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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 02-22-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE FEBRUARY 22-28, 2018 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON MICHAEL DUBOIS, 12, of Woonsocket, drizzles chocolate sauce on his creation in the Teen Test Kitchen at the Woonsocket Harris Public Library on Monday afternoon. The library held its first Teen Test Kitchen, where teens competed in an abstract plating competition turning fruits and vegetables into food art. See more photos on page 8. Teen Test Kitchen NORTH SMITHFIELD – Starting Monday, Feb. 26, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation will move ahead with bridge repair projects that will close a major town roadway for the next 10 months, and come with intermittent detours around Route 146. With the Slatersville Stone Arch Bridge still closed to traffic, and additional projects planned on Great Road by Lapre Road and Saint Paul Street, town officials say they're watching RIDOT's plans closely, and have expressed serious concerns about potential gridlock. RIDOT will replace the Woonsocket Hill Road bridge as part of the ongoing Route 146 Corridor Bridges Project, work that will require closure of the road in the area of Wright's Dairy Farm. The bridge will close Monday and is tentatively scheduled to remain so through December for total replacement. According to RIDOT officials, the structurally deficient steel bridge carries 1,000 vehicles per day over Route 146. From March 2 through March 4, RIDOT will also close Route 146 By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com Woonsocket Hill Road bridge to close Monday Will remain closed through December See BRIDGE, Page 9 Gendron: Special election could change school board appointment process As deadlock continues, Burke says he remains willing to serve WOONSOCKET – With the City Council and Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt still at a stalemate over who should be named to the fifth seat on the Woonsocket School Committee, Council President Daniel Gendron began talks this week about altering the City Charter to change the appointment process. And Gendron said he'd consider holding a special election to expe- dite the change, regardless of added cost. The initiative follows the con- firmation last week of developer Steven Lima to fill one of two school board vacancies, empty seats educators say have interfered with the district's ability to conduct busi- ness since December. The debate over who should serve on the board has dominated discussion at council meetings over the past two months following the expiration of terms for members Susan Pawlina and Donald Burke. By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com See CHANGE, Page 7 3102 Mendon Road, Cumberland www.oneillfuneralhomes.com 401-658-1155 Honoring every family we serve O'Neill Funeral Home We understand. And we're here to help you, in your time of need. John H. O'Neill Depressed? Anxious? Stressed? Anthony Taraborelli, LICSW, CDP 1 Social Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895 401-829-8838 • Short term counseling • Unresolved Grief • Anxiety, depression • SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING • Anger Management • Opiate Addiction Treatment and Recovery Children • Adults • Couples • Families Most Insurances Accepted Now Accepting Medicare AT YOUR SERVICE INSIDE Local Business Advertising Supplement Gendron: AT YOUR SERVICE INSIDE Local Business Advertising Supplement ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. We are a family owned and operated business, and believe it is an important aspect of our company. While we offer the same or similar products as the competition we are able to reduce the pricing due to our low overhead and family staff. Over the last two years in business we have found, with reasonable pricing, friendly service, and giving back to the community often, not only are our customers happy but we are as well. All of our products are new, high quality furniture name brands. We offer a no credit finance option, which not only allows you to own your furniture outright but also make payments over time. Lastly, we offer great deals and giveaways monthly via our facebook page. Aside from the lowest prices, and no pressure show room; as the two owners you deal directly with us. We care about your experience in our store and want all of our customers to be pleased with their purchase and refer us to their friends and family. Furniture Family Discount 401-597-5911 1081 Social Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895 • www.familydiscountfurnitureri.com Hours: M, T, Th, F 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Wed 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday closed Ce l ebra ti n g Our 2 nd Ann i vers ar y ©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Name: Valley Floor Covering Width: 9.5 in Depth: 7.3 in Color: Black plus one Ad Number: p171344 144 Broad Street, Cumberland, Rhode Island 02864 phone: 401-724-8650 web: VFCRI.com email: general@vfcri.com Floors you love - Service you expect Our 2nd generation family owned and operated business has been dedicated to meeting all of your flooring and custom tile needs since 1986, when the company was first started by Fernando Almeida. Now, 30 years later, Valley Floor Covering Inc. continues with the same exceptional customer service and success under the new president, his son, Marco Almeida. We take pride in providing our customers with the best personal attention from design to installation. All installations are completed by our experienced, professional installers, lead by Rui Almeida, while never using subcontractors. Stop by our newly expanded and redesigned showroom and meet with our General Manager, Jennifer Germani for your one-on-one, personalized design and sales consultation. We are open Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and additional hours available by appointment. A oduct of Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & A Valley Breeze Newspaper Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION

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