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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 03-28-2019

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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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MARCH 28-APRIL 3, 2019 THE VALLEY 9 State police arrest 62 for welfare fraud SCITUATE – The Rhode Island State Police last week arrested 62 individuals for welfare fraud. Among those arrested were seven residents of Woonsocket and one resi- dent of North Smithfield. According to police, all of those arrested applied for and obtained public assistance without disclosing that they had outstanding felony warrants against them, a violation of federal regula- tions that would have resulted in their not receiving benefits. The felony warrants, according to a press release, were for a range of vio- lent and non-violent crimes, including attempted murder, failure to register as a sex offender, shoplifting and nar- cotics violations. State police are cur- rently searching for 26 other individu- als accused of fraudulently obtaining public assistance. The 88 suspects allegedly collected $469,000 in public benefits over the past several years. Col. James Manni, superintendent of the R.I. State Police, said police have been cracking down on public assistance fraud and will not toler- ate abuse of the SNAP program and other state benefits. The arrests were the result of an investigation by state police working with inves- tigators from the Department of Administration. Children invited to make piggy bank craft Saturday WOONSOCKET – The Harris Public Library, 303 Clinton St., will celebrate the first day of Money Smart Week R.I. with a piggy bank craft on Saturday, March 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. The craft is appropriate for ages 3-10 with an adult. For more information, call 401-769- 9044, ext. 2 or visit https://woonsock- . IN BRIEF Get The Perks of Personal Attention Ask About Our In-Home Color Consultations • Paints • Stains • Wallpaper • Carpet • Laminate & More PAINT DECORATING & 900 Victory Highway Slatersville Plaza, Slatersville, RI (401) 76PAINT • (401) 765-3128 Mon. - Fri. 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Congratulations To our 2019 State Spelling Bee Winner ALICE DUNNING Of North Kingstown We extend our Best Wishes to Alice at the National Spelling Bee! The Valley Breeze would also like to thank our generous co-sponsors and the Lincoln School Department for their continued support… Rhode Island State Spelling Bee 2019 winner ALICE DUNNING, 12, center, a grade 6 student from Wickford Middle School in North Kingstown, celebrates her victory aer the March 16 competi- tion. With her is, from le, Tom Ward, publisher of the Valley Breeze, Alice's sister Lucy, 8, her father Harry and WPRI-TV Channel 12 reporter Kim Kalunian, the pronouncer for the Bee, held at Lincoln Middle School.

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