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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 5-1-14

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©2014 Breeze PuBlications inc. A stAte trAdition Rhode Islanders and foodies rediscover johnnycakes LIVING United in sports Unified sports program is changing attitudes and perceptions. SPORTS Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze The VaLLey FREE @ MAY 1-7, 2014 Valley Breeze Photo By DaViD Wuerth Students at Good Shepherd School were busy rehearsing for their annual talent show last Monday. The show, held last Wednesday, featured singing, dancing, music and comedy acts from students in grades 3 through 8. Singing "Strong" are 4th-graders from left, ISabeLLa Luca of Cumberland, SaRa eSPOSITO of Cumberland, and JuLIaNNa haNdRahaN of Woonsocket. See more photos on page 19. They've got talent by SaNdy SeOaNe Valley Breeze staff Writer NORTH SMITHFIELD – The past several years have proven to be a time of austerity for the North Smithfield School Department, when few learning programs are expanded due to budget constraints, and sports teams are perpetually threat- ened. But members of the North Smithfield Athletic Association won't let that ruin their fun. The NSAA, a volunteer group of parents, coaches and teachers with the mission of supporting town athletics and athletic groups is now lead- New Track and Field Club gets jumping thanks to huge community effort see JuMP, Page 10 WOONSOCKET – City Council President Albert Brien will pay $750 to settle a ethics complaint filed over his part in the city's hiring of City Clerk Christina Harmon- Duarte, a longtime employee at his private real estate firm. The complaint, filed in December by the last man to hold Brien's position, former City Council President John Ward, states that Brien should not have taken part in the resolution or vote to appoint Harmon-Duarte to fill the position, previously held by Andrea Bicki. "Ms. Harmon-Duarte has been working in a part-time secretarial capacity for Mr. Brien in his private real estate practice for many years," wrote Ward. "I believe this City councilor to pay $750 to settle ethics complaint see bRIeN, Page 14 by SaNdy SeOaNe Valley Breeze staff Writer NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Anchor Subaru dealership on Eddie Dowling Highway is still looking to expand, but first co-owner Bob Benoit will need the Town Council to agree to change several properties currently zoned 'residential suburban' to 'busi- ness highway,' in the latest version of his plan to create a new showroom and additional parking. A group of abutters, mean- while, have united against the proposal, and they say the setup Benoit is proposing is unreasonably large and will negatively affect both their quality of life and their prop- erty values. After hearing their argu- ments this week, the council will ultimately have to decide. "The dealership is get- ting way too big," said Louis Phaneuf. "Anybody that would live where we're living would definitely feel the way we're feeling. We all moved into a residential area abutting resi- dential land." At issue are several proper- Council to vote on zone change for Anchor dealership expansion see aNchOR, Page 6 "Like" us on "Follow" us on NEW! Pay only $10 for ads for Items for Sale valued at $200 or less. 3 weeks, only $25. Visit, or call 334-9555 weekdays. Deadline, Tuesday at 3 p.m. Looking to Sell Your Stuff? Let us help.

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