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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 05-16-2019

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Enjoying a ride during an adaptive cycling event on the Blackstone River Greenway on May 8 are, from front to back, ANGELA GRENHAM, GUY LEBOEUF, and HEATHER SOCHA, all from Life- Skills in Webster, Mass. The Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor hosted the event in partnership with All Out Adventures of Northampton, Mass., and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation's Universal Access Program. See more phtos on page 18. Enjoying the ride NORTH SMITHFIELD – Moran Kruzan has been named valedictorian and Jarrod Dube has been named salutatorian of the North Smithfield High School class of 2019. Kruzan is the daughter of Bradley and Jean Kruzan and a lifelong resi- dent of North Smithfield. In addition Kruzan, Dube lead NSHS Class of 2019 By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com JARROD DUBE and MORAN KRUZAN See NSHS, Page 21 WOONSOCKET – Plans for an intercity passenger rail between Providence, Woonsocket and Worcester, Mass., are moving full steam ahead, with a test train due to hit the track between Providence and Woonsocket by Sept. 1, 2020, according to Boston Surface Railroad Company founder Vincent Bono. As the company moves into its third year since receiving federal approval in 2016, Bono said the focus has turned to raising capital to get the first trains on the track. Much of that funding will go toward improving the track that's currently Passenger rail looks to raise capital ahead of 2020 opening By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See RAIL, Page 21 Gold property slated for solar development Residents to Town Council: More transparency needed in town matters NORTH SMITHFIELD – A years-long debate over whether the town should purchase 144 acres of open space off Mattity Road appears to be over after property owner David Gold sold the rights to develop the land to a solar company last week. On Friday, May 10, Gold signed an agreement with a solar developer to lease the land for 25 years, he confirmed during a phone call with The Valley Breeze. The decision, he said, came after the town offered $800,000 to purchase the property, $400,00 of which would come from a Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management open space grant awarded to the town in 2018. "They offered me, the Town Council on behalf of the good townspeople of North Smithfield, no more than the value of a house lot," Gold said. "In fact, one of the lots in the deal is a four-acre parcel with what was a dilapidated house that I bought for almost that amount of money." Negotiations over a pos- sible purchase of the prop- erty by the town began in 2008 and have stretched on more than a decade between Gold and various town officials. In 2008, the town By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See GOLD, Page 22 ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MAY 16-22, 2019 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. "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 Are you looking Are you looking for a for a Check out the back Check out the back of our of our Classified section where Classified section where you'll find our advertisers' you'll find our advertisers' most current job offerings! most current job offerings!

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