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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 10-22-2020

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NORTH SMITHFIELD – It's official: The pumpkin people have taken over. Catherine Reyes and Britten Corriveau, the North Smithfield residents behind the trend, said they've received about 20 entries into the "Pumpkin People of North Smithfield" contest and expect more on the way as residents continue to put up displays. The two women recently extended the deadline to enter until Oct. 28 and plan to announce the winners on Halloween. "People have been not just happy Pumpkin People a Halloween hit in North Smithfield By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE JASON GEORGE created a flying saucer pumpkin display he calls "Alien Abduction," which shows two pumpkin people being abducted by an alien ship on Sunday. The Goodwin Brothers is sponsoring a Pumpkin People of North Smithfield contest. NORTH SMITHFIELD – Douglas Osier and Paul Zwolenski will face off for town administra- tor in November in a race that continues to heat up as Election Day approaches. The two candidates emerged with the most votes from a three-way primary in September, Zwolenski leading comfortably with 41 percent of the vote and Osier securing a 23-vote victory over a third candidate, Paul Jones. Jones later endorsed Zwolenski for the position, accusing Osier in a letter of "settling" for a town administrator campaign, a claim Osier denied. Other topics have become flash- points in a race that's been waged largely online and through endorse- ment letters due to concerns over COVID-19. As construction of the Green Development solar farm continues off Iron Mine Hill Road, Osier has made it a centerpiece of his campaign, tell- ing voters he was the only councilor to vote against the project. Those comments have drawn pushback Town administrator race enters final weeks By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer WOONSOCKET – Candidates for Woonsocket City Council have teamed up to make their platforms known in a crowded field that has 14 candidates running for seven seats. As of this week, three distinct groups of candidates were making their appeals to voters. Though the level of collaboration varies from joint advertising to a common plat- form with backing from statewide organizations, all three groups offer unique visions for Woonsocket's future. At the same time, two candidates, Valerie Gonzalez and Michael Disney, are running without any group affiliation. As in past years, a group of incum- bents and one former councilor is hoping to hold onto their advantage on the council. Incumbents James Cournoyer, Daniel Gendron, Denise Sierra and John Ward, along with former Council President Roger Jalette Sr., ran a joint advertisement Candidates bid for City Council seats By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See ADMINISTRATOR, Page 9 See CITY COUNCIL, Page 15 See PUMPKINS, Page 8 OSIER ZWOLENSKI ONLINE LEARNING Find out more, call 401-334-9555 x134 • Career Building • Excel • Communication • PowerPoint • Digital Marketing • Women in Business • Entrepreneurship • Security Awareness Online Professional Development ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE OCTOBER 22-28, 2020 North Smithfield Auto Body, iNc. 1-401-762-3866 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: 1-401-762-3866 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: • FREE towing • FREE pick up and drop off

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