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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-21-2019

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 CHARLES LAWRENCE Covered in artificial snow is ARABELLA MESITI, 4, of Johnston, who shows her Golden Ticket boarding pass for the Polar Express given to her by Blackstone Valley Tourism Council volunteer KATHY DOURA, of Woonsocket, at the opening day of the popular train excursion from Woonsocket to the "North Pole" last Friday. See additional photo on page 11. Ticket to ride NORTH SMITHFIELD – The number of emergency medi- cal services calls placed to North Smithfield Fire and Rescue increased from 1,798 calls in 2015 to 2,043 calls in 2018, an increase of nearly 14 percent. According to Chief David Chartier, that number is expected to continue to rise, with 2,194 calls projected for 2019 based on month- ly averages. Those numbers are a source of concern for Chartier, who pre- sented his findings to the Town Council on Monday. The number of calls for medical assistance, he said, have increased steadily over Town EMS calls on the rise By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer North Smithfield relies on others to come to the rescue WOONSOCKET – Last week, The Brickle Group announced that more than $84 million in federal Defense Logistics Agency contracts had been awarded to its subsidiary, Northwest Woolen Mills, over the past eight months. The Brickle Group is a third generation-owned textile manufacturer headquartered on Singleton Street in Woonsocket. The contracts mark a recent high point for the textile industry in Woonsocket, a city whose manu- facturing base has been mostly on the decline for the past cen- tury. According to Max Brickle, president of The Brickle Group, the company is expanding, with 30,000 square feet of facility space and several new jobs added over the past few years. "When most people think tex- $84 million in military contracts driving growth at Brickle Group By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See GROWTH, Page 16 See RESCUE, Page 18 WOONSOCKET – After 173 years of serving the faithful on Daniels Street, St. Charles Borromeo Church is closing its doors for good. The news, long expected by parish- ioners, became official on Monday when the Diocese of Providence announced the church would close after Masses on Jan. 12. The announcement cited declining atten- dance and a potential $572,000 in building repairs as factors in Bishop Thomas Tobin's decision to close the church. The closing is difficult for longtime parishioners who've spent much of their lives dedicated to the upkeep of the historic church. Wayne Kilcline and his wife, Becky, have served as music directors at the parish since 1998. Kilcline described how he, his father and his children were all baptized at the parish after his grand- father first moved to the area many years ago. St. Charles Church parishioners prepare for final events By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See ST. CHARLES, Page 17 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE NOVEMBER 21-27, 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. Mario's Appliances Serving Loyal Clients Since 1989 (401) 765-1636 Appliance Sales & Service Refrigerators, Stoves, Space Heaters, Washers, Dryers, Dishwashers & More! 6 Month Guarantee on parts and labor 968 Elm St. Woonsocket, RI 02895 mariosappliances@gmail. com 30 years in business! • Complete Tree Removal • Tree & Shrub Pruning • 24-Hour Emergency Service • Hazardous Tree Assessment • Stump Grinding 401.320.4455 COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL TREE EXPERTS ARE YOUR TREES STORM READY? LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED | FULLY INSURED Not to be combined with any other offer. Maximum value of $100 below competitor price. Some restrictions may apply. Expires 1/31/2020 10% OFF

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