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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 12-19-2019

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BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY SANTA CLAUS pays close attention as LUCY GUILBEAULT, 4, of Blackstone, tells him what she wants for Christmas at the Blackstone Hometown Christmas Celebration, held at the Blackstone Valley Boys & Girls Club last Saturday. The event featured holiday crafts, games, hot chocolate, cookie decorating, pictures with Santa, a photo booth and more. See more photos on page 16. Christmas wishes NORTH SMITHFIELD – It seems Santa Claus wasn't the only one making the rounds in Slatersville on Dec. 24, 1869. On Christmas Eve, 150 years ago next week, Mark Twain paid a visit to the village as part of a trip around New England and New York. Together with a visit to Pawtucket the previous week and stops in Warren and Providence, the visit was one of four Rhode Island stops on his sec- ond eastern speaking tour. Though little survives from the Mark Twain paid R.I. a visit on Christmas Eve 150 years ago By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com WOONSOCKET – Kerry Clark used to love winter. But recently, the 30-year-old city resident said, he's come to dread the season. With cold weather comes snow, and Clark, who is blind and uses a cane to navigate, said snow makes it difficult for him to venture outside his Fairmont Heights apartment during the winter months. "Every year, I face this problem in the wintertime where the sidewalks are completely covered," he said. Clark, who is originally from Pawtucket, has lived in the city since 2007. Every year, he said, he struggles to navigate the Fairmount neighborhood, where large snow piles often block the sidewalks and entrances to the streets. While city ordinance requires home and busi- ness owners to clear the sidewalks in front of their properties, that law, he said, is often ignored, creating extra challenges for individuals like him who travel on foot. "I completely agree with that, but it Lack of enforcement on sidewalk clearing a problem for many By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See TWAIN, Page 21 See SIDEWALKS, Page 22 Conservation Commission resigns in protest Dispute over reappointments ends in shouting match NORTH SMITHFIELD – The entire North Smithfield Conservation Commission has resigned after a dispute over reap- pointments ended in a shouting match between a town councilor and the board's former chairman Monday night. Paul Soares, the former chairman of the volunteer com- mission, told The Breeze members felt "an absolute disrespect" at how town officials handled a question over the possible reappointment of certain members. Earlier this month, three members of the com- mission, including Soares, Vice Chairman Mike Calo and member Glenn Vario, had their terms expire when they were not reappointed prior to Dec. 1. On Monday, several residents and town councilors questioned why those terms were allowed to lapse. Town Administrator Gary Ezovski, who appoints members By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com SOARES See COMMISSION, Page 23 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE DECEMBER 19-25, 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. 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 Christmas Weekend Service Sun., December 22 ~ 10:30 a.m. Free Family Activities including Petting Zoo, Hayrides Photos with Santa & more

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