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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 04-18-2019

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©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE APRIL 18-24, 2019 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket WOONSOCKET – A project that has been under discussion in the city since 2016, the redevelopment of the former Woonsocket Middle School, could be headed for further delays as the costs associated with the work pile up, according to a representative of the development company. Louis Yip, a principal of the Tai-O Group, came before the City Council last Thursday, April 11, to request an extension on the closing of the sale of the building located a 357 Park Place. The council voted unanimously to sell the building to the company for $470,000 last fall, close to two years after the group initially won a bid to develop the property into apartment units. In addition to an extension, Yip asked the council to grant several other requests intended to provide the project with a financial buffer. Among other items, he asked the council to extend a tax abatement on the property by two additional years, waive building permit fees for the project, provide streetlights near the building and lower the tax assess- ment on the property from $8.5 mil- lion to $7.5 million. Yip said the continued delays on the project are due in part to the high Tai-O Group requests extension for middle school project By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE SABRINA PHIMMACILACK, 3, of Woonsocket, shows off her treasures while participating in the indoor Easter Egg Hunt at St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center in Woonsocket last Sunday. The 10th annual event was sponsored by the Firm Foundation Christian Church of Woonsocket who provided all the Easter candy and prize baskets to children ages 9 and under. See more photos on page 24. Treasure hunter See TAI-O GROUP, Page 22 NORTH SMITHFIELD – What started off as an effort to honor the town's fallen heroes through the renaming of the football stadium has now expanded to include a push for improvements not only at the athletic complex behind North Smithfield High School and Middle School, but at recreation sites all over town. Tony Guertin, a member of the "Veterans Memorial Stadium" sub- committee appointed by the School Committee last fall, came before the committee on April 9 to update members on the group's progress. The effort to rename the football stadium in honor of the town's vet- erans grew partly from an attempt to memorialize Spc. Matthew Committee calls for bond to fund town stadium, other improvements By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See IMPROVEMENTS, Page 15 Stop & Shop's pain is other stores' gain. Grocery markets across the area are seeing a surge in foot traffic and food sales during the ongoing strike by workers at the chain. With Easter and Passover approaching, and many trying to find new spots to buy their food, those lines are expected to get longer. Some shoppers seemed confused by the sudden influx of other custom- ers at their regular shopping spots, apparently unaware of the connec- tion between that boost in customers and the strike at Stop & Shop, where parking lots have been mostly empty. The lines got so long at Market Other grocery stores jammed as Stop & Shop strike continues By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See STRIKE, Page 18 "Your One Stop Automotive Center" NORTH SMITHFIELD AUTO BODY, INC. 1-401-762-3866 WWW.RIAUTOBODY.COM 1-401-762-3866 WWW.RIAUTOBODY.COM Our Pledge To You… YOU WILL BE SATISFIED! 770 EDDIE DOWLING HWY. RT 146 NORTH, NORTH SMITHFIELD RHODE ISLAND 02896 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, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation.

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