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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 01-11-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JANUARY 11-17, 2018 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE JAISE GIGUERE, 8, of Woonsocket, enjoys an afternoon of sledding at Cold Spring Park in Woonsocket last Sunday, despite the below-freezing temperatures. See more photos on page 9. Winter blast Depot coffee shop set to open this month Four cities sign agreements with Woonsocket-based commuter train invester WOONSOCKET – With the tracks outside still warm from guests' holiday trips aboard the Polar Express, One Depot Square is primed to see a new rush of activity in the upcoming weeks as Anamarie Aponte-Rivera opens The Coffee Depot. The shop will serve the standard caffeinated beverages, along with snacks such as fruit cups and yogurt inside the space where Aponte- Rivera's boyfriend, Vincent Bono, plans to launch a new commuter rail service next year. Aponte-Rivera obtained a license for the facility from the City Council on Monday, and by the end of the month, she intends to start serving cappuccinos, hot chocolates, donuts, muffins and bagels to anyone that stops in to the historic train station. "Every train station needs a coffee shop," she said. The trains, which Bono says will begin runs to Providence by the end of 2019, aren't drawing in throngs of commuters yet, but it's not hard to envision the space as a hub of activ- ity. A city landmark built in 1882, the By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com Blessing Boxes aim to keep hungry fed all year Woonsocket celebrates legacy of civil rights leader this weekend WOONSOCKET – Over the past 17 years, Woonsocket's Dr. Martin Luther King Committee has initiated projects large and small in celebration of the civil rights leader, from city-wide cleanups, to creation of colorful memorials and murals. In 2018, the group has started a new project mem- bers say could have a positive impact on those in need in the community all year. "Blessing Boxes," repurposed older- model newspaper boxes filled with supplies including water, granola bars and other ready-to-eat foods, will be placed at various locations throughout the city, and regularly stocked with supplies to feed the city's hungry. "We want them to be accessible to people who really need the food," said Margaux Morisseau, a member of the planning commit- tee. "It might be a child walking to By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com NORTH SMITHFIELD – Officials say they've come up with a new solution for traffic on Mowry Road, one they hope will finally restore peace in the neighborhood. Town Administrator Gary Ezovski worked with representatives from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to come up with a Town officials have new plan for Mowry Road By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com See DEPOT, Page 4 See MOWRY ROAD, Page 11 See BOXES, Page 12 MORISSEAU Depressed? Anxious? Stressed? 1 Social Street, W oonsocket, RI 02895 401-829-8838 Most Insurances Accepted Children • Adults • Couples • Families Now Accepting Medicare • Short term counseling • Unresolved Grief • Anxiety, depression • Substance Abuse Counseling • Anger Management • Opiate Addiction Treatment and Recovery Anthony Taraborelli, LICSW , CDP

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