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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-15-2017

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE @ JUNE 15-21, 2017 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON The graduates are in their places to begin the 2017 commencement for WOONSOCKET HIGH SCHOOL last Friday at Barry Field. See more photos on pages 5-8 and read the story on page 20. BREEZE PHOTOS BY ROBERT EMERSON Seniors NICARA MCLAUGHLIN and ROWEN LANIER get together for a selfie before the procession to the football field at North Smithfield High School's commencement ceremony last Friday. See more photos on pages 9-11 and read the story on page 24. BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Proud grandfather, LEE AMBLER, hugs his grand- daughter, MADISON AMBLER, of Bellingham, Mass., at Mount St. Charles Academy's 2017 graduation last Sunday. See more photos on pages 12-14 and read the story on page 25. Congratulations Class of 2017 Council tables entertainment license for So. Main St. site Decision affects several downtown gatherings WOONSOCKET – After two events that supporters say were successful in bringing hundreds of visitors to the city's downtown, the Woonsocket City Council withheld the entertainment license for gather- ings at 40 South Main St., which include Food Truck Fridays, and Saturday markets all summer. The venue, owned by NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, is still scheduled to host all of the upcoming events, but support- ers say the move amounts to "chip- ping away" at an otherwise positive movement. The gatherings are a new feature designed to bring life to the city's downtown and must now go on without the scheduled entertainment. The decision to table the licenses – required for hosting live entertain- ment – came following testimony from a longtime local restaurant owner who said the Friday night food truck events, held at the organiza- tion's Market Square building, have been hurting his business. "I'm not blaming anyone for this idea, but it is directly affecting all res- taurants in the area, mine included," said Gordon Robinson of Ye Olde English Fish and Chips. "I'd like to see another location for these food By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer See LICENSE, Page 30

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