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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 9-18-14

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©2014 Breeze PuBlications inc. Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze The valley FREE @ SEPTEMBER 18-24, 2014 Picture this Valley Breeze Photo By Bill MurPhy Roland Gauvin, of Cumberland, sells his photographs at Riverfest. The festival was held at River Island Park in Woonsocket last Saturday and was put on by RiverzEdge Arts Project, a social enterprise that provides tal- ented teens hands-on work experience in graphic design, digital photography, screen-printing and the visual arts. See more photos on page 19. Out Of this wOrld Seagrave Observatory celebrates 100 years of stargazing. livinG By Sandy Seoane Valley Breeze staff Writer NORTH SMITHFIELD – The 8th annual Great Pumpkin Festival will be held on the North Smithfield High School grounds this Saturday, and the growing community event will include many new activities and vendors, along with a raffle for a chance to win a dream vacation. The pumpkin chuck is back this year, a popular hurling com- petition missing from the lineup in 2013. Guests to the daylong event full of music, food and fun will also have the chance to ride a mechanical bull, take a pony ride or play a game of miniature golf. The event serves as a fundrais- er for local nonprofits, and this year members of the business community were also invited to open booths. New vendors will include a local bee keeper, Mommie's Hobbie Designs, homemade cards by Karen Dube, Diva Designs, Kristine's Kreations, Origami Owl, and Pampered Chef. Other busi- 2014 Great Pumpkin Festival brings in new vendors, even more fun see PuMPKin, Page 8 hOnOring traditiOn Native American powwow this weekend at Chase Farm. PaGe 9 By Sandy Seoane Valley Breeze staff Writer NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Town Council has the authority to grant tax deals to for-profit solar projects – including two such proposals currently on the horizon – thanks to a recent change to the town's code of ordinances. Solar systems used to cre- ate energy for use on the properties where they are located, meanwhile, will be exempt from municipal taxes for 20 years after installation. The ordinance, passed unanimously by the council on Monday, addressed two categories of stabilization of taxes for solar-powered systems. The majority of councilors seemed inclined from the start to allow the exemption for systems used directly to cut down energy bills for residents and busi- ness owners. But most were initially opposed to the idea of cutting a deal with the purvey- ors of large- scale proj- ects aimed at selling power back to the grid. "If an exist- ing town taxpayer wants to put a solar panel on their roof and they want to consume the solar power that they're generating, I have no problem at all exempting that," said Town Councilor Edward Yazbak. "I'm personally against anyone coming in and getting a tax break for equipment when the rest of the taxpayers that have been here 20, 30 Council will consider tax breaks for commercial solar projects Systems providing energy for home use exempt for 20 years see SolaR, Page 18 yazBaK eRicSon like us on Follow us on 401-475-6116 | 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Bldg. 3, Ste. 307, Lincoln, RI 02865 Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology How Is Your Hearing? Call today to schedule your appointment & ask about our Interest Free Financing! 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

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