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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 03-14-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MARCH 14-20, 2019 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket For Woonsocket students, teacher contract standoff has deep impact Union lobbies for budget increase as work-to-rule stretches into seventh month WOONSOCKET – When Mariela Braxton moved to the city from Providence last year, she wasn't expecting a difficult transition. But when she started at Woonsocket High School in August, what she found was a school community on edge, struggling to adapt to the changes caused by a political situation beyond the reach of students. "The tension in the school was really heavy and negative when I got here," she said. "Everybody that I know has been like, 'It wasn't like this at all.'" Braxton and other students attri- bute that tension to the ongoing By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer Students at WOONSOCKET HIGH SCHOOL say the ongoing debate over a teacher contract, and the work-to-rule status that resulted, has meant less day-to-day support for them. Among the WHS students who spoke with The Valley Breeze about the changes are, from left, Chablis Lavender, Isabel Rosario, Abigail Buote, Yanice Gonzalez, Jared Bessette, Caitlyn Tracy, Daliza Reinoso, Mariela Braxton and Rhiannon Sellars. See STANDOFF, Page 15 Ward will be inducted into Rhode Island Journalism Hall of Fame CUMBERLAND – Tom Ward, founder and publisher of The Valley Breeze Newspapers, will be inducted into the Rhode Island Journalism Hall of Fame this spring. Ward's honor comes two years after the Rhode Island Press Association announced the induction of then-Breeze Editor Marcia Green, who was with Ward from when he started the local newspaper in 1996, and one year after the induc- tion of Peter Connell, the late sports writer and editor for Observer Publications, Inc. and The Valley Breeze & Observer. "Tom Ward has been ingrained in northern Rhode Island for more than 20 years since establishing The Valley Breeze. In an era where newspapers across the country have gone through significant changes, Tom has been able to grow his operation, turning a grassroots effort into one of the more prominent publications in the state," states RIPA in explaining the honor. "He also over the years has had a strong staff, particularly in editorial, dedicated to covering the various communities, from Cumberland to Woonsocket to North Providence WARD See WARD, Page 14 NORTH SMITHFIELD – A 2016 fight over a wind turbine pro- posed for land off Old Smithfield Road resumed this week when resi- dents turned out in force to protest its construction during a meeting of the Zoning Board of Review Monday night. The application is a continua- tion of a plan originally submit- ted to the town in late 2015 by Green Development to construct a 462.5-foot turbine on land owned by Ruth Pacheco at 810 Old Smithfield Road. The company, originally founded as Wind Energy Development, is the same one proposing to build a solar farm off Iron Mine Hill Road. Members of the Pacheco family present at Monday's meeting spoke Residents resume fight over wind turbine By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See TURBINE, Page 13 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 3, Suite 307, Lincoln, RI 02865 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 FOR UNCOMPROMISED QUALITY & VALUE Josh's Roofing & Siding Inc. RI Reg. #20208 RI Comm. #182R MA Reg. #16296 Josh was born into the business 40 years ago. He is a second generation roofer. • RESIDENTIAL / COMMERCIAL ROOFING Unmatched Quality Attention to Detail Because You Have to Trust Who You Hire – WHY TAKE A CHANCE? Old School Values! 401-597-5660 or 508-922-3574 2017 & 2018 Depressed? Anxious? Stressed? Anthony Taraborelli, LICSW, CDP 1 Social Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895 401-829-8838 • Short term counseling • Unresolved Grief • Anxiety, depression • SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING • Anger Management • Saturday Hours and Evenings Children • Adults • Couples • Families Most Insurances Accepted Now Accepting Medicare

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