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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 04-08-2021

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON Founders Academy student ILLYANA ALICEA enjoys the honor guard of policemen, teachers and PTO members as she walked along Social Street to the school for the first time this year for in-person learning. See more photos on page 8. Welcome back! NORTH SMITHFIELD – Green Development is making progress on its 160-acre solar farm off Iron Mine Hill Road and expects to begin installing solar panels within the next two months. Green Development Spokesperson Bill Fischer told The Valley Breeze last week that site work is now Green Development preps for next phase on Iron Mine Hill Road By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Deputy Editor lauren@valleybreeze.com See SOLAR, Page 9 NORTH SMITHFIELD – The last time Jackie Harpin left her assisted living facility for anything other than a doctor's appointment or a flu shot, it was March of 2020 and the pandemic had not yet taken hold. Before COVID-19, she and her daughters and sons-in-law used to spend every Thursday night together, either going out to eat or play- ing games at her apartment at The Villa at Saint Antoine. Lately, those long nights have been replaced with brief, 30-minute visits in the facil- ity's visiting area. That all changed on Easter Sunday, however. For the first time in more than a year, Harpin, 86, was able to spend the day at the home of her daughter, Jo-Ann Lessard, for an extended visit with family. Nursing home residents finally venturing out By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Deputy Editor lauren@valleybreeze.com See OUTINGS, Page 32 Kithes files for restraining order against Cournoyer Lawyer: Parties exploring 'amicable resolution' WOONSOCKET – A former member of the Woonsocket City Council has filed for a restraining order and other civil measures against a sitting member of the council over what he alleges were "harassing emails and texts." Alexander Kithes, who served on the council from August of 2019 to November of 2020, filed for a restraining order against Councilor James Cournoyer on Feb. 5 in Superior Court. He alleges in the com- By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Deputy Editor lauren@valleybreeze.com See RESTRAINING , Page 9 ©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket FREE APRIL 8-14, 2021 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Bldg. 3, Ste. 307, Lincoln, RI 401-475-6116 www.hearforyouri.com Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist Spring into the Conversation! At Hear For You Hearing and Balance Center we strive for excellence in customer care. Our services include: Call today to schedule your appointment and ask about our Interest Free Financing! • Diagnostic Hearing tests ages 6 months & up • Hearing Aid Evaluations • Hearing Aid Sales & Repairs Depressed? Anxious? Stressed? Anthony Taraborelli, LICSW, CDP • Short term counseling • Unresolved Grief • Anxiety, depression • SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING • Anger Management • Saturday Hours and Evenings Children • Adults • Couples • Families Most Insurances Accepted Now Accepting Medicare NEW ADDRESS 191 Social Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895 401-829-8838 Custom Cedar PVC Vinyl Aluminum/ Steel 401-769-2575 fax 401-766-2956 www.nsfenceri.com 375 St. Paul Street, North Smithfield, RI (5 minutes from MA, off 146A) RI. Contractor's Reg. #6112 Full Insured Professional Service & Installation Celebrating Our 37th Season! Your Official Eastern Illusions Dealer Since 2005 COMPLETE LINE OF RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL FENCING Chain Link: Galvanized & Vinyl Breeze THE VALLEY — CELEBRATING OUR 25 TH ANNIVERSARY —

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