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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-11-2019

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Berry delicious BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON LUKE DUVAL, 4, of Millville, Mass., tries a few fresh strawberries amid col- orful raspberries and blueberries at the Oakdale Farms booth at the Daniels Farmstead Farmers Market in Blackstone last Sunday. See more photos on page 8. New life for old gravestones Local volunteers take next steps in cemetery cleanup NORTH SMITHFIELD – In the 1700s, when a resident of the area that would later become North Smithfield died, their body was likely to be buried in a small, family plot. With any luck, and if the family could afford it, the grave might be marked by a headstone made of slate. That was the fate of Thomas Sayles, who died on Nov. 9, 1754, at the age of 55. Today, the grave rests with about 10 others in a small plot locat- ed on private property on Grange Road. Like other historic cemeteries in town, the plot was, until recently, overgrown and derelict, with pieces of gravestones that had cracked over time strewn about and sometimes buried underground. By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See GRAVES, Page 14 Waters Church wins approval for Walnut Hill location Church plans move to new space by end of year WOONSOCKET – Every Sunday morning, members of Waters Church load up two trailers' worth of equipment at their North Attleboro, Mass., location, drive over to Hamlet Middle School in Woonsocket, unload and spend the next three hours setting up for their 10:30 a.m. service. When it's over, the entire process repeats in reverse as members pack their gear away until the following week. It's a colossal effort to worship on Sunday mornings, one that relies on the dedication of members and volunteers. However, after nearly two years of hosting services in the leased space, the nondenominational By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See CHURCH, Page 20 Wind turbine rejected in unanimous decision NORTH SMITHFIELD – Three years of fighting against a wind power proposal paid off for neigh- bors Tuesday night when the Zoning Board of Review voted unanimously to reject a 462.5-foot wind turbine off Old Smithfield Road. The project, first submitted in late 2015 and brought back for review in March, involved install- ing a 1.5-megawatt wind turbine on land owned by Ruth Pacheco at 810 Old Smithfield Road. The proposal has drawn heavy criticism from neighbors who cite concerns about noise and the "shadow flicker" effect caused by the spinning blades, along with the impact on property values and quality of life. Green Development, the company formerly known as Wind Energy Development, is behind the project. After close to 10 hours of testimo- ny from both sides of the debate, the Zoning Board met for a final time See TURBINE, Page 18 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JULY 11-17, 2019 Depressed? Anxious? Stressed? Anthony Taraborelli, LICSW, CDP 1 Social Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895 401-829-8838 • Short term counseling • Unresolved Grief • Anxiety, depression • SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING • Anger Management • Saturday Hours and Evenings Children • Adults • Couples • Families Most Insurances Accepted Now Accepting Medicare

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