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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 01-18-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JANUARY 18-24, 2018 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket NORTH SMITHFIELD – Alicia and Matt Chiccarelli always shower with the window open and the vent on, as they were instructed to do last year by officials from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Thirty cases and 20 jugs of bottled water now get delivered to their Mechanic Street home each month, used not only for the couple and their young son's drinking and cooking needs, but also given to their dog, chickens and rabbits. They say they never imagined life would be like this when they bought the home, a raised ranch built in 1970, more than two years ago. At the time, Alicia was eight months preg- nant with now 2-year-old Landon. "Would you buy a house knowing North Smithfield residents question lack of transparency in well pollution problem By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY SANDY SEOANE The CHICCARELLI FAMILY, MATT, ALICIA and LANDON, stand in front of their home at 250 Mechanic St., North Smithfield. The family was unaware of water con- tamination problems in the area when they bought the home in 2015. See WATER, Page 18 City's Summit program 'not for everyone,' but shows promising test scores WOONSOCKET – A personalized learning program piloted last year at Woonsocket Middle School showed immediate promise, with students who used the curriculum scoring sig- nificantly higher than their peers on standardized test scores according to administrators, who aim to expand the program again next year. Some parents, however, have questioned if the Summit Learning Platform violates students' privacy and have called on administrators to stop pushing it on young scholars, citing the merits of a tried-and-true traditional classroom. "I just wasn't comfortable with my daughter being in a pilot program," said Laura Beauregard. "It's new, By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com See SUMMIT, Page 17 $100,000 stays in North Smithfield town coffers NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Town Council took actions Monday required by the state attorney gen- eral's office to remedy a violation of the Open Meetings Act. But in a 4-1 vote, the board also opted to keep the $100,000 added to the town budget last July in a reserve account despite threats of legal action by former budgeters. The actions were taken in response to a decision issued by Special Assistant Attorney Gen. Sean Lyness in December. The ruling stated that when the council revisited a $34 mil- By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com See REVOTE, Page 10 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 3, Suite 307, Lincoln, RI 02865 www.hearforyouri.com Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist FREE Hearing Screenings FREE Hearing Aid Checks & Cleanings Just call to schedule an appointment! Today's hearing aids are barely visible, highly effective and easy to afford. Come hear for yourself with a RISK FREE 30-day trial! 401-475-6116

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