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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 4-4-13

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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Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket APRIL 4-10, 2013 FREE Breeze The valley Select Sounds Rock of Ages No. Smithfield sends 53 to All-State music competition. PAGE 3 Blurred Vision band members enjoy getting back in the rhythm. LIVING @ ���Like��� us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Freeze frame at the Stadium N. Smithfield Mini Bus ends service By SANDY PHANEUF Valley Breeze Staff Writer Valley Breeze photo by Elise Manahan During a break from rehearsing ���Schoolhouse Rock,��� during the Young Actors Academy at Stadium Theatre Kathryn Piette, 9, of Attleboro, Mass., poses during a game called ���statues,��� where she and her castmates have to hold a pose and will lose the game if they are spotted moving. See story on page 8. NORTH SMITHFIELD ��� For more than 34 years, North Smithfield Mini Bus Service has helped the town���s seniors get to doctor���s appointments and grocery stores, banks and hairdressers, but it looks like the 14-seat vehicles may have made their final runs. The small two-bus fleet will be auctioned off this year, and the free service canceled, with hopes that Rhode Island Public Transit Authority Flex buses can pick up the slack. The service was started in 1979 by Peter Branconnier, now head of the town���s Emergency Management Agency. The nonprofit organization provided senior residents over the age of 60 a means to access in-town businesses, from hardware stores to the post office, along with weekly serSee BUS, Page 6 Public developer Scott Gibbs takes on Branch Village By SANDY PHANEUF Valley Breeze Staff Writer NORTH SMITHFIELD ��� Scott Gibbs, the brains behind some of the most successful development projects in the state has taken over as chairman of the North Smithfield Redevelopment Agency. And he���s got a clear message about Branch Village: the project has potential, but will take time and investment on the part of the town. Gibbs led the development of Highland Corporate Park in Cumberland, a 250 acre industrial mega-complex, with more than 32 lots, all of which are currently full. He has served as president of the Woonsocket Industrial Corporation, and vice president of economic GIBBS development for the Northern Rhode Island OPEN HOUSE April 28, 2013 from 12-2 p.m. For Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 Two Schools, One Community. Monsignor Gadoury Catholic Regional School 1371 Park Avenue, Woonsocket, RI 401-767-5902 Pre K- Grade 2. Good Shepherd Catholic Regional School 1210 Mendon Road, Woonsocket, RI 401-767-5906 Grades 3- 8. ��2013 Breeze Publications Inc. Chamber of Commerce. In Burrillville, he helped to transform the town center with a combination of historic preservation, economic development, environmental remediation, and affordable housing at the Stillwater Mill Complex. And in January, he took a position as chairman of the board focused on the devel- opment of Branch Village, an 87-lot, 263-acre area that stretches through the center of North Smithfield, along Great Road and includes the 175-acre Branch Village Industrial Park. Gibbs replaces John Flaherty, who had to step down from the position after being elected See GIBBS, Page 12

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