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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 02-18-2021

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE ELIAS CANDELARIO, 11, left, and HEAVEN EVANS, 12, both of Woonsocket, each receive a free mask from the Woonsocket Rotary Club as part of the Rotary International's Million Mask Challenge Tour last Friday. Million Mask Challenge WOONSOCKET – In a clear airing of their views on the subject, a majority of Woonsocket School Committee members last week said they have no interest in Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt's proposal to develop Barry Field. The conversation took place dur- ing a School Committee meeting last Wednesday, Feb. 10, just one week after members discussed the subject in closed session. Chairman Paul Bourget asked members to each share their opinion on the issue. He's made his own views clear in previous comments and repeated them again last week. "The one thing that the city has, it has plenty of parks, but it doesn't have much open land," he said, add- ing he'd say no to the project if asked today. Only one member, Amie Costa, expressed support for the proposal and a companion proposal to relo- cate the athletic fields to Cass Park. Raising concerns about the difficul- ties of transporting student athletes to the other side of the city, Costa said she would support both projects if the School Committee can get their questions answered by the adminis- tration. "I definitely think I would lean for it, absolutely," she said. "If we can make revenue from Barry Field for the city of Woonsocket, absolutely, I don't see why we wouldn't want to make that happen." For the remaining members, however, the proposal remained a School Committee: No appetite for Barry Field sale By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Deputy Editor lauren@valleybreeze.com See BARRY FIELD, Page 9 NORTH SMITHFIELD – Students and parents at North Smithfield schools will have to wait a little longer for a long-awaited concession stand and bathroom facility at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The project, negotiated as part of the town's agreement with Green Development for approval for their solar farm on Iron Mine Hill Road, has been delayed due to high levels of nitrogen in the property's exist- ing septic system. Kevin Morin, director of project development Septic tank issues delay concession stand at NSHS By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Deputy Editor lauren@valleybreeze.com Creativity in bloom Riverzedge students create window coverings for What Cheer Flower Farm WOONSOCKET – A series of broken-down old windows at Providence's What Cheer Flower Farm got the star treatment recently thanks to students from Riverzedge Arts. Participants in the Woonsocket- based youth arts program created colorful window coverings showcas- ing the beauty of the natural world at the Olneyville flower farm. The windows are located in the former Colonial Knife Company factory, a prominent building in the neigh- borhood and future expansion site By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Deputy Editor lauren@valleybreeze.com See ARTWORK, Page 8 See SEPTIC, Page 32 ©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE FEBRUARY 18-24, 2021 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. Mario's Appliances Serving Loyal Clients since 1989 (401) 765-1636 Appliance Sales & Service Refrigerators, Stoves, Space Heaters, Washers, Dryers, Dishwashers & More! 6 Month Guarantee on Parts and Labor 98 Elm St. Woonsocket, RI 02895 mariosappliances@gmail. com 30 Years in Business! Mario's Appliances Serving Loyal Clients Since 1989 (401) 765-1636 Appliance Sales & Service Refrigerators, Stoves, Space Heaters, Washers, Dryers, Dishwashers & More! 6 Month Guarantee on parts and labor 968 Elm St. Woonsocket, RI 02895 mariosappliances@gmail. com 30 years in business!

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