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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 01-10-2019

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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2 THE VALLEY JANUARY 10-16, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION New DMV to open Monday WOONSOCKET – It's official. After several years of talk, including more than five months of waiting after the original projected opening date, the new Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles office will open in Woonsocket Plaza on Monday, replacing the Pond Street location for good. According to an announcement from the State Department of Revenue, the Pond Street branch will close early this Friday, Jan. 11, to accommodate the move to the new location, which will begin opera- tions on Monday, Jan. 14. The new location, according to the announce- ment, will have the same hours as the previous branch: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. According to Paul Grimaldi, spokesperson for the Department of Revenue, renovations are complete on the new office, which is located in a storefront once occupied by a McDonald's in a corner of the Diamond Hill Road plaza. The old office, he said, is expected to close around noon this Friday to allow state employees time to move equip- ment into the new space. "I would encourage people if they need to do something in Woonsocket on Friday to do it in the morning," he said. "The state maintenance people will come in and start moving the computers or filing cabinets or whatever else they need with a plan to open Monday morning in the new location." The move to a new location has been on the books for years as state officials seek to answer complaints of long wait times and limited acces- sibility at the old space. According to Grimaldi, the Woonsocket branch is the division's second busiest office after the Cranston headquarters and handles 10 percent of all DMV trans- actions in the state. The new office, he said, will have three additional customer service desks compared with the current location – a total of eight – and the possibility of more customer service representatives after the state completes a hiring wave of about two dozen additional DMV employees across all offices this year. That's good, because Grimaldi expects the plaza's dedicated parking and easy accessibility will draw even more customers to the new location, a trend that could boost foot traffic to the surrounding businesses. "The space is laid out better for our purposes than the old space was," he said. "Here, everything's new and the space is exactly the way we wanted it and the flow is exactly the way we wanted it. We do expect over time as people figure it out that more people will start going there." The months leading up to the opening were not an easy process. Last summer, an anticipated August opening date was pushed back indefi- nitely after a dispute over payment between the parties involved with renovations created delays. That dispute appears to continue even as the state gets ready to open the new office. Earlier this week, Andrew Verdo of AV Drywall, one of the subcon- tractors hired to do work on the site, contacted The Breeze to say he was still awaiting payment from either Integral Real Estate Solutions, the primary contractor, or Signature Acquisitions, the management com- pany that oversees the plaza. Verdo had told The Breeze in September that about a third of the payment for work completed on the site last spring was never sent. While the dispute has affected sev- eral local companies, it has limited impact on the state's ability to move forward with plans for the leased building now that renovations are complete. For customers, that's good news, as a long-awaited improvement to a nearby state office gets ready to open its doors. By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM A new DMV BRANCH in Woonsocket Plaza on Diamond Hill Road is set to open on Monday, replacing the Pond Street location. Wood and Ezovski to deliver state of town addresses BURRILLVILLE – Burrillville Town Manager Michael C. Wood and North Smithfield Town Administrator Gary Ezovski will deliver state of their respective towns addresses to the Lions Club serving both towns on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m., at Uncle Ronnie's Red Tavern, 2692 Victory Highway. These municipal leaders will provide updates as to current and planned happenings in an informal setting followed by a Q&A session for attendees. The event is free of charge and open to all Lions Club members, families, friends, prospective mem- bers, and town residents. For more information, call 401-568- 4141 or 401-338-6334. Register for Toddler Time at the Harris Library WOONSOCKET – Toddler Time will be held at the Woonsocket Harris Public Library on Tuesdays, Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12, from 10:30 to 11 a.m., in the children's program room. Registration starts Tuesday, Jan. 15. Children ages 18 months-2 years old with a caregiver will sing songs, listen to stories and play with puppets and puzzles. Call 401-769-9044, ext. 2 to regis- ter. Walk-ins are welcome if space is available. IN BRIEF Our Saviour's Church will hold meat raffle Jan. 25 WOONSOCKET – Our Saviour's Church, 500 Smithfield Road, will hold a meat raffle on Friday, Jan. 25. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.; the raffle will start at 7 p.m. A free light supper with beverages and dessert will be served. In addi- tion to the 10 meat raffles there will be split-the-pot, a penny social, a gift card raffle, consolation prizes, and lots of "freebies." For more information, call Pat or Phil at 401-766-5998. 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