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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 12-07-2017

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 DECEMBER 7-13, 2017 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE HOPE O'BRIEN, 6, of North Smithfield, joins in the Christmas caroling at North Smithfield's annual HOLIDAY ON THE COMMON event at Slatersville Congregational Church last Sunday. The event featured a tree-lighting ceremo- ny, visits with Santa, crafts and more. The family-friendly event is sponsored by the town in collaboration with the North Smithfield Prevention Coalition. See more photos on page 11. Town cracks down on residents' out-of-state plates NORTH SMITHFIELD – An effort by Councilors Paul Zwolenski and Claire O'Hara to ensure that all North Smithfield residents are paying their fair share of taxes to the town will lead to potential fines and pun- ishment for drivers with out-of-state plates who have not complied with Rhode Island law. Councilors first began looking at the issue in May with a focus on The Residences at Slatersville Mill. Zwolenski and O'Hara visited the complex and told other board mem- bers that 66 percent of vehicles there were registered in Rhode Island. The council voted 4-1 to have town administration address the issue, with Councilor Thomas McGee casting the only dissenting vote. According to Town Administrator Gary Ezovski, the town has since sent letters to all of the larger hous- ing complexes notifying building management that tenants' vehicles should be registered in Rhode Island, as required by state law. Ezovski said that to his knowledge, the effort has not yet garnered much by way of results. Now, the town will extend its search for offenders, with enforce- ment by the North Smithfield Police By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer Here We Come A-Caroling See PLATES, Page 28 Locals welcome CVS purchase of Aetna Deal could mean growth in area jobs WOONSOCKET – The city's larg- est employer may soon also be one of the largest companies in the coun- try, following news this week that CVS Health aims to purchase insur- ance giant Aetna for $69 billion. And while it is unclear if the deal, which must still gain approval from regulators and shareholders, will bring more jobs to the city, CVS officials said they expect to see some changes locally. The company cur- rently employs some 5,300 workers between its city-based pharmacies and its headquarters at One CVS Drive. By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer See CVS, Page 12 WOONSOCKET – Christopher Roberts says his great-great-grandmoth- er purchased the home he now owns at 507 Rhodes Ave. in the 1880s. Three generations of the family cur- rently live there, with his grandparents making their home in a small building out back. That structure at one time was used to house hired farm help, as well as animals, according to Roberts. "It passed from my great-great-grand- mother to my great-grandfather, to my grandparents, and I purchased it a few years ago," he said. A Colonial farmhouse now situated on 1.5 acres, the property once held a 16-acre farm where the family also ran a raw milk business. The property is being taxed as a multi-family, a decision by the city's current tax assessor that Roberts Former School Committee member files lawsuit against Woonsocket over tax burden By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer See ROBERTS, Page 30 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 Kids! Don't miss our pull-out coloring book inside!

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