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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 08-25-2016

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©2015 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY ©2016 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. FREE valleybreeze.com @ AUGUST 25-31, 2016 Like us on Follow us on BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Two-year-old ALEXANDER MAIO, of Woonsocket, shows his dancing abilities before the Movies in the Park showing of "The Peanuts Movie," last Friday at World War II Memorial Park in Woonsocket. Also enjoying the music before the movie are, ABY LEVEILLE, 7, left, EMMA LEVEILLE, 6, and ELYE LAVEILLE, 3, right. Families gath- ered to watch the last free movie of the Movies in the Park series. See more photos on Page 10. Bust a move Hamilton is MIA at council meetings Town Administrator says she's avoiding politics, not work NORTH SMITHFIELD – Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton has stopped attending Town Council meetings in recent months, a deci- sion that has frustrated some members of the board, who charge that her absence is holding up town business. Hamilton, meanwhile, says that she is provid- ing all of the information councilors need prior to the meetings, and that her absence is a way to avoid wasting time on petty issues, criticism and argu- ments, and allow councilors to focus on the business at hand. And she's questioning why the council is using a new process for contracts and autho- rizing Town Council President Robert Boucher to sign them, saying that his- torically, the task has always fallen to the elected administrator. By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com Woonsocket DHS moving to new office on Clinton Street WOONSOCKET – The Department of Human Services, a state office serving some 18,175 Woonsocket residents in need of help with basic necessities, has found a new location in the city and will be opening with at least some staff at 800 Clinton St. next month. The Breeze reported in May that the office would be closing when the department's lease expired at the cur- rent city headquarters just down the street at 450 Clinton St. on Aug. 31, and that DHS officials were on the hunt for a new location in the city. The department opened a bid for office space in Woonsocket with a deadline of July 25, and it brought back responses from Community Care Alliance and First Bristol Corporation. Officials ultimately went with the space owned by CCA, in the building where the nonprofit previ- ously housed their IT and administra- tive staff. The property is walking distance from the current location at only .3 miles away, and neighbors the Seven Hills building. The news puts an end to fears that with the closing of the old DHS office, a space in the back of a build- By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com See DHS, Page 14 See MEETINGS, Page 13 HAMILTON It's just around the corner – check out bus routes at ValleyBreeze.com BACK TO SCHOOL ARTS IN ACTION Pawtucket Arts Festival opens Friday with interactive fun. LIVING Paid for by K.A. McKenna Keven A. McKenna Endorsed Democrat VOTE ON SEPTEMBER 13 th Most Qualified For State Senator District 17 • Former Assistant Attorney General • Pres. of 1986 Constitutional Convention • Former Special Counsel to Governor Phil Noel • Legislative Aide to US Senator Claiborne Pell • Former State Representative • Georgetown University Law, 1972 • Syracuse University M.P.A. 1968 • Georgetown University E.S. 1967

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