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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 03-07-2019

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©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MARCH 7-13, 2019 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON RYAN CABRAL, 9, shovels a path to the street on the side of his house on Buell Avenue in North Smithfield after this week's snowstorm. See more photos on page 9. Digging out NORTH SMITHFIELD – A pro- posal for a wind turbine towering hundreds of feet in the air is back in the spotlight after Wind Energy Development, a company now oper- ating as Green Development, indi- cated its plans to move forward with the application. The company, reviving a 2016 plan, is proposing to build a 462.5-foot wind turbine on land owned by Ruth Pacheco at 810 Old Smithfield Road. The project is located approximately between Dowling Village and the Woonsocket Reservoirs and would require a special use permit to move forward under the town's zoning ordi- nance. The proposal is part of the same application receiving preliminary approval from the Planning Board in 2016 before strong opposition from neighbors brought it to a grinding Controversial wind turbine back on town's radar By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See WIND TURBINE, Page 13 Five eyeing two seats in Blackstone Board of Selectmen race Taxes, power plant negotiations top candidates' lists BLACKSTONE – Five candidates are competing for two Board of Selectmen seats at this year's annual town election on April 1, setting the stage for a more intense campaign season after last year's uncontested race. Next Tuesday, March 12, is the deadline to register to vote. Robert Dubois and Michael Catalano Jr., both sitting members of the five-person board, are seek- ing to retain their seats for another three-year term. Challengers Stephen Goudreau and Catherine Norcross-Melson, both members of By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See SELECTMEN, Page 14 WOONSOCKET – A former employee of the city who was re- hired by the Department of Public Works on a probationary basis last month has a history of legal action stemming from workplace inci- dents, according to court documents obtained by The Valley Breeze at vari- ous courthouses across the state this week. Robert Harnois, a former highway superintendent now working for the city as a heavy equipment opera- tor, resigned from the department in 2010 following allegations he made racist remarks to employees, con- ducted private affairs on city time and committed battery on a city employee, among other offenses. Local 3851 of Council 94 AFSCME later filed suit against the city requesting arbitration on Harnois' behalf, a request that was denied in Superior Court in 2013 after a three- year legal dispute. City Hall re-hire has history of legal action against employers By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See HARNOIS, Page 15 Breeze SPRING FORWARD Don't forget to move your clocks forward to 3 a.m. on Sunday. 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 No fee for initial consultation. 1081 Social St., Woonsocket, RI 02895 401-597-5911 Furniture Family Discount 401-597-5911 NO CREDIT NEEDED TAX REFUND SALE 2PC SECTIONAL $ 699.99 *HOT BUY* ADD THE MATCHING RECLINER FOR ONLY $ 299.99

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