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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 08-15-2019

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WOONSOCKET – At the edge of the woods on a rarely traveled section of Logee Street, between the bustle of Front Street and Park Avenue, a small white sign marks the beginning of St. James Cemetery, otherwise known as Woonsocket Historical Cemetery Number Nine. Except for the sign, there's little to identify the overgrown patch behind a line of houses on Park Avenue as a cemetery. The few remaining tomb- stones have fallen on their sides, and years of undergrowth mark the spot where generations of teenagers held campfires and partied on late nights. There used to be a tomb here, but it was dismantled years ago, by some accounts because it was considered a danger to kids who played in the area. Last Saturday, a group of volun- teers led by Greg Duhamel and Christine MacWilliams spent the day cleaning up the cemetery, try- ing to reverse the effects of time and neglect on the forgotten space. It was their third weekend in a row at St. James Cemetery, the latest in a series of cemetery cleanups taking place around the city. According to records maintained by the Rhode Island Historic Cemeteries Commission, it's one of the worst-maintained cemeter- ies in the city, with only a handful of stones remaining from more than 300 burials that took place here a century ago. "What we're trying to do is just open this up in order to get people aware that this is a cemetery here," said Duhamel. Volunteers take on forgotten Logee Street cemetery By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY CHRISTINE MACWILLIAMS of Woonsocket cuts back the brush at the St. James/ Bernon Cemetery. MacWilliams was one of the leaders of a group of volunteers, who have been working to clean up and recover the burial sites in five historic cemeteries in Woonsocket. See CEMETERY, Page 9 NORTH SMITHFIELD – How do you continue to honor the legacy of a local hero when the school that bore his name for 62 years closes? That's the question facing the North Smithfield School Committee next week when they hold a public hear- ing on the naming rights related to Dr. Harry L. Halliwell and Halliwell Memorial School. The committee will take up the issue on Tuesday, Aug. 20, during a meeting at 6 p.m. at North Smithfield Middle School. Though no formal propos- als have been brought forward for how to carry on the Halliwell name, Committee Chairman James Lombardi said he's heard several ideas on how to continue to honor Dr. Halliwell and wants to hear from the community on how they'd like to see the name continued. With the closing of Halliwell Memorial School in June, the options are open as to how, if at all, the name will remain North Smithfield considers how to carry on Halliwell name By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See HALLIWELL, Page 16 WOONSOCKET – The cell blocks at the Woonsocket Police Department see their share of use on busy weekend nights, but unless the city invests funds into repairing them, they won't be of use much longer, Police Chief Thomas Oates told the City Council Monday night. According to Oates, four of the station's 12 holding cells are completely unusable, and several others are beginning to fail, due to mechanical problems with the system that opens and closes the doors. Oates requested the council appropriate funds to repair at least five of the cells before the situation deteriorates any further. The problem, he said, began nine or 10 years ago when the sta- tion underwent upgrades to its cell block. At the time, pieces of sheet Heavy metal causes deterioration of cell blocks By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See CELL BLOCKS, Page 6 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE AUGUST 15-21, 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. 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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