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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-22-2017

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE NOVEMBER 22-28, 2017 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY Woonsocket's EMILY LUTHER heads to the train for the season's first ride on the Polar Express last Friday. Luther, who recently competed on NBC-TV's "The Voice," was the special guest for the kick-off to the popular family event. Luther held a meet and greet and sang two Christmas songs. See more photos on page 6. Catch a ride on the Polar Express DCYF: Child abuse in Woonsocket highest in the state Visit by agency reps explores possible causes, solutions WOONSOCKET – Last year, 33.2 chil- dren out of every 1,000 under the age of 18 in Woonsocket were victims of maltreat- ment, according to data in the Rhode Island Children's Information System. The rate of abuse in Woonsocket is the highest in the state and nearly tri- ples the state aver- age. It is also signifi- cantly higher than the rate in Rhode Island's urban core cities of 19.6 chil- dren per 1,000. The statistics, and the shortage of local foster families to host children removed from their homes, prompted a forum this week between commu- nity leaders and officials from the Department of Children, Youth and Families. The event, organized by local nonprofit Community Care Alliance, was held at St. James Episcopal By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer See ABUSE, Page 26 'When we see the results and the numbers, it makes me wonder what are we doing wrong and what are we missing.' LISA BALDELLI- HUNT Woonsocket Mayor NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Charter Review Commission wants North Smithfield voters to weigh in on several major ques- tions regarding how the town should be governed, but the Town Council will have the final say on what will appear on the ballot next year. The commission has been meeting for more than a year to examine the charter, and to compare how the town's govern- ing document holds up against those of municipalities across the country. Commission mem- bers presented their findings to the council on Thursday, Nov. 16, recommending ballot ques- tions on the creation of term limits; the makeup of both the Town Council and the School Committee; and who should hold North Smithfield's top office. If the ideas get council approv- al, they will appear on the town's 2018 election ballot. Commission members said they met with several town officials N.S. Charter Review Commission wants town manager question back on ballot By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer See CHARTER, Page 27 O'Neill Funeral Hom e H onoring every fam ily w e serve We are grateful for the beautiful community we serve. Happy Thanksgiving 3102 Mendon Rd., Cumberland 3102 Mendon Rd., Cumberland 3102 Mendon Rd., Cumberland 401.658.1155 401.658.1155 401.658.1155 J o h n H . O ' N e i l l , F u n e r a l D i r e c t o r J o h n H . O ' N e i l l , F u n e r a l D i r e c t o r J o h n H . O ' N e i l l , F u n e r a l D i r e c t o r Depressed? Anxious? Stressed? 1 Social Street, W oonsocket, RI 02895 401-829-8838 Most Insurances Accepted Children • Adults • Couples • Families Now Accepting Medicare • Short term counseling • Unresolved Grief • Anxiety, depression • Substance Abuse Counseling • Anger Management • Opiate Addiction Treatment and Recovery Anthony Taraborelli, LICSW , CDP

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