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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 02-16-2017

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE valleybreeze.com @ FEBRUARY 16-22, 2017 Like us on Follow us on COUNTING BIRDS Audubon's Backyard Bird Count starts Friday. LIVING BREEZE PHOTOS BY BILL MURPHY IZIK SUPPLE, 7, of Woonsocket, tries to catch some snowflakes during a day of sledding at Cold Spring Park in Woonsocket last week. With back-to back storms, kids took to the hills for some wintertime fun. See more photos on Page 6. Snow shower 'Prince' to join Woonsocket's line-up of Mardi Gras royalty Residents vote for city's most eligible bachelor WOONSOCKET – In a city where long-standing traditions make February a festive time of year, with a coronation, a ball, and selection of a king and queen, members of the Downtown Woonsocket Collaborative think it's time for the area's most eli- gible bachelors to get in on the Mardi Gras fun. Meet the potential Mardi Gras "Princes," a group of six well-known faces in local culture and govern- ment competing for the first title in what the DWC hopes will become an annual contest. And, yes ladies, they really are single. "That was a requirement. They cannot be married or engaged," said Melissa Murray, a city councilor who serves as DWC's promotions commit- tee chairperson. "That was the num- ber one criteria." Competing bachelors include Adam Brunetti, the co-founder and co-chair- By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com EPA will conduct more testing on North Smithfield wells Town orders study on extending water lines NORTH SMITHFIELD – Tests conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2016 revealed contaminants beyond the legal limit for drinking at two wells on Old Great Road, results that have led the agency to authorize another round of testing in the area. The Town Council last week made one small move in hopes to address the problem, ordering a study on the possibility of expand- ing the town's system to deliver water to the affected homes. "There were two wells con- taminated with volatile organics above drinking water standards," said Meghan Cassidy, head of the superfund site assessment program for the EPA, who noted that her agency tested around eight in the area last year. The findings add to what appears to be a growing problem in a sec- tion of town on the Massachusetts By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com See WELLS, Page 21 See PRINCE, Page 20 Plan your weekend with our Calendar of Events. LIVING BE ENTERTAINED ADRIANA PIEDRAHITA, 8, of Woonsocket, makes a snow angel as she takes a break from sledding at Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland last Saturday. FREE Hearing Screenings FREE Hearing Aid Checks & Cleanings Just call to schedule an appointment! 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 3, Suite 307, Lincoln, RI 02865 www.hearforyouri.com 401-475-6116 Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist Today's hearing aids are barely visible, highly effective and easy to afford. Come hear for yourself with a RISK FREE 30-day trial!

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