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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 10-16-14

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©2014 Breeze PuBlications inc. ClassiC Beauty Locals show off their rides at North Smithfield car show. PAGE 12 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze ThE vAllEy FREE @ OCTOBER 16-22, 2014 Valley Breeze Photo By tom Ward DAvE DECosTE gives the rope one final mighty pull with his teammates last Sunday to claim the Mega War tug-of-war title on the beach at the Autumnfest celebration. His team, Bugged Out Barbecue and Universal Cutts, took the title – and a $1,000 prize – away from defending champs Rhode Island Athletic Club. The Mega War was sponsored by The Valley Breeze and Ciro's Tavern on Cherry. See more photos on pages 6, 7, and 23. Battle of the biceps By sANDy sEoANE Valley Breeze staff Writer NORTH SMITHFIELD – Town Councilor Thomas McGee says he has "kind of" had a change of heart. McGee announced early this year that it would be his last term in office, and did not declare his intent to run last June. But it seems the popu- lar councilor's supporters just won't take "no" for an answer. "Everywhere I go, people keep telling me that they're writing me in," McGee said. "It's flattering." Now, the 54-year-old con- tractor and part-owner of Gator's Pub says that if a write-in campaign launched on his behalf succeeds on Nov. 4 – a long shot if you judge by local election his- tory – he will gladly serve the town for two more years. McGee will serve, if write- in campaign on his behalf succeeds By sANDy sEoANE Valley Breeze staff Writer NORTH SMITHFIELD – With $1.8 million on the line, school officials are say- ing that the Rhode Island Department of Education will not fluctuate on the time- table required for reimbursement of school construction costs, and that a Town Council decision to delay submitting a final applica- tion for the funding has created the pos- sible need for a special election. That means if voters approve the $4.3 million school improvement bond on the ballot Nov. 4, they'll have to head back to Missed application may lead to special election If school improvement bond passes, voters' job will not be over Nov. 4 MCGEE By sANDy sEoANE Valley Breeze staff Writer WOONSOCKET - The race for the District 50 seat in the state House of Representatives will see Deputy Majority Leader and one-term incumbent Rep. Stephen Casey face the independent self- described "lone ranger" in Woonsocket politics, Richard Fagnant. For the challenger, who portrays his opponent as a slave to special interests, it's been a contentious campaign characterized by missing and destroyed campaign mate- rial, aversion to a debate of the issues and attempts to silence him. For Casey, a city fire- fighter who won the seat from the district's previous three-term Rep. Jon Brien, the only thing unusual about the race has been the lack of character and see BoND, Page 17 see MCGEE, Page 8 Vampire legaCy Meet the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker this weekend. lIvING Deputy majority leader faces 'maverick' in District 50 race fAGNANT see RACE, Page 4 like us on follow us on HOW Is Your Hearing? At Hear For You Hearing and Balance Center we strive for excellence in customer care. Our services include: • Diagnostic Hearing tests ages 6 months & up • Hearing Aid Evaluations • Hearing Aid Sales & Repairs 401-475-6116 | 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Bldg. 3, Ste. 307, Lincoln, RI 02865 Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Call today to schedule your appointment & ask about our Interest Free Financing!

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