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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 08-08-2019

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Overdue and underfunded State's new automatic renewal system a win for some libraries, but others forced to pay up It's a familiar situation for most library patrons: You walk up to the counter with a book or DVD in hand only to find out you owe money on past overdue materials. The amount is usually small, typi- cally only a few dollars. Thanks to a new automatic renew- al system that went into effect last December, that situation is becom- ing less and less frequent at libraries across the state. Overdue books and other materials eligible for renewal now automatically renew as they approach their due date, bringing relief to patrons whose forgetfulness previously resulted in fines. The new system has streamlined the renewal process and led to better customer service, but it's also caused By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer Council raises red flag after tax bills catch city nonprofits off-guard WOONSOCKET – Nonprofit organizations long considered exempt from the city's tax rolls may have to pay up after a status change led to a wave of unexpected tax bills earlier this year. In July, the city sent bills to at least six organizations for proper- ties that were previously considered tax-exempt under the law. Among those that received bills were the former Sacred Heart Church in Fairmount, the former Father Marot CYO Center on Federal Street, the Armory building on South Main Street, the former St. Louis School on George Street, the former Our Lady of Victories School on Spring Street and RISE Prep Mayoral Academy on Cumberland Street. According to Tax Assessor Elyse Pare, the bills were part of an annual review of properties that no longer fit the requirements for tax-exempt sta- tus. While most of the buildings on the list continue to be owned by non- profit organizations, she explained, several of them sit vacant and are no longer used for tax-exempt purposes, See LIBRARIES, Page 20 By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See TAX BILLS, Page 21 WOONSOCKET – A hard-fought contest for an empty seat on the Woonsocket City Council ended in narrow victory Tuesday night for pro- gressive Alexander Kithes, the first- time candidate who beat out former Council President Roger Jalette Sr. to win the runoff election. Kithes celebrated the victory with supporters at Chan's, where his campaign team announced the results to an enthusiastic crowd. As of press time, unofficial results from the Woonsocket Board of Canvassers stood at 1,343 for Kithes to 1,238 for Jalette, a 4 percent margin of victory in an election that drew 9.6 percent of registered voters to the polls. Though the board had yet to offi- cially certify the results, the 105-vote lead was enough to have Kithes' sup- Kithes claims victory in City Council election By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer Councilor-elect puts government 'on notice' BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM Councilor-elect ALEXANDER KITHES embraces supporter AJ CHAMBERLAIN after learning he won the Woonsocket special election Tuesday night. Kithes beat out former Council President Roger Jalette Sr. to claim the vacant seat on the City Council. See ELECTION, Page 17 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE AUGUST 8-14, 2019 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 3, Suite 307, Lincoln, RI 02865 Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist FREE Hearing Screenings FREE Hearing Aid Checks & Cleanings Just call to schedule an appointment! Today's hearing aids are barely visible, highly effective and easy to afford. Come hear for yourself with a RISK FREE 30-day trial! 401-475-6116 Depressed? Anxious? Stressed? Anthony Taraborelli, LICSW, CDP • 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 NEW ADDRESS 191 Social Street Woonsocket, RI 02895 401-829-8838

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