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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 7-25-13

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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Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket JULY 25-31, 2013 FREE Breeze The valley Designs in silk Take your Pick Create your own unique scarf designs at Cumberland studio. LIVING Get your hands on the blueberry harvest at local farms. PAGE 12 @ "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Woonsocket's all-day K may be back this fall Ride on at Riverfest City delegates win $500,000 in state grant By SANDY PHANEUF Valley Breeze Staff Writer Valley Breeze photo by Elise Manahan Cyclists celebrated the new bike striped lanes throughout the city of Woonsocket with a ride from both Uxbridge, Mass., and from Providence into River Island Park for Riverfest. After completing their bike rides, visitors were able to check out a chalk art contest, listen to live music, shop at stalls set up throughout the park or get something to eat at a food truck. Jan Reitsma, executive director of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, speaks to visitors gathered at the park after the completion of the bike ride to thank all who helped and to encourage all to enjoy the day. See more photos on page 11. WOONSOCKET – The city's full-day kindergarten program may be restarted this fall thanks to a funding grant in the 2014 state budget. News of the all-day K cash – expected to boost achievement for the city's youngest scholars – came this week as a surprise to school board and city officials alike. Woonsocket's kindergarten classes had been cut to half-day in 2011 over financial concerns, but some say now that eliminating full-day program did not yield local savings because it brought a corresponding cut in state and federal funding. Once the roughly 500 students affected are reflected as full-time students, outside education dollars will theoretically support the continuation of full day kindergarten going See KINDERGARTEN, Page 7 Miami developer purchases The Halstead historic complex By SANDY PHANEUF Valley Breeze Staff Writer NORTH SMITHFIELD – An historic mill-turned-apartment-complex in the center of town quietly changed hands this month, and the purchaser has hired a different management firm to run the 224 unit site. The Halstead at Slatersville Mill was purchased by Acumen Real Estate, a Miami-based development firm that invests in multi-family properties in NORTH SMITHFIELD FENCE, INC. Professional Service & Installation Custom Cedar Galvanized & Vinyl Coated Chain Link Ornamental Aluminum & Steel 100% Virgin Vinyl available in: Classic Series, Color Spectrum, Woodgrain Complete Line of Residential & Commercial Fencing 375 ST. PAUL STREET • NORTH SMITHFIELD, RI 02896 5 minutes from MA, off Rte. 146A Phone: (401) 769-2575 Fax: (401) 766-2956 1-800-285-2575 RI Contractor's Reg. # 6112 • Fully Insured For Your Protection Florida and the northeast. It hired Riverstone Residential Group, a third-party management firm that runs more than 750 properties in some 30 plus states across the country, to manage the property. The mill, which was first built in the early 1800s by brothers Samuel and John Slater in partnership with the Providence firm of Almy and Brown, was the central structure around which the village of Slatersville was formed. The three buildings underwent significant renovation with the help of historic tax credits by the ST. GERMAIN ASSISTED LIVING N o Opn w e Boston-based DSF Group, and in 2007, made their debut as luxury apartments. Unit amenities include fully applianced kitchens, carpet flooring throughout living rooms and bedrooms, in-unit See HALSTEAD, Page 18 Simplify Your Lifestyle • Affordable Assisted Living • 24 Hour on site Care • Full Meals 7 days a week • Housekeeping / Laundry • Activities Accepting Applications St. Germain Manor ~ 401-597-5867 429 East School St., Woonsocket, RI WOONSOCKET Housing Authority ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. • Beautifully Landscaped • Walking Trails • Granite and Hardwoods • Community Social Center Attractively priced from $269,900 New homes at Laurelwood are single level designs with full basements and garages. The interiors are personalized to your liking. The exteriors are entirely maintained by the Association. No cutting the lawn, no shoveling the snow. For those 55 and better, it's time to relax and enjoy life again. 170 Providence Pike, North Smithfield 401.356.1130 Model Homes Open Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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