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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-11-2019

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 11-17, 2019 NO. SMITHFIELD / OBITUARIES 19 Ralph R. Clifford Ralph R. Clifford, 76, of Cumberland, passed away peace- fully on July 5, at Oakland Grove Health Center. He is the beloved husband for 54 years of Dorothy B. (MacDonald) Clifford. He is the loving father of Pamela J. Latour of North Smithfield, and Gary S. Clifford of Manville. He leaves his cherished grandchil- dren Brandon and Sean Clifford, and great-granddaughter Marley Rae Clifford. He is the brother of Priscilla Evans. Ralph was a resident of Cumberland, formerly of Blackstone and Bellingham, Mass., and worked as a data analyst at Raytheon for 38 years until retiring in 1998. Ralph was an avid bowler and golfer, raised birds and enjoyed trips to Twin River Casino. Devoted to his family, Ralph will be greatly missed. His funeral service was held July 10, in Cartier's Funeral Home, 151 South Main St. (Route 126), Bellingham, Mass. Interment fol- lowed at the Blackstone Cemetery, Blackstone, Mass. To sign the guest book, visit www. cartiersfuneralhome.com . Sandra Mathieu Sandra Mathieu, 72, of Clearwater, Fla., passed away on June 27. Sandra was a secretary at Burrillville Middle School and she also enjoyed knitting. Sandra is preceded in death by her father, Edwin Adams, and her mother, Cecile Vachon Adams. She is survived by her loving hus- band of 49 years, Kenneth Mathieu Jr.; son, Brian Mathieu; brother, David Adams; sister, Audrey Adams and four grandchildren. A graveside service will be held on July 22, at 11 a.m., at Resurrection Cemetery in Cumberland. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Suncoast Hospice at https://suncoasthospice.org/online- donations/ . CLIFFORD OBITUARIES The Board of Canvassers also totaled 11 write-in ballots for the special primary election. Mail-in ballots accounted for 132 of the 1,917 votes. The August special election will be the city's fifth in 13 months after the fall primary and general election and a special referendum to return to an elected School Committee last July. The new councilor will replace former Councilor Julia Brown, who left her seat in April to take an out-of-state job. PRIMARY From Page 2 OBITUARIES are updated continuously at valleybreeze.com Click on 'Obituaries' He questioned the company's plans to transport the turbine blades, which can reach 100 feet in length, down Old Smithfield Road and said the impact on local property values was too subjective to predict. On the topic of need, he pointed out the business agree- ment between the company and landowner will generate more than $1.2 million in lease payments for the Pacheco family over 25 years, rejecting the argument that a desire to continue the family's ownership of the land through alternate sourc- es of revenue constituted a hardship as required by the zoning code. Najarian was joined in his opinion by other board members, who rec- ognized the thorough arguments on both sides of the debate. Member Mario DiNunzio said he respected Pacheco's desire to improve her property but found reports by neighbors of the effects of other tur- bines to be "deeply troubling." Board members voted 5-0 to reject the application, drawing cheers from the packed room. For some residents, the fight has dragged on for more than three years after public opposition and legal action delayed the project's original appearance before the board in 2016. Though residents were celebrat- ing Tuesday night, the process is not over. Green Development Chairman Mark DePasquale told The Valley Breeze the company plans to appeal the decision in Superior Court. "It is our intention to appeal last night's decision," Bill Fischer, spokesman for Green Development, said in a statement Wednesday. "Renewable development will support Rhode Island's economy, create the jobs of the future and support our environment. We will continue to move forward to reach Rhode Island's renewable energy goals." Added Pacheco after the meeting, "It is what it is. It's not done." Patrick Dowling, a local attorney who represented the concerns of neighbors, said he finds it difficult to see the decision being overturned after the thoroughness of the board in addressing each requirement for the zoning permits. "It was a diligent effort by the board to address each of the neces- sary elements, and I think it shows how much the town's opinion was taken into account based on the opposition," he said. Nicole Valliere, Pacheco's immedi- ate neighbor and a staunch oppo- nent of the proposed turbine, also expressed relief, saying she was pleased with the board's diligence during the hearing process. "I'm so excited. What I think is that the Zoning Board of North Smithfield did an incredible, excel- sior job of considering every part of this and looking at every side of the issue," she said. Residents at Tuesday's WIND TURBINE HEARING applauded as the Zoning Board of Review issued a unanimous decision against the project. From preceding page BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM In your time of need, The Valley Breeze will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. The paper also places the obituary on our web site, valleybreeze.com, as soon as it is provided to us by your family's funeral director. Notification to friends and neighbors is also made weekdays on WOON-AM radio announcements. Should you desire our services, kindly inform your funeral director. The full charge is $90, or $125 for lengthy obituaries, in the edition of your choice. You may place the obituary in any of our other editions for $50 each. Thank you. OBITUARIES 71 Central St., Manville, RI 127 Carrington Ave., Woonsocket, RI (401) 762-1825 MenardFuneralHome.com Remembering Journeys Celebrating Lives Craig Lacouture, Director Menard ~ Lacouture Funeral Homes Monument Manufacturers INDOOR SHOWROOM Cemetery Lettering 91 Pawtucket Ave., Rumford 401-434-4064 www.stanleygranite.com Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • Sat. 9 a.m.-Noon STANLEY GRANITE CO. Isabel Muriel (Bergesson) Caron, 97, formerly of Cumberland, Rhode Island, died peacefully at Cabrini Nursing Home, Dobbs Ferry, NY, on June 20, 2019. She was the loving wife for 67 years of the late Alfred J. (Pete) Caron. Born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, she was the daughter of the late Raymond A. and Annabel (Isles) Bergesson. She was the sister of the late Charles H. Bergesson and Raymond A. Bergesson. Muriel was a medical assistant for the late Dr. Patrick Levesque in Cumberland for over 30 years. Muriel was the devoted mother of Ann Marie Caron, RSM, Ph.D. of Bronxville, NY, Raymond A. (Cathy) Caron of Orlando, FL, and Philip C. (Susan Benz) Caron, M.D., Ph.D. of New York, NY. She was the cherished grandmother of Rae Ann (Caron) Butera, Dawn, Francis and Michael Caron, two great-grandchildren, Catherine and Christian Butera, and the aunt of Gail (Bergesson) Beaudet and June (Bergesson) Couture. Friends and relatives are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Evangelist Church, 63 Church St., Slatersville, RI at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 20th. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery.

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