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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 05-14-2020

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MAY 14-20, 2020 NORTH SMITHFIELD 5 NORTH SMITHFIELD – With traditional graduation ceremonies on hold, local residents are finding new ways to celebrate the Class of 2020. Three weeks ago, Salyssa Jones, a Cranston resident, started the "Rhode Island Adopt A 2020 Senior" Facebook page. The page allows parents to post photos of their high school graduates for other members to "adopt" with care packages and letters of congratulations. As of this week, the page had grown to more than 2,000 members from all over the state. Jones, a graduate of NEL/CPS Construction & Career Academy, said she founded the page because she was heartbroken for the graduates who won't get to take part in a traditional ceremony. "They worked so hard for the past 12 to 13 years and because of the pan- demic, it has to go unnoticed? I didn't like the thought of that, so I did some- thing to change it," she said. One of those featured on the page is Hope Trowbridge, a soon-to-be gradu- ate of North Smithfield High School. Her mother, Stephanie Trowbridge, shared a photo of Hope and a list of her daughter's interests after learning about the page. A few days later, a care package arrived on their door- step. "It put such a smile on her face," said Stephanie. "She was so happy." The care package came from Scott Watts, a Cranston resident who's already "adopted" four high school seniors from the page. Watts said he learned about the page from his daughter, a friend of Jones, and sees it as a way to give back to his com- munity. "Times are tough for everybody, but to be able to give back a little some- thing for all these kids, it makes you feel good," he said. After connecting with Hope's moth- er, Watts went shopping for a few of Hope's favorite things, including candy, a scented candle and a gradu- 'Adopt-a-senior' pays tribute to Class of 2020 By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer HOPE TROWBRIDGE, a senior at North Smithfield High School, holds up the care package she received. See ADOPT, Page 10 See Our Class Schedule Online at: 1280 Oaklawn Avenue Cranston, RI 02920 401-463-8824 sewing machine center Sales & Service Since 1950 Bernina • Babylock • Elna • Janome • Necchi • Juki Free unlimited operator instruction with your sewing machine purchase CITY OF WOONSOCKET, RHODE ISLAND INVITATION TO BID FOR: "Comprehensive Plan Update" Bid #5974 For Department of Planning & Development is is a Request for Proposals (Bid/RFP#5974) to be prepared and submitted to the Director of Finance for an update to the City of Woonsocket's Compre- hensive Plan. Specifications are available on the City's website and the State of Rhode Island's purchasing website. Please Contact Scott A. Gibbs, Department of Planning & Development, at (401) 767- 9237 with any questions. Bids must be hand delivered and/or mailed to the Finance Department which will be received by the City of Woonsocket in the Finance Department, City Hall, PO Box 'B', Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Please label the envelope "Comprehensive Plan Update". All bids are due by Friday June 12, 2020 no later than 2:00 PM, EST and are to be addressed to: Office of the Finance Director Purchasing Division, Bid #5974 169 Main Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895 EACH MAILED/HAND DELIVERED BID SHOULD BE SEALED AND CLEARLY MARKED ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE ENVELOPE "Comprehensive Plan Update" WBE, MBE, and Section 3 contractors are encouraged to bid. Nine paper copies (9) and one electronic copy on a flash drive (1) of the Proposal will be accepted via mail or hand delivery. Electronic bids WILL NOT be accepted for this bid. Sealed proposals will be opened and read aloud publicly at 2:00 PM EST on Friday June 12, 2020 in the 2nd Floor Conference Room if allowed pursuant to Covid Executive Order. Bids received aer the time set for the opening will be rejected and remain unopened. Proposals submitted and sent by mail are at the risk of the proposing firm. e Purchasing Division assumes no responsibility whatsoever for proposals sent by mail. Responses will be evaluated on the basis of the relative merits of the bid in addition to the price. e City of Woonsocket reserves the right to reject any and all responses, or parts thereof, to waive any irregularity in the responses received and to accept the responses, or parts thereof, deemed to be most favorable in THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CITY. Please see the City's website for Specifications required by e Parks & Recreation Division: Christine Chamberland Director of Finance Notice of Public Hearing City of Woonsocket, RI | Planning Board Major Subdivision of Land: Preliminary Plan Review Notice is hereby given that the Planning Board will hold a public hearing. Location: Online Meeting via Zoom (see below for information on joining the meeting remotely). Date/Time: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 / 6 p.m. e purpose of the public hearing is to consider a Major Subdivision for Preliminary Plan approval. e applicant is proposing to alter the lot lines of parcels 35-22 (1139 Social Street) and 35-24 (1099 Social Street), demolish a multi-family home, and build two single-tenant, single-story retail buildings of 7,225 and 9,180 sq. and associated parking. Based on the plans submitted at the time of this advertisement, the application requires waivers from the City's Subdivision Regulations, including 8.2.20 – Pedestrian Crosswalks, 8.5.2 – Lot Depth, 8.8.1 – Street Trees, and 9.4.5 – Driveway Aprons. Project Location: Parcel 35-22 is at the southeast corner of Social St and Adams St. Parcel 35-24 is at the northeast corner of Social St and Diamond Hill Rd. Zoning: MU-1. Project Type: Retail development. Area to be Developed: 74,996 sq. (1.7 Ac). Applicant: GREP 1099 Social LLC & Bohler. Owner: Mann Family Nominee Trust. Engineer: Bohler. Surveyor: Gaspee Real Estate Partners/Control Point Associates, Inc. Zoom Participation e public may join the meeting remotely. Video will be available via a computer, tablet, or smart phone. For those without these devices, audio is available via a phone dial-in option. A meeting agenda and files the board will be reviewing will be uploaded to the City's Planning Board webpage prior to the meeting ( Note, if your computer/device does not have a microphone/speaker, you can join the meeting via your computer/device to see video of the meeting, and then – separately – join the meeting via phone for audio and microphone capabilities. If a board member is disconnected during the meeting the meeting will continue. If all members are disconnected due to a soware issue the meeting will stop. Aer ten minutes, if the soware/internet issue continues and the board cannot reconnect to the meeting, the meeting will be postponed and all business on the agenda will be moved to the next scheduled meeting. Join Zoom Meeting 358-664-6419 Meeting ID: 358-664-6419 Dial by your location +1 929 436 2866 US (New York) If you are hearing impaired and need interpreter services, please contact the City Clerk's Office at 767-9249 not less than 72 hours in advance of the meeting date. Kenneth Finlay, Chairman, Woonsocket Planning Board. Retirement Announcement It is with mixed-emotions, Jarret Law announces the retirement of: Attorney Aram P. Jarret, Jr. Aram proudly served the Northern RI community as an attorney and Judge for over 50 years If you see Aram, please wish him the very best on his well-deserved retirement. Jarret Law will continue to thrive under the direction of Aram's son, Attorney Jay Jarret (Aram P. Jarret III) Jarret Law is a general practice firm specializing in real estate transactions, estate planning and Workers' Compensation claims. If we are holding your original Will/Trust, those will remain with us. Please contact our office with any specific questions or concerns Another Big Announcement We found our new home! We've moved to: Jarret Law, LLC 14 Breakneck Hill Road, Suite 200, Lincoln, RI 02865 (Same entrance as the Lincoln YMCA, second building on the left) Phone – 401-769-2929 Fax – 401-765-6930

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