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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 04-25-2019

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©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE APRIL 25-MAY 1, 2019 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket WOONSOCKET – Several years after the idea was first floated, a new round of talks on a possible city dog park has given local pet owners fresh hope of such a facility becoming a reality. On Monday, members of the Woonsocket Dog Park Committee reconvened for the first time in almost two years to discuss a location for the proposed park. After examin- ing several municipal parks around the city, members settled on the River's Edge Recreation Complex, a site they said offers ample parking, handicapped accessibility and a cen- tral location for residents and other visitors. "When we're considering all these factors, we have to look at what makes the most sense for the city and liability concerns," said state Sen. Melissa Murray, a member of the committee. The dog park, according to Murray, would include two fenced-in areas for large and small dogs and a double- gated entrance to prevent pets from escaping. A waste receptacle, shade area and play apparatus are also on the list of park equipment, though the last item would be dependent on funding availability. The committee examined sev- Dog park back on the table By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com River's Edge Complex a proposed sight See DOG PARK, Page 12 WOONSOCKET – Police are cracking down on motorists who don't stop for pedestrians in cross- walks after two city residents died in pedestrian accidents last fall. According to Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas Oates, the new initia- tive to promote pedestrian safety will take a multi-pronged approach, with police reaching out to both motorists and pedes- trians to educate them about the laws surrounding crosswalk use and the importance of crosswalk safety. As part of the initia- tive, police plan to strictly enforce state laws requiring drivers to stop for any pedestrian using a crosswalk. "We had a couple of pedes- Police cracking down on crosswalk safety laws By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com OATES See CROSSWALK, Page 12 BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON ELI FRAPPIER, 6, of Bellingham, Mass., gives his great-grandmother, DORIS SCHRAM, a resident at the Ballou Home in Woonsocket, a piece of candy he found in one of the Easter Eggs he collected during the Easter Egg Hunt last Saturday. It was the 6th annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Ballou Home. See more photos on page 7. Sharing is sweet NORTH SMITHFIELD – Neighbors on an otherwise quiet street found themselves at odds Tuesday night with a large num- bers of residents who turned out to protest an application by North Kingstown-based Green Development to build a 462.5-foot wind turbine on land owned by Ruth Pacheco at 810 Old Smithfield Road. The Zoning Board hearing fol- lowed close on the heels of an ini- tial meeting in March during which company representatives laid out their plans for the turbine, a $7.5 million project expected to generate 3.8 million kilowatt-hours of elec- tricity per year. Though residents were present at that meeting as well, the two-and-a-half-hour pre- sentation took up a majority of the three-hour time slot, leaving most residents to hold their comments on Wind turbine plan has residents up in arms By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See WIND TURBINE, Page 9 'We made a mistake. We believed everything he said he would do for us and nothing has happened.' DAVID SOUZA Portsmouth resident FOR UNCOMPROMISED QUALITY & VALUE Josh's Roofing RI Reg. #20208 RI Comm. #182R MA Reg. #16296 Josh was born into the business 40 years ago. He is a second generation roofer. www.JoshsConstruction.com • 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 We now offer Financing Mario's Appliances Serving Loyal Clients Since 1989 (401) 765-1636 Appliance Sales & Service Refrigerators, Stoves, Space Heaters, Washers, Dryers, Dishwashers & More! 6 Month Guarantee on parts and labor 968 Elm St. Woonsocket, RI 02895 mariosappliances@gmail. com 30 years in business! Our local guide to the signs of spring INSIDE Our local guide to the signs of spring INSIDE from your friends at Inside: S pring S pring in the Valley S pring Signs of • Born on the farm Learn about the life of calves at Wright's Dairy Farm • Reviving tired spaces Refresh your surroundings with new paint trends • Eat what you grow Flowers that are pleasing to the eye, and taste buds • Turn trash into treasure The thrill of the yard sale chase • Get out and move Revamp your spring fitness goals ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC.

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