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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 12-27-2019

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON North Smithfield Middle School Jazz Band trumpeter NICK MARCOUX performs with the band inside the Slatersville Congregational Church on Dec. 15, as part of the Holiday on the Common celebration. See more photos on page 13. The Year in Review 2019 Energy projects, development debate led the news NORTH SMITHFIELD – For the second year in a row, fierce debates over individual projects continued to shape the conversa- tion around the future of develop- ment and town identity in North Smithfield. In particular, renewable energy projects repeatedly made headlines across town as solar farms of all sizes and a controversial wind turbine that had been on the back- burner for several years made the rounds before town boards. As the year went on, residents and town officials continued to raise concerns about overdevelop- ment and protecting the town's resources. In October, town offi- cials passed a moratorium against new solar projects, following in the footsteps of other Rhode Island communities who've dealt with By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com NORTH SMITHFIELD WOONSOCKET Police chief, 'House of Horrors' conclusion top stories in Blackstone BLACKSTONE – The small town of Blackstone was thrown into con- troversy this year when longtime Police Chief Ross Atstupenas left the department amid allegations of mis- conduct and longstanding disputes with rank-and-file officers, leaving a town divided over the legacy of one of its most prominent residents. Residents also expressed shock at the outcome of the "House of Horrors" murder case and continued to raise frustrations over incidents at the Providence and Worcester Railroad bridge, the site of some of By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See NO. SMITHFIELD, Page 9 See BLACKSTONE, Page 12 WOONSOCKET – It was a con- tentious year in Woonsocket, where contract debates, budget struggles and political bickering were offset by successes in the city's business community and the continued development of its transportation infrastructure. A well-worn rivalry between Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and a five-person contingent of city councilors continued to play out as the two sides clashed over budgets, charter schools and a council-led investigation into City Hall. However, a new political face added some new ideas to the mix. In August, first-time candidate Alexander Kithes claimed a vacant seat on the City Council, winning a special election that some saw as a sign of the growing strength of the Contract debate, political rivalries shaped year By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See WOONSOCKET, Page 6 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE DECEMBER 27, 2019-JANUARY 2, 2020 "Your One Stop Automotive Center" North Smithfield Auto Body, iNc. 1-401-762-3866 WWW.RIAUTOBODY.COM 1-401-762-3866 WWW.RIAUTOBODY.COM 770 EDDIE DOWlIng hWY. RT. 146 nORTh nORTh SMIThfIElD RhODE ISlAnD 02896 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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