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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 4-3-14

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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©2014 Breeze PuBlications inc. A festivAl of music Woonsocket High School presents its annual Spring Festival. PAGE 7 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze ThE vAllEy FREE @ APRIL 3-9, 2014 By DENISE PERREAUlT Valley Breeze correspondent BELLINGHAM – Norman Decelles was 29 years old when he came upon the property that would turn out to be his and his family's life work. Today, we know it as the Coachmen's Lodge, 273 Wrentham Road. Back then, Decelles knew he wanted to be in the restau- rant business. He was a first cousin to the Taverniers who owned and operated the well- known Bocce Club restaurant in Woonsocket and, in between part-time work as a truck driver, he worked at the Bocce. He also owned his own little eatery on Mendon Road in Woonsocket for a while, now known as By EThAN ShOREy Breeze staff Writer Woonsocket was one of five communities in the state to see the biggest declines in meal and beverage taxes, while North Smithfield posted the biggest percentage gain of anyone. Woonsocket saw a drop of $11,513, or 4.1 percent in meal and beverage taxes for the first seven months of the fiscal year, from July of last year to January of this year, from $277,692 down to $266,179. North Smithfield saw a 21.6 percent increase in meal and beverage taxes for the same seven-month period, jumping from $107,837 in receipts a year earlier to $131,162 for the current fiscal year. Increases in meal and bever- age tax receipts may show that people are spending more on restaurant meals and prepared foods at existing businesses, or that more businesses are open- ing up, or both. Decreases like the one in Woonsocket can show that By EThAN ShOREy Valley Breeze staff Writer WOONSOCKET – Workers from National Grid turned 29 more streetlights back on last Thursday, bring- ing the total number switched back on since Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt took office to approximately 120. Baldelli- Hunt said in a news release that she was pleased to announce the reactivation of streetlights in a portion of the upper Bernon neighborhood. "This marks the third phase of our reactivation program which will lead to the even- tual relighting of the entire city of Woonsocket," she said. "We will continue to work dil- igently to identify additional cost savings and new revenue sources that will result in the completion of this important project." Phase three of what Baldelli-Hunt says could end up being a 20-phase project saw 29 lights along 13 to 15 Gradually, streetlights returning to city service see lIGhTS, Page 14 Meal taxes down in Woonsocket, up in N. Smithfield Decelleses sell Coachmen's Lodge New owners updating patio; Michele remains to help brides see COAChMEN'S, Page 8 Valley Breeze Photo By tom Ward NORMAN and MIChElE DECEllES have sold the Coachmen's Lodge in Bellingham after 45 years in busi- ness. The new owners, the Nicolos family of Attleboro, have extensive experience in the restaurant business, are keeping the Coachmen's staff, and are already renovating the rear patio with beautiful stonework, an area which suffered a fire last year. Michele will remain through the year to help brides who have already reserved weddings at Coachmen's. BAlDEllI- hUNT see TAXES, Page 9 GAme on Choose your adventure at 5 Wits at Patriot Place. lIvING "like" us on "Follow" us on Simplify Your Lifestyle 170 Providence Pike, North Smithfield 401.356.1130 Model Homes Open Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 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. Attractively priced from $269,900 • Beautifully Landscaped • Walking Trails • Granite and Hardwoods • Community Social Center

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