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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-16-2017

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE NOVEMBER 16-22, 2017 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket WOONSOCKET – When members of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council first began reading Chris Van Allsburg's holiday tale "The Polar Express" during trips along the Providence and Worcester Railroad nearly 20 years ago, it was a "crude and basic" presentation, said President Bob Billington, done for small crowds of supporters. This year the popular train ride will depart from the historic station at One Depot Square in Woonsocket 54 times, carrying crowds of more than 400 pas- sengers clothed in pajamas and ready for some holiday magic. Billington had to pick up extra insur- ance in 2017 for the 21,000 cookies currently stocked at the depot, ready to be served with steaming cups of hot chocolate to guests headed for the North Pole. And contracts with Warner Brothers and Rail Events Inc. require that every detail of every trip is executed per- fectly. "We let guests know that from the minute they park their car until they return three hours later, from the pic- tures with Santa, to the 90 minute train ride and return to the depot, we want it spectacular," said Billington. "It's A star-powered departure for growing Polar Express By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com Young adults from the Woonsocket School Department's Trans Pro Program deliv- ered hundreds of silver bells to the "Polar Express Train Station" in Woonsocket in advance of Friday's grand opening of the monthlong train ride. They are, front from left, KAITLYN MARTIN and HARMONY WOODBINE; in back, VINCENZO DESMARAIS, PETER ILLES, and ERIC PRINCE, with co-teacher KRISTINA SHARDLOW at right. NORTH SMITHFIELD – An appointed eight-member board has been looking at the Town Charter for more than a year, and may recom- mend that voters decide on major changes to town government when they head to the polls in 2018. Those changes could include a move to an appointed rather than elected town leader. Details of the plan will be revealed this Thursday night, Nov. 16, at the North Smithfield Middle School when members of the Charter Review Commission present their work to the Town Council. "There's not a lot of major, major changes, but some of the changes could be major if they go through," said Paul Vadenais, chairman of the board. "It's a paradigm shift in how we do things." The appointed group, which had been meeting biweekly since last year, also includes Tracey Nangle, Carol Drainville, Larry Forti, Margaret Votta, Terri Bartomioli and Anthony Guertin. "We'd just like people to be there," said Vadenais. "We could have just given them a report but we want people to see what it is we're looking to change and why. There is some rationale to it." The commission is one of two boards for which Vadenais serves as chairman, and an article in the Nov. 8 edition of The Breeze stated Possible changes to Town Charter presented this week By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com See CHARTER, Page 22 See POLAR EXPRESS, Page 8 BREEZE PHOTO BY TOM WARD GERALDINE BARCLAY- KING, program director for the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, moves a huge wreath into place at the Woonsocket train depot Tuesday for this Friday's open- ing of the Polar Express train ride. A few tickets are still available, and Woonsocket's Emily Luther, of "The Voice," will be on hand for a "meet and greet" at 5:30 p.m. EMILY LUTHER makes final 'Voice' appearance before local performance Friday. Page 3 T.H. MALLOY Oil | Propane | Bioheat | Generator | Boiler Service 401.333.0665 Visit our new website: thmalloy.com T o geth er W e T o geth er W e M ak e A D ifferen ce M ak e A D ifferen ce See our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide magazine inside! NOVEMBER 16-22, 2017 Serving Gift Guide magazine Gift Guide 2017 Gift Guide 2017 Holiday Published by Cumberland & Lincoln and North Smithfield, Blackstone, Woonsocket Edition GIFT-GUIDE-2017-96-Laura.indd 1 11/7/17 8:01 AM

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