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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 02-26-2015

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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©2015 Breeze PuBlications inc. BUILDING BLOCKS Kids put their construction skills to the test at the YWCA. PAGE 12 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze ThE vAllEy FREE @ FEBRUARY 26-MARCH 4, 2015 Valley Breeze Photo By charles lawrence KEndrA CoTE, left, SAbrinA AbrAmEK, and SulEniSS mAlAvE rehearse their dance in a program directed by Fusionworks Dance Company staff member Sheramy Keegan-Turcotte. The class is held twice a week for eight weeks at Woonsocket High School. See story and more pictures on Page 8. Let's dance by SAndy SEoAnE Valley Breeze staff writer WOONSOCKET – For Sandy Soares, the routine may have changed and evolved a bit over the past two decades, but the hours dedicated to the monumental task have remained a constant each year. Since 1990, Soares has volun- teered for the Adopt-A-Family program, helping to ensure that every child in Woonsocket has gifts to open at Christmas each year. The program has pro- vided presents for some 41,888 children in the city since 1992, filling a wish list for every single family that's applied for help since 2005. Soares has served on the Board of Directors since 1993 and was elected board presi- dent in 1995, the same year the organization became an offi- cial 501c3 nonprofit. She was named program coordinator in 2003 and has served as execu- tive director since 2013, con- tinuing to grow an efficient and respected city charity purely through volunteer labor. That means when other fami- lies in the Blackstone Valley have nestled in for the holiday season each year, decorating their homes and gathering with friends, Soares has been hard at work, dedicating around 30 After decades of service, Soares leaves Adopt-A-Family SAndy SoArES see SoArES, Page 19 WINNING TaSTe Daniele Foods in Pascoag earns national recognition. livinG by SAndy SEoAnE Valley Breeze staff writer NORTH SMITHFIELD – A gravel company, assessed at $5.6 million during the town's 2013 reevaluation, has been reduced to a value of just $896,000 following an appeal process, leaving the town with some $190,000 less income than expected for this 2015 fis- cal year. Meanwhile, a report address- ing the town's tax abatement issue is now six months over- due, and town officials seem to have stopped pursuing the document after agreeing to pay $25,000 for a written report. Responding to the missing report, Town Council President Robert Boucher said the prob- lems have been addressed without needing the written document, while an unhappy Councilor Paul Zwolenski wants a full forensic audit. The tax abatement for Material Sand & Gravel and associated entities was approved by the Town Council Town grants Material Sand $4.7 million assessment deal Officials stop pursuing Nicholson; still no abatement report see AbATEmEnT, Page 4 like us on Follow us on Call for a Complimentary Orthodontic Evaluation Smithfield (401) 349-4355 Cranston (401) 942-0300 North Smithfield (401) 762-2830 Voted as a "Top Orthodontist" in Rhode Island Monthly poll for 2012-2014 "University Orthodontics is the best!" –Alyson, East Providence, RI "I am in the dental field & can definitely separate the good doctors from the mediocre doctors. Dr. Beagan & his staff are the model office." –Kim, Smithfield, RI Enjoy a Mediterranean dining experience with a special menu 204 South Main Street, Woonsocket, RI 766-1157 or 766-0709 DISCOVER OLLY'S AT NIGHT! ORDER ONLINE at Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 4-9 p.m. Prepared by Executive Chef John formerly of Vercelli's New Menu Items ~ New Decor Old Friendly Service & Same Owners Open 7 days a week with our regular menu Sun. - Thurs. 10am-10pm; Fri. & Sat. 10am-11pm

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