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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 03-28-2019

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MARCH 28-APRIL 3, 2019 THE VALLEY 19 Patrick Newton Paine Patrick Newton Paine, 34, of Woonsocket, passed away unexpect- edly March. 24. Patrick was born Aug. 9, 1984, in Woonsocket, and was a lifelong resident. He is survived by his loving wife, Krissia, and their three children, son, Patrick Jr., and daughters Nevaeh and Samiyah; his father, Richard "Stacks" Miles, step- mother, Kathleen Sherman, brother, Raymond Fontaine, sister, Amanda Sherman; three nephews Cameron, Raymond, and Xavier; two nieces Jasire, and Monique; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and lifelong friends. He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Ann Paine, and grand- parents, Edgar and Annette Paine. Patrick was a diehard San Diego Chargers and Notre Dame fan. He enjoyed hanging out with his loving family, and having summer barbe- cues, but most of all, his life was dedi- cated to being an amazing father and husband. Friends and family will miss his infectious smile, and joyful, room- filling laughter. Services will be held noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, March. 30, at the S. Dipardo Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1583 Diamond Hill Road, Woonsocket. PAINE OBITUARY United Way van to visit Landmark April 5 WOONSOCKET – The United Way 211 Van will visit the Landmark Stroke Support Group on Friday, April 5, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at 115 Cass Ave. For more information, call 401-769- 4100, ext. 2364 IN BRIEF trichloroethylene, a chemical used to clean newly woven fabric, was spilled. In the 1980s, groundwater contamination in the surrounding neighborhood prompted the town to begin installation of the Slatersville Water Supply to service the affected properties, a process that was com- pleted in 1987. In 1977, the main mill structure on the site burned down, and the site has been unused since that time. According to the site's most recent five-year review, conducted in 2015, soil treatment on the site is complete but remediation of contaminated groundwater is still ongoing. EPA Spokesperson Dave Deegan told The Breeze that Kayser-Roth, a North Carolina-based clothing manufacturer and former site owner, has been identified as a potentially responsible party. The company hired environ- mental contractor EnSafe to manage cleanup efforts on the site under EPA oversight. According to the report, more than 63 million gallons of groundwater had been extracted and treated at the site as of 2015. Western Sand and Gravel Western Sand and Gravel, located on the border of Burrillville and North Smithfield off Douglas Pike, is a former quarry that was used for the disposal of chemicals and septic waste between 1975 and 1979. In 1980, state and federal authori- ties began cleanup work on the site that included removing liquid wastes, installing a groundwater recirculation system, setting up an alternate water supply and installing a cap over the contaminated areas. According to the site's most recent five-year review, conducted in 2018, groundwater monitoring continues on a semiannual basis, and recent tests have revealed the property's groundwater is still affected by con- taminants. In 2001, a trucking company purchased the site to establish a truck body assembly plant. Doering Equipment Company Inc. currently operates the plant on the portion of the site closest to Douglas Pike in Burrillville. Mechanic Street Since at least 2004, state and EPA officials have been investigating the contamination of well water at homes on Mechanic Street near the Massachusetts border. According to Matt DeStefano, deputy chief of the RIDEM Office of Waste Management, this investigation continues today, with RIDEM and EPA officials unable to iden- tify the source of the contamina- tion. According to DeStefano, the RIDEM currently maintains point of entry water treatment systems at five homes in the area affected by chlorinated organic compounds, including tetrachloroethylene, in their well water. These systems were installed in 2017. In November, North Smithfield voters approved a $1 million bond to finance an extension of the Slatersville Water Supply to service those homes and about 30 other homes in the area. According to Town Administrator Gary Ezovski, the town received its certificate of approval for the project from the Rhode Island Department of Health in February and has secured financing from the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank. Ezovski said he hopes to break ground on the proj- ect during the current construction season. Philips Components Once the location of a manu- facturing facility owned by the Philips Corporation, the Philips Components property at 100 Providence Pike has been a source of concern since the 1990s, when an underground storage tank released chlorinated solvents into the surrounding area. According to DeStefano, the primary source of the contamination has been mostly remediated, but the RIDEM is still addressing the impact to nearby groundwater as a result of the spill. A series of bedrock wells were installed last year to help the RIDEM determine the extent of the chemical spread away from the original source of contamination. At this point, he said, RIDEM is still evaluating options for treatment of the spread. Polytop Corp. Another site in the area of Industrial Drive, the Polytop Corp. manufacturing facility located at 110 Graham Drive, has been under the RIDEM's oversight for more than a decade due to the spread of chlorinated solvents to an adjacent overburden aquifer. The aquifer lies between the facility and the Branch River. The cleanup, said DeStefano, will be complex, as the RIDEM wants to ensure any chemical or biological treatments don't inadver- tently spread to the Branch River and affect plant and animal life. The Office of Waste Management is cur- rently working with the property owner to investigate the extent of the spread of chemicals from the source. According to the town's tax records, the property was sold to Taurus, a real estate firm, in 2013. Sites with no current EPA or RIDEM activity According to RIDEM officials, two sites in town, the Nike Control Area located at the Air National Guard base on Old Oxford Road and a property at 254 Old Great Road, were previously investigated by state and federal officials but have no current remedial activi- ties. In 2000, monitoring wells were installed on the Air National Guard property after tests found chlorinat- ed solvents in nearby groundwater. The monitoring program continued until 2012, when officials deter- mined that sampling results were sufficiently below the maximum standard and the site was closed out. The Old Great Road property, along with an adjacent property on Central Street, were investigated by EPA several years ago for a possible chemical release on the property. According to DeStefano, officials did not find evidence of any chemi- cal release. CLEANUP From Page 13 Book sale at the Blackstone Library Saturday BLACKSTONE – Friends of the Blackstone Library will hold its Spring Book Sale on Saturday, March 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the library, 86 Main St. Choose from thousands of adult and children's books, DVDs and CDs. Sign up at the sale to become a member of the Friends group and receive a free bag of books of your choice. The donation drop-off time is today, Thursday, March 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. All kinds of materials will be accepted with the following excep- tions: Reader's Digest condensed books, textbooks, magazines, ency- clopedias more than five years old, books with mold/mildew or VHS tapes. Materials that are not accepted for our book sale can be dropped off at the Blackstone Recycling Center any time. Friends of the Blackstone Library meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:45 p.m., at the library. NSHS Class of 1971 offers memorial scholarship NORTH SMITHFIELD – The North Smithfield High School Class of 1971 will once again award their annual scholarship. This scholarship is dedicated by alumni in memory of their deceased classmates. The scholarship is being offered to a 2019 graduating NSHS senior who anticipates entering an accredited col- lege, university or technical program. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of academics, community and school involvement, potential, moti- vation and teachers' recommenda- tions. Applications are now available in the high school guidance office. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 24. The scholarship will be presented at the senior awards/scholarship night in June. Anyone wishing to contribute to the scholarship memorial fund or would like more information can email the committee chairperson at JMarion353@cox.net. IN BRIEF In your time of need, The Valley Breeze will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. The paper also places the obituary on our web site, valleybreeze.com, as soon as it is provided to us by your family's funeral director. Notification to friends and neighbors is also made weekdays on WOON-AM radio announcements. Should you desire our services, kindly inform your funeral director. The full charge is $90, or $125 for lengthy obituaries, in the edition of your choice. You may place the obituary in any of our other editions for $50 each. Thank you. OBITUARIES (508) 883-9888 273 Wrentham Road Bellingham, MA WWW.COACHMENSLODGE.COM BEREAVEMENT LUNCHEONS Chicken Family Style or choose from a variety of other options Call for details. 4th AnniversAry In Loving Memory OLIvette M. GOdIn March 27 , 2015 – March 27, 2019 If roses grow in Heaven, Lord, pick a bunch for us and place them in our mothers arms. tell her we love and miss her and the ache in our hearts will never go away. Love & Miss Her Sue, nel & Sandy

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