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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 12-18-2014

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©2014 Breeze PuBlications inc. kids draw christmas See colorful, fun pictures from our Breeze coloring contest. PAGE 17, 23 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze ThE vAllEy FREE @ DECEMBER 18-24, 2014 Valley Breeze Photo By charles lawrence An old-fashioned horse-drawn cart carries holiday shoppers and visitors down Main Street in Woonsocket. The holidAy STroll last Saturday was a chance for shoppers to walk along Main Street and pick up unique gifts and bargains. See more photos on Page 18. Holiday Stroll in the city Fashion on top Local milliner shares a look at her high-fashion hats. liviNG By SANdy SEoANE Valley Breeze staff writer WOONSOCKET – Since California-based Prime Health Services purchased Landmark Medical Center last year, the facility has seen improvements totaling around $12 million, with upgrades in everything from roofs and waiting areas, to medical equipment and patient care rooms. And that's the just the start of investment planned for the northern Rhode Island facil- ity, which after more than five years in receivership is rapidly improving in both technology and aesthetics to make its mark as the first hospital in Rhode Island operated for profit. Prime, an award-winning com- pany that specializes in turning around distressed hospitals, has committed to investing $45 mil- lion in the facility over the next five years. "Clearly, they've met the first year," said Landmark President and CEO Richard Charest. "They've done everything that we needed to continue to offer the highest quality of care to our patients." One of the most striking improvements from the past year can be seen in more than half of the hospital's patient care rooms, where floor to ceil- ing renovations have created a Landmark sees $12 million in investment in 2014 see lANdMArK, Page 9 By SANdy SEoANE Valley Breeze staff writer NORTH SMITHFIELD – After a 12-year reign as chair- man of the North Smithfield School Committee, Robert Lafleur lost a vote for the seat Tuesday night and handed over the gavel to first-term member William Connell. Connell, a teacher, lecturer and attorney working for the state of Rhode Island, was elect- ed in 2012. For the past year, he has served as the committee's liaison to the Town Council. Newly-elected member Arthur Bassett will serve as vice chairman, replacing Christine Bonas in that leadership role. Bonas had nominated longtime president Lafleur for another two-year term at the reorganizational meeting this week, but Bassett, Connell, and the council's other recently elected mem- ber, Merrdythe Nadeau, voted against the choice. Bassett nominated Connell, and his motion was seconded by Nadeau. The committee then confirmed the pick unani- mously. "I don't claim to be a bet- ter office chairman than Mr. Lafleur. He's done a great job," Connell said after his vote in favor of his own presidency. "I've learned a lot from him and I hope to continue to." Lafleur has served on the committee for 36 years, includ- ing a stint from 1977 through Connell named new N.S. School Committee chairman Contract with teachers put on hold pending meeting with Town Council CoNNEll see CoNNEll, Page 10 like us on Follow us on 97 Main St., Blackstone, MA (508) 883-3122 Thrifty Discount Liquors PINNACLE VODKA 1.75 Lt. $ 12.99 After Mail-in Rebate STOLI VODKA 1.75 Lt. $ 24.99 After Mail-in Rebate ABSOLUT VODKA 1.75 Lt. $ 27.99 BACARDI RUM 1.75 Lt. $ 16.99 After Mail-in Rebate JACK DANIELS 1.75 Lt. $ 40.99 DEWARS SCOTCH 1.75 Lt. $ 29.99 After Mail-in Rebate SMIRNOFF VODKA 1.75 Lt. $ 14.99 After Mail-in Rebate JAGERMEISTER 750 ML $ 15.99 BAILEYS 1.75 Lt. $ 23.99 After Mail-in Rebate HEINEKEN 24 12-oz. bottles $ 24.99 +Dep. Open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday Noon-8 p.m. Closed Christmas Day The C rew a t Thrifty's Liquors w ishes The C rew a t Thrifty's Liquors w ishes The C rew a t Thrifty's Liquors w ishes a ll their custom ers a nd service m en a nd a ll their custom ers a nd service m en a nd a ll their custom ers a nd service m en a nd w om en a S a fe a nd M erry C hristm a s! w om en a S a fe a nd M erry C hristm a s! w om en a S a fe a nd M erry C hristm a s!

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