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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 10-29-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON PAUL BOURGET, left, School Committee chairman, Woonsocket Supt. PATRICK MCGEE, center, and School Committee Vice Chairman DONALD BURKE hold signs to greet cars passing through the Food Box Giveaway. The posters were made by elementary school students. The giveaway took place at the Woonsocket Middle Schools last Saturday morning. Supporting the community NORTH SMITHFIELD – A contentious election season will draw to a close next week as residents head to the polls to cast their final votes. Voters will decide a hard-fought race for town administrator between two sitting members of the Town Council, Douglas Osier and Paul Zwolenski. Zwolenski is a 26-year vet- eran of town government who teaches at Johnson & Wales University, while Osier is a data analytics professional and elected to the council in 2018. Even more conten- tious is the race for Town Council, with many residents staking out their positions on the candi- dates in the final weeks. Incumbent Councilors Teresa Bartomioli, Claire O'Hara and Paul Vadenais are all seeking re-election, while former Councilors Kimberly Alves and John Beauregard are hoping to regain their seats. Stephen Voters to decide council seats, town administrator By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com WOONSOCKET – Several weeks after the start of early voting, can- didates are in the home stretch of this year's elec- tion season, with a few more days to go until the polls close on Nov. 3. Voters will decide a hotly contested mayoral race. Mayor Lisa Baldelli- Hunt is facing a challenge from City Council Vice President Jon Brien as she seeks election to her fourth term. Voters will also choose from a large num- ber of candidates in the City Council race, where 14 candidates are seeking seats on the seven-member board. Incumbent Councilors James Cournoyer, Daniel Gendron, Alex Kithes, Denise Sierra, David Soucy and John Ward are all seeking re-election, as Woonsocket races draw to a close By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See TOWN, Page 31 See CITY, Page 32 NORTH SMITHFIELD – As residents exercise their right to vote in more ways than ever before during the 2020 election, local historians are looking to remind voters that right wasn't always guar- anteed. Last weekend, the North Smithfield Heritage Association held a "Celebrating Suffrage" event at Heritage Hall. While the event marked the 100th anniversary of women's suf- frage, the artifacts on display reminded visitors of a lesser- known incident in the nation's voting history. The Dorr Rebellion, which took place in Rhode Island from 1841 to 1842, marked the efforts of lower and mid- dle class white, male residents to secure their own right to vote. At the time, Rhode Island state law required men to own at least $134 worth of property in order to vote. This left out many agricultural and mill workers, including those living in the northern part of the state. "There were a lot of mill workers who were disenfran- chised at the time," explained Richard Keene, president of the North Smithfield Heritage Association. Thomas Dorr, a Providence resident, found support for A long, hard road to suffrage in R.I. By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See SUFFRAGE, Page 6 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 29-NOVEMBER 4, 2020

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