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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 02-21-2019

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©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE FEBRUARY 21-27, 2019 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON Mardi Gras Queen ANN JALETTE reveals the identity of King Jace, former City Councilor GARRETT MANCIERI, at the coronation of the Mardi Gras Queen at Savini's Pomodoro Restaurant in Woonsocket last Friday. See story and photos on page 8. Mardi Gras royalty Turning Point Energy wins approval on solar farm Net metering program could benefit local residents' electricity bills NORTH SMITHFIELD – A national company is moving for- ward with plans to build a solar farm in the area of Trout Brook Pond and Slatersville Reservoir, with a groundbreaking planned for this summer. Turning Point Energy, operating locally as TPE Rhode Island Solar Holdings LLC, received its final approval on Feb. 7, nearly one year to the day after company repre- sentatives first pitched the project to members of the Planning Board last February. According to Adam Beal, executive vice president of development for the company, the solar farm is expected to undergo a five- to six-month construction process and go online by the end of the year. While Beal noted the project design is still being finalized, earlier versions of the proposal estimated the farm's energy output at 6.22 megawatts with panels covering approximately 40 acres of the 105- By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com BLACKSTONE – As an influx of new industries look to expand into Blackstone, the town's existing zoning bylaws are struggling to keep up. Next Tuesday, Feb. 26, a special town meeting will be held at the Blackstone-Millville Regional High School auditorium at 7 p.m. The main purpose of the meeting is to hold a public vote on a series of zon- ing bylaws that address and limit the expansion of recreational marijuana retailers and solar facilities in town. A public hearing on the proposed bylaw changes will be held during the Planning Board meeting tonight, Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. Marijuana, solar on the warrant for special town meeting By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See MEETING, Page 6 See SOLAR FARM, Page 16 City Council to weigh in on teacher contract dispute Closed meeting with School Committee set for next week WOONSOCKET – For the first time since contract talks reached an impasse last August, the City Council is set to get an update on the nego- tiations between the Woonsocket Teachers Guild and the city negotiating team, giving mem- bers an opportunity to weigh in on a process that has left city schools in limbo since last year. The council and School Committee will hold a joint closed meeting next Tuesday, Feb. 26, to discuss the ongoing contract negotiations with the Woonsocket Teachers Guild. The union repre- sents about 600 teachers and para- professionals in the city. While representatives of the WTG could not be reached for comment by press time, Paul Bourget, chair- man of the School Committee and a member of the city negotiating team, told The Breeze the meeting was called at the request of the WTG to convey to the council the union's most recent request for a By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com BOURGET See CONTRACT, Page 6 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. NEW! Pay only $10 for ads for Items for Sale valued at $200 or less. 3 weeks, only $25. Visit valleybreeze.com, or call 334-9555 weekdays. Deadline, Tuesday at Noon. Looking to Sell Your Stuff? Let us help. AUTO BODY 725 7725 Locally Owned & Operated David Bourdeau & Bruce Martins Falamos Portugues Since 1963 All Work Guaranteed WALKER ST., LINCOLN Collision Specialists

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