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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 01-07-2021

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Less than a week into 2021, resi- dents of local towns have already gotten the year off to a clean start, literally. Over the weekend, several spon- taneous cleanups took place along the Blackstone River. The first hap- pened on the corner of Mendon Road near the Ann & Hope build- ing in Cumberland, where volun- teers Keith Hainley and Bonnie Combs collected two shopping carts and 10 bags of trash from the river's edge. The second took place in Blackstone, where a group of volunteers including Combs, Selectwoman Mary Bulso and her friend Lori Poirier filled 13 bags with trash along Canal Street. "What I'm trying to do is chal- lenge people throughout Rhode Volunteers aim to tackle litter in the New Year By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Deputy Editor lauren@valleybreeze.com See LITTER, Page 9 Northern Rhode Island commu- nities remain largely unfriendly to pedestrians after snowstorms, a safety issue brought on by inconsistent clearing and enforcement efforts, and officials are most often declining to fill in the gaps with municipal crews. Officials in several cities and towns remain reluctant to issue tickets for failure to clear sidewalks, despite the presence of ordinances requiring such work to be done by abutting property owners within certain timeframes, and they've also not been enthusiastic about employing sidewalk plows to do the work as a city-wide municipal service. In Woonsocket, Public Works Director Steve D'Agostino said the city owns two Bobcats with snow- Sidewalk clearing remains a struggle for pedestrians By ETHAN SHOREY and LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writers ethan@valleybreeze.com See SIDEWALKS, Page 24 The walls come tumbling down City demos walls blamed for fatal accident WOONSOCKET – It was an emotional day on Wednesday for the Blain family as city workers removed two walls blamed for a man's death in June. Jennifer Blain arrived early to the intersection of Diamond Hill and Walnut Hill Roads to take down the memorial that has sprung up in honor of her son. On June 7, Johnathan Blain, a 26-year-old from North Smithfield, was riding his motorcycle up Diamond Hill Road with a friend when the driver of an SUV pulled out suddenly in front of him. Blain was killed, while his passenger, Kim Tanguay, suffered serious injuries. By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Deputy Editor lauren@valleybreeze.com JENNIFER BLAIN is comforted by a friend as demolition began on a wall at the intersection of Diamond Hill and Walnut Hill roads. Many people believe the brick wall was a contributing factor in the motorcycle accident last June that claimed the life of her son, Johnathan, and severely injured his passenger. BREEZE PHOTOS BY ROBERT EMERSON Woonsocket DPW backhoe operator BOB HARNOIS takes down the end pillar on a wall at the intersection of Diamond Hill and Walnut Hill roads on Wednesday morning. See WALLS, Page 6 ©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JANUARY 7-13, 2021 • Complete Heating Systems • Remodeling • Repairs • Water Heaters • Complete Sewage Ejector Systems for Basement Baths • Senior Citizen Discounts C. J. Nemes, Inc. Plumbing & Heating 24-Hour Emergency Service 769-4776 Master Plumber, R.I. #1911 Mass. #25011 Member of The Better Business Bureau Drain & Sewer Cleaning NORTH SMITHFIELD AUTO BODY, INC. 1-401-762-3866 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: www.RIAUTOBODY.com 1-401-762-3866 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: www.RIAUTOBODY.com • FREE towing • FREE pick up and drop off Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation.

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