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Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket MAY 9-15, 2013 FREE Breeze The valley Farm living in Foster Fundraiser for Baby ROse Owners of Legend's Creek Farm talk about the joys and labors of their land. LIVING River Falls coupon event to help Woonsocket's Hayes family. PAGE 5 @ "Like" us on valleybreeze.com Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers History marches into Woonsocket Supt. Lindberg to Budget Committee: We've given enough data, read the report By SANDY PHANEUF Valley Breeze Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Valley Breeze photo by Bruce McCabe Standing at attention, Woonsocket Middle School students salute during the Trooping of the Colors opening ceremony last Friday. Seventh-grader Lown Brandon acted as unit drummer. At the event, Civil War reenactors portraying members of the 14th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery Regiment, a unit of African-American soldiers, brought a living history lesson to the students of WMS. The 13 members of the unit, all students at The Met school in Providence, were on a week-long march through Lincoln, Cumberland and Woonsocket. The soldiers demonstrated rifle fire, taught the students close order drill, played a game of Civil War baseball, and illustrated the vast difference between life in the 1860s and today. See more photos on page 10. Walgreens coming to Park Square Vallee Jewelers, Hair Stage 5 building will be demolished By SANDY PHANEUF Valley Breeze Staff Writer email@example.com NORTH SMITHFIELD – Plans to develop a new Walgreens Pharmacy at Park Square are moving forward and the company is in the process of acquiring two neighboring lots on Eddie Dowling Highway with intent to raze the properties to make room for a 15,000-square-foot store. Town Planner Robert Ericson discussed the company's plan to purchase the vacant lot beside See WALGREENS, Page 22 NORTH SMITHFIELD – Tensions ran high on Tuesday during a long-anticipated meeting between the Budget Committee and the School Department, but few issues were resolved with Supt. Stephen Lindberg stating that the department's response to many of the board's questions will be released Lindberg during a special meeting of the School Committee tonight, May 9. "Some of the answers tonight may be abbreviated as some of your possible questions have been answered and then some in a great degree in the report," Lindberg began. The meeting was the latest example of restrained animosity between the School Department and this fivemember Budget Committee appointed by the town to help Looking to Sell Your Stuff? Let us help. NEW! Pay only $10 for ads for Items for Sale valued at $200 or less. 3 weeks, only $25. Visit valleybreeze.com, or call 334-9555 weekdays. Deadline, Tuesday at 3 p.m. devise a fiscal spending plan for 2014. The problem began after the School Department submitted an Clifford initial budget request for $1.3 million more than they received in 2013. The budgeters, led by Chairman Michael Clifford, charged that the request was illegal because it exceeded the state-mandated 4 percent cap on requests for increases. Further, it violated Town Charter, the committee said, as the department had not provided prior year expenditures. The Budget Committee obtained much of the information members sought - including a budget for $578,000 less than originally proposed - with the help of the town's attorney. But on April 8, the deadline by which they had to make their recommendations, they told the Town Council that they still had not received See BUDGET, Page 16 Woonsocket Urgent Care One Convenient Location For All Your Acute & Urgent Health Care Needs Most Insurances Accepted Including Blue Cross Blue Shield Walk In Patients Welcome - No Appointment Necessary Woonsocket Urgent Care Monday-Friday 8am-8pm; Saturday 8am-4pm 25 John Cummings Way, Woonsocket • 401-235-7310 Located in the Bank of America Building ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc.