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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-30-2020

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 30-AUGUST 5, 2020 WOONSOCKET 9 the company about six months ago and representatives expressed inter- est in coming to the city, noting their interest at that time in renovating the former buffet restaurant. Construction was held up somewhat due to COVID-19, she said, but "they're well on their way" now, with construction progressing and the company recently submitting signage plans. Despite some claims otherwise, there has been a "big uptick in occu- pancies" over the last few years in this area of the city, said the mayor. She also highlighted improve- ments to other properties within the plaza, including to Price Rite and McDonald's. Landing the new DMV space on the other end of the plaza was important for the city, particularly since it's the second busiest after the Cranston headquarters, and the arrival of Olly's Bargain Outlet was also big. The mayor sees an interesting mix of business and medical uses in the area, including the new CSL Plasma coming to the Walnut Hill Plaza, the old Walmart across the street being purchased and turned into an Ocean State Job Lot and Tractor Supply, and Surplus Solutions buying the former Lowe's building and using it for its refurbished medical supply business. Certainly all this investment is proof that people are looking at the city and thinking it's a good investment and place to call home, said Baldelli-Hunt. Having a medical facility instead of vacant space is important, as it brings people to the area and helps other businesses in the area, she said. "Diamond Hill has come a long way in the last several years," she said. Waters Church also recently com- pleted upgrades and moved to a new home nearby. Several plazas on this stretch still have a high volume of vacancies. BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY The NEW CHINA SUPER BUFFET on Diamond Hill Road will soon be home to a new health center. HEALTH CENTER From Page One risk," he said. Another frequent question was why the district chose Mondays instead of Wednesdays for a weekly deep clean- ing of the schools. St. Jean said he would have preferred Wednesdays, but the statewide calendar with sev- eral Monday holidays made Mondays a better fit. With the state still monitoring outbreaks in some communities and other parts of the country experienc- ing surges in case numbers, St. Jean said all of the plans were subject to change rapidly. He acknowledged the "roller coaster of anxiety" of the past few months and thanked families and teachers for their role in the process. "I can't recommend ever going through this process again," he said. SCHOOLS From Page 3 Harris Library is open on a limited basis WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket Harris Public Library, 303 Clinton St., is now opening for limited in-person services. Patrons are required to wear a face covering and adhere to physi- cal distancing protocol when visiting the library. There will be time and capacity limits so there may be a wait before entering the building. Library staff will be stationed at the front entrance to monitor the number of people inside. Patrons will be able to pick up their holds at the checkout desk and an appointment is not needed for this service. Curbside pickup appointments will still be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays by calling 401-767-4126. Limited browsing will be available in some areas of the library. Notary and photocopying services will be offered as walk-in services. Computer use is in the reference area and by appointment only. The teen and children's computers are not available for use at this time. Patrons are allowed one sign-on per day for 30 minutes maximum. Anyone wishing to use a computer must speak directly with a reference librarian to set up and confirm the appointment by calling 401-767- 4124. Self-service faxing is available by credit or debit card payment only. The library hours open and avail- able for in-person services are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon, and 2 to 5 p.m. The 30-minute computer use hours on these days will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday hours are 10 a.m.-noon and 2-6 p.m. The 30-minute com- puter use hours on Wednesdays will be 10-11:30 a.m., and 2-5 p.m. The library is closed Monday-Friday from noon to 2 p.m. for sanitizing. All items are to be returned in the outside book drop. DVDs and other media should be wrapped in a paper or plastic bag and secured with rubber bands. All returns are quarantined for up to 72 hours. All returns are backdated to the date of return in the book drop. The library is not accepting book donations at this time. For more information, visit woon- or woonsocketlibrary or call 401-769- 9044.

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