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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 09-07-2017

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE SEPTEMBER 7-13, 2017 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE ADDISON D'AMBRA, 8, of Providence, finds out what it was like to use an old- fashioned telephone long before the days of cell phones, at the Museum of Work and Culture's annual Labor Day Open House on Monday. See more photos on page 9. Fête Française WOONSOCKET – From meat pie and dynamites, to French music, dancing and city-focused trivia, the French Heritage Festival and Soirée has become a celebra- tion of the many things that make Woonsocket unique, a yearly nod to the cultural influence of the area's many Canadian ancestors. The dual event, held the Saturday following Labor Day weekend, is now in its 35th year, and will take place beginning at 9 a.m. at River Island Park on Bernon Street, eventually drawing to a close at 8:30 p.m. inside Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Hall on Park Avenue. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 9, visitors to the park can peruse what localized French culture has to offer, includ- ing food, entertainment, arts and crafts, and local farmers selling fresh produce. The festival is fam- For 35th year, festival, soirée celebrate city's French Heritage By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com WOONSOCKET – A new docu- mentary showcasing the immigrant experience that was filmed, in part, in Woonsocket, will be shown this Sunday, Sept. 10 at the American French Genealogical Society. At a separate event at the Earle Street museum that same evening, the filmmaker will lead a session on how to regain spoken French. The events will complement the annual French Heritage Festival and Soirée, making the upcoming weekend a two-day exploration of local French culture. "Reveil - Waking Up French," is a documentary by Ben Levine exploring the French-Canadian emigration and assimilation in New England beginning at the turn of the century. According to AFGS publisher Sylvia Bartholomy, the film exam- 'Waking up French' - documentary film explores emigration By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com See FESTIVAL, Page 20 See FILM, Page 20 History calling WOONSOCKET – The Central Falls-based developer working to ren- ovate the former Woonsocket Middle School property plans to invest sig- nificantly less money in the project than originally stated, according to city officials. Tai-O Group submitted a proposal for the property last year with the intent to build 165 two-bedroom apartments in the sprawling 102-year- old building, paying $470,000 for the lot and investing $20 million to $25 million. Plans for the property included a gym, a theater and out- Investor scales back plan for former middle school By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com See PROPERTY, Page 12 401-390-4976 CONCRETE Liberty's Bobcat Services Available All Your Concrete Needs: Walkways Stairs Patios Driveways FREE Estimates – Call

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