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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 12-14-2017

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE DECEMBER 14-20, 2017 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket WOONSOCKET – Owners of condominiums and multifamily homes who don't benefit from trash collection services shouldn't be on the hook for the roughly $2 million in added taxes residents pay for removal in Woonsocket, say some members of the City Council. At a work session Monday, Councilor James Cournoyer started conversa- tion on the issue, noting he'd like to have a solution for the inequity before the city's budget season begins in May. "Fundamentally, is that really fair and equitable to the multifamilies, the condos, and other property owners in the city that are getting a tax bill, but they're not getting that service?" Cournoyer asked in a meeting with Waste Superintendent Michael Debroisse. Debroisse noted that the city pays around $1,650,000 to disposal com- pany Waste Management for col- lection of garbage at the city's one, two and three family homes, and an additional $300,000 to $400,000 for use of the landfill. That means a $2 million expense for trash service is factored into the tax levy, a bur- den split among all of Woonsocket's Council looks to revamp city's 'unfair' trash program By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON ROBERSON KAHLYL, left, a Woonsocket High School senior, and JOSEPH SMITH, a Woonsocket High School graduate, play their trombones in the instrumental ensemble during a concert of holiday music at the Woonsocket Harris Public Library on Dec. 7. See more photos on page 21. All about that brass NORTH SMITHFIELD – Seniors living in the town's five housing complexes will have access to free transportation to local destinations such as supermar- kets from January through March if an initiative by Town Administrator Gary Ezovski gets final approval. The town has put out a request for proposals for the winter service, which would run to Colonial Village, Deerfield Commons, Gatewood Apartments, The Meadows and The Villa at St Antoine. The federal Department of Elderly Affairs has provided a grant to fund the pilot program, which Ezovski says would launch "promptly on receipt and review of an acceptable bid proposal." Bids are due Dec. 20 and contracts will be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder, according to the request. The winning bidder would provide their own insurance. Ezovski said the initiative was prompted by requests he's heard from residents living in the town's senior complexes, and that access to transportation is a concern many have cited to him in past conversa- tions. "As people age, they anticipate a time where they won't be able No. Smithfield seniors could get free transit this winter By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com EZOVSKI WOONSOCKET – A well-known city director with decades of public service under his belt announced his resignation last week, citing health concerns. N. David Bouley, who most recent- ly has served as Woonsocket's direc- tor of planning and development, will be leaving the position by the end of this month. Bouley began his career in the city in 1972 and worked under Mayors John Cummings, Gerard Bouley, Gaston Ayotte and Charles Baldelli, before leav- ing Woonsocket to take a job in Cumberland in 1990. He served the town of Cumberland until 1998, working under Mayors Francis City Planner Bouley ill, resigns By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com BOULEY See BOULEY, Page 15 See TRANSPORTATION, Page 8 COURNOYER See TRASH PROGRAM, Page 22 Call today to schedule your appointment & ask about our Interest Free Financing! 401-475-6116 www.hearforyouri.com 6 Blackstone Valley Place Bldg. 3, Ste. 307, Lincoln, RI 02865 At Hear For You Hearing and Balance Center we strive for excellence in customer care. Our services include: • Diagnostic Hearing tests ages 6 months & up • Hearing Aid Evaluations • Hearing Aid Sales & Repairs Do you hear what I hear… Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist Hear for the Holidays! O LD F ASHIONED C HEESECAKE O LD F ASHIONED C HEESECAKE G OLOMBKI • P IEROGIS G OLOMBKI • P IEROGIS K IELBASA • S AUSAGE & B READS K IELBASA • S AUSAGE & B READS 679 Washington Street Attleboro, Ma 508-399-5385 855 Social St., Woonsocket 401-765-4600 M AKE YOUR H OLIDAY P ARTIES E VEN M ORE S PECIAL W ITH O UR O WN H OMEMADE D ELICIOUS F OODS UNIQUE GIFT IDEAS Stocking Stuffers Gift Certificates Imported Gourmet Chocolates & Candy

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