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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-09-2020

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A WOODCHUCK takes a peek into the program room at the Woonsocket Harris Library during the COVID-19 closure. BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Thirteen-year-old JOSEPH BOLTE, second from left, and his 8-year-old sister, JAYDEN BOLTE, along with their 8-year-old friend, SELENA MCNAMARA, all of North Smithfield, wave their flags as they try to call attention to their lemonade stand along Victory Highway in North Smithfield on July 4. Supporting their efforts are grandfather HENRY TRUDELLE, of North Smithfield, and grandmother, TESS BOLTE, of Douglas, Mass. At about noon they had raised over $40. Get your lemonade! A second chance for the Stamina Mills office building? COVID-19 budget constraints delay demolition of neighborhood eyesore NORTH SMITHFIELD – It's been a fixture of School Street for more than 150 years, and more than one resident has wondered whether a gust of strong wind might knock it down. Yet somehow, the office build- ing of the former Stamina Mills has remained stubbornly standing, sur- viving the fire that destroyed the mill behind it and several recent attempts to demolish it for safety reasons. Now, the historic structure seems to have escaped the chopping block once again, the latest plans to remove it delayed due to COVID-19 budget constraints. Last week, Town Administrator Gary Ezovksi recommended mov- ing more than $800,000 from his proposed budget into a contingency account to prepare for an antici- pated loss in state aid. Among these was $25,000 that, along with exist- ing funds, had been earmarked to demolish the Stamina Mills office building on School Street. "The elephant in the room, folks, is that we don't know what we're going to get for funding," Ezovski told town councilors at the time. The town first tried to demol- By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See STAMINA MILLS, Page 10 WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket Harris Public Library is closed to the public, but that hasn't stopped a special visitor from keep- ing the librarians company over the past few weeks. A baby woodchuck has become a regular presence outside the library, where librarians say they often see him pressing his nose to the window on the Woonsocket Motor Inn side of the building. The little critter doesn't seem to mind the empty rooms, and instead is eager to peek inside as the staff goes about their day. Assistant Library Director Margaret McNulty said they first noticed the woodchuck while preparing the pro- gram room for visitors. Though the building remains closed for browsing, the library last month began offer- With readers away, the critters will play By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See CRITTERS, Page 12 WOONSOCKET – It was a bright spot in the city's educational future when state officials launched the concept two years ago, and now, city officials are calling the proposed location of the Northern Rhode Island Higher Education Center "the biggest news in decades for Main Street." The project, a $4 million technical education center first New higher ed center a 'stepping stone' for Main Street By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See HIGHER ED, Page 12 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JULY 9-15, 2020 Depressed? Anxious? Stressed? Anthony Taraborelli, LICSW, CDP • Short term counseling • Unresolved Grief • Anxiety, depression • SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING • Anger Management • Saturday Hours and Evenings Children • Adults • Couples • Families Most Insurances Accepted Now Accepting Medicare NEW ADDRESS 191 Social Street Woonsocket, RI 02895 401-829-8838 ROLL OFF CONTAINERS 10, 15, 20, 25, YARDS EXCAVATION DEMOLITION SERVICES BOBCAT SERVICES JUNK REMOVAL/CLEANOUTS UNMATCHED SERVICE RI Reg. #40046 SCREEN ALL LOADS FOR RECYCLABLES ROLL OFF CONTAINERS 10, 15, 20, 25, YARDS RETAINER WALLS • UNMATCHED SERVICE

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