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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 08-10-2017

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 AUGUST 10-16, 2017 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Residents dripping mad over water pressure Town funds study out of Slatersville water fund NORTH SMITHFIELD – Life on Golden Boulevard requires strategic use of limited water, and 92-year-old Theresa Munroe has a routine. Munroe begins each day by filling a tub with soapy water to soak her dirty dishes. She'll wash them later, when her neighbors go to work and the pressure is higher. Relatives often bring by five-gallon jugs that sit on her counter as a back- up supply for when nothing comes out of the tap. Laundry can never be done on Mondays, she says. She tried one time and nearly broke her washer because it took so long to fill. Showers must be taken late at night. "You have to get used to who is doing what at what time," Munroe said. Munroe lives on a street where seven homes are serviced by a 2-inch water main, put in by private developers in the 1950s. The street was built before modern regulations required that such infrastructure be turned over to the municipality, and the substandard line is considered the property of residents. Water is sent through the pipes by the Woonsocket Water Department. Officials in both North Smithfield, where Munroe's house sits, and Woonsocket, where she pays her bill, have been slow to act, saying the problem ulti- mately falls to the homeown- ers. Residents say water pressure is sometimes so low that it takes two hours to fill a toilet. The Town Council in North Smithfield did take a first step to address the issue last month, but it was over vocal objections from the water superintendent, who felt fund- ing for the project should not have By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY TOM WARD THERESA MUNROE, 92, of Golden Boulevard, North Smithfield, points out a water bottle she has in case her water fully runs out. While helpful, it can't assist with laundry, dishes, or showers. See WATER, Page 19 Sapphire Estates coming to Woonsocket next spring WOONSOCKET – A plan to build a new residential neighborhood with 28 high-end homes received the green light from the Planning Board last week and construction is slated to begin soon, with the first property available for viewing by next spring. Sapphire Estates, a project pro- posed by Woonsocket-based devel- oper John Laquerre, will consist of single-family, raised ranch-style By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer WOONSOCKET – A group of volunteers is taking on their next project on Saturday, Aug. 19, and with a little help from city admin- istration, their work promises to transform a somewhat blighted area into a piece of art greeting guests to Woonsocket. Residents Anthony Dichristofero and Michael Martin partnered in June on a project to give a local business, The Tapas and The Papas, a free exterior makeover. Now By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer Volunteers working to transform city, more help sought for Aug. 19 event 'I'm not going to die without taking a good shower.' THERESA MONROE North Smithfield resident See HOMES, Page 20 See VOLUNTEERS, Page 12 Depressed? Anxious? Stressed? 1 Social Street, W oonsocket, RI 02895 401-829-8838 Most Insurances Accepted Children • Adults • Couples • Families Now Accepting Medicare • Short term counseling • Unresolved Grief • Anxiety, depression • Substance Abuse Counseling • Anger Management • Opiate Addiction Treatment and Recovery Anthony Taraborelli, LICSW , CDP 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Bldg. 3, Ste. 307, Lincoln, RI 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:

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