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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 6-27-13

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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JUNE 27-JULY 3, 2013 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket FREE Breeze The valley Arts in the Park Get out and Celebrate Woonsocket Arts and Music Festival entertains outdoors. PAGE 19 Check out our roundup of local Fourth of July activities. SEE LIVING @ "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers No. Smithfield adopts $37.7 million budget School Department receives nearly $500,000 less than requested, with sports in municipal fund than last year, but the only increase for the School Department will be $240,000 dedicated solely for sports, leaving some proponents of increased education spending unhappy. The $37,785,879 spending plan includes some funding for roadway improvements, increases for the police By SANDY PHANEUF Valley Breeze Staff Writer NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Town Council has approved a budget with spending of $1.5 million more Summer strawberries are waiting to be picked department, small raises for some municipal employees and pay for a new part-time zoning inspector. As a result, the town will need to raise $968,981 more in tax revenue. But thanks to the addition of new See BUDGET, Page 14 McGee resigns from leadership role on council Vice president cites political differences, lack of teamwork By SANDY PHANEUF Valley Breeze Staff Writer NORTH SMITHFIELD – Just one day after completing a contentious budget process that put town boards at odds for months, Thomas McGee has resigned from his leadership position on the Town Council, stepping down as vice president. McGee, who was the top vote-getter among Council members during last November's election, says he still plans to play an active role in the town's legislative board, but he no longer wants his name attached to leadership. Valley Breeze photo by Elise Manahan JoAnn Dean, of North Smithfield, fills her basket with freshly picked strawberries last Saturday, at Jaswell's Farm in Smithfield where she and many others were taking advantage of the cooler morning weather to pick berries. See more on page 2. City makes progress with unions, but expects little help from state legislature By SANDY PHANEUF Valley Breeze Staff Writer WOONSOCKET – A $12 million advance in education aid kept the city on its feet this week, and two unions could be ready to sign contracts aimed at easing Woonsocket's long-term debt, but officials raged at state lawmakers this week saying they were getting no help with their fiscal problems from the General Assembly. After months of negotiation, the Woonsocket Teacher's Guild has scheduled a vote on a new tentaSee FISCAL, Page 15 97 Main St., Blackstone, MA • (508) 883-3122 ARBOR MIST CANADIAN ABSOLUT 1.75L CLUB 1.75L 1.5L 2 for 27.99 BUD/BUD LIGHT 30-pk cans 20.99 $ 750 ML 9.99 $ $ CORONA JAGERMEISTER 15.99 $ FETZER CAPT. MORGAN 1.75L VINEYARDS 1.5L + dep. $ 17.99 10.99 $ + dep. 27.99 HEINEKEN 24-pk bottles 23.99 $ + dep. 24-12-oz. bottles 23.99 $ See MCGEE, Page 15 The Victorian Rose Day Spa Thrifty Discount Liquors $ "I don't agree with the direction of the council right now, and I don't want to be part of leadership that I don't agree McGee with," he told The Breeze. "I'm not on board with the plan and politically I feel it's just not the way to go." The full-time contractor and part-owner of Gator's Pub is currently serving his second term, and said that last time around, things were better. "I had a great two years before this," he said. "I worked on special projects and everyone worked together." Now, McGee said, he feels his skills are not being utilized, and his opinions are being dismissed. "Whatever I bring to the + dep. The C rew a t 2/12 packs Thri Li fty quors w ould li $23.99 ke to w i our servi m en & OPEN SUN. JULY 3 sh ce w om en a nd custom ers a NOON-9 P.M. & MON. JULY 4 S a fe & H a ppy 4th of July! 9A.M.-11P.M. BLUE MOON + dep. Open Daily 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sundays Noon-8 p.m. ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. 25% OFF BAR EM I ALS NER ® M a ke Up and All Retail Items Tues., July 9 thru Sat., July 13, 2013 Jew elry Yonka Pureology OPI D eva Curl Clothi ng 1271 Park Ave. Woonsocket, RI • 762-1276 We will not hold any items prior to sale.

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