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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 01-23-2020

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BREEZE PHOTOS BY ROBERT EMERSON DORA WILSON, above, an early civil rights activist in Woonsocket, was bundled up for the cold temperatures for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Service at the MLK Memorial Sculpture Garden on Monday. At right, early arrivals who braved the cold at the 19th annual MLK ceremony are framed by a metal cutout of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in the sculpture garden dedicated to him. See more photos on page 11. WOONSOCKET – A mostly dormant agency aimed at revital- izing vacant properties in the city has recently been spurred back into action, taking on as its next project the afternoon traffic congestion at Highland Corporate Park. Last October, the Woonsocket Redevelopment Agency held its first meeting in more than a year. During the meeting, board mem- bers appointed Steven Lima, the city's director of planning and development, as executive direc- tor. Lima joins a long line of city planning directors who have served as head of the quasi-public agency geared toward redeveloping city neighborhoods. "The goal right now is to really get it restructured and organized to the point where we're trying to get all the parts and pieces back in place," Lima told The Valley Breeze. The Woonsocket Redevelopment Agency was founded in 1963, seven years after a state act enabled municipalities to create their own redevelopment organizations. The agency has broad powers to acquire properties by eminent domain or demolish blighted buildings. In the Agency takes aim at Highland Corporate Park traffic By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See REDEVELOPMENT, Page 12 NORTH SMITHFIELD – Town officials have some hard decisions to answer regarding the future home of the North Smithfield Police Department. On Monday, Paul Vadenais, Town Council president and head of the Municipal Buildings Review Task Force overseeing recent building projects, told The Valley Breeze the group plans to look at proposed ren- ovations to the police station build- ing in the weeks ahead and draw up a recommendation for the council. That discussion, he said, will include both short-term considerations such as asbestos removal and long-term considerations such as the possibility of a new building. "The reality of it is, you need a new police station," he said. The comments came after a three- hour hearing during which residents posed questions about how bond money was spent, or remains to be spent, on renovations to the former Kendall Dean and Bushee schools. Bushee is where police are headquartered. The hearing was an Future of police station uncertain as officials face questions By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See QUESTIONS, Page 12 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JANUARY 23-29, 2020 OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 2020 11a.m. – 1p.m. Celebrating 47 Years Of Catholic Tradition and Academic Excellence Good Shepherd Catholic Regional School 1210 Mendon Road, Woonsocket, RI 401-767-5906 Pre-K 3 year old - Grade 8 WE ARE GREATER WOONSOCKET CATHOLIC REGIONAL SCHOOL FAITH for tomorrow FAMILY for today FRIENDS forever See our New Classroom Plans for our Pre-K Program Free before school care beginning at 7:30 a.m. Extended School Day offering Student Electives For more information contact 401-762-1095 Accepting Applications for Pre-K 3 Yr - Grade 8 University Orthodontics Bryan F. Beagan, D.M.D. Smithfield (401) 349-4355 Cranston (401) 942-0300 North Smithfield (401) 762-2830 (401) RI-BRACES RI-BRACES.COM 1068 Park Avenue Woonsocket RI 02895 401-762-2325 Serving All Makes & Models Serving All Makes & Models

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