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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 01-05-2017

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©2015 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY ©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. FREE @ JANUARY 5-11, 2017 Like us on Follow us on WOONSOCKET – The mayor has tapped former House Majority Leader John DeSimone to serve as Woonsocket solicitor, a move that may have come just soon enough to avoid further battles over the city's legal budget following a council deci- sion not to retain solicitor Michael Marcello. DeSimone, a Democrat who served in the state legislature from 1992 until he was defeated in a primary last year, will need confirmation from the City Council. Although ratification of the appointment has not yet been scheduled, some councilors gave early indications of support for the mayor's pick. "I think that the overall consensus was of approval based on the conver- sations I've heard," said City Council President Daniel Gendron. "It seems SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer The 12th annual Winter Cat Show is this weekend. LIVING FABULOUS FELINES WOONSOCKET – For 8-year- old Julia Powers, the "wish" was her dream playhouse: a two-story rainbow-covered miniature home complete with a double balcony and a pulley system to transport snacks and toys to the second floor. Powers, who was diagnosed last year with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, had submitted the "plans" for her house to A Wish Come True Inc., a Warwick-based WACTC makes a little girl's playhouse wish come true By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer JULIA POWERS' "blueprint," drawings show how she envi- sioned her playhouse with sections painted blue, red, yellow and green. The picture shows a porch, a bal- cony, a rainbow on top and a "pulley to get stuff." See WISH, Page 8 Brickhouse '2.0' coming to city in February Cranston investor has vision for Diamond Hill Road property WOONSOCKET – Coming soon to Diamond Hill: a version of a well- known – and liked – city hangout, updated for 2017. Brickhouse Bar and Grill is scheduled to open this February, a new place for locals to "eat, drink, and dance," according to General Manager Bobby Vigeant. Born and raised in Providence, Vigeant said the venture will mark his first foray in the restaurant industry, coming from a background in both real estate, and health and fitness. The property was last home to Plaza Mexico, a restaurant first opened in 2011 that moved to Bellingham, Mass., last year. But it was the building's previous life as a popular local bar and pool hall that drew Vigeant's attention. "I had a different concept when I first came in, but the Brickhouse was so well remembered and so well known," he said. "There's so many good memories By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer See BUSINESS, Page 4 ICE FISHING SEASON Bundle up and set your fi shing line in a frozen lake. LIVING Baldelli-Hunt names DeSimone as solicitor Council ratification is still required See SOLICITOR, Page 14 T.H. MALLOY Oil | Propane | Bioheat | Generator | Boiler Service 401.333.0665 Visit our new website: T o geth er W e M ak e A D ifferen ce

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