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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 10-15-2020

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4 WOONSOCKET OCTOBER 15-21, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION WOONSOCKET – Several local organizations and the Environmental Protection Agency are hoping to boost the city's food economy with a program aimed at bringing new life to underutilized properties. Earlier this year, NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley along with the Downtown Woonsocket Collaborative, the city's Department of Planning and Development and the Woonsocket Health Equity Zone applied for technical assistance as part of the Local Foods/Local Places program. The program, sponsored by the EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, offers resources for com- munities trying to develop local food opportunities for their residents. Meghan Rego, director of resource development and communications at NeighborWorks, said the group hopes to target food opportunities in vacant spaces, particularly in the downtown areas of the city. "One of our biggest goals is to look at opportunity space in the city. I'm looking at vacant spaces on Main Street and as we look to develop the mill spaces at 68 South Main and 15 Island Place," she said, referring to the buildings owned by NeighborWorks behind Market Square. Though the group doesn't have an action plan yet – that's what the technical assistance will help them to develop – their goal, she said, is to connect the community with resources to help get food-focused ideas moving in the city. "I've sat on enough committees to know that residents want better access to fresh food downtown. Be that a co-op or a grocery store or a farmers' market, I don't know, I want to hear more," she said. Woonsocket was one of 16 com- munities nationwide selected to par- ticipate in the program, which has helped spur food-centered projects in municipalities across the country. According to Dennis Deziel, New England regional administrator for the EPA, the program will build on recent investments in brownfields revitaliza- tion to help clean up the city's former mill sites. "The Local Foods/Local Places proj- ect builds on a lot of investment that has gone into the city on the remedia- tion front," he told The Breeze. Last Thursday, Oct. 8, Deziel and other local and state officials partici- pated in a walking tour of downtown sites that could play into the city's food revitalization. These included Market Square, Chan's restaurant, the Beacon Charter High School for the Arts culinary program and a property under development at 43 Railroad St. Deziel said downtown's layout and recent commercial investment makes it an ideal location for a growing food hub. "Woonsocket has so much potential. EPA program looks to target city's food sector By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See LOCAL FOODS, Page 8 TOWN OF NORTH SMITHFIELD STATE OF RHODE ISLAND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PETITION FOR ABANDONMENT OF STREET Pursuant to North Smithfield Code of Ordinances Sec. 14-5 notice is hereby given of a public hearing of the North Smith- field Town Council to be held via teleconference at https://zoom. us/j/98458855307 or you can call (301) 715-8592 with Meeting ID 984 5885 5307 on November 2, 2020 at 6:45 p.m. to consider the petition of Stephen and Susan Archambault that proceedings be commenced for the abandonment of a portion of Stoney Drive located on Assessor's Plat 10, Lots 231, 232 and 85. This proposal may be altered or amended prior to the close of the public hearing without further advertising, as a result of further study or because of the view expressed at the public hearing. Any alteration or amendment must be presented for comment in the course of the hearing. Persons interested in the above petition are requested to attend said meeting and be heard. The petition is also available for review in the office of the Town Clerk at the North Smithfield Town Hall at 83 Greene Street, North Smithfield. Individuals requesting special assistance must call 767-2200, extension 326, seventy-two (72) hours in advance of the hearing date. Per Order of the North Smithfield Town Council Lillian Silva Scott, Town Clerk City of Woonsocket, RI | City Council Notice of Public Hearing Zoning Ordinance Amendment Notice is hereby given that the Woonsocket City Council will hold a public hearing. Date/Time: Monday, November 2, 2020 / 6:30 p.m. Location: Online or by Phone via Zoom • Meeting ID: 829 4814 7878 • Passcode: 692666 • Computer or smart device: • Phone: (929) 436-2866 e purpose of the public hearing is to consider an amendment to the Code of Ordinances, City of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, Appendix C, Zoning, Section 12.5 - Downtown Overlay Dis- trict. e amendment would disallow certain uses in the Downtown Overlay District, including (1) rooming, lodging, or boarding houses, (2) mobile homes, (3) nursing home or assisted or congregate care facility, (4) halfway house, (5) residential uses at or below street level (except live/ work units). e proposed amendment may be altered or amended prior to the close of the public hearing without further advertising as a result of further study or because of the views expressed at the public hearing. Any such alterations or amendments must be presented for comment during said hearing. Interested members of the public are encouraged to attend the hearing and offer comment or testimony. For questions or to review the proposed amendment contact the City Clerk's Office at 767-9247. e meeting agenda with documents related to the amendment will be uploaded to the City Council's online portal prior to the meeting ( If you are hearing impaired and need interpreter services, please contact the City Clerk's Office at 767-9247 not less than 72 hours in advance of the hearing date. Christina Harmon, City Clerk Peter J. HoPkins ~ Attorney At LAw ~ DUI/refUsAL • CrImInAL Defense trAffIC VIoLAtIons • JUVenILe CrImes PersonAL InJUry • ProbAte • DIVorCe Admitted to the Practice of Law in Rhode Island and Massachusetts Retired Police Prosecution Officer CALL 401-356-1043 191 Social St., Suite 280, Woonsocket, RI Rhode Island does not have a procedure for certificate or recognition of specialization by lawyers.

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