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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 7-18-13

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JULY 18-24, 2013 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket FREE Breeze The valley Count on Nature Heritage Days Residents chase beauty in annual butterfly count. PAGE 5 North Smithfield celebrates on the town common. PAGE 10 @ "Like" us on Town Hall sports fund ignored by school board valleybreeze.com Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers DOT considers roundabout for intersection near schools Close encounter By SANDY PHANEUF Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com NORTH SMITHFIELD – School Department officials said this week that budget constraints may force them to cut middle school sports, even as they weren't acknowledging at Tuesday's meeting the full sports funding for the program was set aside by the Town Council during budget talks this year. Questioned by The Breeze after their meeting Tuesday, School Committee members said they're not sure if all athletics are part of their 2014 budget plan. And they expressed only vague knowledge about the $240,000 in sports funding sitting in a Town Hall account. In a process that saw months of conflict over budget accountability between school and town leaders, the Town Council created a special contingency fund this year, setting aside $240,000 for sports - $200,000 for varsity, $20,000 for middle school and $20,000 for junior varsity. The athletics funding, which proponents of the plan said is See BUDGET, Page 12 By SANDY PHANEUF Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Rhode Department of Transportation is considering changing a traffic signal on a busy route through town to a roundabout, a move some say will increase safety and ultimately save money. The light, which marks the intersection of Providence Pike and Greenville Road, is in need of repairs, and town officials believe the change could be a preferred long-term solution to ongoing maintenance problems. The Town Council and Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton asked DOT to study See ROUNDABOUT, Page 6 First Block Party fundraiser happens at Vintage tonight Valley Breeze photo by Bruce McCabe Matthew Waring, a 7-year-old from Woonsocket, lets "Shakey" a California King Snake, cling to his arm during the reptile show at the Woonsocket Harris Public Library on July 8. Animal expert Ray Ward educated and entertained the kids with a variety of snakes, lizards and turtles during his Bwanna Iguana Animal Show. See more photos on page 8. WOONSOCKET – The first in a series of fundraisers to benefit the Woonsocket 125th anniversary Main Street Block Party will be held tonight at Vintage Restaurant. "Woonsocket Rocket Night" will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include entertainment by Vintage Rhythm See PARTY, Page 6 Looking to Sell Your Stuff? Let us help. NEW! Pay only $10 for ads for Items for Sale valued at $200 or less. 3 weeks, only $25. Visit valleybreeze.com, or call 334-9555 weekdays. Deadline, Tuesday at 3 p.m. ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. Woonsocket 125th Anniversary 1888-2013

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