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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 02-14-2019

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©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE FEBRUARY 14-20, 2019 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON MACKENSIE DOYLE shows her skill on the climbing wall during the American Heart Association's Kids Heart Challenge at the North Smithfield Elementary School last Thursday. Last year, the school raised $26,000 for the Heart Association and is well on the way to matching that this year. See more photos on page 7. Climbing the walls WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket Department of Public Works has hired Robert Harnois, a former highway superintendent who resigned from the department in 2010 following allegations he made racist remarks to employees, conducted pri- vate affairs on city time, and commit- ted battery on a city employee. Director of Public Works Steven D'Agostino confirmed the hiring to The Breeze last week. D'Agostino defended the hire, saying he would not comment on an employee's personnel history but had a conversation with City Solicitor John DeSimone and Public Safety Director Eugene Jalette prior to the hir- ing and there were no concerns. "I'm the type of person that gives everybody a chance. Other than that, I don't have much to say," he said. "Other than he's a worker, he's doing the jobs that I ask and that's pretty much it as long as he sticks to the job and we won't have a problem." Harnois resigned his previous posi- tion as highway superintendent in 2010 after Michael Annarummo, the director of public works at the time, authored a City gives DPW's Harnois another chance By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See HARNOIS, Page 16 NORTH SMITHFIELD – When the Blackstone-Smithfield Corporation received Zoning Board approval to build 120 high-end con- dos in the former Tupperware Mill in 2006, the century-old industrial building had seen better days. Plans to rent out its three floors to small manufacturers never fully panned out, and a roof in need of replacing prompted the company, which had owned the building since 1987, to pitch the condo project. The time was right for a mill renovation proj- ect, and a housing boom promised to draw single professionals and other potential buyers to the new space. Thirteen years later, the High Rocks Condominiums project on Town seeks accountability on affordable units at High Rocks By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See HIGH ROCKS, Page 22 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 3, Suite 307, Lincoln, RI 02865 www.hearforyouri.com 401-475-6116 Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist FREE Hearing Screenings FREE Hearing Aid Checks & Cleanings Just call to schedule an appointment! Today's hearing aids are barely visible, highly effective and easy to afford. Come hear for yourself with a RISK FREE 30-day trial! You'll Like What You Hear

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