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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 3-27-14

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©2014 Breeze PuBlications inc. North stars #1 North Stars Mite A Select team wins championship. PAGE 15 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze ThE vAllEy FREE valleybreeze.com @ MARCH 27-APRIL 2, 2014 Valley Breeze Photo By DaViD Wuerth Students and staff at North Smithfield Elementary School cheer for PrinciPAl cArolyn FrAynE after she completed the Principal's Challenge last Thursday. The school was the winner of a contest, sponsored by Stop & Shop, for designing an obstacle course that Principal Frayne would have to complete. Frayne had to visit 21 classrooms and complete a challenge in each, which included wearing a tutu. Her final challenge was to ride a scooter around their gym before the entire student body. See more photos on page 6. Challenge accepted By SAnDy SEoAnE Valley Breeze staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com NORTH SMITHFIELD – A former Marine and father of two who currently works as a manager for United Rentals has been appointed to fill the vacancy left by the departure of member George Hemond on the North Smithfield School Committee. Chris Puccetti was confirmed recently by a vote of 3-2 to fill the seat until the town's regular election this November. "As a seasoned resident of North Smithfield and a father of two children that attend our schools, I feel that both my personal and professional experiences could assist with strengthening the school sys- tem," Puccetti said in a letter delivered to Town Clerk Debra Todd. Puccetti serves as a coach in several town leagues and said that through his career, he has experience managing a diverse group of individuals. "I believe that I possess the needed qualifications to per- form and succeed in this posi- tion," he said. Puccetti was one of seven residents to express interest in the position. The other inter- ested candidates were Peter Dowling, Rick Nadeau, Joseph Murray, Gerry Thifault, Fran Johannis and Marc Baillargeon, but Baillargeon withdrew his request on March 10. Councilor Kimberly Alves made the motion to appoint Puccetti appointed to North Smithfield School Committee see PUccETTi, Page 7 sPrING BLooMs Wildflowers add a pop of color to the landscape. livinG By EThAn ShorEy Valley Breeze staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com PROVIDENCE – They were the five days that shook the foundation of Rhode Island's political establish- ment, potentially reshaping the state's future, and most of the key players were from north- ern Rhode Island. "Millions of dollars and months of time will be spent on the (governor's) race and the past five days will have more impact on the state. Amazing," said Rep. Brian Newberry, the Republican House minority leader from District 48 in North Smithfield and Burrillville, in a tweet Tuesday eve- ning. Newberry and his small caucus of Republicans, along with the three-member Woonsocket House delegation, were the pivotal votes in an unex- pected race for speaker of the house, helping Cranston Rep. Nicholas Mattiello beat out Scituate Rep. Michael Marcello Tuesday for what Area lawmakers had big role in Speaker drama Marcello: 'Treacherous process' see SPEAKEr, Page 7 nEWBErry "like" us on "Follow" us on (401) 762-2422 • D R D AVE W ARD . COM 460 S OUTH M AIN S TREET • W OONSOCKET , RI 02895 PLEASE D R D AVE W ARD P ERMANENT I MPLANTS CAN SECURE BOTH YOUR SMILE AND YOUR CONFIDENCE ONCE AND FOR ALL ! S ELF - CONSCIOUS ABOUT

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