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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 08-17-2017

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE AUGUST 17-23, 2017 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE BYRON NELLETZ trains for the Woonsocket Redskins football team on Aug. 3 at Dunn Park, in Woonsocket. Nelletz is on the 14U team. See more photos on page 8. Gearing up for football season Dance, eat and celebrate diversity at city's first 'Metta Night' Friday WOONSOCKET – A celebra- tion aiming to bring together city residents from a variety of cultural backgrounds is coming to Market Square this Friday, Aug. 18, with activities geared for guests of all ages and ethnicities. The Metta Night Market will take place at 40 South Main St. from 5 to 10 p.m., featuring live entertain- ment, local demonstrations and performers, food trucks and free food samples, and art and business vendors. The creative vision of former School Committee member and local political activist Vimala By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com See METTA, Page 6 City makes progress on junk car lot 60 inoperable vehicles on Knight Street now down to a dozen WOONSOCKET – Lorraine Leclerc can still see many junk vehicles and other debris from the window of her home on Broadway, a mess she's been staring at for more than 20 years. But the view of the property at 472 Knight St., she says, has finally improved. According to officials who've been working to address the problem for more than a decade, the vehicles and other debris are in violation of city code. But until recently, attempts to remove dozens of old and inoperable cars were met with legal challenges. The owner of the two-acre prop- erty, Albert Gaffney, was found guilty in Municipal Court of several viola- tions over the years, but appealed the decisions in Superior Court, where they languished in long legal battles. In 2016, the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation got involved. DBR ordered Gaffney to remove 27 vehicles, a task Leclerc says was accomplished earlier this year. "It looks a lot cleaner than what it was, but we still have a ways to go," said Leclerc. By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com See CARS, Page 11

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