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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 09-14-2017

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE SEPTEMBER 14-20, 2017 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Great Pumpkin Festival will be held this Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of North Smithfield Middle School, 1850 Providence Pike. With new activities and vendors, raffles, and a "safety" theme involving local emergency per- sonnel, the 2017 event promises to be the biggest yet. The festival, now in its 11th year, is a chance for residents and orga- nization in town, from businesses and nonprofits, to sports teams and church groups, to come together and enjoy food, entertainment and an assortment of fun activities, many of which are free. Festival Committee Chairwoman Elizabeth Featherston said that after spending a lot of money on entertain- ment for the event's 10th anniver- sary last year, committee members learned something. "People are coming more for the booths and the activities than the entertainment," said Featherston, the chairwoman since 2015. "They're coming for the event, for the commu- nity, for the friends and family and camaraderie that they have." This year, Featherston said the "Pumpkinfest" committee, as it's By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com See FESTIVAL, Page 15 BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY ALEJANDRA ORTIZ, 6, of Lincoln, dances with MADELINE RIENDEAU, of Woonsocket, at the French Heritage Festival held at River Island Park last Saturday. The event featured arts and crafts, fresh produce from local farmers, food, trivia, face painting and more. See more photos on page 5. WOONSOCKET – At the top of Reservoir Avenue, the foundation of the Laferriere family home is crack- ing. Walls bulge in the basement, once a livable space but now covered in what the owners believe is black mold. The yard outside is bumpy, filled with hills and channels, as water has washed away much of the dirt. Walkways have also washed away, along with the garden that Doreen Laferriere used to maintain in the side yard. Family members say it wasn't always this way. When Doreen's parents, Marcel and Constance Lamoureux, bought the property more than 40 years ago, she says the lot was wet at times, but manageable. Marcel built dams to direct water from the hills above, and a small bridge was created in the back yard to cross over the resulting stream. But shortly after Marcel died in 2004, the city embarked on a project to replace drainage pipes to direct runoff from nearby Bernon Heights Elementary School. The family says the ground in front of their property was raised some 8 to 10 feet, in what they describe as an ineffective engi- neering decision that over time has ruined their home. Washed away: residents seek help as runoff from city project destroys home By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com See RUNOFF, Page 16 Plan for firing range shoots forward Zoning Board approves variance for River St. business WOONSOCKET – Since 2014, investor Martin Dean Chapman has been taking steps to get the needed legal approvals to build a combined shooting range and gun shop in a former mill complex on River Street. And on Monday, his persistence finally payed off, when city Zoning Board members unanimously passed his final application in the three-year process. 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