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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-07-2018

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 7-13, 2018 LETTERS / CAMPAIGN 2018 17 Resident questions solar farm approval process In reference to the North Smithfield Town Council approving the solar farm zoning, the ruination of the town's rural character and country setting still continues. The town and its residents have already accepted numerous hous- ing developments, more business on Industrial Drive and Dowling Village over the years. Now when is enough enough? North Smithfield is starting to look like North Providence. What happened to the current system of going through the plan- ning and zoning boards on this issue instead of bypassing them? What about the next person or persons that want to develop what- ever in town; are they going to be able to bypass the planning and zoning process? If not, why not? The town is setting a precedence here. This could lead to potential lawsuits and litigation down the road. What's next in the future, a tur- bine wind farm off Woonsocket Hill Road? Council members, please do not come to my home with your litera- ture and propaganda on election year to tell me how much you love the town. It already shows. DENIS LAPIERRE North Smithfield Heitke announces candidacy for State Senate Kevin D. Heitke, former Burrillville Town Councilor and Municipal Court Judge, announced his candidacy this week for the District 23 State Senate seat, representing Burrillville, Glocester and a portion of North Smithfield. Heitke is running on a plat- form of protecting the environment and securing state aid for the towns of northwest Rhode Island, aiming to fill a void he said opened up follow- ing the announcement of Sen. Paul Fogarty's retirement from the General Assembly. "I have worked on many long-term projects with Sen. Fogarty, includ- ing continued protection of RIPTA Bus 9 route, working for state aid for schools, protection of the environ- ment, addressing the opioid epidemic and maintaining the rural character of Rhode Island's northwest quad- rant," Heitke said in his candidacy announcement. The candidate's social media page will contain updates on his platform and campaign. Heitke has been an attorney for 30 years and maintains a practice, Heitke Cook Antoch LLC, in both Providence and Burrillville. He has been a founding member of the Burrillville Land Trust and cre- ated a public forum for residents of Burrillville to ask questions of their elected officials in a format entitled "10 in 60" during which a panel made up of rotating Town Councilors, depart- ment heads and others answer 10 sub- mitted questions in 60 minutes or less. Heitke and his wife, Jo-Ann, a local businesswoman, have three children. He lives in Burrillville. Newberry announces re-election bid NORTH SMITHFIELD – State Rep. and former House Minority Leader Brian Newberry has announced his intention to seek re- election for District 48 representing North Smithfield and Burrillville, a seat he has held for 10 years. The House Republican said he seeks to continue to put forward an agenda of lower taxes, less regulatory red tape and overall less govern- ment. According to a press release, during his 10 years in the House, he has opposed tax increases, supported attempts to reign in government spending, fought to eliminate the leg- islative grant program and been an advocate against growth in govern- ment generally. "Since first elected I have main- tained that we do not have a taxing problem in this state, but a spending problem," he said. Newberry noted his willingness to work with House Democrats on budgetary items, including the elimi- nation of state income taxes on social security and the phase-out of the car tax. He also noted his support for a line item veto and a reduction of taxes for the middle class, as well as his opposition to heavy regulations on small businesses. "I believe I have been a consistent advocate for the people of our rural corner of the state and I am hopeful that the people of North Smithfield and Burrillville have been happy with my efforts on their behalf and will see fit to return me to office this fall," he said. Newberry lives in North Smithfield. He and his wife, Beth, have three children. Republican committee presents Issues and Answers event Monday WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket Republican City Committee will present a Voter's Education – Issues and Answers event on Monday, June 11, at the Woonsocket Harris Public Library, 303 Clinton St., 7:30 p.m. The guest will be Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, candidate for governor. The event is free, all are welcome, light refreshments will be served. 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