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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 BLACKSTONE 7 steps to sell the story to the public, shaving her head and eyebrows in order to claim she was receiving treat- ment. Friends, family and other individuals donated more than $26,000. However, around May, several individuals tipped off Rhode Island State Police that the story might not be true. Police began investigating and found she was never a patient of any of the doctors or treatment facilities where she claimed to be receiving treatment. They con- cluded she was using the money to pay for her personal expenses. Pierini was charged with one count of obtaining money under false pre- tenses over $1,500. In addition to repaying the funds, she was given a 10-year suspended sentence with 10 years of probation. Rhode Island State Police Detective Conor O'Donnell led the investiga- tion, and Special Assistant Attorney General Eric Batista prosecuted the case. From preceding page BLACKSTONE – Massachusetts State Sen. Ryan Fattman will face a challenge from Democrat Christine Crean when voters in the Worcester and Norfolk District head to the polls on Nov. 3. Fattman is a Republican who served two terms in the state House of Representatives before he was elected to the state Senate in 2014. A resident of Sutton, he was the first Republican since 1938 elected to represent the district, which includes Blackstone, Bellingham and Millville, along with other towns in southern Massachusetts. Crean is a Democrat and Milford resident who previously served as chairwoman of the Milford Democratic Town Committee. She is a former regional vice president of Service Employees International Union Local 509 and runs a private practice as a social worker. Though she initially opted not to run, Crean later had her name added to the general election ballot by suc- cessfully getting more than 300 write- in votes during the state primary. Crean said she decided to launch a campaign because no other candidates were stepping forward and she doesn't think Fattman's views align with the those held by the vot- ers of the district. "I didn't feel as though Fattman sup- ported policies that support women's issues, working peo- ple, LGBT concerns," she said. "His policy decisions and leanings I didn't feel aligned with the rank and file of the people of the district." Fattman, on the other hand, said his votes are heavily influenced by what he hears from voters. He said voters in the Worcester and Norfolk District are hardworking, community-oriented individuals who appreciate the coun- try's founding principals of freedom, opportunity and working hard to get ahead. "I think it's the same criticism that happened two years ago and four years before that, and I've been re- elected each time by a landslide," he said. Fattman, who serves as assistant minority leader, recently made head- lines for his efforts to delay a vote on a proposed police reform bill. Fattman defended the move, pointing out the bill was released to legislators just a few days prior to the vote and still has not been made into law due partly to concerns about its implications for public employees. "There's no one on god's good earth that would believe that this is good process except those who are part of that majority power," he said. Crean, who described herself as progressive in social issues and fiscally more moderate, said she supports improving the healthcare system and raising the minimum wage. She also said the state should revisit its tax breaks for large companies, particular- ly with the COVID-19 crisis impact- ing the state budget. Fattman also listed taxes as a prior- ity and said he would not support raising taxes or fees on gas or income at this time. He criticized the Baker administration's handling of school reopenings during the COVID-19 cri- sis and said local districts could have been given more guidance on how to reopen safely. With regard to education funding, Crean criticized the current char- ter school system, saying it spreads resources too thin. "It seems to have morphed into a parallel system that's going to be hard to sustain, especially with limited bud- gets now," she said. Fattman said he supports competi- tion in education and believes that recent changes to the funding formula will alleviate some of those concerns. He also supported changing the edu- cation funding formula last year with the Student Opportunity Act, but warned those changes may be difficult to sustain in the COVID-19 economy, and said living up to those promises will be a priority for him. Both candidates have kept up active campaigns both online and in person as COVID-19 changes the dynam- ics of this year's election. Crean said she's hoping to reach swing voters and believes some of the mistrust and anger directed at Washington will help her in her campaign. Crean challenging Fattman in Worcester and Norfolk District By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com CREAN FATTMAN Consumers Propane 762-5461 BOUSQUET OIL 769-0146 139 HAMLET AVE. 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Persons interested in the above amendment are requested to attend said meeting and be heard. The amendment is available for review in the Town Planner's office or the Town Clerk's office at North Smithfield Town Hall at 83 Greene Street. Individuals requiring assistance should call the Town Clerk's office at 767-2200, ext. 326 seventy-two (72) hours in advance of the hearing date. Per Order of the North Smithfield Town Council Lillian Silva Scott, Town Clerk

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