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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-13-2017

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE valleybreeze.com @ JULY 13-19, 2017 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE RAY and RUTH POIRIER, of Blackstone, Mass., sing along to "Brown Eyed Girl" performed by the Rhode Island-based band Illusions at the Slatersville Congregational Church Common last Sunday. The band kicked off the North Smithfield Summer Concert series. See more photos on page 9. Sitting in the sunlight Cost of city water plant reduced to $56.8 million Work on Jillson Avenue facility could start as soon as fall WOONSOCKET – Work on the city's new water treatment facility, a $56 million project to replace the existing plant on Manville Road, could begin as soon as fall, say city officials. Last week, the City Council unanimously authorized Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt to sign a contract with AECOM Technical Services to design, build and operate the plant, a massive infra- structure improvement project mandated by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Public Works Director Steven D'Agostino told The Breeze that the bid sub- mitted by the global engi- neering company last year was initially higher. "We only want to bor- row what we absolutely have to borrow," he said. "We tried to get the price as low as possible without hurting the project." AECOM was one of three firms to respond to a request for proposals for the work in January of 2016, along with CH2M Hill and Veolia Water North America. Bids are By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com See WATER, Page 14 NORTH SMITHFIELD – The School Committee has reduced the district's 2018 budget by some $348,000 to work within figures approved by the Town Council at the end of June. And under a plan devised by Supt. Michael St. Jean and Business Manager Lisa Marcotte, almost no cuts were made to staffing or programs. The district was able to increase spending on stipends for two teachers by a total of $12,500, and to set aside funding of $25,000 for programs including We the People and DECA. The district's new $25,311,775 budget includes salary and ben- efit increases by $122,345 for the recently approved North Smithfield Association of Support Staff contract. New staff approved at the School Committee's last meeting includes two part-time math interventionists at a cost of $32,741 and $32,386, and a part-time grounds/maintenance per- son at a cost of $30,973. The adjust- ed budget adds $47,259 for lab and science equipment, and $20,000 for new furniture for students in grades 1 and 2. It's $745,689 less than the district initially requested December. Reductions to reconcile the plan with revenue for 2018, meanwhile, focus almost entirely on anticipated expenses, such as health insurance School board approves new stipends, reduces budget by $348K By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com See BUDGET, Page 20 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Bldg. 3, Ste. 307, Lincoln, RI www.hearforyouri.com At Hear For You Hearing and Balance Center we strive for excellence in customer care. Enjoy hearing Enjoy hearing all of life's all of life's moments... moments... Not just Not just the quiet time. the quiet time. Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist Call today to schedule your appointment & ask about our Interest Free Financing! 401-475-6116 • Diagnostic Hearing tests ages 6 months & up • Hearing Aid Evaluations • Hearing Aid Sales & Repairs Our services include: Depressed? Anxious? Stressed? 1 Social Street, W oonsocket, RI 02895 401-829-8838 Children often have symptoms of Depression & Anxiety such as poor concentration, low self esteem, low energy & frequent sadness. Most Insurances Accepted Children • Adults • Couples • Families Now Accepting Medicare • Short term counseling • Long term therapy • Anxiety, depression • Substance Abuse Counseling • Children, teens, adults Anthony Taraborelli, LICSW , CDP J OSH ' S J OSH ' S J OSH ' S R OOFING & R OOFING & R OOFING & S IDING I NC . S IDING I NC . S IDING I NC . 401-597-5660 • 508-922-3574 Residential & Commercial Roofing Siding • Windows "B ecause You Have To Trust Who You Hire" • Unmatched Quality • Attention to Detail "O LD S CHOOL V ALUES !" 2nd Generation Roofer "I N & A ROUND T HE B USINESS F OR O VER 30 Y EARS " RI Reg. # 20208 RI Comm. Reg. # 182R Mass. Reg. # 16296 (WHY TAKE A CHANCE?)

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