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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 12-12-2019

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 BILL MURPHY JAMAN O'REILLY, of Chepachet, uses a chainsaw to carve ice sculptures at the Winter Wonderland at River Island Park last Saturday. The event, sponsored the Woonsocket Parks and Recreation Department, featured a DJ playing holiday favorites, a snow globe village, a petting zoo and pony rides, hearty soups, cookies and cupcakes from Wrights Dairy Farm and Bakery, as well as coffee and hot cocoa in the concession stand. See more photos on page 6. Icy artwork NORTH SMITHFIELD – It's been five years since voters approved a $5.2 million bond to renovate the former Kendall Dean School building, Memorial Town Hall and Municipal Annex. Now, more than a year after breaking ground, the town is nearing the fin- ish line on the first part of that project, the reno- vation of Kendall Dean School into a new town hall. According to Paul Vadenais, Town Council president and a member of the Municipal Buildings Review Task Force overseeing the proj- ect, the contractor is now finishing up some major parts of the building, with the whole project expected to be complete sometime after the first of the year. "They're buttoning up a lot of stuff now, and they're working their way down from the second Kendall Dean project nears completion, but questions abound By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer CUMBERLAND – The increas- ing price tag of being a plow driver is hurting local communities in the form of higher costs and slower responses to storms, say area offi- cials, who are looking for new and creative ways to address the situa- tion. Cumberland Highway Supt. Frank Stowik told The Breeze that recent hikes to insurance rates, bringing the total to $4,000 or more, plus the increasing cost of buying a plow and having it installed on a pickup truck, now more than $6,000, are playing into the shortage. During a first snowstorm on Dec. 3, Cumberland was short six or seven trucks, leading to some delays Officials: Lack of plows leading to delays, higher costs By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor WOONSOCKET – For Dolores Daly of Wood Avenue, Oct. 24 was a long day. The previous morning, her hus- band, Joseph, had been admitted to Landmark Medical Center with dangerously low blood sugar. As the day progressed and hospital staff took more blood samples from Joe's arm, it became clear the prognosis wasn't good. "It was a very hard day," she recalled. As it happened, it was also their anniversary. The couple, who had met through friends, had been mar- ried 39 years that Thursday. Daly mentioned this to staff members as she sat with her husband, knowing For one couple, a stranger's kindness in hospital made the difference By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer VADENAIS See BOND, Page 13 See KINDNESS, Page 14 See PLOWS, Page 10 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE DECEMBER 12-18, 2019 6 Blackstone Valley Place Bldg. 3, Ste. 307, Lincoln, RI 401-475-6116 Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist Do you hear what I hear… Hear for the Holidays! At Home For You Hearing and Balance Center we strive for excellence in customer care. Our services include: • Diagnostic Hearing tests ages 6 months & up • Hearing Aid Evaluations • Hearing Aid Sales & Repairs Call today to schedule your appointment and ask about our Interest Free Financing! 855 Social Street, Woonsocket, RI 401-765-4600 679 Washington Street, South Attleboro, MA 508-399-5385 Imported Gourmet Chocolates Stocking Stuffers • Gift Certificates Cheesecakes • Golombki Pierogis including Cheese & Pumpkin Kielbasa • Party Platters & Breads Deli Bakery Smokehouse UniqUe Gift ideas Visit our for specials & offers Polish Cooking Classes Make your holiday parties even more special with our homemade delicious foods

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