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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-30-2020

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6 BLACKSTONE / NO. SMITHFIELD JULY 30-AUG. 5, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET BLACKSTONE – Another retail marijuana dispensary – and the town's first grow facility – is looking to move into 114 Main St., the same building that houses Casa Burrito and Richdale Food Shops. Mike Grenier, owner of Green Choice Dispensaries, and his lawyer, Charles Reid, appeared before the Board of Selectmen to discuss their plans on July 21. As part of the plan, the company would host both a cultivation facility that would sell marijuana to other businesses and a retail dispensary where customers could purchase it for recreational use. According to Reid, the company plans to do extensive renovations to both the interior and exterior of the building. The rear part of the build- ing, he said, was once home to a laser tag facility and has fallen into disrepair. "It is in extreme disrepair. I'll point out that all those floors have holes in them, the ceilings, the wiring needs to be ripped out. It will be a great benefit to see that building redone," he said. Customers, he said, will enter from the parking lot, which will have a security fence separating it from the parking for the other building's other businesses. Customers will be expected to show ID when they enter through a security gate. The facility will have about 15 employees at the start, with the pos- sibility of additional employees later on. Reid said the company is com- mitted to hiring female and veteran employees and has a hiring plan tar- geting 50 percent female employees, 50 percent veterans and 80 percent Blackstone residents. "This is a small cultivation facility, we're not anticipating hundreds of employees," he said. The company is seeking to secure a host community agreement with the town, the first step in the licens- ing process for the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission. Per state law, the town can seek up to 3 percent in local sales taxes from the facility in addition to a 3 percent community impact fee. Reid said the company is prepared to give the town the maximum taxes allowed by state law as well as help- ing the town achieve some of its goals outside of the agreement. One of the main obstacles to the facility is its location. The proposed building sits about 600 feet from the Blackstone Public Library, with direct routes between the buildings on both Main Street and Austin Street. Reid acknowledged the buildings' proximity and proposed a one-way traffic route intended to detour cus- tomers along Austin Street away from the library as they exit the park- ing lot. Both Selectman Daniel Keefe and Selectwoman Mary Bulso raised concerns with that plan, pointing out it could make traffic worse on the narrow street. Bulso requested the company commission a formal traffic study before developing a plan with town officials. Despite the proximity to the library, Reid said the proposal offered several benefits to the town. In addition to the tax revenue, the company is proposing installing a public cell phone charging station on the outside of the building. He also brought up the possibility of discounts for other town marijuana retailers, a significant benefit to those businesses in an industry where the average wholesale price is $1,500 per pound. "We need more cultivators in the state. We're prepared to do that," he said. The next step will be a commu- nity outreach meeting where resi- dents can ask questions about the proposal. Reid said the company is considering using virtual options. Selectman Robert Kluchevitz also suggested holding the meeting in the Blackstone-Millville Regional High School parking lot, similar to how the annual town meeting took place in May. Green Choice Dispensaries is the third marijuana business to propose a facility in Blackstone. Last spring, the town signed a community host agree- ment with DDM Sales, a dispensary looking to set up shop at 1 Lloyd St. That facility has been working its way through the state licensing pro- cess and has not yet opened. Family Grocer owner Gurpreet Kalra proposed a third retail facility at 202 Main St., but later secured a host community agreement for a building across the street at 199 Main St. following concerns the first site was too close to the bike path and playground. The site recently received approval from the town Zoning Board and still needs final approval from the state. Pot cultivation facility would be Blackstone's first By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM GREEN CHOICE DISPENSARIES is looking to move into 114 Main St. Motorcycle ride will support homes for troops NORTH SMITHFIELD – For the 17th year, Texas Roadhouse will host a nationwide motorcycle ride to benefit Homes For Our Troops. This year, participants will ride separate- ly, but enjoy a similar experience as in years past, all to support veterans. Ride packets will be available for pick-up, with an emailed donation receipt, on Sundays, Aug. 23 and 30, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Texas Roadhouse, 39 Dowling Village Blvd. For each $30 donation, registrants receive a commemorative T-shirt, a Virtual Ride 2020 Patch, and a food voucher to use by Oct. 31, 2020. Online registration is available at HFOTUSA.org/bikerun . The first 200 individuals to register will be guaranteed a commemorative T-shirt. Home For Our Troops is a non- profit organization that builds and donates specially-adapted custom homes for post-9/11 veterans, severely injured in the line of duty. The organization has completed more than 295 homes in 42 states with an additional 79 projects cur- rently underway. So many papers, so little investment. To advertise, call Diane at 334-9555, x142 CITY OF WOONSOCKET COLLECTOR'S SALE OF ESTATES FOR TAXES AND/OR ASSESSMENTS DUE AND UNPAID e undersigned, City Treasurer, of the City of Woonsocket, hereby gives notice that she will sell at public auction to the highest bidder at 169 Main Street, Woonsocket on the 13th of Au- gust, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. Local Time, the following described parcels of real estate (for the levy upon which notice is hereby given) or so much thereof as may be necessary to pay the real estate taxes and/or assessments which constitute a lien thereon as set forth in the original advertisement of the 23rd day of July, 2020 in the Valley Breeze, a weekly newspaper to which reference is hereby made. Be advised that if your property in which you have a substantial interest is sold at tax sale, then you have one year to redeem it through the Collector's Office or through the tax sale purchaser by tendering the real estate taxes and/or assessment taxes paid, plus a ten percent penalty on the tax sale amount, plus one percent interest on the tax sale amount per month from the seventh month onward. Aer the passage of one year, you may exercise your right to redeem through the tax sale pur- chaser or his attorney, or, if a petition to foreclose your right of redemption has been filed in Supe- rior Court, you may redeem through the Court until a final decree is entered forever foreclosing your right of redemption. Property, upon which taxes have been paid since the advertisement first appeared, will not, of course, be included in the sale. TERMS: CASH OR BANK CHECK ONLY Laurie Perry, City Treasurer City of Woonsocket HARMONY HILL SCHOOL – FORMER STUDENTS NOTICE OF FILE REDUCTION Persons who were students at Harmony Hill School and discharged between 1/1/2011 and 12/31/2012 are herewith notified that effective August 28, 2020, files detailing your placement at Harmony Hill will be reduced. If you wish to review or obtain documentation before your file is reduced, please make contact before August, 21, 2020. Write to Department of Student Records, Harmony Hill School, 63 Harmony Hill Road, Chepachet, RI 02814. LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE FOR THE PRIMARY ELECTION TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2020 e deadline to register to vote for the September 8, 2020 Primary Election is SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, 2020 Board of Canvassers and Registration located at Woonsocket City Hall, 169 Main St. will be open on SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, 2020 FROM 12:00 NOON TO 4:00 PM to accept registrations for Woonsocket residents. If you have any questions, please call 767-9223 CIUDAD DE WOONSOCKET ULTIMO DIA PARA REGISTRARSE PARA VOTAR EN LAS PRIMARIA QUE SE REALIZARAN EL MARTES, 8 DE SEPTIEMBRE, 2020 La fecha límite para registrarse para votar en las Elecciones del 8 de Septiembre, 2020 es el DOMINGO, 9 DE AGOSTO, 2020 La Junta Electoral y de Registraciones localizada en la Alcaldía de la Ciudad de Woonsocket, 169 Main Street Estará abierta para aceptar registraciones para los residentes de Woonsocket, el DOMINGO, 9 DE AGOSTO, 2020 DESDE LAS 12:00 P.M. HASTA LAS 4:00 P.M. Si usted tiene alguna pregunta, por favor llamar al 767-9223 CITY OF WOONSOCKET - CITY HALL PO BOX B, WOONSOCKET, RI 02895-4379 DEPARTMENT OF THE BOARD OF CANVASSERS AND REGISTRATION PHONE: (401)767-9223

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