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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 8-22-13

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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AUGUST 22-28, 2013 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze Celebrat oc ket Anni versa 's ry! 125 th The Main Street Block Party Enjoy the Party! Old Alice Mill, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 built in 1889 Woonsocket HAPPY 125! Local retailers debut dowtown next month. LIVING e Woon s The valley MEET THE NEW ARCADE FREE 125th Anniversary 1888-2013 Our guide to Woonsocket's Anniversary Celebration! INSIDE @ Building Monume nt Square's L'Arc Leo Fontaine , Mayor of Woonsoc ket de Triomphe Pauline & Mike Dubois, "Cake Makers" James Montgom Breeze ery The vall ey ©2013 Breez e PuBlicatio "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Residents unite to block tax WOONSOCKET – Several taxpayers are moving forward with their threatened class action lawsuit to block the city from fully imposing a supplemental tax on city residents. The gist of their claim, they say, is that the tax "is not in compliance with the legislation that originally authorized it." A lawsuit was filed Thursday, Aug. 15 in Rhode Island Superior Court by taxpayer advocate attorney Robert Senville. It caught the eye of thousands nationwide Tuesday when it was mentioned on the conservative online story aggregator the Drudge Report with a link to The Valley Breeze's webpage where the story was posted. The influx of online readers clicking on the story temporarily shut down the Breeze's website. Attorney Senville notes in a statement that legislation approved by the General Assembly last spring authorized Woonsocket to issue a supplemental tax "contingent upon the city of Woonsocket's realization of a total amount of no less than $3.75 million in savings resulting from municipal enactment and concessions from collective bargaining agreements." See TAX, Page 15 ns inc. Farmers feel the effects of extreme weather Leader of the band By MARCIA GREEN Valley Breeze Editor food served by Krakow Deli Smokehouse and Bakery starting at noon, and dancing to live music by the Rich Bobinski Orchestra from 2 to 5 p.m. Belanger told The Valley Breeze Woonsocket is asking for too much money. He says it costs $2,400 to NORTH SMITHFIELD – Local growers are reporting a disappointing start to the harvest season. For some, GOODWIN the fruits of their labor were lost to extreme weather. June's rains – 18 inches in 10 days – and mid-July's prolonged heat wave – seven straight days that saw temperatures top 90 degrees – have left their mark on the farm fields of northern Rhode Island. Incessant rain delayed planting, leaving gaps in the corn harvest, while the heat fried squash blossoms and stressed the tomatoes. And all that's assuming the budding veggies survived a new See POLKA, Page 18 See FARMERS, Page 15 Valley Breeze photo by Bruce McCabe It's that time of year again: North Smithfield Middle School Band Director John Knasas oils the valves of a tuba last Monday as he prepares for the start of classes on Aug. 27. Polka Fest 2013 moves to Blackstone By NANCY O'HALLORAN Valley Breeze News Editor WOONSOCKET – Increasing city fees, that last year included a surprise upcharge, have forced a break in tradition for the annual Polka Fest. Paul Belanger, aka Polka Paul, has this year moved this popular celebration 9 of all things Polish from Woonsocket's River Island Park to Blackstone's Roosevelt Park behind the Blackstone Municipal Center, 15 St. Paul St. The Sept. 1 festival will be the fifth year for Belanger. It starts with a live broadcast in the park of his WNRI 1380 AM "Polka Paul Show" at 11 a.m., followed by Polish Hole Championship Course Par 36 FALL RATES Effective 9/9/13 - Cart Extra $ WEEKDAYS Mon-Thurs 32 $23 18 Holes $23 Play until dark ~ Daily Starting at 5pm ~ No Carts $ 9 Holes WEEKDAYS Fri-Sun 42 $29 18 Holes 9 Holes 30 Locust Street Bellingham • 508-883-1600 ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc.

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