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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 08-20-2020

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KAYLA ALLAM, of Troop 438 North Smithfield, crosses a monkey bridge she made with her troopmates while Scoutmaster JOSH THIBEAULT and Assistant Scoutmaster SCOTT LAGASSE stand by. The troop hosted their own week of camp in North Smithfield Aug. 2–8 since they were not able to attend Camp Yawgoog this summer. See story on page 2. Balancing act NORTH SMITHFIELD – With three candidates in the running for North Smithfield town administra- tor, residents will narrow the field to two during a primary election on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Douglas Osier Jr. and Paul Zwolenski, current members of the Town Council, and Paul Jones, a member of the School Committee, are all running for the top spot. All three candidates spoke with The Breeze last week about their plans for North Smithfield and the challenges facing the town ahead. Top on the list of challenges for many residents is the police station, with several town officials calling for a new station in Administrator candidates weigh in on Halliwell, police station By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See CANDIDATES, Page 18 WOONSOCKET – The city will rename the Woonsocket Animal Control Shelter after former City Council President and State Rep. Albert Brien after the coun- cil voted unanimous- ly in favor of the measure this week. Brien, a longtime figure in local poli- tics, was laid to rest earlier this month after his death on July 31. In addi- tion to his time on the City Council and General Assembly, he served as director of finance and administra- tion under Mayor Charles Baldelli and director of human services and administrative aide under Mayor Susan Menard. Animal shelter to be named for Albert Brien By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See SHELTER, Page 20 BRIEN NORTH SMITHFIELD – The town has signed a deal with the Souza family to purchase 114 acres of open space on Old Smithfield Road for $429,000. The agreement has been in the works for several months and hinges on a Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management open space grant awarded in July. The grant will cover half the cost of the purchase, leaving the town on the hook for $214,500. The purchase includes 114 acres of mostly wooded property behind Dowling Village and Old Smithfield Road. According to Town Planner Tom Kravitz, the land lies within the Crookfall Brook Watershed and abuts property owned by the city of Woonsocket along the Woonsocket Reservoir, making it an ideal pur- chase to protect the water supply. There are no trails currently on the property, he said, but the town could build trails with a small parking area in the future. "To make a loop trail through there isn't out of the question at some point," he said. "The main selling point is the environmental benefit, of course, preserving the property from development in perpetuity." Town purchases 114 acres of open space on Old Smithfield Road By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See LAND PURCHASE, Page 11 Register For Online Courses: valleybreeze.com/learning/ excel.html Improve Your EXCEL Skills! • Take courses from the comfort of your home or on-the-go using your smart phone • "Ask The Expert" feature submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying Find out more, call 401-334-9555 x134 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE AUGUST 20-26, 2020 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation.

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