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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 10-15-2020

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | OCTOBER 15-21, 2020 CAMPAIGN TRAIL 19 future. I have spent the last 12 years of my career in healthcare and analyt- ics, and the preceding five years in financial services. I currently work as a director of strategy and analytics at a local healthcare company and serve on the volunteer board of Generation Citizen of RI. It is both my job and my personal priority to make careful financial decisions based on the facts, and I will approach the town's budget as though the money was my own. "With important upcoming deci- sions regarding the town's assets and finances, I am committed to making clear decisions with the input of both experts and wide base of residents to establish and maintain financial stabil- ity for our town." From preceding page Parsons calls for fiscal conservatism NORTH SMITHFIELD – Ana Parsons, candidate for Town Council, said in a press release that she looks forward to being a new voice for the town. She said she is committed to making informed and fiscally sound decisions to keep North Smithfield moving forward. "We are in unchartered waters – no one knows what is coming our way with respect to any state and federal aid, and the town must be prepared to make tough decisions. The town must be fiscally conservative, vigilant with expenses and look for ways to increase revenue without raising taxes. We need to look at all eco- nomic development opportunities. I also would like to see the town hire a grant writer – even part time – to obtain needed services for the town," she said. Parsons and her family moved to North Smithfield in 2008. She was a three-year board member of NSYSA and said you will most likely remem- ber her from her exuberant cheering from the sideline. Simpkins seeking new ideas in town governance NORTH SMITHFIELD – Christopher Simpkins, candidate for Town Council, said he's running to bring new faces, new ideas and new energy to town governance. He said he believes his experience as a soft- ware developer lends itself to the role. "For over 20 years, I've been find- ing practical solutions to problems and building consensus among diverse groups of people to get stuff done. I've leveraged data to make decisions transparently and creativity to move projects forward in finan- cially responsible and efficient ways," he said. "I hope to do the same for North Smithfield." Simpkins said he's disagreed with a number of recent opinions by town officials around issues such as solar development and budgeting. He plans to bring a different perspective and do what's right for the town as a whole. "We need a wider range of repre- sentation and new ways of thinking about things. That's why I'm getting involved." Staples pledges transparency NORTH SMITHFIELD – Megan Staples released the following regarding her campaign for Town Council: "Since my appointment to the Planning Board in 2018, I've proposed a solar moratorium that helped see changes incentivizing development that will benefit us without radically affecting the charm and character of our town. I also was one of the Planning Board members who raised concerns regarding the blasting on Iron Mine Hill Road. I believe that transparency in govern- ment is necessary to ensuring that the growth of the town is in agreement with the collective vision we have for the future. It is my intention to ensure that our residents' wishes are heard at the council level and make sure everything presented to the council is considered carefully and thoughtfully, never rushed for want of a particular outcome." Vadenais seeking reelec- tion to Town Council NORTH SMITHFIELD – Paul Vadenais, of 31 Greenwood St., announces his candidacy for re-elec- tion for a seat on the North Smithfield Town Council. A town resident for 54 years, Vadenais is a 1979 graduate of North Smithfield High School. Married to Sheri for 31 years, their three children Kaitlyn, Rebeka and Zachary are also graduates of the North Smithfield school system. Vadenais is the vice president of Friends Foundry, a family-run busi- ness where he has worked for 39 years. He is a communicant of St. John's Church in Slatersville. He is also a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and the treasurer of Rev. Frehill Council #5702. He was a member of the School Committee for 15 years and also served appointed positions as the co-chairman of the Middle School Building Committee, the chairman of the Budget Committee, chair of the Charter Review Commission and chair of the Municipal Building Review Task Force. Beauregard for Town Council: Proven leadership, Proven commitment, Proven results Paid for by friends of John Beauregard. You're Invited! All North Smithfield residents please come out and look for our tent on Saturday, October 17th at the Slatersville Plaza, 900 Victory Hwy. Stop in between 8 a.m. & 12 noon. We will be handing out Free Hand Sanitizer while supplies last to the first 1,000 North Smithfield residents. A rain or shine event! Let's all stay safe! You may stay in your vehicle, just drive-up. Please wear a mask and help stop the spread of COVID-19. Keeping North Smithfield Safe Free Hand Sanitizer to North Smithfield Residents 110 Pulaski Blvd., Bellingham, MA • 508-883-6200 110 Pulaski Blvd., Bellingham, MA • 508-883-6200 OCTOBER SALE EVERY WEDNESDAY Wine Sale EVERY THURSDAY Liquor Sale EVERY DAY Beer Sale

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