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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-23-14

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. Fall Fairs and bazaars Check out our listing of local seasonal sales and events. LIVING Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester Observer the VaLLey breeze & FREE @ OCTOBER 23-30, 2014 Valley Breeze & oBserVer Photo By charles lawrence At the Antique, Collectibles and Craft Show on the grounds of the Smith-Appleby House in Smithfield on Sunday, Deborah Cote, of Burrillville, president of the Historical Society of Smithfield, shows her collec- tion of hats, some dating back to the 1850s. The hat she is wearing dates from the 1940s and has a Cherry and Webb label. See more photos on page 26. by DeNISe PerreaULt Valley Breeze & observer correspondent SCITUATE – Hope Mill, once the state's oldest con- tinuously operating textile mill, could be converted into apartments in the near future if ongoing negotiations between the Town Council and a poten- tial developer are successful. Attorney Peter Furness with the Providence law firm of Boyajian, Harrington Richardson & Furness, the court-appointed receiver in control of the Hope Mill, con- firmed that negotiations are taking place with the goal of converting the structure in the southern part of town into as many as 200 apartments. The talks have taken place before or after Town Council meetings, behind closed doors in accord with the state's Open Meetings Act. The mill's see hoPe, Page 23 by MeLaNIe thIbeaULt Valley Breeze staff writer SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield Republican Town Committee this week is call- ing Democratic Town Council candidate Richard Nicholson a "deadbeat" for chronic tardi- ness with his tax bill. But Nicholson, an attorney, contends his real estate taxes are current and their claims are out of line. "Their demand that I pay my taxes is erroneous," Nicholson said. "I pay my real estate taxes lump sum every year for tax purposes. I've been paying them historically and faithfully 100 percent." Nicholson owns a 4,000-square-foot, four bed- room, four bathroom home on Clark Road with an inground pool on a 10-acre lot, that he built in 2004. In a press release this week, Republican Town Committee spokesman Sean Clough said that public documents have revealed that Nicholson has habitually failed to timely pay his residential property taxes on his $750,000 home in Smithfield "each and every year." Clough added, "Only upon receiving a letter of an impend- ing tax sale from the town has he finally paid his fair share to Smithfield GOP calls out Nicholson on chronic tardiness with property tax bill see NIChoLSoN, Page 18 local Haunts Paranormal investigator's new book highlights Foster haunted mill. LIVING Like us on Follow us on (401)949-0180 Watch out for all the Goblins on Halloween DRIVE SAFELY NORTH PROVIDENCE 6 54-410 0 1818 M ineral Spring Ave. Sun. - Thurs., 11AM - 12AM ; Fri. & Sat. 11AM - 1AM SM ITHFIELD/ GREENVILLE 2 33-8 96 6 375 Putnam Pike $ 7 99 CARRYOUT ONLY RYAN'S APPLIANCE RYAN'S APPLIANCE REPAIR REPAIR "When your appliance is dyin, just call Ryan!" 401-710-7096 Available Nights & Weekends Senior Discount Hope Mill in Scituate could house 200 new apartments Hats off to history

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