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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-02-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY ANNA GUEYE, 15, of Woonsocket, uses a pail to supply the beats at the Silence Is Violence: For the Culture art show. The Black Lives Matter event featured poetry, music, art and more, and was held at River Island Park on June 20. See more photos on page 8. Tent vendors get cool reception amid fireworks complaints With the Fourth of July this week- end, a familiar site is popping up in parking lots around the state. Fireworks are once again for sale from tents on many street corners, but with a surge in complaints this year over backyard fireworks, ven- dors are facing extra pushback from some local officials. In North Smithfield, town council- ors were divided on whether to issue holiday licenses and allow extended hours to two fireworks vendors locat- ed in Slatersville Plaza and outside Park Square Wine and Spirits. The vendors already had permission to set up tents beginning June 19, but were looking to stay open late this Friday and Saturday and sell fire- works on the Fourth of July. Councilors took up the issue on July 22, narrowly approving the licenses by a 3-2 vote. Two councilors, Douglas Osier Jr. and Claire O'Hara, voted against the By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com WOONSOCKET – The city is on track to add at least two dozen more homes in three developments to its housing stock by the end of the year, generating tens of thousands of dol- lars in residential tax revenue and boosting the median sale price in the city. Three developments are cur- rently going up off Diamond Hill and Mendon roads and have continued construction at a fast rate over the past few months. Duane Boucher, principal broker of RE/MAX Premier Properties (formerly Boucher Real Estate) said the company is on track to complete nine new homes on Liane Drive, an extension of Sunset Avenue, by New home sales strong in Woonsocket despite pandemic By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See HOMES, Page 16 See FIREWORKS, Page 14 WOONSOCKET – Does the mayor of the city need a uniformed officer accompanying her to local and statewide events, and if so, who should foot the bill? That's the question a political rival is asking Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt over the role of a member of the Woonsocket Police Department who serves part-time at City Hall. The officer in question is Lt. Edward Doura, a longtime city police officer who currently serves as supervisor of the department's day platoon. In addition to his day platoon duties, Doura is often seen at city events alongside Baldelli-Hunt, sometimes taking or participating in photo opportunities that later appear Baldelli- Hunt facing questions over police assignment By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See QUESTIONS, Page 10 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JULY 2-8, 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. SUMMER SPECIAL! 10% OFF WHEN YOU SPEND $100 OR MORE ON ANY SERVICE OR AUTO REPAIR Some restrictions apply. This offer cannot be combined with any state inspections. Redeem before 09/01/2020. Bring this coupon for service. 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!

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