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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 09-24-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON Violin player ANTONIO SALVATORE from the band Black Rhodes performs last Friday night as part of the Levitt AMP Woonsocket Millrace series, a free family-friendly event presented by the Levitt Foundation. See more photos on page 8. Sweet sound of music NORTH SMITHFIELD – Two local women have found a new way to celebrate fall, and there's a good chance you'll be seeing it around North Smithfield in the weeks ahead. Briten Corriveau and Catherine Reyes are the residents behind "Pumpkin People of North Smithfield," a new trend that's pop- ping up across town. The creative displays are also a competition for residents and local businesses, with cash prizes going to the best displays. "You just put your creativity to the test and go for it, you can make what- ever you want. It just has to include a pumpkin, that's the thing," Reyes said. The two women said they were inspired by the pumpkin people of Jackson, N.H., and other parts of the country that host similar contests. In those areas, it's not unusual to see 'Pumpkin People' taking over North Smithfield By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See PUMPKIN, Page 6 WOONSOCKET – In an effort to clear the streets of illegal ATV and dirt bike riders, the city is cracking down on how it han- dles complaints. Last Monday, Sept. 14, the City Council approved for first pas- sage a new ordinance that will allow the Woonsocket Police Department to issue a court summons to anyone found illegally riding an ATV or other recreational vehicle. The cur- rent version of the law allows police to confiscate the vehicle, but the driv- er can reclaim it as soon as they pay a fee to the tow company. "They'll get a fine and a hearing date to be heard at municipal court (under the new law). So they cannot release that vehicle until the whole case is disposed of, whether it's fines or whatever sanctions are imposed," Public Safety Director Eugene Jalette said. City cracking down on off- road vehicles By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com JALETTE NORTH SMITHFIELD – With the first full week of hybrid learning complete, school officials are look- ing ahead to the next phase of the reopening plan. In August, North Smithfield was one of several school districts in Rhode Island that announced plans to reopen under a hybrid model but shift to full, in-person learning in October. With October approaching fast, Supt. Michael St. Jean said there are still many issues to resolve. "Obviously, our goal is full reopen- ing. We understand that parents need to get to work and it's better to have the kids in person, but we're going to have to make some hard choices as a community," he said. St. Jean discussed those choices last Wednesday, Sept. 16, during a tour of North Smithfield Elementary School with members of the School Committee and Town Council. According to NSES Principal 'Hard choices' ahead as North Smithfield considers full school reopening By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See SCHOOL, Page 10 See OFF-ROAD, Page 12 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE SEPTEMBER 24-30, 2020 1068 Park Avenue Woonsocket RI 02895 401-762-2325 www.henrisauto.com www.henrisautorepair@gmail.com Serving All Makes & Models Safety 1st is Our #1 Priority! 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