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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 09-12-2019

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BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY EMMA FRICKE, center left, of the Elite Physical Therapy team, and DOMANI HARMON, center right, of the Flash Powder Photography team, battle for the ball in their U8 game at opening day for North Smithfield Youth Soccer last Saturday. Moving in are GAVIN PERRON, far left, and MACSEN ROMANO, far right, of Elite Physical Therapy. See more photos on page 5. Go for the goal! NORTH SMITHFIELD – Following in the footsteps of other communities overwhelmed with an influx of solar development, the North Smithfield Planning Board has request- ed the Town Council issue an emergency moratorium halting new solar applications pending changes to the town's solar ordi- nance. Megan Staples, an alternate member of the Planning Board appointed earlier this year, proposed the moratorium during a meeting last Thursday, Sept. 5. The board voted 6-0 to issue a formal request, with member David Planning board requests solar moratorium By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See MORATORIUM, Page 24 WOONSOCKET – When Gail Johnson lost her husband, Wayne, to cancer last year, she could have let the lease run out on his insurance business at 800 Providence St. But the pastor and co-founder of In His Image Outreach Ministries had oth- ers ideas for the space. "I didn't even have to think about it. I said, I'm keep- ing the office, and I started with the food pantry," she told The Valley Breeze last week. Now, the Christian ministry has expanded its services to include free haircuts Providence Street ministry offering free haircuts for kids By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See MINISTRY, Page 22 JOHNSON WOONSOCKET – It's been 11 years since the city opened a new recreation complex over a capped former landfill on Davison Avenue, a multi-million dollar project intended to open up the banks of the Blackstone River for soccer, biking and other sports. Now, just over a decade after River's Edge opened, city leaders and residents are debating the future of the project and whether it's outlived its recreational use. Last month, members of the City Council voted 5-1 to issue a request for proposals for solar development on the 25-acre recreational parcel. Future of River's Edge complex up for debate By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See RIVER'S EDGE, Page 16 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE SEPTEMBER 12-18, 2019 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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