff of Senior Services Inc., who operate the pro- grams for area seniors that take place in the building. Robert Picard, chairman of the By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See SENIOR CENTER, Page 28 See CELEBRATION, Page 24 SELFIE ELFIE 6 Blackstone Valley Place Bldg. 3, Ste. 307, Lincoln, RI 401-475-6116 Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist Do you hear what I hear… Hear for the Holidays! At Home For You Hearing and Balance Center we strive for excellence in customer care. Our services include: • Diagnostic Hearing tests ages 6 months & up • Hearing Aid Evaluations • Hearing Aid Sales & Repairs Call today to schedule your appointment and ask about our Interest Free Financing! NEW! Pay only $10 for ads for Items for Sale valued at $200 or less. 3 weeks, only $25. Visit, or call 334-9555 weekdays. Deadline, Tuesday at Noon. Looking to Sell Your Stuff? Let us help. 855 Social Street, Woonsocket, RI 401-765-4600 679 Washington Street, South Attleboro, MA 508-399-5385 Imported Gourmet Chocolates Stocking Stuffers • Gift Certificates Make your Holiday Parties even More sPecial WitH our oWn HoMeMade delicious Foods Cheesecakes • Golombki • Pierogis Kielbasa • Sausage & Breads Deli Bakery Smokehouse UniqUe Gift ideas Visit our for specials & offers

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