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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 10-24-2019

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BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM LARRY SMITH stands next to the wall behind his Douglas Pike home that he believes dates back to pre-Colonial times. Smith and another local landowner, Nathan Smith, are mapping stone walls and other Native American sites on their properties in the hopes of obtaining historic status for the area. Mapping history Local landowners finding ancient sites along Douglas Pike NORTH SMITHFIELD – Six years ago, when Larry Smith began hunting for bottles in the woods behind his Douglas Pike home, he wasn't expecting to find anything unusual. The town resident had long been interested in antique glassware, and at most, he thought he might find a new item to add to his collec- tion. "I started digging bottles," he explained during a recent tour of By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See MAPPING, Page 10 WOONSOCKET – What better way to kick off a new school week than with a bedtime story and a good night's sleep? That's the idea behind "Goodnight, Woonsocket," a new story time initiative created by Jessica Donato, an instructional coach, and Heather Neil, a blended learning coach in the Woonsocket school district. The two educators film videos of teachers and community members reading bedtime stories aimed at elementary students and post them online at www.goodnightwoon- socket.weebly.com. Every Sunday night at 7 p.m., a new story appears, encouraging students to enjoy some reading time as they get ready for the new week. "It started from a place to just real- ly bring a love of reading into every home and to connect the families with the schools and the commu- nity," said Donato. "Many families have a lot of books at home. Many families do not." "The kids really like it," she added. "We have over 3,100 hits." The first video, posted on Sept. 15, features Supt. Patrick McGee reading "What Does It Mean to Be Kind?" Since then, the initiative has expanded to include more sto- 'Goodnight, Woonsocket' aims to start week off right By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See GOODNIGHT, Page 11 WOONSOCKET – Two months after the State Planning Council voted to delay funding to repave Route 146, Woonsocket has now become the second municipality to issue a scathing rebuke to the state, saying the decision could result in "serious bodily injury" and "hazard- ous driving conditions" for drivers who travel the stretch of highway near the 146A split. On Monday, members of the Woonsocket City Council passed a resolution asking the state to recon- sider the decision, which delayed funding an additional two years until 2024. The decision applies only to the stretch of Route 146 run- ning through North Smithfield and Lincoln between Route 295 and the 146A split. The resolution was almost identical to one passed earlier this month in North Smithfield, where town coun- cilors expressed strong concern over the delay. Councilor Douglas Osier Jr., who proposed the measure, said at the time that the town was in dan- ger of getting "lost in the shuffle" of state funding. "At the end of the day, that road is only getting worse by the day, and I think it's going to lead to a major Officials demand Route 146 fix, warn of serious injuries By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See ROUTE 146, Page 9 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE OCTOBER 24-30, 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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