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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 04-20-2017

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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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE @ APRIL 20-26, 2017 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Kohl's schedules Oct. 1 opening in North Smithfield Construction begins at Dowling Village department store, one lot remains NORTH SMITHFIELD – Since 2012, plans have been in the works to create a Kohl's department store at Dowling Village in North Smithfield, and the wait is finally over – or at least there's an end in sight. Construction on the lot, situ- ated just beside Lowe's Home Improvement inside the Eddie Dowling Highway development, began this week, and according to Brian Bucci, developer of the com- mercial center, the project is on track for an Oct. 1 completion. The 35,000-square-foot store will utilize Kohl's latest prototype, which "blends the retail and online shop- ping experience," according to Bucci. The department store specializes in clothes and home accessories, includ- ing bedding and furniture, and also carries appliances, toys, jewelry, makeup and more. "They put that building on hold because they were changing the format to better compete with the internet, and the changing patterns of retail shoppers," Bucci explained. "We were disappointed that they didn't build the store at the begin- ning, but we're happy that the store they're building now is the store of the future." By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer NORTH SMITHFIELD – A pro- gram that aims to connect curriculum with art has added color and life to the hallways of North Smithfield High School, teaching students some lessons that just might stick. Tape art – images created with pieces of the sticky stuff – were used to enhance lessons from Spanish, Sociology, English and Fashion Design classes thanks to this year's Arts Talk Project, a program funded by Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Artists Michael Townsend and Leah Smith, members of the Providence-based Tape Art Crew worked with the students, using drawing tape to illustrate varying assignments. Founded in 1989, the tape art movement has brought more than 500 temporary murals to public spaces across the globe. The group Art meets academics By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer North Smithfield High School students use tape to create curriculum- related artwork BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON TAYLOR FAGNANT, a sophomore at North Smithfield High School, applies a touch of green to her creation on the walls of North Smithfield High School. Tape Artist Michael Townsend and Leah Smith worked with students to create large-scale col- laborative drawings with tape. See ART, Page 20 See KOHL'S, Page 4 No. Smithfield Council may look to voters for more bond money Task Force: $12 million was never enough NORTH SMITHFIELD – Members of the Municipal Building Review Task Force say that the $12 million bond approved by voters in 2014 was not an adequate amount to fund the real needs of the town. And under their recommendation, the Town Council has approved getting a space needs study for the town facilities portion of the project at a cost of $30,000 to $50,000, a report they say will show the "real" By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer See BOND, Page 22 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 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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