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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 05-10-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MAY 10-16, 2018 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON TYSON RITH, a kindergartner at Globe Elementary School in Woonsocket, dresses as a box of popcorn for the school's vocabulary parade last Thursday. See more photos on page 13. Kernel of knowledge WOONSOCKET – For Holly Perry, a social worker at Landmark Medical Center, April 18 was a day of sadness. In February of 2017, Perry's brother-in- law, Andrew, died of brain cancer. The loss was devastating for the family, and for Perry person- ally, it was almost unbearable. In 2014 and again in 2016, she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and the two had planned to fight the disease together. "He was my number one support person," she said during an interview at Landmark. "I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, so we were kind of a team." As Andrew's birthday, April 18, approached this year, Perry Bear hugs By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com No vote on solar zoning ordinance amendment in North Smithfield NORTH SMITHFIELD – The public hearing for a proposed ordi- nance amendment that would allow a controversial solar farm to move to the next step of the approval process will continue to a third evening of discussion after Town Council mem- bers failed to bring the measure to a vote Monday night. Councilor Thomas McGee, sup- ported by Council Vice President Paul Zwolenski and Councilor Terri Bartomioli, motioned to extend the public hearing to the next council meeting in two weeks after he said the amendment approval process was moving too quickly and he needed more time to consider the available information. "(I've) got to be honest with you, the overlay and the way this is roll- ing, it's rolling too (quickly) for me," By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com PERRY See BEARS, Page 23 See SOLAR, Page 7 Teddy bear drive therapeutic for both giver and recipients WOONSOCKET – Gerry Beyer, manager of the Nyanza Mill at 159 Singleton St., has been trying to get the city to approve large-scale culti- vation of medical marijuana in the former textile mill complex since last September. For months, talks with city officials seemed to go nowhere, with city councilors citing the lack of a formal recommendation from the adminis- tration as a reason to hold off on dis- cussion of an ordinance amendment that would legalize medical marijuana cultivation in the city. Now, more than six months after discussions began, plans seem to Medical marijuana cultivation makes headway By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See MARIJUANA, Page 24 Family Owned Since 1926 $100 Off Any New Boiler or Tankless Water Heater Call NOW to take advantage of the Energy Rebate Program LIC. #RIMP882 Specializing In: • High Efficiency Gas Boilers • Tankless Water Heaters • Ductless Mini Split A/C Systems • Boiler Maintenance and Repair CALL NOW TO SCHEDULE YOUR YEARLY GAS BOILER & FURNACE MAINTENANCE 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 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 See our Senior Living Guide inside! See our Senior Living ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. © ADOBE STOCK Fitness for Seniors published by Senior Living Guide

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