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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 01-09-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY DR. CAROL FRISK, of Woonsocket, browses the selections up for grabs at the Woonsocket Harris Public Library Holiday Book Sale on Dec. 28. See more photos on page 16. Looking for a good read WOONSOCKET – The long-vacant Armory build- ing on South Main Street may soon get a second life as an event space – that is, if the hopes of several city officials for the property pan out. Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt told city councilors last week that she was recently approached by an individ- ual who wants to purchase the historic property, which was put up for sale last month by St. James Baptist Church. The inter- ested buyer, she said, expressed plans to turn the former Armory into an event space and wanted to gauge the city's willingness to enter into a tax stabiliza- tion agreement or some other sort of financial incen- tive for the project. "It does appear that, A, it's serious, and B, it looks Event space tops list of potential uses for Armory building By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com NORTH SMITHFIELD – Three weeks after the entire volunteer board resigned over a reap- pointment dispute, the town once again has a Conservation Commission, with five new members appointed Monday night. The appointments, chosen by the town administra- tor and approved by the Town Council, include several long-time residents as well some relatively unknown faces. Cathryn Kennedy, Christopher Serrano and Michael Kelly were all appointed to terms expiring on Dec. 1, 2020, while Robert Mowry and Jonathan Depault were appointed to terms expiring Ezovski chooses new Conservation Commission after dispute By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com BALDELLI- HUNT See ARMORY, Page 13 See COMMISSION, Page 7 BLACKSTONE – Visitors to the Blackstone Public Library may notice changes in the coming months if the Friends of the Blackstone Public Library move for- ward with a potential plan to disband the organization in 2020. Last month, Denise Daignault, president of the organization, announced the group was considering dis- solving and ending their mis- sion to support the library at the end of February. The rea- son? A lack of volunteers. "When the same people are doing the same thing, the burnout is high," she told The Breeze. The Friends of the Blackstone Public Library has existed since the 1980s as a sort of booster club for the library. While many patrons take advantage of library pro- grams, including children's activities, reading programs and special events, few real- ize that programming is not included in the library's regu- lar operating budget. Instead, the library fundraises close to $12,000 each year for pro- Friends of Blackstone Library may disband, impacting programs By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See FRIENDS, Page 14 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JANUARY 9-15, 2020 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 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 98 Elm St. Woonsocket, RI 02895 mariosappliances@gmail. com 30 Years in Business! 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!

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