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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 05-28-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON NICK and ELAINE MARKOPOLOUS, of Hudson, Mass., are served by JUSTINE DANCUSE, of Woonsocket, as they dined at Christopher's Kitchen & Bar in Market Square last Friday night, May 22. Friday was the first time restaurants could offer outdoor dining as the state loosens COVID- 19 restrictions. Market Square saw three businesses invite all customers to dine outside including Christopher's, Ye Olde English Fish & Chips and River Falls. See more photos on page 10. Dining in the sunshine As churches and other houses of worship get ready to return to in-person ser- vices in Rhode Island this weekend, faith leaders are finding they have much to prepare. At Holy Trinity Parish in Woonsocket, the Rev. Daniel Sweet spent much of last weekend figuring out how to enforce social distancing within the confines of the former Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church. With the help of volunteers, he used ribbon to section off pews, leaving every third pew open for parishioners to sit at a safe distance. "The most important thing, of course, is to figure out what 25 per- cent of fire capacity of the church is and go from there," he said. "Of course we've been getting materials together for sanitizing, get- ting materials together for sectioning off pews. We also have been looking into elec- tronic ticketing reservations." Under guidelines devel- oped by the Rhode Island Department of Health, wor- ship spaces may reopen for in-person services this weekend on a limited basis, Churches prepare to reopen under new restrictions By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See CHURCHES, Page 25 NORTH SMITHFIELD – Members of the Planning Board were undecided last week after residents and board members raised concerns that a project pitched as a way to return conservation land to the town could have the opposite effect. On Thursday, May 21, representa- tives of the Gold family and Anthony DelVicario, a Rhode Island-based solar developer, appeared before a virtual Planning Board to discuss their plans to build a nine-megawatt alernating current solar farm on the Gold family property off Mattity Road. The 128-acre property has been targeted for solar development since last spring, when owner David Gold turned down an $800,000 offer Residents decry loss of trails in Gold property solar proposal By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See TRAILS, Page 24 WOONSOCKET – The City Council signing last week of a new contract with Waste Management, the city's current waste disposal provider, came despite an annual cost difference of about $175,000 between the company and the next- highest bidder. According to bids submitted to the city, Waste Management is expected to charge about $1.75 million annu- ally for trash and recycling pickup, yard waste collection, household appliance pickup and bulky item disposal based on the city's current pickup rates. Over the three-year life of the contract, costs for the five services are expected to total about $5,252,790. City pays more for trash collection, citing service issues By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See TRASH, Page 23 SWEET ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MAY 28-JUNE 3, 2020 • Complete Heating Systems • Remodeling • Repairs • Water Heaters • Complete Sewage Ejector Systems for Basement Baths • Senior Citizen Discounts C. J. Nemes, Inc. Plumbing & Heating 24-Hour Emergency Service 769-4776 Master Plumber, R.I. #1911 Mass. #25011 Member of The Better Business Bureau Drain & Sewer Cleaning Hiring Licensed Plumbers call for Details! 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! Landscape & Masonry Materials 401-769-4286 63 Ledoux Drive, Nasonville, RI Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat 7 a.m.-12 p.m. We Deliver Bulk & Palletized Material LANDSCAPE SUPPLIES Fertilizer • Grass Seed • Bulk Stone • Sand Granite • Blues Stone • Cast Stone • Rakes Wheelbarrows • Erosion Control • Pruners • Edging Landscape Fabric • Natural Stone • Drainage Pipe MASONRY SUPPLIES Cement Block & Bricks • Unilock Pavers, Walls, etc. Ideal Pavers • Flues • Additives & Adhesives Tools • Flashing • Mason Sand • Fire Brick Cement and Mortar

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