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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 02-06-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON RAMONA BASS-KOLOBE, of Providence, is animated as she tells one of her stories during Funda Fest 22, the annual celebration of black storytelling at YWCA Rhode Island in Woonsocket, last Thursday night. See more photos on page 7. Have I got a story for you! NORTH SMITHFIELD – A pro- posed development on Route 146 has led to concerns among some town officials about protecting the town's water supply, but a clear answer to their questions is proving difficult to find. Last fall, Thomas Whalen, owner of North Smithfield Auto Body, approached the town with plans to expand his business at 784 Eddie Dowling Highway. Whalen plans to build a new, 14,300-square-foot office shop with an office, waiting room and 12 service bays. The project involves a new entry and exit from Route 146, an addition that will like- ly increase safety at a tricky portion of the state highway. The project quickly gained the sup- port of the Planning Board, which voted unanimously to recommend it last October. However, the follow- ing month, the plans hit a snag when they came before the Zoning Board. At the time, Vincent Marcantonio, a board member, raised concerns that the project could affect the water supply for the nearby Woonsocket Reservoir. Since then, members Scott Martin and Gail Denomme have also raised concerns, asking questions about wetlands and whether the building lies in a protected area known as a water supply overlay district. At a meeting on Jan. 26, Martin said his own research has led him to believe it does, despite assurances from an engineering consultant hired by the company that it does not. "If we let this application go through and the water gets contami- nated from this application, then it would be on the Zoning Board's Map discrepancy sparks concerns on protecting water By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com WOONSOCKET – Watching Ernie Boisvert work the crowd at the American Legion Post #85 on River Street last Saturday, Feb. 1, it's hard to believe he was the guest of honor at his own celebration. As he moved around the room, Boisvert, a Vietnam veteran and city resident, seemed more like a volunteer than a featured par- ticipant, greeting guests and taking care of last-minute arrangements before making his way to the front. Shortly before the ceremony began, he made an announcement about where those standing in the back of the packed room could find more chairs. That's because for Boisvert, mak- ing sure others are taken care of is how he interacts with the veteran community. A member of various After 53 years, Boisvert gets his Purple Heart By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See HONOR, Page 8 See WATER, Page 9 WOONSOCKET – Woonsocket could gain as much as $1.2 mil- lion toward its next school budget if all short-term recommendations from a special state study group are implemented this year. Last week, the Special Task Force to Study Rhode Island's Education Funding Formula released its rec- ommendations after several months of meetings. Projections were tal- lied by adding the numbers from five recommended changes, though Sen. Ryan Pearson of Cumberland, the group's leader, noted it's unlike- ly they'll all get approved this year. Several of the recommendations Funding changes 'on the right path' for Woonsocket By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See FUNDING, Page 16 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE FEBRUARY 6-12, 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. 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 See our local Business Card Directory INSIDE See our local Business Card Directory INSIDE card the local l Directy BRINGING LOCAL BUSINESSES TO LOCAL PEOPLE Local Businesses Offering Local Solutions 2020 Edition Published by Featuring: Automotive Sales & Service Dining/Food/Enteainment Health Services Home & Garden Pets Professional Services Real Estate Services Retail ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE

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