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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 4-25-13

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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APRIL 25-MAY 1, 2013 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket FREE Breeze The valley Take a spin Downtown Dilemma Historic Looff Carousel is open for the season. LIVING Stadium condo plan stalls before Zoning Board. PAGE 4 @ "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Up close and personal at the zoo Unions prep for legal fight with Woonsocket Budget Commission Meanwhile, city's cash flow drying up, awaiting tax anticipation notes By SANDY PHANEUF Valley Breeze Staff Writer WOONSOCKET – Having failed to gain the desired concessions from the city's collective bargaining units, the Woonsocket Budget Commission passed resolutions this week that would Valley Breeze photo by Bruce McCabe Making some new furry friends: The Records & Burpee Traveling Children's Zoo set up in Woonsocket at Walnut Hill last week. At the zoo kids were able to see, pet, feed, and ride more than 70 animals including a baby yak, a camel, ponies and four-horned sheep. In the zoo tent, Heather Nicholson helps her 2-yearold daughter Skylar feed "Brittany" the billy goat. The family lives in Blackstone. Moving forward in North Smithfield sports By PAUL R. DUBOIS Valley Breeze Sports Editor NORTH SMITHFIELD – The future could not be brighter for the North Smithfield Little League – literally. There will be new lights installed on the Pacheco Park softball field this summer, a move that will effectively allow the league to double its field capacity, according to president Rob Skinner. "The lights are in the town's budget and should be installed this summer, just in time for our fall ball program," said Skinner. There are already lights at the adjacent Little League field in Pacheco Park, and the $60,000 high-technology Musco lights should not cause any problems for neighbors. "They are area specific and will light only the field and nothing else," said Skinner. "This will be especially important for our fall ball program when there is only about 90 minutes of light available and See LIGHTS, Page 2 force new contracts on July 1. But union representatives say it's an illegal maneuver that they're ready to challenge. "We want to negotiate a fair contract and we're still working on it, but if anything were to go into effect, we would challenge that," said John Burns, organizer for Council See UNIONS, Page 10 Lafleur: Budget report smacks of 'political agenda' Clifford 'never running again;' wants cooperation, transparency By SANDY PHANEUF Valley Breeze Staff Writer NORTH SMITHFIELD – Saying it's a long-standing policy followed by himself and the superintendent, School Committee Chairman Robert Lafleur refused to comment this week on a report by the town's Budget Lafleur Committee that states the School Department has been under-reporting hundreds of thousands dollars in revenue each year. Lafleur's comments came in See BUDGET, Page 8 WHY WAIT? Woonsocket Urgent Care for ALL Your Acute and Urgent Health Care Needs! Most Insurances Accepted No Appointment Necessary Woonsocket Urgent Care Monday-Friday 8am-8pm; Saturday 8am-4pm 25 John Cummings Way, Woonsocket • 401-235-7310 Located in the Bank of America Building ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc.

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