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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 5-2-13

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Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket MAY 2-8, 2013 FREE Breeze The valley Fun at the Field Friends to Felines North Smithfield Little League season kicks off. PAGE 11 Woonsocket Cat Sanctuary celebrates 20 years on Saturday. PAGE 2 @ "Like" us on valleybreeze.com Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Stuck on safety in Woonsocket Forest trail, sidewalks part of planned Slatersville improvements Town requests DOT savings on bridge be used for pedestrian work By SANDY PHANEUF Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com Valley Breeze Photo by Tom Ward Young Nicholas Marcou, 5, found it a bit easier to get into a gas mask than out of it Friday during Child Safety Day at the Woonsocket Head Start on Newland Avenue. Watching at rear is Sgt. Matt Richardson of the Woonsocket Police Dept. NORTH SMITHFIELD – The town has received a $15,000 grant to build a forest trail through Pacheco Park, and the work may be just the start of good things to come for those who aim to enjoy the area sans wheels. Town officials also hope to have pedestrian improvements included in Slatersville's Stone Arch Bridge project slated to begin next year, and have asked the state Department of Transportation to fund the work with money they'll save with the latest redesign plans. Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton was notified of the trail grant, which will be jointly funded by RIDOT and the See CHANGES, Page 6 As receivership option looms, city anticipates big bills from state intervention By SANDY PHANEUF Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com WOONSOCKET – They have been in charge of all of the city's fiscal decisions for about a year, but they've yet to put in place some kind of solu- Residents, officials frustrated with long commission process tion for Woonsocket's structural deficit. And soon, the city will get the bill for services provided by their staff members. Next week, the Woonsocket Budget Commission will be meeting with Gov. Lincoln Chafee, state Revenue Director Rosemary Booth-Gallogly, the city's delegation to the General Assembly, and others in city government to update their progress in implementing a five-year plan to resolve the ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. city's financial woes. The news, it seems, will likely not be good. While Mayor Leo Fontaine said negotiations with the six unionized employee groups are not yet at an impasse, none of the unions is reported to have reached an agreement with the city. Other elements of the plan, from concessions from retiree groups, to a supplemental tax on city property, are contingent on the commission's ability to get the unions to See UNIONS, Page 14

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