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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-07-2018

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4 WOONSOCKET / THE VALLEY JUNE 7-13, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET WOONSOCKET – On Saturday, local writers and dedicated read- ers will descend on the Woonsocket Harris Public Library for an author expo hosted by the Association of Rhode Island Authors in partnership with library staff. Readers will have the opportunity to purchase signed books directly from the authors and speak with writers about the publishing process, while authors will have the chance to connect with readers in the com- munity and perhaps meet some new fans. The author expo will take place at the Woonsocket Harris Public Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 9. The event is free and open to all ages. Books will be available for purchase. "We need to support our local people, and what better venue than a library to be a concierge for our local community?" said Margaret McNulty, assistant director of the library. Books by 24 authors will feature a variety of genres, including fantasy, romance, mystery and nonfiction, and be suitable for readers from chil- dren to adults. The event is the first of its kind to be held in Woonsocket. "We've had authors come indi- vidually, but this is our biggest event we've had," said McNulty. The expo follows in the suc- cess of many similar events hosted around the state by the Association of Rhode Island Authors, which member and North Smithfield-based author Bob Sherman said includes about 279 members of all ages and genres around the state. According to Sherman, the event prioritizes authors from northern Rhode Island, but readers can expect to meet authors from other parts of the state as well. "Here, we wanted authors who live in northern Rhode Island. Once we hear from those folks, we open it up to anyone else," he said. The organization serves as a sup- port network for local writers work- ing to promote their books and navi- gate the complexities of the publish- ing process. While new formats like self-publishing, e-books and online retailers have opened up opportuni- ties for writers in recent years, they've also created new questions about how to connect with readers in the mod- ern literary world. According to McNulty, the expo is a good opportunity for young writers interested in learning more about the publishing process to connect with writers who've done it before. In an age of large publishing houses and bookstore chains, McNulty said local writers can still hold sway with readers, especially in the summer, when readers seek out works that showcase Rhode Island's ocean land- scapes. Works by authors at the expo will include some of those beach reads, but they'll also include books that call to mind the northern part of the state. While the library does not cur- rently have a "local authors" section, McNulty said she hopes to form one with donations of books from some of the authors at the expo. She said she hopes the event helps bring readers together with writers whose stories they'll enjoy and gain an appreciation for the work that goes into writing a book. Author expo showcases local talent By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM MARGARET MCNULTY, assistant director of the Woonsocket Harris Public Library, displays some of the books by local authors that will be available at the library's author expo on Saturday. Chamber: Consider becoming 'unaffiliated' for more election choices LINCOLN – To have a greater choice of candidates this coming election season, the Northern R.I. Chamber of Commerce is urging voters to consider disaffiliating from political parties, and choosing which primary election to vote in on pri- mary day. If you are a member of a political party, the deadline for disaffiliating is next Thursday, June 14. "In many cases," writes the cham- ber, "the only contested races will take place in the primary election on Sept. 12. In order to vote in a party's primary election, you must either be a member of that party or unaffili- ated (independent) and be registered to vote in the district where you live. To register to vote, check your affil- iation, or to change to "unaffiliated," visit https://vote.sos.ri.gov/ and have your driver's license in hand. "If you would like to have more choices on who to vote for in the primary election, it is recommended that you register as 'unaffiliated' so that you can choose which primary to vote in depending who is running in the primary." Founders Academy will present Shakespeare in the Park WOONSOCKET – Founders Academy students will per- form scenes and excerpts from Shakespeare's "As You Like It" under the direction of Founders' visiting artist and theater teacher from the GAMM Theatre, Jessica Corsentino, on Thursday, June 7, at 6 p.m., at WWII Memorial Park, Social Street. This event, sponsored by the Woonsocket Parks and Recreation Department, is free and open to the public. Families and children are welcome. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. The rain date is Thursday, June 14. Beacon Charter Schools' Chalk Art Festival, which was originally sched- uled for May 19, has been resched- uled to Sunday, June 10. The Chalk Art Festival will take place at River Island Park, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. K of C hosts awards night WOONSOCKET – The Knights of Columbus Council 113 will hold its annual awards night on Monday, June 11, at 7 p.m., in All Saints Parish Hall, 323 Rathbun St. Waterview Association lists events WOONSOCKET – The Waterview Apartment Association announces the following events. A spokesperson from Trinity Health will speak on diabetes on Friday, June 8, at 10 a.m. A cookout will be held Tuesday, July 3, at 1 pm. The cost for mem- bers is $5, and $7 for non-members. There will be door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. A trip to Iggy's will be held on Tuesday, July 24, at 10:30 a.m. Members must pay for their own meal. Celebrating a June birthday is Sister Jackie. Celebrating July birthdays are Roger Morin, Jeanette Whiting, Claudette Gravel and Cecil Boucher. August birthdays include Jim Curran, Rena Ethier and Bernie Gamache. At the May 29 meeting, split-the- pot was won by Roger Brunelle, Claire Richards, Leo Durand and Claire Laroche. No meetings will be held in June or July. The next meeting will be held on Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. Pursuant to the provisions of the North Smithfield Zoning Ordinance, the North Smithfield Zoning Board of Review will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 7 PM at the Primrose Fire Station, 1470 Providence Pike, North Smithfield, R.I. 02896. The Board will consider the following: Application by Edward A. Whipple to build a single family home on lots 130 and 249 on Plat 5 to be combined. Applicant seeks relief from Section 5.4.2(1) Residen- tial uses, Section 5.5.1 Dimensional regulations for lot area and rear yard depth and Section 6.2 Street access. Zoning District: BN. Application materials and operating procedures of the Zoning Board of Review are available for review at the Office of the Zoning Official, Town of North Smithfield Annex, 575 Smithfield Road, North Smithfield, RI during regular business hours. Individuals requesting interpreter services for the hearing impaired must call (401) 767-2200 at least 72 hours in advance of meeting date. AMENDED NORTH SMITHFIELD ZONING BOARD OF REVIEW HEARING NOTICE Sale Effective June 7-10, 2018 LB Treat Yourself to the Best! Bone In Chicken Thighs 69 ¢

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