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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-07-2019

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 ROBERT EMERSON LAUREN DRAPEAU is flanked by fellow flutists as they warm up in the school library before the North Smithfield High School Music Department's 2019 Fall Concert on Oct. 29. See more photos on page 5. Woodwind warm-up CUMBERLAND – When Cumberland resident Tony Alves started hunting 50 years ago, he often came across other hunters searching for deer and turkey in the woods of Rhode Island. These days, the former president of the Cumberland Beagle Club said, the sport is safer than it used to be, but that hasn't stopped present-day hunters from getting pulled away by the distractions of modern life. "Unfortunately I don't see a lot of hunters in the woods," he told The Valley Breeze. "Years past, I would come across one or two hunters in the woods, but times have changed, so either people are working and don't have recreation time, or maybe there's less hunters." Alves and his son, Matt, are both active hunters, but according to With hunting in decline across R.I., state conservation funds in jeopardy By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer NORTH SMITHFIELD – Customers of The Budding Violet craft store and Red, White and Brew coffee shop on Great Road will find a welcoming space for visitors of all abilities. The store, scheduled to open this weekend, carries crafts, furniture and other handmade items from local vendors and offers classes under the name The Budding Violet. On the other side of a partition, customers can pick up a coffee and get comfort- able at one of several wooden tables at Red, White and Brew. The shop uses Ben's Beans coffee from Putnam, Conn. The business was inspired by owner Sheila Coyne's family experi- ences with autism. Her son, Michael, has autism, and at 23, was looking for a place to work. When he had trouble finding employment at other local businesses, the family decided to take matters into their own hands. Serving up coffee, crafts and inclusion at new coffee shop By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See HUNTING, Page 21 See BUDDING VIOLET, Page 16 WOONSOCKET – Four weeks after the developer missed a crucial dead- line for the Woonsocket Middle School redevelopment project, city officials are pointing fingers over why the latest attempt to redevelop the former school building appears to be coming to an end. On Monday, City Councilor Denise Sierra and Acting Director of Planning and Development Steven Lima pre- sented alternate timelines as to why the Tai-O Group, a Central Falls-based developer, was unable to meet an Oct. 10 deadline to submit plans for the proposed residential development. The atmosphere was tense as Sierra accused the administration of putting up road- blocks to the project and Lima said the developer had repeatedly failed to meet deadlines or submit required paper- City officials trade blame over middle school project By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See MIDDLE SCHOOL, Page 22 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE NOVEMBER 7-13, 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. RISE Prep enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year is now OPEN for children entering grades K-5 in Woonsocket, North Smithfield, and Burrillville. To learn more about our tuition-free public charter school, sign up for one of our school tours at 30 Cumberland Street, Woonsocket. • Thursday, November 21, 10 a.m. • Tuesday, December 3, 10 a.m. • Thursday, January 9, 1 p.m. • Wednesday, January 22, 10 a.m. • Monday, February 3, 1 p.m. APPLY TODAY – Ms. Johnson: 401-768-1142 or Enrollment will close February 21, 2020. Remember the Sound? 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Bldg. 3, Ste. 307, Lincoln, RI At Home For You Hearing and Balance Center we strive for excellence in customer care. Call today to schedule your appointment & ask about our Interest Free Financing! 401-475-6116 Our services include: • Diagnostic Hearing tests ages 6 months & up • Hearing Aid Evaluations • Hearing Aid Sales & Repairs Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist Remember the Sound?

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