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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 02-07-2019

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10 THE VALLEY FEBRUARY 7-13, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION vices in clients' homes, and antici- pates a rush in calls during prom season in the spring. Mullings is planning to return to the city in March to offer another session of the Bootstrap Bootcamp program. The course, which will again be offered free of charge thanks to the Rhode Island Foundation, will take place on Fridays and Saturdays, March 1 through 23, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Mullings is hoping to once again reach energetic entrepre- neurs who are interested in investing in their community through small business. "Woonsocket needs it. Woonsocket absolutely needs an entrepreneurial spirit," he said. More information about the upcoming course is available at . BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM SHANIKQUA DANDY records a makeup tutorial video to post to her online social media pages. ENTREPRENEURS From Page 4 this building was down here to sup- port him." Moreau also acknowledged the ero- sion of public trust in the agency and said he believes his roots in the city, including his involvement with sev- eral nonprofit organizations, will help to strengthen its relationship with the community. Moreau, a 1981 graduate of Woonsocket High School and former City Council president, is a member of the Rotary Club and volunteers as a boxing coach at the Boys & Girls Club. "I think that with my roots of being embedded in Woonsocket, it's going to be a real asset to the Housing Authority to work with partnerships with the city of Woonsocket (and) with other nonprofit agencies," he said. "I think that that's going to be an asset to me and the Housing Authority to move it in a positive direction." Moreau also thanked the Board of Commissioners and employees of the Woonsocket Housing Authority and noted he was proud to follow in the footsteps of his father-in-law, the late Ernest Lafond, who served as execu- tive director from 1983 to 1994. While the appointment resolves a months-long internal matter, the Housing Authority is still awaiting the results of a federal audit by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that began shortly after O'Connor was placed on leave. According to Moreau, the audit had not yet concluded when the depart- ment was closed due to the federal shutdown, and he was recently noti- fied that federal workers plan to resume the audit when they are once again approved to travel. The federal audit, he said, is not related to the internal investigation. "As far as we were told on the day we met them in this room, they said basically that housing authorities get audited every so many years and our number just came up, and they hadn't been here in – I forget how many years – 10 years, or a little bit more than 10 years," he said. DIRECTOR From Page 5 Blackstone Library announces adult programs BLACKSTONE – The Blackstone Public Library, 86 Main St., announces the following adult pro- grams. • On Saturday, Feb. 9, from noon to 2 p.m., celebrate the launch of "Our Universe, Our Faith," a col- lection of poems and other works by New England poet Richard A. Ryan. Ryan is a member of the Blackstone Historical Commission and curator of the Blackstone Historic Museum in Massachusetts. In 2007, he was honored by the Board of Selectmen and awarded the title, Blackstone's Poet Laureate. In 2018, Ryan received a Certificate of Appreciation for his contributions to the ongoing fight against hatred and intolerance in America. His name was added to The Wall of Tolerance in the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Ala. Registration is requested, but not required. • Author Katherine Bradford will discuss the writing process on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m. Bradford is the author of "Bones Among the Leaves," and will discuss the writing process for this novel, as well as other writing related experi- ences she has had over the years. There will be a question and answer session at the end of the program. Registration is required. • A seed swap with Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon. Kate and Eric from Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens will have hundreds of different types of seeds available. Drop-ins are welcome. Bring your own seeds to trade. Call 508-883-1931. Donate new pajamas at the Blackstone Library BLACKSTONE – The Blackstone Public Library, 86 Main St., has teamed up with the Boston Bruins to participate in their annual pajama drive to benefit DCF Wonderfund and Cradles to Crayons. The goal of the drive is to collect 12,000 pairs of new pajamas for chil- dren and teens in need. The library will be collecting new pairs of paja- mas for babies, children and teens through March 15. Pajamas can be dropped off at the library during nor- mal business hours. For more information, contact Tressy Collier at 508-883-1931 or email . IN BRIEF Library will hold gardening and investor programs WOONSOCKET – The Harris Public Library, 303 Clinton St., will host a Pollinator Friendly Gardening program on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Linda Hall will offer a powerpoint presentation on how to create a gar- den that attracts various pollinators such as bees, hummingbirds, but- terflies and more. Free seed packets, courtesy of the URI Master Gardner Program and Ocean State Job Lot, will be offered to all who attend. This is a free program, open to all, and no sign-up is needed. The library is also hosting an Investor's Workshop program on Feb. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. This work- shop will cover the basics of invest- ing for beginners. The program is free and open to adults 18 and older. No sign-up is needed. For more information, call the library at 401-769-9044. Valentine Cookie Walk at No. Smithfield Library NORTH SMITHFIELD – The North Smithfield Library will hold a Valentine Cookie Walk fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature hundreds of home-baked cookies to choose from. Fill a 1.5-pound bag for $10. For more information, call 401- 767-2780 or visit . The North Smithfield Jazz Band and Choir performed at the Berklee College High School Jazz Festival on Jan. 26. The jazz band placed fourth, one of only two schools from Rhode Island to place, and received an honorable mention in the L5 division. The jazz choir placed seventh in the V2 division. Students, from left, ZACHARY MALIAN, EVAN FREIBERGER and MICHAEL ETHIER received Judge's Choice awards for outstanding musicianship. Independently Owned & Operated by George & Malanie Loya Wood Blinds • Shutters • Roman Shades Woven Wood • Custom Drapery Top Treatments • Verticals and more! Local: 401-356-4770 Call to schedule your free in-home consultation Your guide to nursing home/Medicaid Protection Wills & Trusts Medicaid Planning Probate Northern RI's Premier Full Service Law Firm Jarret Law, LLc 176 Eddie Dowling Highway, Suite 202, North Smithfield, RI 401-769-2929 Aram P. Jarret III, Esq. "Jay" Aram P. Jarret, Jr., Esq.

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