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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-23-2020

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM CAROLINE and SCOTT MARSHALL are pictured on the property that once belonged to Scott's grandfather, Manny Marshall. The Marshalls plan to sell the remainder of the property, which hasn't been used as a horse farm in many years. Selling the farm With agricultural life in decline, local farmers face pressure to sell NORTH SMITHFIELD – When Manny Marshall purchased 64 acres of land off Greenville Road in the 1940s, the property was a working dairy farm with boundar- ies stretching all the way to Wright's Dairy Farm in the north. The grandson of a Portuguese immigrant, Marshall had dreams of turning it into his own working farm to feed his family for generations to come. Now, 80 years later, all that remains of the land is a 4.7-acre parcel that includes a cornfield and historic farmhouse occu- pied by Marshall's grandson, Scott Marshall, and his wife, Caroline. And even the corn- field won't remain for long. Faced with the changing eco- nomics of farming and the diffi- culty of caring for aging parents, the Marshalls plan to sell the land to create four house lots next to their own. "I have such mixed emotions about it," Scott told The Valley Breeze during an interview on the front porch of his 1800s-era farmhouse. "Yeah, it is hard." Scott grew up across the driveway from his grandparents' house in a small trailer home that now sits vacant. Next door, his aunt still lives in a third home on the property, creating By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See FARM, Page 13 WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket Redskins, a local youth football and cheerleading organiza- tion, is looking to change its name in light of concerns the name could be offensive to Native American com- munities. The decision comes shortly after the NFL's Washington Redskins announced they would update their name after 87 years. The NFL team agreed to the name change after decades of pressure from Native Americans and activists who believe the term is racist. Jeremy Greene, director of the Woonsocket Redskins organization, told The Breeze he was already con- sidering the name change before hearing about the NFL team's deci- sion to make the switch. "I did the research and found out what it meant and we decided to Woonsocket Redskins announce name change By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See NAME CHANGE, Page 11 BLACKSTONE – Several mem- bers of the Board of Selectmen are calling for an investigation after certain town employees were told they would receive stipends and pay raises related to services during the COVID-19 pandemic without the prior authorization of the board. Daniel Keefe, a town select- man, made the initial request dur- ing Monday's Board of Selectmen meeting. Members Mary Bulso and Robert Kluchevitz also said they would support an ethics investigation due to the involvement of the spous- es of two members of the board. The payments included up to Board members call for investigation into Blackstone CARES Act payments By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See INVESTIGATION, Page 16 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JULY 23-29, 2020 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

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