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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 10-23-14

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©2014 Breeze PuBlications inc. Fun at the Fire house Woonsocket Fire Department holds its annual open house. PAGE 13 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze ThE vAllEy FREE valleybreeze.com @ OCTOBER 23-30, 2014 By SANDy SEOANE Valley Breeze staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com WOONSOCKET – For the past decade, the former Mulvey's Hardware - a 14,000 square foot building at the cen- ter of Market Square – has sat dormant even as neighboring properties, such as the Museum of Work and Culture, have grown and prospered. That will end this year as Neighborworks Blackstone River Valley begins construc- tion on a new mixed use com- mercial/residential project that they hope will bring a corner of downtown Woonsocket back to life by around this time next year. Dubbed the Main Street Gateway Project, the property will include six studio apart- ments on the second floor, plus storefronts, a public market, a basement studio and a commu- nity meeting space. The structure, located at 40 South Main St., was built in the 1930s and housed the popular hardware store for nearly 100 years before it closed in 2003. Former Mulvey's building springs back to life Northmen girls are tennis champs! Valley Breeze Photo By eric BeneVides Emily lArSON, front left, and GABriEllE lAfOND, front right, share a hug in front of a banner on the fence congratulating the North Smithfield High girls' tennis team for winning the Division II state championship. The Northmen put the finishing touches on a brilliant 15-0 season by defeating Chariho High, 4-0, in the title match on Saturday afternoon at Slater Park in Pawtucket. See story page 21. LocaL haunts Paranormal investigator's new book highlights Foster haunted mill. liviNG see mUlvEy'S, Page 14 By SANDy SEOANE Valley Breeze staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com NORTH SMITHFIELD – A candidate for the Town Council told members of the School Committee in an email this summer that if they let her 4-year- old daughter attend kin- dergarten this year, she would be more inclined to provide support for the district once elected. Roseanne Nadeau, one of five candidates for five coun- cil seats, had expressed in early June her public frustra- Town Council hopeful flaunts candidacy in attempt to secure early kindergarten admission NADEAU see EmAil, Page 10 (401) 762-2422 • D R D AVE W ARD . COM 460 S OUTH M AIN S TREET • W OONSOCKET , RI 02895 PLEASE D R D AVE W ARD Now, Dr. Dave Ward has an Affordable Option Are you without Dental Insurance? Dr. Ward's Discount Dental Plan* can be a great alternative for small businesses and families. Call for more information or a no obligation consultation. For as little as $278 yearly for an individual plan, our patients will receive: • A comprehensive oral exam • 2 regular cleanings per year • X-rays • Discounts on other dental procedures *This plan may not be combined with traditional insurance. Dr. Ward accepts most insurances and participates in Blue Cross, Delta Dental, United Health and Cigna insurances. • Orthopedic & Sports • Manual Therapy • Post-Operative Rehab • Vestibular/Balance • Graston Soft Tissue Mobilization • Myofascial & Craniosacral Techniques Branch Village Professional Offices – 501 Great Road, Suite 108 North Smithfield, RI 02896 Phone: 401-766-7246 Fax: 401-766-7248 Accepting all major insurances, Workers Comp. & Liability Morning & Evening Appointments Available M arcotte P hysical T herapy.com | marcottept@verizon.net Daniel R. Marcotte, PT, MPH, DPT | Kimberly J. Wright, MSPT, CYT, DPT Andrea L. Vigeant, MSPT | Kimberly A. Lockwood, PTA | Katie E. Evans, DPT Specializing In: like us on follow us on visit our new showroom! • All inclusive pricing • The finest materials available • Unsurpassed level of service • Flexible scheduling Call today for a FREE in-home sales quote! 840 Cumberland Hill Road • Woonsocket, RI 02895 401-765-5533 • www.countertopsbysuperior.com By SANDy SEOANE Valley Breeze staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com NORTH SMITHFIELD – Early findings of a forensic audit investigating the town's mass of tax abatements in 2013 were revealed this week, painting a jaw-dropping image of missing documents, negligent behavior and unqualified personnel result- ing in an "abysmal" collection rate. And the issue, it seems, began long before Tax Assessor Tammy Boss reported $752,000 in errors in June. Richard Nicholson of Nicholson Associates, the firm hired to investigate the problem, said that the abatements – errors in bills sent to homes and resi- dents – were the result of a "total break down of internal controls." While the firm has yet to deliver its full report, on Monday Nicholson provided the Town Council a first glimpse of the results of his research. Here's what was said so far: Nicholson: Abatements the result of 'negligence' iN NOrTh SmiThfiElD see ABATE, Page 9

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