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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-18-2020

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NORTH SMITHFIELD – A local business owner is in trouble with the town after his property on Victory Highway drew complaints from neighbors and town officials. Michael Mongeon, owner of North Smithfield Tree Service, uses the property to store trucks, logs and other equipment for his busi- ness. The two adjacent lots are located at 905 Victory Highway, roughly across from the entrance to Slatersville Plaza. Town Council President Paul Vadenais told councilors on Monday he's received several complaints from neighbors concerned about the state of the property and what they think is an illegal business use. In Victory Highway property draws complaints from neighbors By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com With few to no organized Fourth of July fireworks displays planned locally, fireworks companies are advertising more heavily than usual as they seek to capitalize on people's desire to maintain their summertime tradition. And more than is typical, it seems, fireworks are being set off on a night- ly basis in many local communities, prompting complaints from residents. Some local police chiefs confirmed that they're seeing more fireworks activity than usual for this time of year, and are doing whatever they can to monitor the situation and enforce laws where possible. North Providence Chief Arthur Martins said police have noticed an increase in calls for service concern- ing the use of fireworks since the first of June, but said he can't say with certainty whether it's related to the cancellation of area events. "We will continue to monitor the situation and will take enforcement action when we encounter illegal fireworks," he said. "If a particular area starts to become especially prob- With events canceled, neighborhood fireworks skyrocket ethan@valleybreeze.com By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See COMPLAINTS, Page 14 See FIREWORKS, Page 18 WOONSOCKET – Conversations around race and the government response to racism have grown increas- ingly tense in recent weeks, and Woonsocket is no exception. On Monday, the City Council voted to establish a "Racist Policies Review Advisory Board" tasked with identifying discriminatory practices in city govern- ment. The board would be made up of individuals appointed by the council, includ- ing at least two recom- mended by Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt. Councilor James Cournoyer, who drafted the legisla- tion, said the measure was an effort to take action in response to recent calls for change. The text of the resolution refers to the "demonstrations and protests (that) have recently swept across the country, state and the city of Woonsocket, driven, in part, by con- cerns of institutional racism." On Monday, however, members of Council establishes board targeting 'racist policies,' but some question intent By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See BOARD, Page 12 BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM ISAIAH FIGUEROA, left, and DEWAYNE HILL, both from Woonsocket, lead the march from Market Square at last week's youth-led Black Lives Matter protest. COURNOYER ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JUNE 18-24, 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. NORTH SMITHFIELD AUTO BODY, INC. 1-401-762-3866 WWW.RIAUTOBODY.COM 1-401-762-3866 WWW.RIAUTOBODY.COM • FREE towing • FREE pick up and drop off 830 Cumberland Hill Road, Woonsocket, RI 02895 (401) 769-8128 www.pepinlumber.com Our 73rd Year in Business 7 Different Composite Decking Colors In Stock PVC Railings Available and In Stock Get Ready for Summer! Low Maintenance OPEN: MONDAY-FRIDAY 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. SATURDAY 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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