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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 12-05-2019

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BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY MAE FALKENBURG, 1, from North Smithfield and her mom, KELLY, check out the Christmas Trees at the annual Woonsocket Toy Drive. The event was co-sponsored by the Woonsocket Police Department, the Knights of Columbus Council 113 and the family of the late Ron Auger and was held at All Saints Church in Woonsocket last Saturday. See more photos on page 9. The wonder of Christmas BLACKSTONE – In the 27 years she's lived on St. Paul Street, Joyce Bourbonierre Davison has witnessed doz- ens of trucks trapped under the railroad bridge between Canal Street and the North Smithfield line. For residents of the small neighborhood between Canal Street and the Blackstone River, it's become a regular occurrence that sometimes happens multiple times per week. "Every few days we would hear metal scraping sounds and when we looked out, sure enough it was a truck stuck under the bridge with the roof peeled like a sardine can," she said. "Police had to come to direct traffic." This issue is nothing new. For years, residents have raised concerns about box trucks and tractor trailers col- liding with the Providence and Worcester Railroad bridge crossing St. Paul Street near the town line. At 11 feet and eight inches, the bridge is too low for most delivery vehicles and has become the target of 18 trucks have struck local bridge since January By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See BRIDGE, Page 14 O Christmas tree! McCarthy's talking tree makes return at Holiday Stroll WOONSOCKET – Ice skating on Cass Pond, shop- ping along a bustling Main Street and a rosy-cheeked, smiling Christmas tree that greeted children as they walked by were all signs that the holiday season had come to Woonsocket. This weekend, members of the Main Street Holiday Stroll Committee have set out to re-create at least a part of that experience for a new generation. This Saturday, Dec. 7, the McCarthy's talking Christmas tree will come to life for the first time in 30 years as part of the Holiday Stroll festivities. Once a staple of holiday shopping, By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com DIANE MCCUTCHEON, right, and her daughter STACEY FITZSIMMONS are sponsoring the talk- ing Christmas tree at this year's Holiday Stroll. McCutcheon is one of the voices of the original McCarthy's tree. See TREE, Page 18 WOONSOCKET – It's been two months since the state opened a $4.2 million roundabout and bike path at the end of Truman Drive, but city officials are now looking to make their own additions to the project. In June, members of the city Department of Planning and Development drew up a conceptual design to make the northbound lane of Truman Drive into a green "parkway" complete with trees and grass. The park would run along the newly built bike path that takes up one of the existing northbound lanes, separating it from the two southbound lanes on the other side. According to Steven Lima, acting director of planning and development, the proj- ect would require the city to City proposes green space on Main Street bypass By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See GREEN SPACE, Page 11 OUR ANNUAL LOOK AT in The Valley in The Valley INSIDE ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE DECEMBER 5-11, 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! 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

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