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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 01-16-2020

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No parking in front of the St. James Hotel? Parking law was just one of the outdated ordinances still on city books WOONSOCKET – As of Monday, residents are once again able to park their cars on Main Street between Church Street and the entrance to the St. James Hotel. If that sentence sounds confusing, it should. The St. James Hotel hasn't existed since 1986, when a fire gut- ted the four-story building. But a law prohibiting parking in front of it has remained on the city books, along with dozens of other outdated ordi- nances that no longer make sense in a changing landscape. "More often than not, it's something where there's an ordinance affecting a space and then the space changes," explained City Councilor John Ward, who's been combing the books for inconsistencies since he was re-elect- ed to the council in 2018. Take, for example, the case of the former Polish National Church on Arnold Street. Like the St. James Hotel, the building was lost in a fire, burning down shortly before the church moved to its current loca- tion on Smithfield Road. But a law prohibiting parking in front of it has remained on the books since before By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer NORTH SMITHFIELD – The town can expect an announcement of its new police chief in the coming weeks after a deadline to apply for the position passed this week. Town Administrator Gary Ezovski, who appoints the position, told The Valley Breeze last week the town had received multiple applications for the post. He said he looked forward to reviewing applications after the deadline, which passed on Monday, Jan. 13. "We'll be acting quickly on that to review the submissions and arrange interviews," he said. Current Police Chief Steven Reynolds announced in October his plans to retire after 24 years of service to the department. Reynolds, a former state trooper and member of the state's detective division, plans to leave his post on Feb. 22. At that Search for new police chief underway By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See LAWS, Page 12 See SEARCH, Page 11 ROSALIND MITCHELL, above left, T. RONALD CHAPLIN and GWENDOLYN DURDEN shared stories of their fami- lies' experiences moving to Woonsocket from South Carolina in the 1950s. (BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM) At left, Chaplin's mother, MARY WATSON, is pic- tured with her father, JOHN DANDY. Both traveled to Woonsocket from South Carolina to begin a new life. WOONSOCKET – To many, the story of Woonsocket's history is a story of farm laborers travel- ing down from Quebec to work in the mills, or Irish and Eastern Europeans braving a boat journey across the Atlantic Ocean. But there's another story of coming to Woonsocket, one that peaked in the 1950s and continues in a strong legacy of neighborhoods and com- munity institutions today. Between 1916 and 1970, more than 6 million black individuals traveled from rural communities in the South to cities in the north- ern U.S. in a movement known as the Great Migration. Those cities included Woonsocket, a community that then held the promise of an In Woonsocket, there's a rich story of black migration By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See STORIES, Page 6 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JANUARY 16-22, 2020 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. 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 3, Suite 307, Lincoln, RI 02865 Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist FREE Hearing Screenings FREE Hearing Aid Checks & Cleanings Just call to schedule an appointment! Today's hearing aids are barely visible, highly effective and easy to afford. Come hear for yourself with a RISK FREE 30-day trial! 401-475-6116 "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 Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON See captions for cover photos on page 3. Best pictures of the year Breeze THE VALLEY A look back at our favorite photos and the stories behind them ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Furniture Family Discount 401-597-5911 1081 Social Street Woonsocket, RI 02895 NO CREDIT NEEDED FREE LAYAWAY 2 PC SECTIONAL $ 777 DOUBLE RECLINING SOFA & DOUBLE RECLINING LOVESEAT $ 999.99 WITH CENTER CONSOLE 2 PC SET $ 777 SOFA & LOVESEAT DOUBLE RECLINING SOFA & DOUBLE RECLINING LOVESEAT $ 888 RECLINERS STARTING AT $ 199.99 ASHLEY FURNITURE - ANY COLOR 5 PC BEDROOM SET $ 799.99 DRESSER, MIRROR, QUEEN BED ADD MATCHING CHEST FOR ONLY $ 199.99 See our Best Photos of 2019 inside!

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