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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-20-2019

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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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON GRAYSON ROBERTS, 2, enjoys dinner and a concert while sitting on the lap of DONOVAN WOODRUFF, of Cumberland, at opening night of the Levitt AMP Woonsocket Music Series at River Island Art Park last Friday. See more photos on page 5. Dinner and a show WOONSOCKET – Parishioners of Holy Trinity Parish on the corner of Smithfield Road and Park Avenue have a new tool to help them in their mission of protecting the environ- ment. Last week, the parish handed out reusable shopping bags to all of its members as part of an environmental initiative to encourage local residents to use fewer disposable plastic bags. Single-use plastic bags – the kind handed out at most grocery stores – have come under fire in recent years as one of the major contributors to City church has eco stewardship 'in the bag' By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See BAGS, Page 17 NORTH SMITHFIELD – With close to 2 percent of the town's total land area under consideration or already home to solar develop- ment, and a wave of new applica- tions and construction over the past 15 months, residents and environ- mental groups are grappling with the long-term impact of solar devel- opment in the town. In recent months, the Planning Board has seen two new applica- tions for solar farms, bringing the total number of solar projects currently under consideration to three. While two of these are small-scale commercial farms cov- ering no more than three acres apiece off Greenville Road and Douglas Pike, a third, proposed by North Kingstown-based Green Development, would be among the largest solar farms in the state, producing approximately 43 mega- watts of energy and requiring the clearing of 180 acres of forest off Iron Mine Hill Road. In addition to the three appli- cations, the town also issued final approval in February to a 6.22-megawatt development on 40 acres off Pound Hill Road, and saw the completion of a four-megawatt farm on eight acres on Old Oxford Community conflicted as solar wave comes to No. Smithfield By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See SOLAR, Page 18 WOONSOCKET – A for- mer mill complex that has been on the city's list of blighted and abandoned prop- erties for years, the Seville Dye Company, is back at the forefront after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $300,000 in grant funds to the city for assess- ment and possible cleanup at the site this month. On June 5, the EPA announced the city was one of 151 communi- ties nationwide to receive funding as part of the brownfields program geared toward bringing possibly contaminated sites back to produc- tive use. The grant targeted envi- ronmental assessments at seven sites along the Blackstone River as well as two cleanup plans within the community. According to Mayor Lisa Baldelli- Hunt, the bulk of the funds will go toward conducting a site assess- ment at the former Seville Dye Company, a once thriving mill complex now sitting abandoned at 719 River St. The building is listed under Dorado Properties Funds could lead to cleanup of Seville Dye By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer BALDELLI- HUNT See FUNDS, Page 10 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JUNE 20-26, 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 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!

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