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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-27-2019

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 Kevin K. Coleman Elementary School 1st-grader MILA DAO tries on the new Reebok sneakers that she and the other students received last Friday through a special program sponsored by Reebok. All students in the BOKS program received a free pair of Reebok sneakers. See more photos on page 7. New shoes for students WOONSOCKET – A change in statewide policy has led to a dramatic increase in the city's school busing costs, with some portions of the trans- portation budget jumping by as much as 67 percent from 2018 to 2019. In fiscal year 2018, the city's Rhode Island Department of Education transportation cost was $819,599. This number, only a portion of the larger transportation budget, covers the inter-district busing costs of stu- dents who, for various reasons, attend school outside the district where they live. These could include students with special medical placements, foster children and students attend- ing a career and technical program in Officials push for change in transportation policy as costs skyrocket By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See TRANSPORTATION, Page 8 Get in the spirit at Holiday on the Common this Sunday NORTH SMITHFIELD – Holiday on the Common returns to the Slatersville Congregational Church common this Sunday, Dec. 1, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., bringing with it all the caroling, festive treats and good cheer residents have come to expect from the annual event. Once run by the North Smithfield Prevention Coalition, the event is now organized by Kate Pasquariello, program coordinator for the town's Parks and Recreation Department. Every year, she said, residents come together to reconnect and enjoy some holiday fun. "It's relaxed, it's laid back, come and go as you please, wish each other a happy holiday season," she said. As in years past, the event will include a meet-and-greet with Santa Claus, who will arrive via fire engine. The Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will be caroling, and the North Smithfield By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See HOLIDAY, Page 4 NORTH SMITHFIELD – Where can you play pickleball? What's going on with the Halliwell property? Is purchasing land really the best way to gain access to open space? These were some of the questions that arose at an open community forum hosted by the North Smithfield Parks and Recreation Commission last Saturday, Nov. 23. Residents were invited to share their thoughts on these and other topics as part of the commission's process for identifying priorities moving forward. The forum comes at an important time in the town's parks and recre- ation planning. Last month, the Town Council earmarked an estimated $287,500 payment from the Green Development solar farm for improve- ments at Veterans Memorial Stadium and is also considering dedicating Residents grapple with Parks and Rec questions By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See RECREATION, Page 6 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 4, 2019 University Orthodontics Bryan F. Beagan, D.M.D. Smithfield (401) 349-4355 Cranston (401) 942-0300 North Smithfield (401) 762-2830 (401) RI-BRACES RI-BRACES.COM Depressed? Anxious? Stressed? Anthony Taraborelli, LICSW, CDP • Short term counseling • Unresolved Grief • Anxiety, depression • SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING • Anger Management • Saturday Hours and Evenings Children • Adults • Couples • Families Most Insurances Accepted Now Accepting Medicare NEW ADDRESS 191 Social Street Woonsocket, RI 02895 401-829-8838 Your One Stop Source for: HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. • Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. •CBD Lotions •Healing Balms •Tinctures •CBD Pet Products Samantha Tavares, GM MENTION THIS AD AND RECEIVE 10% OFF YOUR PURCHASE NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2019. At Smithfield & Bellingham stores only. FREE SAMPLES 375 Putnam Pike, Village Plaza Smithfield, RI | 401-757-6872 421 Pulaski Blvd., Dean Brink Plaza Bellingham, MA | 774-460-6084 GIft CARDS 100% LEGAL

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