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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 02-07-2019

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©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE FEBRUARY 7-13, 2019 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON "TEJU, THE STORY TELLER," of Milwaukee, weaves a tale as part of Funda Fest 21 at the YWCA Rhode Island in Woonsocket last Thursday. See more photos on page Telling tales N.S. Police: Crime up in 2018 Retail expansion, opioid crisis cited as factors NORTH SMITHFIELD – Last year brought increases in a number of crimes around town, including break- ing and entering, shoplifting, larceny from a motor vehicle and drug vio- lations, according to data released by the North Smithfield Police Department last week. Arrests increased 17.6 percent overall, from 770 in 2017 to 906 in 2018, while the number of citations issued during traffic stops decreased from 3,805 to 3,689. Crimes against persons, a category including kidnap- ping, rape, assault, statutory rape and intimidation, increased by 26 percent, while crimes against property, such as larceny, fraud, vandalism, embezzle- ment and breaking and entering, By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See CRIME, Page 19 Union questions using fight videos to punish teachers WOONSOCKET – The prac- tice of fighting in school has been around for generations, probably as long as students have gathered to learn in classrooms. But a relatively new phenomenon is drawing concern among teachers and administrators. Thanks to today's cell phone technology, students now have the ability to record fights and instantly post them on social media, putting them out for public consump- tion or review by school administra- tors. The use of such videos to pun- ish teachers is now drawing questions from local educators. Woonsocket Teachers Guild President Jeffrey Partington, at the Jan. 23 School Committee meet- ing, raised concerns about the use of student-filmed videos to enforce disciplinary policies. According to Partington, his comments were spurred by a disciplinary action taken by the School Committee earlier that month against a female staff member who was penalized for actions taken while trying to break up a student fight. The fight, which took place last fall, was captured by By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See VIDEOS, Page 14 WOONSOCKET – A recently announced change to the state's long- term transportation improvement plans will have a significant impact in Woonsocket and North Smithfield, where several local projects are expected to be placed on hold due to statewide cuts. Last week, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation announced $120 million in cuts over six years to the state's Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), a 10-year plan scheduled to last through 2027. According to RIDOT spokes- man Charles St. Martin, the cuts are the result of a rejection of additional funding requests in the governor's budget and not the disappointing budget projections that were recently announced for the first two years of the state's truck tolling program. "We have made the necessary changes to our 10-year plan and the TIP to assure that we fulfill our mis- Road projects set for delays after state cuts By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See DELAYS, Page 15 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 www.GeorgeMPrescottLaw.com 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 To learn more about our tuition-free public charter school, sign up for one of our school tours: Thursday February 7, 2019 1 p.m. Tuesday February 12, 2019 1 p.m. APPLY TODAY – https://www.riseprepri.org/enroll-your-child For questions or more information please contact Ms. Johnson: 401-768-1142 or tjohnson@riseprepri.org Enrollment will close February 22, 2018. RISE Prep enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year is now OPEN for children entering grades K-4 in Woonsocket, North Smithfield, and Burrillville. See our Business Card Directory Inside! card the local l Directy BRINGING LOCAL BUSINESSES TO LOCAL PEOPLE the local l Published by Local Businesses & Local Solutions 2019 Automotive Sales & Service Dining & Enteainment Professional Services Home & Garden Health & Beauty Retail Pets ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. FEB-07-2019-BIZ-CARD.indd 1 1/30/19 10:11 AM See our Senior Living Guide inside! See our Senior Living © ADOBE STOCK Senior Living ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. published by Senior Living Guide

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