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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 04-30-2020

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WOONSOCKET – Is there a busi- ness and community more impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic than the northern Rhode Island arts com- munity and Woonsocket's Stadium Theatre? Each year since its resurrection and reopening nearly two decades ago, more than 150,000 patrons – and these days many more – have poured through the doors to attend events hosting the likes of Tommy James & the Shondells and the Stadium absorbs COVID-19 shock, waits on state By THOMAS V. WARD BREEZE PHOTO BY TOM WARD CATHY LEVESQUE, the executive director of the Stadium Theatre for the Performing Arts, Woonsocket, stands in the now- closed 1,100-seat theater waiting for information on how the state plans to let it reopen. So far, more than 30 events have been canceled or postponed. A larger challenge is that a partial re-opening, with limited audiences due to social distancing, is unlikely as the income would not cover the costs of a show. See STADIUM, Page 2 NORTH SMITHFIELD – Two new solar arrays have been proposed in North Smithfield and will be presented during a virtual Planning Board meeting tonight, Thursday, April 30. The first, a 1.18-megawatt DC array proposed by Holliston Sand Company, would be located on the western portion of the company's property near Slatersville Reservoir. The project would be installed by Rhode Island-based Energy Development Partners and consid- ered an accessory use to the com- Solar proposed at Holliston Sand, Buxton Street By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See SOLAR, Page 10 WOONSOCKET – Mary Byrne had much to celebrate this week as she marked an important milestone. Earlier this month, Byrne was diagnosed with COVID-19 amid the pandemic that has impacted thousands across the state. Byrne, a Pawtucket native, lives at Oakland Grove Health Care Center in Woonsocket, one of the facilities that has been hit particularly hard by the disease. The news was difficult for Donald Arthurs and his wife, JoAnn, for- mer neighbors of Byrne's who have Coronavirus survivor celebrates 100th birthday By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See BIRTHDAY, Page 9 tward@valleybreeze.com ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE APRIL 30-MAY 6, 2020 TIMBER TREE SERVICE, INC. Bobcat Services • Firewood • Trimming FREE ESTIMATES Licensed Arborists Fully Insured License #655 40 years Experience (401) 726-TREE (8733) 65 Ton & 45 Ton Cranes Available 24 Hour Emergency Tree Removal T I M BE R T R E E SE R V I C E , I N C . , www.timbertreeserviceri.com Josh's Roofing Josh was born into the business 40 years ago. He is a second generation roofer. • RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL ROOFING & SIDING Unmatched Quality Attention to Detail Because You Have to Trust Who You Hire – WHY TAKE A CHANCE? Old School Values! Josh was born into the Josh was born into the 401-597-5660 or 508-922-3574 RI Reg. #20208 RI Comm. #182R MA Reg. #16296 www.JoshsConstruction.com 2017 & 2018 Financing Available Call NOW & Get Your Roof Quote Fast! Register For Online Courses: valleybreeze.com/learning/ excel.html Improve Your EXCEL Skills! • Take courses from the comfort of your home or on-the-go using your smart phone • "Ask The Expert" feature submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying Find out more, call 401-334-9555 x134 OUR 2020 SPRINGTIME HOME & GARDEN BUSINESS DIRECTORY INSIDE OUR 2020 SPRINGTIME HOME & GARDEN BUSINESS DIRECTORY INSIDE 1 Springtime Home & Garden 2020 BUSINESS DIRECTORY Published by APRIL-30-2020-SHID.indd 1 4/20/20 9:07 AM

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