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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 05-23-2019

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MAY 23-29, 2019 THE VALLEY 21 "We kind of spread it out through the city, so each year the mayor and I look at the map, look at where we've gone before and think about where we should go this year," he said. Participation tends to depend on the weather, so coordinators said they're hoping for a sunny day with many volunteers. Participants are welcome to attend for the full four hours or part of the morning, depending on their availability. Coordinators will distribute trash bags, gloves and litter pickers and have maps available at the registration table to direct volunteers to the parts of the cemetery that need attention. "If most people come in with a smile on their face, they'll be ready to go," said Debroisse. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the entrance to Oak Hill Cemetery at 204 Rathbun St. There is no advance registration. CLEANUP From Page 6 Beer and Dynamite Fundraiser set for May 31 BLACKSTONE – The Friends of the Blackstone Library will hold its annual Beer and Dynamite Fundraiser on Friday, May 31, at the Millerville Men's Club, 8 Lloyd St. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and dynamites will be served until 9 p.m. The event will feature local "dyna- mite chefs" with their secret recipes. Tickets are $10 and include all-you- can-eat dynamites and two beers or two sodas per person. Tickets are on sale at the Blackstone Public Library, 86 Main St. Tickets will also be sold at the door. The event will include 50/50 raffle and a raffle table with items donated by local businesses. Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition seeks proposals WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket Prevention Coalition, doing business as the Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition, a non- profit organization with a mission, "to develop, implement and advocate for effective, community-based prevention initiatives," seeks providers of services within the region to support statewide efforts to reduce opioid use and over- dose, through a competitive request for proposal process. The WPC/BVPC encompasses the towns of Burrillville, Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, North Smithfield and the cities of Pawtucket and Woonsocket. Efforts should address the areas of prevention, recov- ery and rescue, with the combined long term goal to reduce opioid over- dose, with an intermediate outcome of reducing past 30-day use of opioids within the region. Applicants must indicate under which of the areas of focus their pro- posed activities and requested funding fall. Applicants should have experience in working with the target population proposed and serving the towns and cities above. Applicants are encour- aged to submit a proposal as an indi- vidual organization, or as a joint effort of multiple organizations carrying out complimentary opportunities. Proposals will be due on May 29, at 4 p.m., at the BVPC, 169 Main St., second floor, Woonsocket. Proposals will be considered with budgets in the range of $10,000 to $25,000. For more information, visit www. blackstonevalleypreventioncoalition. com St. Joseph Seniors will meet Tuesday WOONSOCKET – St. Joseph Senior Citizens Group will meet Tuesday, May 28, and will feature a ham dinner at noon in St. Joseph hall, 1200 Mendon Road. For tickets, con- tact Pat Palardy at 401-766-6902. Scheduled trips include: • A trip to Turning Stone from Nov. 12-14 and a trip to Atlantic City with a Rockette's Show on Dec. 1-3. Call Sue Grenier at 401-766-4647 or Linda Deguire at 401-766-5879. • A trip to Foxwoods and Captain Jack's for a lobster bake is set for Friday, Aug. 9. The cost is $82 per person and is due by July 9. New members are Donald Gosselin, Constance Gosselin and Lorraine Fontaine. Celebrating May birthdays are Carol Tancrell, Monique Auger, Rose Trudeau, Gert Coutemanche, Raymond Lavoie, Jeanne Dubois, Sue M. Grenier, Blanche Roy, Sue J. Grenier, Liz Cole, Helen Mumford, Lucille Ouellettte, and Connie Lefebvre. At the May 14 meeting, Dollar-a- month club winners were Richard Deguire, Barbara Tessier, Connie Gentile, Liz Cole, Rich Lemay, and Aline Laramee. Door prize winners were Marilyn Beaudette, Marge Deragon, Doris Denomme, Marie Desilets, and Monique Auger. Raffle ticket winners were Dick Guillet, Jim Lemire, Sue Grenier, Gerry Robidoux, and Pauline Belisle. ordinance that would establish an Open Space Committee. The committee, he said, would oversee the acquisition of and planning for open space, allowing community members to give input into the process. "Going forward, I think the town can definitely do a better job at planning," he said. "Open space is definitely an important topic, and I don't think anybody would dis- agree it's vital for our community." While many residents have expressed support for various rec- reation proposals in recent weeks, others have raised concerns over the town budget, which appears headed for a difficult debate before the council next month. According to Ezovski, his current budget proposal includes a 3.93 percent increase in the tax levy, a bump partly due to a drop in tangible tax revenue from National Grid next year. That budget does not include funding for the high school turf field, a facility he acknowledged could become a liability to the town if left to deteriorate. "We've got issues. We need to face them straight up. We can't hide from them," he said. With Halliwell Elementary School set to close at the end of this school year, town officials are also grappling with how to make use of the sprawling town prop- erty off Route 146A. Among the ideas that have floated around is a community center, an initia- tive championed by Councilor Claire O'Hara. In February, she called for the creation of a Senior Center Commission to study the possibility, a group that was later changed to a Community Center Commission to encompass uses beyond activities for senior citizens. "When you think of a communi- ty, all aspects for older people, for younger people, could be in one area and accessible," she said. While the initiative has been slow-moving so far, O'Hara said she hopes to move forward with planning this summer. Halliwell, she said, presents an ideal location, with several existing buildings and plenty of property for future devel- opment. "Until we get funds, we'll have to be open to using any building we can get," she said. Taken together, the proposals offer a daunting outlook for a town working to control spending and increase its commercial tax base. However, Ezovski pointed out the town has also improved its financial status in recent years, with a larger fund balance and lower interest rates presenting opportunities for planning future projects. In addi- tion to a turf field and restroom facility, he noted, those projects will also have to include renovations to the police station, or an entirely new station, depending on what route the town decides to take. "North Smithfield's in pretty good financial condition," he said. "This year happens to be a very difficult budget year because of the loss of some of our prior tax base, but we'll get by that and next year's next year." "We have some strengths," he added, "but we're not the Gates Foundation." SPACE From Page 10 Rhode Island Treasurer SETH MAGAZINER recognized high school juniors from across the Ocean State with the Young Leader Award. The award is presented to high school juniors in the state who have demonstrated out- standing achievement in math, economics, finance and business- related courses, and are active in his or her com- munity. The winner from North Smithfield, pic- tured with Magaziner, is JAMES R. HANLON, right. 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Bldg. 3, Ste. 307, Lincoln, RI 401-475-6116 Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist Spring into the Conversation, May is Better Hearing Month! At Home For You Hearing and Balance Center we strive for excellence in customer care. Our services include: Call today to schedule your appointment and ask about our Interest Free Financing! • Diagnostic Hearing tests ages 6 months & up • Hearing Aid Evaluations • Hearing Aid Sales & Repairs DRL Carpet 27 Veterans Way • Woonsocket, RI 401-765-2830 SHOP OUR SHOWROOM! 3 Room Special $ 775.00 Berber or Plush Carpet Based on 360 sq. ft. Additional charges may apply. 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