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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-23-2020

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8 NO. SMITHFIELD / THE VALLEY JULY 23-29, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET NORTH SMITHFIELD – Jesse George, a resident of Sunnycrest Avenue, said he's been trying for three-and-a-half years to get a stop sign placed at the corner of Sunnycrest and Carlton Avenues. Kerri Tunnicliffe said she's been complaining about the speed of traf- fic on Sunnycrest Avenue during the entire 10 years she's lived here. Terry Harvey said she grew up on Sunnycrest years ago and moved away only to return after she got married and find the traffic had increased enormously. All of these residents aired their concerns at Monday's Town Council meeting, when councilors listened to what residents are calling the prob- lem of the "speedway" off Victory Highway. Residents say vehicles drive too fast up Sunnycrest Avenue, blasting through a four-way intersec- tion where children often play in the suburban neighborhood. The intersection already has stop signs on Carlton Avenue, but resi- dents say those signs do little to slow drivers approaching from Victory Highway. Councilor Paul Zwolenski said he first learned of the issue earlier this year after George approached him about getting stop signs on the Sunnycrest Avenue sides of the intersection. At the time, he said, he learned George had already approached North Smithfield police, who had conducted a traffic study in the area and added speed limit signs but concluded that a four-way stop wasn't warranted. Town Administrator Gary Ezovski said on Monday that he also spoke with the police chief and a member of the State Traffic Commission and agreed a four-way stop sign wasn't necessary. That answer wasn't satisfactory for George, who said he's been try- ing for years to get town officials to pay attention to traffic and speeding issues on Sunnycrest Avenue. Two years ago, he said, a little boy was almost hit while riding his scooter near the intersection, and he often witnesses near-misses from his house. George said he's called various town departments about improv- ing safety on the road, but is often told to speak with members of other departments. "It's proved to be a long and dif- ficult process just to get heard," he said. In the meantime, he collected a petition with the signatures of 18 neighborhood residents, many of them parents with small children. "I don't think it should be one per- son deciding in town whether a stop sign is needed," he said. "I think the voices of the residents should over- weigh someone's opinion." Councilors seemed to agree, indi- cating their support for the effort, but the question remained on how to go about getting the stop sign. According to Town Solicitor David Igliozzi, the town has two options: • The town administrator, acting as the director of public safety, could act on his own to order a stop sign. • In cases such as this, when the town administrator has already indicated he didn't think a stop sign was necessary, the council could overrule the administrator by voting during two consecutive meetings to approve an ordinance ordering the sign. Zwolenski expressed disappoint- ment the council was forced to turn to the second option, but, with Ezovski offering no indication that he'd changed his mind about the matter, councilors put the issue to a vote. They voted unanimously in favor of taking up the stop sign ordi- nance at their next meeting. The measure will now have to pass by a majority council vote dur- ing two consecutive meetings before a stop sign can be installed. Council overrules police, administrator on Sunnycrest stop sign By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com TCC stores donating backpacks Sunday NORTH SMITHFIELD – On Sunday, July 26, more than 800 participating TCC and Wireless Zone stores, including the Dowling Village location, are teaming up to donate 140,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children through TCC's annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway. Between 1 and 4 p.m. on July 26, participating TCC stores are inviting local families to the store to pick up backpacks for their children filled with pencils, paper, a pencil box, folders, glue and more. Each partici- pating store location will follow the CDC's social distancing and state guidelines to ensure the safety of employees and event attendees. Each TCC store is donating up to 180 backpacks, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Blackstone Library presents Hodge Podge Hide and Seek Aug. 10 BLACKSTONE – The Blackstone Public Library will present the event Hodge Podge Hide and Seek on Monday, Aug. 10. Can you find Hodge Podge? Hodge Podge is a giant puppet, sim- ilar to the monsters in "Where the Wild Things Are." On Aug. 10, at 6 p.m., puppeteer Vinny Lovegrove will be inside the puppet costume, waving at passersby. Hodge Podge will be standing in plain view some- where in Blackstone. Clues will be posted on the Blackstone Library's Facebook page the day of the event. At 6:30 p.m., we'll post his actual location so you can go find him and take safe, socially distanced photos and videos from afar. For more information, visit www. blackstonepubliclibrary.org . Notre Dame all-class reunion postponed to 2021 CENTRAL FALLS – Once again, out of an abundance of caution and consideration for alumni, organiz- ers have decided to reschedule the Notre Dame High School's final all-school reunion from Sept. 20, 2020, to Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln. This event is for all former stu- dents, both graduates and non-grad- uates of Notre Dame High School from 1937 to 1980. Detailed reunion information and reservation forms will be sent out next summer. In the meantime, email any changes in contact infor- mation to ndhs2020reunion@gmail. com or contact Sandra Vincent Richard at 401-821-3023. Visit the new website: www.ndhs- centralfalls.weebly.com for updates about the reunion. IN BRIEF BVT purging Class of 2013 student records UPTON, Mass. – In accordance with state and federal regulations, special education and 504 student records will be destroyed seven years after the student leaves the school, and for the Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School Class of 2013, this date is Saturday, Aug. 1. Members of the Class of 2013 may request special education and 504 records before the Aug. 1 shred date by written request. Be sure to indicate year of graduation, and name while attending school, to Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, Student Services Record Dept., 65 Pleasant Street, Upton, MA 01568. Student transcripts, a record of their grades, are kept for 60 years after the student leaves the school. Visit www.valleytech.k12.ma.us/ studentrecords. Blackstone-Millville Regional to destroy 2013 records BLACKSTONE – The Blackstone- Millville Regional High School Guidance Department announces that the Class of 2013 records will be destroyed on Friday, Aug. 14. Those who would like to pick up their records can contact the depart- ment at 508-883-4400, ext. 1104, prior to Aug. 14. IN BRIEF S STANLEY TREE • Professional High Quality Service At Reasonable Rates • Licensed Arborists • Serving RI & Nearby M ass. • Our Team Of Professionals Is Fully Equipped To Handle Your Job In A Safe Efficient Manner Fully Insured Free Estimates N. 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