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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 04-26-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE APRIL 26-MAY 2, 2018 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY BEN CLOUTIER, 6, left, JACOBY PAUL, 5, center, and his twin brother JAIME, right, clown around for a photo during Opening Day ceremonies for Woonsocket Little League at World War II Memorial Park last Saturday. See more photos on page 7. WOONSOCKET – State Sen. Marc Cote, a veteran Democrat serving District 24 in North Smithfield and Woonsocket, announced this week he will not seek re-election for another term and will retire from public office at the end of his current term on Jan. 1. Cote, who represents the Woonsocket neighborhoods of Bernon, Globe, Fairmount, the North End and city center, and the North Smithfield neighborhoods north of Great Road and east of Route 146, said he plans to focus on his 39-year career in real estate. He works as a com- mercial real estate broker associate for Boucher Real Estate. "It's been an honor to serve in the Senate for the past 24 years. It's something I've really enjoyed," he told The Valley Breeze. Cote was first elected to the Sen. Cote will not seek re-election By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com COTE See COTE, Page 18 Little Leaguers WOONSOCKET – Since March 29, fans of futuristic tech and old- school '80s nostalgia have flocked to theaters to see "Ready Player One," Steven Spielberg's latest science fic- tion adventure based on the 2011 novel of the same name. Like most audiences, Nicholas Dubois, a Woonsocket native, had to wait until the film's major release to see it in theaters. However, for Dubois, a freelance animator currently living in New York City, the most excit- ing part of the film wasn't the fast-paced action sequences or the upbeat rock soundtrack. Instead, he waited on the edge of his seat for the end credits, when he watched his name roll by under "Previsualization Artists." It was his first credit on a major film, a Woonsocket film animator makes big-screen debut with 'Ready Player One' By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com DUBOIS See ANIMATOR, Page 13 NORTH SMITHFIELD – Close to 75 residents turned out for a public hearing at North Smithfield Middle School Monday night to debate a zoning ordinance that would allow the state's largest solar farm to move forward in North Smithfield. The hearing presented the first opportunity for North Kingstown-based Green Development to make its case before the Town Council and the public, many of whom Proposed solar farm facing pushback from residents By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See SOLAR FARM, Page 10 BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM MICHELLE CARPENTER, vice president for development for Green Development, speaks at Monday's public hearing. FOR UNCOMPROMISED QUALITY & VALUE Josh's Roofing & Siding Inc. RI Reg. #20208 RI Comm. #182R MA Reg. #16296 In & Around The Business for Over 30 Years! www.JoshsConstruction.com • RESIDENTIAL / COMMERCIAL ROOFING • SIDING OF ALL TYPES Unmatched Quality Attention to Detail Because You Have to Trust Who You Hire – WHY TAKE A CHANCE? Old School Values! 401-597-5660 or 508-922-3574 Our local guide to spring simplicity INSIDE Our local guide to spring simplicity INSIDE Keep it simple Spring for Spring in the Valley 2018

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