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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 02-18-2021

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32 NO. SMITHFIELD / WOONSOCKET FEB. 18-24, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET Robitaille and King Jace Dominique Doiron, will make an appearance, and menu specials will include French meat pie and Cajun favorites. Chelo's will donate 20 percent of the proceeds to the NRICA, funds Mardi Gras Co-Chairwoman Marlene Gagnon said will be put to good use. While the organization has not been able to hold in-person events since last March, they still plan to give out two scholarships this year to graduates of Woonsocket High School and Beacon Charter High School for the Arts interested in pursuing careers in music or the arts. "This year, those kids graduating, they missed out on a lot," she said. The organization also plans to involve local businesses in the pared down Mardi Gras celebration. Diners will need to present a certificate to ensure their funds support the NRICA and can obtain one at A Cut Above Hair Salon, Bileau's Flowers, The Honey Shops, L'il General on Cumberland Hill Road, Missy's Family Restaurant, Timeless Antiques or Vose True Value Hardware. Certificates can also be printed online at www.nrica.org . Last year's celebration, which took place on Feb. 22, was one of the last large events held in the city before public gatherings were put on hold. Gagnon said the event was sold out and recalled the exuberant atmo- sphere as revelers gathered for a night of dancing and Cajun food. "Nobody really knew it until maybe two or three weeks after, and that's when it came out," she said. "And we said, by God, we made that by the skin of our teeth. But we didn't know it." Gagnon said they still don't know if they'll be able to hold their French Heritage Festival, which tradition- ally takes place at River Island Arts Park in September, but they've tenta- tively set the date aside. She's hoping COVID-19 restrictions will allow the event to take place and said the organization plans to release more information later in the year. NRICA President SHARON CHARETTE and Mardi Gras Co-Chairpersons MARLENE GAGNON and WALLY RATHBUN meet at Chelo's to plan this year's pared down Mardi Gras festivities. MARDI GRAS From Page 2 and engineering for the company, briefed the Town Council on the project's status this week. "It's basically a biological pro- cess, having the right compo- nents," he told members during a meeting on Tuesday. Morin said the project began last year when he met with school Facilities Manager Alan Sepe, now-Town Council President John Beauregard and others on the site. The company filed an application with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and learned they could tie the new facility into the existing septic system at North Smithfield Middle School. "It was very much below what it was designed for, so we thought it was a good fit," he said. Since then, they've reviewed testing going back to 2018 and learned the nitrogen levels in the system are higher than what's allowed by the RIDEM. Morin said school representatives held another meeting a few weeks ago with Northeast Water Solution, the company that operates the system, to identify what could be causing the issue. "The cleaners that were being used in the school were of inter- est to see if it was a high ammonia that could contribute to nitrogen," he said. While the company doesn't know exactly what's causing the nitrogen problem, Morin said they need to resolve it before moving forward with the next steps of the project. 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He also pointed out the property is home to two public wells and said at the time the septic system was installed, there was concern about nitrates getting into neigh- boring wells. Green Development agreed to construct the facility in 2019 as part of its development agreement with the town for the 38.4-mega- watt solar farm. The company is also paying $7,000 per megawatt annually in tax payments for an estimated $5.4 million over the next 20 years. Installation of the solar farm began last year and continues on the site off Iron Mine Hill Road. SEPTIC From Page One t LINCOLN 270 Front Street 401-724-5600 S TA C H U R S K I PAWTUCKET 1136 Newport Avenue 401-725-1115 WWW.C21SKI.COM PAWTUCKET, Spacious two family home. Each unit features six rooms, with three bedrooms, and one bath. Property also has a two car garage. Roof on the garage was completely rebuilt in 2020. one boiler and oil tank were also replaced in 2020. 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