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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-27-2019

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6 NO. SMITHFIELD / WOONSOCKET NOV. 27-DEC. 4, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NO. SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET future solar payments to a commu- nity center, open space purchases and other parks-related costs. In the spring, the School Committee voted its support for a study and possible bond to support parks and recreation improvements. Around the same time, a scuffle over a proposed purchase of the Gold property highlighted frustra- tion among some residents about the town's approach to open space. Tony Guertin, chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission, said the conversation will help shape the town's priorities around recreation and reflect a spirit of collaboration in the town. "We want to further that and we want to grow awareness around the fact that Parks and Recreation, this is for everyone," he said. Further comments on these top- ics can be addressed to Parks and Recreation Program Coordinator Kate Pasquariello at kpasquariello@nsmith- fieldri.org or posted to the North Smithfield Recreation Facebook page. Here are some of the topics dis- cussed on Saturday: Parks and Recreation programs Several of those in attendance reminisced about how parents used to be able to send their children to the local playground for organized programs in the summer. While the town no longer offers a sum- mer program at Pacheco Park, Kate Pasquariello, Parks and Recreation Program Coordinator, said the town is trying to establish new programs for both adults and children. One of these potential new programs is pick- leball, a sport that has gained popu- larity as a senior activity in other parts of the country. Ann Lilley, a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission, also welcomed suggestions for adult edu- cation workshops. In recent months, the commission has hosted work- shops on gardening and sewing. Open space In May, the news that resident David Gold had sold his 144-acre property – once the subject of a possible purchase by the town – to a solar developer sparked renewed calls for more open space. On Saturday, attendees focused their conversation on alternative ways to gain access to undeveloped land. Richard Keene, who serves as presi- dent of the North Smithfield Heritage Association and a member of the Planning Board, suggested the town seek out easements to land rather than purchasing it outright. "There's incentives that we could explore to maybe encourage private property owners to grant recreational access," he said. Participants also talked about creat- ing a map and improving access to existing properties to encourage use by residents. As for the Gold property, that land is currently the subject of a proposed solar plan that would see a portion of the property donated to the town outright and the rest left to the town when it gets decommissioned. Keene suggested an old railroad bed on the property could become the beginning of a bikeway between Burrillville and North Smithfield. Halliwell property School Committee Chairman James Lombardi updated those pres- ent on the status of the former Dr. Harry L. Halliwell School. Last week, he said, members of the School Committee voted to keep the name "Halliwell" at the current property and name the new wing of North Smithfield Elementary School after Dr. Halliwell. While there had been some consideration of renaming NSES with the Halliwell name, the committee ultimately decided to keep the name at the current property, where many residents have support- ed opening a community center. Town Administrator Gary Ezovski said the town plans to hold a forum on the future of the Halliwell prop- erty and the current Town Hall in the near future. Other town properties With several improvements planned or overdue at Pacheco Park and the Paul F. Joyce Athletic Complex, Public Works Director Raymond Pendergast Jr. and other participants highlighted the need for more funding to complete these proj- ects. Participants also discussed the former town playgrounds on Milton Avenue and St. Paul Street, with some support for the idea of main- taining them as locations for future town activities. Sidewalks Town Councilor Douglas Osier Jr. raised the question of creating sidewalks on Route 104 and other busy streets to make the town more walkable. While participants gener- ally agreed the lack of sidewalks is a problem, Ezovksi raised the point that many of the roads without sidewalks are state roads. "We have some of these realities that I think we have to be careful about what we tell people we think we can accomplish," he said. BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM CHERYL MARANDOLA, a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission, writes her ideas on a poster- board during an open community forum held at the Primrose Fire Station last Saturday. RECREATION From Page One Senior Services Inc. rebrands as Aging Well Inc. WOONSOCKET – Senior Services Inc., the nonprofit agency that operates out of the Woonsocket Senior Center at 84 Social St., has changed its name to Aging Well Inc. According to an announcement by the orga- nization's board of directors on Monday, the name change better reflects the core values, body of work and mission of the agency. "The mission of Aging Well Inc. is to promote healthy aging through programs, services and resources to enhance and enrich the lives of adults age 55 and older and adults with disabilities throughout the communities we serve," they wrote. Though based in Woonsocket, the organization offers services for seniors throughout northern Rhode Island. Aging Well Inc. will continue to provide program- ming out of the Woonsocket Senior Center. Make a Book Candle at Harris Library Dec. 9 WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket Harris Library, 303 Clinton St., will hold a craft ses- sion for adults to make a paper- back book candle on Monday, Dec. 9, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., and is free and open to all adults ages 18 and up. Participants are welcome to bring their own decorating supplies but registration is required so the Library knows how many supplies to purchase. Sign up with Margaret from Sunday, Dec. 1 through Friday, Dec. 6, by calling 401-767- 4126. Leave your name and con- tact number when signing up. Light refreshments will be avail- able. IN BRIEF • New or Used Autos (includes refinanced autos from other institutions) • ¼% (.25%) off of qualifying rate (rate is determined by credit worthiness) Members can also save an additional ¼% (.25%) off if loan is paid with BRFCU payroll or automatic transfer • Membership eligibility is required • Please mention this coupon or bring it in to receive the additional savings! www.blackstoneriverfcu.org Main Office 10 Monument Square Woonsocket RI, 02895 (401) 767-1990 Branch Office 100 Old River Rd., Lincoln RI, 02865 (401) 333-0780

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