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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 01-10-2019

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©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JANUARY 10-16, 2019 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket WOONSOCKET – One of the city's most heavily trafficked areas could be on track for a makeover, and Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt says the new layout will improve both traffic flow and pedestrian safety at an intersection that has been a source of frustration for drivers and walkers alike. The city is looking into an exten- sive reconstruction of Monument Square that would redraw the inter- section of Social, Main, Blackstone, North Main and Worrall Streets, cre- ating a more effective drop-off area and improving pedestrian safety. The project would also extend onto Worrall Street, where wider side- walks and improved lighting and traffic flow are the priorities. According to Baldelli-Hunt, the project has been under consider- ation for several years as the city fields complaints over the busy inter- section that serves as an entryway to Main Street. Many of the complaints have come from the two institu- tions that share that section of Main Street, the Stadium Theatre and Monument Square could get makeover By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer Reconstruction aimed at improving traffic, pedestrian safety Troop 438 among state's first Scouts BSA troops for girls NORTH SMITHFIELD – In 2017, the Boy Scouts of America made headlines when they announced that for the first time in its 109-year his- tory, the organization's two main programs – Cub Scouts for younger boys and Boy Scouts for ages 11 to 17 – would open to girls. Last spring, several Cub Scout packs around northern Rhode Island got a jump on the changes when they became some of the first in the state to allow girls into their ranks. Now, almost one year later, the national organiza- tion is ready to launch changes to its program for participants ages 11 to 17, and a group of young women in North Smithfield are prepared to accept that challenge head on. Troop 438 North Smithfield, based at Scouter's Hall, is a new troop for girls ages 11 to 17. Though the troop will be under the heading of the Boy Scouts of America, it will operate as a separate, girls-only troop with its own scoutmaster and leadership. Troop 1139 Slatersville, the area's existing Boy Scout troop, will continue to operate as a separate troop for boys only, though both troops will be con- sidered "Scouts BSA" troops under the organization's new model. Heather Robertson, who cur- By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer NORTH SMITHFIELD – It may have been a "labor of love" for state officials, but for residents, the news that the Rhode Island Department of Transportation's two-year recon- struction of Slatersville's Stone Arch Bridge was coming to a close couldn't come fast enough. Last week, residents and officials celebrated the historic bridge being reopened for the first time since last January, when the 150-year-old structure closed for the second time for extensive repairs. Those repairs include reinforcing the bridge's base with modern concrete components while maintaining its historic char- acter, a painstaking process that involved disassembling and reassem- bling its two arches and hundreds of stones. "Every stone and every piece of the bridge was marked and carefully replaced in the exact same position it was before construction," RIDOT Director Peter Alviti Jr. said during an opening ceremony last Thursday, Opening of Slatersville's iconic bridge brings relief for businesses, residents See STONE ARCH, Page 11 See SCOUTS, Page 15 See MAKEOVER, Page 16 BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM JOCELYN LABRECQUE, owner of Quik Stop Deli on Main Street, said she expects business to improve now that the nearby Stone Arch Bridge is once again open. ROBERTSON 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 See our Best Photos of 2018 inside! Breeze JANUARY 10-16, 2019 Serving BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY Woonsocket's Mardi Gras Ball is a whirlwind of music, color and light. Spinning the camera while using a slow shutter speed, I was able to make Madeleine Riendeau of Woonsocket the center of the action. Best pictures of the year ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Furniture Family Discount 401-597-5911 1081 Social Street Woonsocket, RI 02895 NO CREDIT NEEDED FREE LAYAWAY 2 PC SECTIONAL $ 777 DOUBLE RECLINING SOFA & DOUBLE RECLINING LOVESEAT $ 999.99 WITH CENTER CONSOLE 2 PC SET $ 777 SOFA & LOVESEAT DOUBLE RECLINING SOFA & DOUBLE RECLINING LOVESEAT $ 888 RECLINERS STARTING AT $ 199.99 ASHLEY FURNITURE - ANY COLOR 5 PC BEDROOM SET $ 799.99 DRESSER, MIRROR, QUEEN BED ADD MATCHING CHEST FOR ONLY $ 199.99 Breeze THE VALLEY

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