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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 10-15-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Health care workers at BALLOU HOME in Woonsocket greet the Autumnfest Rolling Parade, which was held to recognize first responders and health care workers on Columbus Day. Excitement was still had despite the different event and the colder temperatures. See more photos on pages 9-16. Cheering on Autumnfest Parade 2020 Newcomers call for change as incumbents highlight progress in Town Council race NORTH SMITHFIELD – With debates over development and trans- parency and concerns about the eco- nomic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis playing heavily into this year's election season, voters will have a lot to choose from when they decide the Town By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com Baldelli-Hunt, Brien prepare to face off for mayor in November WOONSOCKET – With less than three weeks to go until Election Day, the race for mayor of Woonsocket has continued to heat up as candidates make their cases to voters. In separate inter- views with The Valley Breeze last week, Mayor Lisa Baldelli- Hunt and her chal- lenger, City Council Vice President Jon Brien, laid out vastly different perspectives on Woonsocket's recent economic development along with visions for its future. The conversation ranged from the city's financial prospects to candi- dates' personal lives, as both individu- als tried to position themselves as the best person to run the city. Baldelli-Hunt, who is seeking her fourth term, has campaigned largely on improvements in city infra- structure and finances since she was first elected in 2013. In a recent cam- paign mailer, she highlighted accom- By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com BALDELLI- HUNT BRIEN See MAYORAL RACE, Page 24 Council race on Nov. 3. Ten candidates are running for seats on the five-member board, including five that have never served on the Town Council before. That's in stark contrast to 2018, when only six names appeared on the ballot, including four sitting councilors. Councilors Teresa Bartomioli, Claire O'Hara and Paul Vadenais are all seeking to hold onto their seats. Kimberly Alves and John Beauregard, who previously served on the council, are also seeking spots, as are Stephen Corriveau, Cheryl Marandola, Ana Parsons, Christopher Simpkins and Megan Staples. For the newcomers, concerns about the way decisions are made have often been cited as a rea- son to run. Simpkins, Staples and See TOWN COUNCIL, Page 22 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 OCTOBER 15-21, 2020 Mario's Appliances Serving Loyal Clients since 1989 (401) 765-1636 Appliance Sales & Service Refrigerators, Stoves, Space Heaters, Washers, Dryers, Dishwashers & More! 6 Month Guarantee on Parts and Labor 98 Elm St. Woonsocket, RI 02895 mariosappliances@gmail. com 30 Years in Business! Mario's Appliances Serving Loyal Clients Since 1989 (401) 765-1636 Appliance Sales & Service Refrigerators, Stoves, Space Heaters, Washers, Dryers, Dishwashers & More! 6 Month Guarantee on parts and labor 968 Elm St. Woonsocket, RI 02895 mariosappliances@gmail. com 30 years in business! 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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