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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 01-30-2020

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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WOONSOCKET – New policies could be coming to the Woonsocket Animal Control Shelter after recent staff changes highlighted what police said were items that needed to be addressed with the operation and manage- ment of the city-run shelter. According to Deputy Chief Michael Lemoine, those items included adoption efforts as well as the length of time animals remain in the shelter. They also included volunteer policies and the job requirements for the city's animal control officer. The Woonsocket Animal Control Shelter, and the city's animal control staff, are under the oversight of the Woonsocket Police Department. In recent months, the animal control staff has undergone significant changes. Last year, longtime ACO Doris Kay retired after more than 20 years with Police: Animal shelter policies under review By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer BLACKSTONE – Could Blackstone be the next reality TV star? A group of residents thinks so, and they're doing everything they can to convince the producers of "Home Town Takeover," a new show from HGTV, that they have what it takes to win hearts and view- ers nationwide. The show, a spinoff of the reno- vation show "Home Town," is expected to air in 2021. According to the HGTV website, the show will follow husband and wife team Ben and Erin Napier as they travel the country fixing up historic prop- erties in small towns. Along with individual homes, the Napiers are expected to tackle town-wide reno- vation projects in public spaces such as parks and restaurants, selecting a different town for each night of its six-episode run. "It's really a Main Street make- over is how they're presenting it," said Bob Gilbert, a member of the Parks and Recreation Committee Blackstone residents make bid for 'Home Town Takeover' By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM A group of Blackstone residents and business owners including, from left, DIANE MAYERS, DIANA GILBERT, STEWART HOLBROOK, BOB GILBERT, JEN SATHER with her daughter, MAIA, and Selectwoman MARGO BIK are involved with an effort to get Blackstone featured on HGTV's "Home Town Takeover." Holbrook's diner, known to locals as "Papa Stewie's," is one of the Main Street locations the group is hoping will get a makeover as part of the show's renova- tions projects in small towns. See SHELTER, Page 4 See HOME TOWN, Page 6 NORTH SMITHFIELD – With its final appearances before the Planning Board approaching, Green Development has begun prepara- tion work on its 38.4-megawatt solar farm, including tree clearing on the 400-acre property off Iron Mine Hill Road. On Jan. 16, the company issued a statement on the project, which will nearly double its renewable energy holdings in Rhode Island. Along with obtaining state permits for stormwater runoff, wetlands and forestry management, the company has begun clearing land and survey- ing the site for ledge and soil content to determine the final design of the project. In a follow-up email to The Valley Breeze, Green Development spokes- person Bill Fischer confirmed the company has begun clearing trees in preparation for site development. "The cutting allows for soil and Tree clearing begins as Green Development prepares to construct solar farm By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See CLEARING, Page 7 LEMOINE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JANUARY 30-FEBRUARY 5, 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 WE ARE hIRIng 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! CHEERS FOR BEERS! Our look at Northern Rhode Island's thriving craft beer scene INSIDE

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