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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 09-26-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY EVELYN PHOMSOUPHA, 7, of North Smithfield, takes a pony ride at the 13th annual North Smithfield Great Pumpkin Festival on the grounds of North Smithfield High School and Middle School last Saturday. Helping out is BILL CINCAVAGE of Harrisville, from Liberty Farms. The event featured dozens of booths and activities from local organizations and vendors. See more photos on page 7. Pumpkin festival pony ride WOONSOCKET – Pit bulls far outpace all other dog breeds when it comes to dog bites, accounting for nearly half of all reported incidents in Woonsocket since 2014. According to data obtained from the Woonsocket Police Department through a Freedom of Information Act request, 171 dogs have been involved in reported dog bite incidents in the city since 2014. Of these, 72, or 42 percent, were pit bulls or pit bull-type breeds. Other breeds involved in multiple dog bite incidents in that time included shih tzus (six), chihuahuas (six), German shepherds (five), Labrador retrievers (five), poodles (three), Rottweilers (three), boxers (three), Pit bulls account for nearly half of dog bites in Woonsocket By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com NORTH SMITHFIELD – A few weeks into the new school year, which rolled out with later start times at all of the schools, North Smithfield officials have been analyzing the changes and Supt. Michael St. Jean told The Valley Breeze that the biggest newer changes, which took effect Sept. 11, were to adjust the new dismissal times at the middle and high schools to allow more time for buses to get to the elementary Tweaks made to NS bus routes, dismissal times By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com See DOG BITES, Page 18 See SCHOOLS, Page 18 Baldelli-Hunt says she welcomes investigation into City Hall WOONSOCKET – Following a closed-door City Council session she wasn't invited to on Monday evening, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt said she welcomes the investigation council members say they're initiating into allegations with- in City Hall. That said, she lambasted City Councilor Jon Brien, saying his announcement of the investi- gation based on a newspaper article in The Providence Journal about her alleged actions rep- resents his "modus operandi." "It came from political theat- rics driven by Jon Brien," she said. "It's theatrics, it's typical of Jon Brien, nothing out of the ordinary." Baldelli-Hunt said she would have thought she'd be invited By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See INVESTIGATION, Page 14 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE SEPTEMBER 26-OCTOBER 2, 2019 "Your One Stop Automotive Center" NORTH SMITHFIELD AUTO BODY, INC. 1-401-762-3866 WWW.RIAUTOBODY.COM 1-401-762-3866 WWW.RIAUTOBODY.COM 770 EDDIE DOWLING HWY. RT. 146 NORTH NORTH SMITHFIELD RHODE ISLAND 02896 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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