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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-21-2019

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 21-27, 2019 THE VALLEY 11 BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Waiting for the Polar Express train to depart from the Woonsocket depot last Friday are the Panczyk family from Dudley, Mass. From left are, daughter OLIVIA, son BENJAMIN, dad RICK, mom CAITLYNN, and daughter EMMA. All aboard the Polar Express Power plant officially dead after deadline passes with no appeal BURRILLVILLE – The proposed Invenergy power plant that was the subject of years of debate in Burrillville is officially dead after the company declined to appeal a denial of the proj- ect. In June, the state Energy Facility Siting Board denied an application by Chicago-based Invenergy to construct an oil and gas-burning power plant off Wallum Lake Road. On Nov. 5, the board released its official written deci- sion, beginning a 10-day period dur- ing which the company could appeal the decision with the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Last Friday, Nov. 15, that deadline passed with no appeal, meaning the proposal is officially dead. Opponents of the project, includ- ing the town of Burrillville and the Conservation Law Foundation, cel- ebrated the lack of an appeal. On Friday, a group of residents gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court to mark the official end of the years-long fight over the project. Friends of Harris Library holding holiday raffle WOONSOCKET – Friends of the Woonsocket Harris Public Library are holding a holiday raffle featuring two Christmas trees full of prizes. The first tree is decorated with gift cards, gift certificates and items from local businesses. The second tree is adorned with a variety of lot- tery scratch tickets. Tickets are $2 each or six for $10 and can be purchased at the library circulation desk through Friday, Dec. 20. Those purchasing tickets must be 18 or older. Two winning tickets will be drawn at the library on Dec. 20, at 3:30 p.m. Stadium Theatre receives $3,000 grant for daytime school performances WOONSOCKET – Bank Rhode Island has announced a $3,000 grant to the Stadium Theatre to fund its Imagination Series that helps youth access live shows in Woonsocket. The program provides live, day- time performances for youth who attend the city's Title 1 schools, offering kids an opportunity to develop an appreciation for the arts. The series features 10 shows for the 2019-2020 season and is intended for students in Kindergarten through grade 12. The BankRI grant will provide admission scholarships for 300 kids. The Empowerment Factory in Pawtucket also received a $1,500 grant to support its social emo- tional learning curriculum, which serves elementary school-age chil- dren at several elementary schools. "We strive to make a positive impact in the communities where we have a presence, and these organizations provide tremen- dous programming for kids across Pawtucket and Woonsocket," said Mark J. Meiklejohn, President and CEO of BankRI. "In support- ing their efforts, we're helping to make sure children of all different ages have a chance to broaden the interests and skills that are impor- tant to their futures." Holiday on the Common set for Dec. 1 NORTH SMITHFIELD – The town of North Smthfield's Holiday on the Common event will be held at the Slatersville Congregational Church Common, Green Street, on Sunday, Dec. 1, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The free event will feature the North Smithfield High School Jazz Band, caroling with the North Smithfield Girl and Boys Scouts, refreshments, town tree lighting, visits from Santa, and crafts for kids and adults. For more information, call 401- 767-2200. IN BRIEF

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