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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 03-05-2020

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NORTH SMITHFIELD – For Chief Tim Lafferty, newly appointed chief of the North Smithfield Police Department, his approach to leading a department of 25 is simple. "My philosophy of policing is easy," he told a roomful of officers, family members and town officials on Monday. "Do your job." Lafferty, a 23-year veteran of the North Smithfield police force, was officially sworn in as the new chief of police on Monday, shortly after Town Administrator Gary Ezovski announced the appointment last week. Lafferty replaces outgoing Chief Steven Reynolds, who retired last month after 24 years in the post. Lafferty told officers on Monday he plans to lead by example and is confident in the men and women of the department. He recognized the leadership of Reynolds, who recom- mended him for the position. "He always challenged me, and boy, did he challenge me," he said. A native of Woonsocket, Lafferty began his career in law enforcement with the North Smithfield Police Department in 1997, when he was the first officer hired by a newly appointed Reynolds. Since then, he's risen through the ranks, most recent- ly overseeing administration and prosecution for the department. Warning those in attendance that his remarks would sound like an Academy Awards acceptance speech, Lafferty said he had many to thank during his career. In addition to Lafferty sworn in as new police chief By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM DEBRA LAFFERTY pins the badge of office on her husband, CHIEF TIM LAFFERTY, during Monday's swearing in ceremony. See CHIEF, Page 16 WOONSOCKET – Under a new city law, local officials now have the power to shut down a bar or other establishment without notice on an emer- gency basis follow- ing an infraction or violent incident. On Monday, city councilors voted unanimously to approve the new law at the request of the city's public safety officials. According to City Council President Daniel Gendron, the law was presented to them fol- lowing an incident during which public safety officials wanted to prevent further infractions or vio- lence at a local bar. "This will give the City Council sitting as the Board of License Commissioners the ability to close down an establishment for up to 72 hours until we can hold a show cause hearing, at which time they would be given proper notice," he said. Last November, the owner of Jaragua Lounge, an Arnold Street Emergency powers granted to shut down city bars By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See NEW LAW, Page 14 NORTH SMITHFIELD – For Robert Turcotte of Bellingham, Mass., birthdays were always exciting growing up. Born on Feb. 29, 1960, Robert is one of the small group of people known as "Leap Year babies" whose birthday only comes around once every four years. It was a big surprise for their mother, then, when she gave birth to her younger son, Michael, eight years later at Woonsocket Hospital on the exact same day. "There's like one in a trillion chanc- es that it would happen," said Lucille Turcotte, 79, who now lives in North Smithfield. Robert and Michael Turcotte have the rare distinction of having not one, but two members of their family celebrate Leap Day birthdays. The two brothers, now 60 and 52 years old, celebrated their 15th and 13th birthdays last Saturday. Lucille said her sons have never minded sharing their birthday, even though it only happens once every four years. "It was like an excitement for them, Two brothers, one leap year birthday, 8 years apart By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See BROTHERS, Page 14 GENDRON ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MARCH 5-11, 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 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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