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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 03-14-2019

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MARCH 14-20, 2019 WOONSOCKET 5 Audette sentenced for Rathbun Street murder WOONSOCKET – Brian Audette, 49, was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday after pleading nolo contendere to the second-degree murder of Donna Pike in 2013. Pike was lying in bed in her Rathbun Street apartment when Audette repeatedly struck her with a 25-pound dumbbell following an argu- ment, causing blunt force trauma that resulted in her death, according to the Office of Attorney General Peter Neronha. Audette was sentenced in Superior Court and will be held at the Adult Correction Institution. The case was investigated by Woonsocket Police. City taps new planning director WOONSOCKET – Steven Lima, a local real estate developer and former member of the city Planning Board, was hired as the city's new Director of Planning and Development. Lima replaces Joel Mathews, who left the position abruptly in January following a political scuffle with several members of the City Council. Lima was previ- ously involved with the development of Bernon Mills Estates, a Front Street condo development that was left unfin- ished after the housing market crash of 2008. He also previously served on the city's appointed School Committee, serving from February 2018 until the board changed to an elected commit- tee in November. Lops Brewing wins Senate exemption WOONSOCKET – Lops Brewing, a downtown brewery proposed by Plainville resident Sean Lopolito, won an exemption from the State Senate last week that will allow it to open in a refurbished space at 122 North Main St. The exemption is required due to the proposed brewery's location less than 200 feet from Harris Elementary School. Sen. Melissa Murray, a former Woonsocket city councilor, sponsored the legislation, which will now move to the House of Representatives for a vote. The bill was Murray's first pro- posed legislation since being elected to the General Assembly in November. Rite Aid closes Social Street location WOONSOCKET – The Rite Aid pharmacy and store located at 200 Social St. closed its doors this week as part of a merger with Walgreens. The retail giant, which operates a Walgreens pharmacy on nearby Cumberland Street, bought out its smaller rival in 2017. Rite Aid's phar- macy counter closed in February, with a liquidation sale clearing out the stock on the store shelves over the past few weeks. Cowboys fined for ordinance violations WOONSOCKET – Cowboys, the city bar and restaurant located at 350 River St., was cited for violating the city's code of ordinances and fined by the City Council sitting as the Board of License Commissioners last week. A lawyer representing the bar's own- ership did not contest the violations and indicated to the board the owners planned to seek a new manager and fire a manager who had been involved in an altercation with police. The board opted not to impose a possible two-day closure of the establishment, instead imposing a $2,000 fine and a six-month review. THE WEEK THAT WAS Notice is hereby given in accordance with R.I.G.L §45-22.2-8 and § 45-24-51 that a Public Hearing will be held at the North Smithfield Middle School cafeteria, 1850 Providence Pike, North Smithfield, RI 02896 on March 18, 2019 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of this hearing is to consider the specific zoning district map and potential uses changes as recommended by the comprehensive plan, as well as amendments to the comprehensive plan. The future zoning map and table shown here, depict the specific zoning map changes. A draft of the comprehensive plan is available for public review at the North Smithfield Planning Department, North Smithfield Town Hall, 1 Main Street, North Smithfield, RI during the hours of 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Wednesday, 8:00 am – 7:00 pm Thursday and 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Friday. It can also be found on the North Smithfield website at planning-department/pages/2018-draft-comprehensive-plan The plan may be altered or amended prior to the close of the public hearing without further advertising, as a result of further study or because of the views expressed at the public hearing. Any alteration or amendment must be presented for comment in the course of the hearing. Individuals requiring interpreter services for the hearing impaired must call RI Relay at 1-800-745-5555 seventy-two (72) hours in advance of the meeting date. Please feel free to contact Tom Kravitz at the Planning Department at 767-2200-312 with questions. Lastly, all properties may be viewed on a map system that is available through the town website. The home page tab is called GIS. Link: TOWN OF NORTH SMITHFIELD TOWN COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING ADOPTION OF COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS AND ZONING MAP AMENDMENTS

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