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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-14-2019

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NO. SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 14-20, 2019 THE VALLEY 13 City fire stations become a safe environment for those seeking substance misuse treatment WOONSOCKET – Woonsocket is the third community in Rhode Island to launch a Safe Stations pro- gram to help people struggling with opioid and other substance misuse issues attain access to treatment. Each of the four fire stations in the city will be ready to provide assess- ment and immediate access to the appropriate treatment level needed for individuals requesting assistance. "It is inherent in the Fire Service vocation that firefighters are always willing to help. When someone is seeking assistance to begin their road to recovery we will be there. Many times, a person knows they need treatment but does not know where to turn for help. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week: all an individual needs to do is come to any one of the four city fire stations where we will be able to immediate- ly access the appropriate resources needed and guide them in a safe non-chaotic environment," said Paul Shatraw, Woonsocket Fire Chief. Several community partners have been involved in planning and coordination of services, including the Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition, the state Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals, the R.I. Department of Health, and Discovery House. The Woonsocket Fire Department will partner with Community Care Alliance on the treatment and recov- ery portion of this project. The fire station locations are: Fire Station 1, 169 Providence St.; Fire Station 2, 5 Cumberland Hill Road; Fire Station 3, 241 North Main St.; Fire Station 4, 804 Mendon Road. BVT open house tours set for Wednesday UPTON, Mass. – The annual Open House for parents, guardians and prospective students will be held at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, 65 Pleasant St., on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The evening is an opportunity to tour the campus and gather informa- tion regarding the vocational techni- cal system. Seventh- and 8th-grade students, interested transfers and their parents/guardians are welcome to view first-hand the opportunities at Valley Tech. Information about the application and admissions pro- cess will be available, and visitors can tour the vocational-technical training areas. Members of the BVT staff will be available as a resource to discuss curriculum, college and career planning, and vocational opportunities. Prior to the Open House, BVT staff will host two admissions work- shops at 5 p.m. for parents of special education students and Spanish immersion students. Parking will be available and shuttle service will be provided in the event of inclement weather. A snow date of Thursday, Nov. 21, is planned in case of severe weather. Parents should be aware that all applications for admission to the Class of 2024 must be received at Valley Tech by Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. Visit www.valleytech.k12.ma.us/ admissionsopenhouse . includes, among other things, its compatibility with the surrounding area. DeCurtis gave his own defense of the project, pointing out he'd adjusted his plans to take into account the concerns of the Planning Board and neighbors. Before submitting the project in North Smithfield, he'd submitted similar plans for his property in Smithfield, but revised them due to strong opposition from residents. "We had some neighbors who were concerned about seeing it from their backyards, and that's understandable. Moving it to North Smithfield moved it further away from any abutters," he explained. While the solar farm will be in a residential area, Najarian pointed out the town allows the board to grant a special use permit for solar farms in residential districts. "We have painfully little commer- cial district in this town," he said. "If we don't allow them in residen- tial districts, 90 percent of available space would be removed for solar in this town." Another board member, Mario DiNunzio, said the renewable energy project's positive impact on the climate was a deciding factor for him. With the Zoning Board's blessing, the project will now move to the Planning Board for final approval. In August, the Planning Board nar- rowly approved the project's pre- liminary plans by a 3-2 vote. SOLAR From Page 2 BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM Town resident KIRK MAGNUSSEN spoke against a solar project planned near his Providence Pike home during a Zoning Board meeting on Tuesday night. Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. 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