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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 02-28-2019

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©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE FEBRUARY 28-MARCH 6, 2019 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY MADELEINE RIENDEAU, left, of Woonsocket, looks on as Mardi Gras Ball Chairperson MARLENE GAGNON, of North Smithfield, is surprised with flowers at Mardi Gras Ball, hosted by the Northern Rhode Island Council of the Arts and held at the St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center in Woonsocket last Saturday. See more photos on page 9. Party time! WOONSOCKET – It will be another four months before the General Assembly finalizes next year's state budget, but city officials are already wres- tling with the possible impacts of Gov. Gina Raimondo's pro- posals, notably those calling for the expansion of medical marijuana and legalization of recreational marijuana across the state. During a meeting Monday, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and city councilors discussed the effects of the governor's pro- posal, which calls for a sweep- ing legalization of retail sales and cultivation of marijuana for adult recreational use. Under the proposal's current language, municipalities would be required to hold a referen- dum deciding whether to allow retail sales by Nov. 5 or else lose the opportunity to keep it out of their communi- ties. While sev- eral officials, including City Solicitor John DeSimone and Councilor Jon Brien, expressed doubt the measure would pass as written, officials also noted the additional cost the measure could impose on the city by requiring a referendum during a non-election year. "Doesn't this just absolutely Woonsocket officials grapple with state marijuana proposals By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See MARIJUANA, Page 6 BRIEN LINCOLN – When John Gregory started at the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce in 1992, he'd never run an organiza- tion. Back then, he had a staff of 12 and no access to the internet. Today, that staff is four and internet has revolutionized what the Chamber is able to offer. Gregory, who today is one of the most respected minds in Rhode Island business, has announced that he'll retire this year after working with the business community in the northern part of the state for 27 years, longer Gregory ending successful run with Northern R.I. Chamber By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com GREGORY NSHS science labs scaled back but on track NORTH SMITHFIELD – When parents visit North Smithfield High School for parent-teacher conferenc- es, they often comment on how the science labs look exactly the same as when they were students, says Laura D'Amico, a chemistry teacher in the NSHS science department. That's not surprising, because according to school officials, the labs haven't been updated since the build- ing was constructed in 1966. The NSHS science labs are on track for a major overhaul, with renovation of three labs on the first floor and new construction of two labs on the second floor scheduled to start this summer. According to Supt. 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