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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 10-31-2019

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BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY OLIVIA SAMPSON, 2, of North Smithfield, checks out her fellow pumpkins at Spooky Spirits Night, held at Goodwin Brothers Farm in North Smithfield last Saturday. See more photos on page 7. Little pumpkin Train company launches bus service WOONSOCKET – Less than one month after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the state of New Hampshire, the company looking to bring passenger rail service to the Blackstone Valley is introducing a new transportation method. The Boston Surface Railroad Company announced this week they plan to offer thruway bus service between Woonsocket, Providence and Worcester, Mass., beginning next February. The service will offer commuter-time transporta- tion between the three cities, with seven round trips from Woonsocket and four round trips from Worcester planned daily. "This is, of course, a pre-service to our intercity rail service which will be launching one year later," Vincent Bono, company founder, said during a press event on Monday. The announcement came just three By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See BUS, Page 14 What if you had to pay for a municipal service that you weren't receiving? That's the question condo own- ers in both Woonsocket and North Smithfield are raising as it relates to their trash pickup, or rather, lack of it. In both communities, trash and recycling pickup fees are included in the property taxes for residential homes. However, the apartment- style setup of many condominium complexes means that curbside pickup is impossible and the home- owner's associations have to con- tract out for their own private trash service. Some condo owners feel that they're being charged twice to Condo owners looking for relief from fees By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com Trash wars: RIDOT lashes back over dispute See TRASH, Page 10 NORTH SMITHFIELD – Rhode Island's largest mosque is growing, with a planned facility expansion expected to allow it to continue serving worshippers from the greater northern Rhode Island area on Sayles Hill Road. Masjid Al-Islam, the mosque locat- ed at 40 Sayles Hill Road, recently submitted plans to the North Smithfield Planning Department to add a three-level expansion to its current two-story facility. The new rooms will add 26,808 square feet of floor space to the existing building, bringing the total area to more than 34,000 square feet. According to the application, the project will include construction of a rear parking lot and modifications to the septic system to serve the expanded capacity. The new facility will have a maximum capacity of 1,000 people, though the application notes the building is only expected to reach this occupancy twice a year Mosque plans expansion on Sayles Hill Road By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See MOSQUE, Page 18 BONO ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 6, 2019

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