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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 09-19-2019

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WOONSOCKET – It was about 1:30 on a Saturday afternoon and Michelle Young was on her way back from Dunkin' Donuts. She took the usual route back to her apart- ment, walking up Davison Avenue toward Manville Road. At the top, she turned left and walked a few feet up toward her apart- ment before starting across the road. Her fiancé, Shawn Fairweather, was watching Young from the window of their Manville Road apartment. The road, he later explained, made him nervous. In the three years since he'd moved into the apartment, he'd often seen pedestri- ans have near misses with cars coming around the corner from Hamlet Avenue. Their home was two doors down from Willow Street, where he'd watched cars get T-boned as they attempted to cross the intersection toward Davison Avenue. Fairweather looked away from the win- dow for a second, and that's when he heard the tire screeches. As she crossed the road, Young was struck by a vehicle coming around the corner from Hamlet Avenue and propelled into the air. She landed several dozen Survivor's fiancé lobbies for change at dangerous Manville Road intersection By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM SHAWN FAIRWEATHER points to the police markings on Manville Road outside his apartment that identify where his fiancé, Michelle Young, was hit by a vehicle in August. Fairweather is lob- bying for new traffic safety measures at the busy corner near Davison Avenue that is often used by pedestrians to cross Manville Road. NORTH SMITHFIELD – On Sept. 9, a tractor trailer truck traveling up Railroad Street from the direction of the Stone Arch Bridge failed to make the right turn onto Main Street, taking out a util- ity pole and creating a tempo- rary roadblock as the truck's wheels went up on the curb. Though the effects of the accident were short-lived, with neighbors reporting a power outage of only a few minutes, the incident sparked conversation about posted limits on large-scale commer- cial trucking in the area and how those limits are enforced. Several officials said after the incident that they're reviewing the policy and plan to request changes in signage in the area. In 2014, at the request of the North Smithfield Town Council, the General Assembly passed a law pro- hibiting trucks with more than four axles from travel- ing on Main Street, North Main Street, Greene Street or Trucks proving too big for Slatersville By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See ACCIDENT, Page 22 NORTH SMITHFIELD – North Smithfield's favorite fall festival returns this weekend, with plenty of food, games, and, of course, pumpkins for the whole family. The 13th annual North Smithfield Great Pumpkin Festival will take place this Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the grounds of North Smithfield High School and Middle School. According to PumpkinFest Committee Co-Chairs Elizabeth Featherston and Brian Gartland, the event will feature dozens of booths and activities from local organiza- tions and vendors offering everything from cupcake 13th Annual Great Pumpkin Festival is this weekend By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See TRUCKS, Page 21 See PUMPKIN, Page 22 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE SEPTEMBER 19-25, 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. 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 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! INSIDE Celebrating all things autumn INSIDE Celebrating all things autumn Autumn in the Valley n ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Featuring... — Professional pumpkin carver shares secrets — Classic or complex - candy apple season is here — Tour haunted places and vampire spaces — Get helpful tips on everything from fashion to photos — Read up on fun local fall events Courtesy of your friends at

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