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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-27-2019

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4 NO. SMITHFIELD / WOONSOCKET NOV. 27-DEC. 4, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NO. SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET WOONSOCKET – The city of Woonsocket is ready to launch a new offensive on lead-based paint hazards with the help of $4 million in federal aid. The grant, announced in September, is part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Lead Based Paint Hazard Control program. The funds will be distributed by the city and community partners to renters and homeowners to fund lead remediation projects in private homes. Last week, local officials and mem- bers of the state's U.S congressional delegation gathered at Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center to discuss the program. Sen. Jack Reed, who helped steer federal lead abatements funds to Rhode Island as a member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, spoke alongside Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman David Cicilline about the need for lead remediation. "Not only is this the right thing to do, it's the smart thing to do," said Reed. "You fix a problem at the low cost of renovation that will not devel- op into a lifelong multimillion dollar healthcare problem." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 535,000 children under the age of 6 are affected by lead poisoning nation- wide. In Rhode Island, 6.1 percent of the incoming 2020-2021 kindergarten class tested positive for elevated blood lead levels, according to data gath- ered by Rhode Island Kids Count. For children exposed to lead before the age of six, the health impacts can be lifelong. Children with lead poi- soning are seven times more likely to drop out of high school and can also develop neurological and other health problems. Dr. Jeanne Ziter, a pediatrician at Thundermist Health Center, said she comes across children with health issues from lead exposure in her work. Often, in young children, the symptoms present as learning dis- abilities and uncontrollable anger problems. "The frustrating thing is to then watch these very healthy children develop long-term complications that are going to affect their lives and know we could've prevented this," she said. Since 1978, cities with older hous- ing stock, including Woonsocket, have struggled to address the large number of homes in their communi- ties containing lead paint. Ziter said the problem tends to concentrate in areas where these pre-1978 homes are prevalent. Under the new grant, income- eligible homeowners and landlords will be able to apply for federal funds for lead remediation projects. The program aims to target 200 private housing units within five years. At the same time, a second, $1 million grant awarded in August will target lead hazards in public housing. Bianca Policastro, a consultant working with the city's Department of Planning and Development, noted that lead can be tracked into homes from other sources, including jewelry and work clothes. Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt can affect homes beyond low-income neighbor- hoods, including in historic homes in other neighborhoods. The city, she said, needs to make sure families from all backgrounds, communities and ethnicities are aware of the con- cerns. "We are going to prove that this can happen, and we are going to prove to others that get an award in the future, if we can do it here, then they can do it there," she said. City tackles lead paint threat with $4 million grant By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com Middle School jazz band will per- form. Inside the church, families can enjoy arts and crafts activities and refreshments. St. Antoine Residence will provide the hot chocolate, while Wright's Dairy Farm is donating the cookies. The event will culminate in the annual tree lighting in front of the church. The town Public Works Department gets the tree ready, and local children will help Town Administrator Gary Ezovski with the official lighting. Last year, the event competed with an unseasonably rainy eve- ning and a Patriots game. This year, they're hoping for good weather to make for a small holi- day wonderland in front of the church. "And the Patriots are not playing until 8," added Pasquariello. It may be the last year residents enjoy holiday "on the common." With the Kendall Dean building currently under renovation, said Pasquariello, there's talk of pos- sibly moving the event next year to the expansive grounds around the former school. For now, they're keeping the event in its traditional space at the center of Slatersville. "It's the beginning of the holiday spirit," she said. HOLIDAY From Page One BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM KATE PASQUARIELLO, program coordinator for the town Parks and Recreation Department, is organizing this year's Holiday on the Common. Troop 438 selling Christmas trees NORTH SMITHFIELD – BSA Troop 438 is selling 6- to 7-foot Balsam Fir Trees for $45 to raise money for troop activities. Customers can pre-order online at shop.troop438.com. Customers that pre-order can come and pick out their tree at Scouter's Hall, 13 Main St., on Sunday, Dec. 1, between 9 a.m. and noon. They can also visit the troop at the Stop & Shop parking lot on Friday, Nov. 29, between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. to pick out a tree. Glow Oil heat your home for less www.GlowOil.com 401-475-9955 Check Our Website for Today's Low Heating Oil Price Town of North Smithfield, Rhode Island Planning Board Notice of Informational Meeting In accordance with the Town of North Smithfield's Land Development and Subdivision Regulations, High Rocks II, LLC has filed an amended, combined pre-application & master plan application for its property located at Butler & Duncan Street, Map 3, Lot 2A. Please be advised that on December 5, 2019 an Informational meeting will be held at Primrose Fire Station, 1470 Providence Pike, North Smithfield, RI 02896 at 7:00 p.m. to consider the Master Plan Application. e amended application proposes 38 residential units within the existing building on Plat 3, Lot 2, of which 18 will be deed-restricted for affordability in accordance with RIGL 45-53 to comply with previously-granted local approvals associated with the larger High Rocks mill project. A copy of the Master Plan Application is on file in the North Smithfield Planning Department at One Main Street, Slatersville, RI 02876, and may be viewed between the hours of Mon-Wed 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., ur., 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Fri., 8:00 a.m. to noon. NOTICE CITY COUNCIL WOONSOCKET, RI Woonsocket City Council announces an opening on the following board: Tax Board of Assessment Review. All persons interested should submit their name to the City Clerk, 169 Main Street, P.O. Box B, Woonsocket, RI 02895 or email her at cduarte@ woonsocketri.org no later than December 10, 2019 Christina Harmon, Clerk by order of the City Council Peter J. 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