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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 9-19-13

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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SEPTEMBER 19-25, 2013 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket FREE Breeze The valley Horsing around Fresh Air Fun All things equestrian going on at Brookside. PAGE 14 Reconnect with nature at upcoming Land Trust Days events. LIVING @ "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Stadium's new 'Marquee Room' nearly ready to take its bow Opposing Lindberg, school board might share town's auditor New space will allow more intimate shows, VIP gatherings By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer NORTH SMITHFIELD – Supt. Stephen Lindberg provided extensive paperwork to prove why the School Department should seek a separate auditing firm from the municipality for fiscal 2014, despite the stated recommendation of the Town Council. But in a somewhat uncommon display of independence, members of the School Committee overruled him, defeating the idea 3-2, and opting instead to try cooperating with the town. Lindberg had urged members to advertise separately for a new auditor. "I think you'd be wise in starting the process to protect your interest on the School Committee side," he said. "When we talk about working together, there was ample opportunity to do so and that simply never happened." The same tense rhetoric that dominated the budget process over the past year See AUDITOR, Page 8 Above, Stadium Theatre Technical Director and Building Manager Dennis Tancrell cleans up following some work in the new Marquee Room, above the theater's box office area. The room will provide space for smaller shows and VIP gatherings, and is expected to be complete in about a month. At right, Cathy Levesque, Stadium Theatre executuve director and CEO, shows the new staircase that will bring VIP guests directly from the new Marquee Room into the theater's grand hall. Valley Breeze PhotoS by Tom Ward Serving the people with quality products since 1947! Come take a look at our bargain basement full of gift shop goodies and our 8ft. and shorter shop for all your small projects! ALSO OUR COUNTRY GIFT SHOP IS LOADED WITH FALL DECOR! 20% OFF ALL WEEK ANY COUNTRY GIFT SHOP PURCHASE Not to be combined with any other offers. Expires 9/21/13 COME SEE US TODAY! 830 Cumberland Hill Road, Woonsocket, RI OPEN: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 to 5 p.m.; Sat. 7:30 to 3 p.m. (401) 769-8128 • ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. WOONSOCKET – A vision five years in the making is set to spring to life next month with the grand opening of a new space at The Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre dedicated to the popular venue's more intimate performances, meet and greets, after school education programs and VIP receptions. The Marquee Room, a 3,000-square-foot space situated just above the theater's notable neon sign and box office, will serve as the new setting for cabarets, comedians, acoustic performances and one-act plays. The space will include its own small stage, bar, warming kitchen for catered food, private bathrooms and lounge area, plus 30 cafe-style tables. Through a new private entrance, guests will access the main theatre. "What I'm most excited about is the private receptions for our sponsors," said Cathy Levesque, See STADIUM, Page 9

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