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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 1-9-14

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Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket JANUARY 9-15, 2014 FREE Breeze The valley like ol' blue eyes felines on display Frank Sinatra tribute performance this Sunday in Glocester. LIVING Ragdoll Fanciers Winter Cat Show is this weekend. PAGE 12 @ "Like" us on Hamilton gives School Department 30 days to provide legal budget valleybreeze.com Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Bundled up and ready to slide By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com NORTH SMITHFIELD – Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton told the School Committee Monday night she's giving them 30 days to rework their budget into one that complies with the 4 percent state cap on increases. And she questioned why the board submitted a document that calls for an illegal, 15 percent increase in the first place. The administrator was reacting to the "draft" submitted by the department in December that showed expenditures totaling more than $27 million, a 15 percent increase from the current fiscal year. The School Department first presented the budget to the public in November, saying the document - which included the addition of new programs and services, plus an increase of $550,412 in salaries and $934,705 in benefits - was just a "starting point." But as the charter-mandated budget deadline approached, none of the proposed spending was removed. "The North Smithfield School See BUDGET, Page 19 Change, growth ahead for newly purchased Landmark Medical Center sandy@valleybreeze.com WOONSOCKET– California-based Prime Health Services now officially owns Landmark Medical Center, ending more than five years of uncertainty with the purchase, finalized on the last day of 2013. And over the next several months, change is coming to the long-struggling facility, as the promised investments, in areas from staffing to equipment, fall into place at Rhode Island's first for-profit hospital. "We've been very fortunate that not only the employees and the physicharest cians have remained loyal to us while we went through our special mastership period, but the patients continued to use our facilities and have confidence in us," said Landmark President Richard Charest. "Now that we're beyond that, See LANDMARK, Page 8 No. Smithfield voters may consider partially appointed school board By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com Valley Breeze photo by David Wuerth Timothy Rainville, of Woonsocket, carries his son Jacob, 2, up the hill at Globe Park. The Woonsocket park was busy last Friday afternoon with people sliding down the hill after the new snowfall. See more photos on page 7. Dep r essed? Anxi ous? Str essed? • Short term counseling • Long term therapy • Anxiety, depression • Substance Abuse Counseling • Children, teens, adults Children often have symptoms of Depression & Anxiety such as poor concentration, low self esteem, low energy & frequent sadness. Children • Adults • Couples • Families Now Accepting New Patients Most Insurances Accepted NORTH SMITHFIELD – Joining what seems to be a growing local trend, the North Smithfield Town Council may ask voters to decide in a November ballot question 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. Anthony Taraboreli l, LI , CDP CSW 1 Soc alSt eet W oonsoc i r , ket RI 02895 , 4018298838 ©2014 Breeze Publications Inc. whether at least some of the town's school board members should be appointed. The change, proposed by Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton, would see the Town Council to appoint one member, and the administrator to appoint another of the five See SCHOOL, Page 11

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