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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 04-01-2021

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NORTH SMITHFIELD – When Michael Mongeon first bought the property at 199 Eddie Dowling Highway in 2010, he said, the backyard was a grassy area, and the tenants who lived there liked to play badminton outside. Since then, it's become a swamp where cattails and other wetland veg- etation have taken over the property right up to the back door. "When I got this property, the whole backyard was grass. Now, you can't walk out there without sinking a foot into the mud," he said during a visit to the home last week. Inside, several inches of water stand in the basement despite a sump pump that Mongeon said runs 24/7. The house is full of mold, he said, and the property's well water is undrinkable due to high levels of sodium, the result of salt in stormwater runoff from the highway and a nearby drainage culvert. "My property is at the lowest part, the basin of it. All the salt and water from the highway all comes down to that area," he said. The property is located at the end of a row of homes on an otherwise commercial stretch of Eddie Dowling Highway roughly across the street from the Dowling Village complex. Rising water levels force property owner to abandon home By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Deputy Editor lauren@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTOS BY ROBERT EMERSON JAMES NIELSON, 3, above, wear- ing his favorite monster truck face mask, gets his bag of treats during the Drive-Thru Easter Egg Hunt at the North Smithfield Elementary School last Saturday. At left, Woonsocket firefighter MATT BOWRON stands ready to pass out Easter treats with a thumbs up at last Saturday's Drive-Thru Easter Egg Hunt at the River's Edge Recreational Complex in Woonsocket. See more photos on page 7. WOONSOCKET – Most of the discussion of the financial impacts of the pandemic has centered on the funds spent to combat COVID-19, but it's the ones that weren't spent that could become a talking point in the upcoming city budget season. Last Friday, Mayor Lisa Baldelli- Hunt announced in a press release the city's 2020 audit confirmed budgetary surpluses of $479,417 on the city side and $2,562,362 for the Woonsocket Education Department for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020. She lauded the efforts of City Finance Director Christine Chamberland and WED Finance Director Brad Peryea, saying it was a challenging year from a financial Budget surplus could make for tense fiscal discussions in Woonsocket By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Deputy Editor lauren@valleybreeze.com See BUDGET, Page 13 BURRILLVILLE – One year into the pandemic, Paula Dumas, owner of Uncle Ronnie's Red Tavern in Burrillville with her husband, Ron, said they've faced everything. Since last March, they've switched to takeout, limited their seating, and navigated the complicated policies around reopening. But the latest challenge, she said, isn't related to the number of cus- tomers or government restrictions. Instead, she said, it's staff that she's struggling to bring in the door. "I need more help. Summertime's coming, I need to add to my staff," Restaurant owners say employee shortage holding them back By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Deputy Editor lauren@valleybreeze.com See RESTAURANTS, Page 32 See FLOODING, Page 12 ©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket FREE APRIL 1-7, 2021 Breeze — CELEBRATING OUR 25 TH ANNIVERSARY — Josh's Roofing Josh was born into the business 40 years ago. He is a second generation roofer. RESIDENTIAL/ COMMERCIAL ROOFING AND SIDING Unmatched Quality Attention to Detail Because You Have to Trust Who You Hire – WHY TAKE A CHANCE? Old School Values! 401-597-5660 or 508-922-3574 generation roofer. RI Reg. #20208 RI Comm. #182R MA Reg. #16296 www.JoshsConstruction.com 2017 & 2018 Financing Available! 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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