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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 09-05-2019

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BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM BENNY NOTORANGELO, seen here adding a finishing touch to one side of his mural on Manville Road, said he hopes to get community support to expand the mural to include scenes of the Blackstone River Bikeway and the city's history. WOONSOCKET – Teacher absentee rates and their impact on student educa- tion have come to the forefront recently in Providence's struggling school system, but they're also a problem in Woonsocket, where high teacher absentee rates are draw- ing warnings from School Committee mem- bers as students head back to school. Last Wednesday, Aug. 28, committee member Donald Burke reminded teachers of their responsibility to students during a meeting in the Hamlet Middle School caf- Absentee rates under scrutiny as new school year begins By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com NORTH SMITHFIELD – It's official: Repaving a segment of Route 146 between Route 295 and the 146A split has been delayed two more years until 2024 after a state board voted to approve changes to the state's long-term transportation plan last week. State board approves delay of Route 146 repaving By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See ABSENTEE, Page 20 See ROUTE 146, Page 13 Playing it natural Local artist paints colorful mural on Manville Road WOONSOCKET – Herons, a hummingbird and even a squinty- eyed chameleon aren't often seen tiptoeing around Manville Road, but they've now made their home on the side of a little-used building thanks to the work of a local artist. Benny Notorangelo, a city resi- dent who paints under the name "Naturals Natural," is behind the nature scene that's gradually taken root on the corner of Manville Road and Davison Avenue over the past few months. The color- ful mural features birds in flight, a close up of the moon and several curling green plants that wrap around the side of the building to where the road meets a railroad trestle over Davison Avenue. Though the building looks vacant from the outside, it's owned by Blackstone resident Ron Beaulieu, who uses it for storage for his landscaping company, R&R Landscaping. Earlier this summer, Notorangelo told The Valley Breeze, he approached company employ- ees about painting a mural to help head off the graffiti that makes regular appearances on the side of the building. "I tried to catch them one morn- ing and I asked if I could do some- thing nice for the city," he said. "They said, 'Oh, go ahead, as long as you do something nice because By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See MURAL, Page 11 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE SEPTEMBER 5-11, 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 98 Elm St. Woonsocket, RI 02895 mariosappliances@gmail. com 30 Years in Business! 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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