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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 10-19-2017

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE OCTOBER 19-25, 2017 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY CAMERON CHATTMAN, 2, of Woonsocket, needs two hands to pick up his pumpkin at the 5th annual Woonsocket Pumpkin Patch. The event, sponsored by the Woonsocket Parks and Recreation Department, was held at Cold Spring Park last Saturday. See more photos on page 11. Officials: Source of well contamination is in North Smithfield NORTH SMITHFIELD – Residents in neighboring Millville, Mass., looking for answers as to why their wells have recently been found to contain pollutants, were told this week by state and federal authorities that the source of the problem is likely just over the border in North Smithfield. The issue, which began with the discovery of three contaminated wells on Mechanic Street back in 2004, now lies firmly in the hands of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, and it appears as though it might take a while before all questions are answered. Martha Bosworth, a site assessment manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said that a recent investigation by her agency revealed several sites in North Smithfield that could be leading to levels of man-made chemi- cals PCE (perchloroethylene) and TCE (trichlo- roethylene) beyond drinking water standards, potentially in some eight wells in Rhode Island and neighboring Massachusetts. "There does appear to be one or two candi- dates that do have deep bedrock contamina- tion of the same type that we're finding in By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com Investors, city at odds over tax liability Lien holders say they're not responsible for bills WOONSOCKET – Thirty years ago, Edward Cianci, a North Smithfield resident, pur- chased liens on two city proper- ties at a tax sale. At the time, the move was an investment: lien holders can charge a high rate of interest on the lots, and owners have a year to pay back the liability before the purchaser earns the right to foreclose. "I was young at the time," said Cianci. "This was a way of mak- ing easy money. Most people pay it back within a week or so. No one is going to give up their house or property." But on two small lots in Woonsocket, Cianci says that the- ory did not hold true. The own- By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com See BILLS, Page 27 Picking the perfect pumpkin 'The source of the contamination has not been identified.' GAIL MASTRATI RIDEM spokeswoman See WELLS, Page 28 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:

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