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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-30-2017

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 6, 2017 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket BREEZE PHOTOS BY BILL MURPHY Soprano KELLEY HOLLIS solos during the Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra performance of G.F. Handel's "Messiah." The concert, which featured 120 performers on stage, including 90 chorus members, 25 in the orchestra, and four soloists, was held at the St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center in Woonsocket last Sunday. See more photos on page 15. Sounds of the season WOONSOCKET – In 2017, Woonsocket's "Main Street Holiday Stroll," a family event including everything from a tree decorating con- test to trolley, horse and buggy, and pony rides, to visits with Santa, has expanded again. The popular holi- day event, now in its ninth year, will be held this Saturday, Dec. 2, from 2 to 7 p.m. with entertainment through the afternoon and evening from Market Square to Monument Square. Activities will include a scavenger hunt with prizes, two kids zone areas with various craft stations, merchant and food vendors, a fire performer, a winter art gallery, and a best dressed window contest. "We really tried to encompass all of Main Street," said Melissa Murray, chairwoman of the Downtown Woonsocket Collaborative, which helps to organize the annual stroll. "Each year we've added new activi- ties." Murray noted that action this year will center on the central Mullen Lot, where the fire juggler will perform from 4 to 6 p.m. Also new this year, activities have expanded back to River Island Art Park, where there will be music and a lighted display, along with hot choco- City's ninth Holiday Stroll expands through downtown Music director and conductor of the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, EDWARD MARKWARD, leads the orchestra during the performance of Handel's "Messiah." MURRAY RIDOT plans to replace Great Road bridge Officials ask for road closure for full construction season NORTH SMITHFIELD – Would the closure of a major corridor through North Smithfield for a full construction season lock up traffic so badly that the town would be virtually paralyzed? Some Town Council members think so, and they will soon have to decide if such inconvenience is inevitable as the Rhode Island Department of Transportation begins improvements on the Great Road bridge by Lapre Road. A 36-foot-wide single span concrete slab built in 1931, the bridge currently has jersey barriers on both sides block- ing the sidewalks due to deterioration, and also has extensive damage under- neath, according to a recent inspec- tion report. RIDOT officials said they plan to reconstruct and replace the structure, which carries motorists over train tracks owned by Genessee and Wyoming Inc. The bridge is one of several projects slated for the town in upcoming years, and RIDOT Project Manager Jeffrey Martins said the challenge is to coor- dinate construction schedules so they don't interfere with each other. By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com See STROLL, Page 14 See GREAT ROAD, Page 14 By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com CONGRATULATIONS DUANE BOUCHER! Duane Boucher 2017 R.I. Realtor of the Year Duane@BoucherRealEstate.com 401-766-2200 park square florist 1300 Park Ave. Woonsocket • 766-2232 H o lid a y S e a s o n O p e n H o u s e Sunday, December 3 RD 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Stop in to see our trendy and traditional Holiday centerpieces as well as planters, gifts and gourmet gift items. Wine, Apple Cider, Cheese Snacks, Stonewall Kitchen & Halladay's Herb Dip Samplers The Honey Shop 651-5532 Come sign up at park square florist for a surprise give away THE HONEY SHOP park square florist & are having their See our 2017 Christmas in the Valley section inside! NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 6, 2017 City's ninth Christmas ©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Christmas C in the Valley 2017 • A soldir's Christmas homecoming • Fostr hobbyist estores Santa's sleigh • Luckie the dog comes home for Christmas • Bl cho•r ings in the season • Local holiday events Home for the Holidays fom your fiends at

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