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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 05-28-2015

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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©2015 Breeze PuBlications inc. MARCH ON See our special North Smithfield Parade scrapbook. PAGE 9 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze ThE vAllEy FREE @ MAY 28-JUNE 3, 2015 Valley Breeze Photo By charles lawrence Ten-year-old ZAchAry GrEnon, of Woonsocket, looks at a picture of Woonsocket's first Mayor, Civil War veteran Capt. GEorGE GrAnT, who became Mayor in 1889 when the city was first incorporated. A cer- emony to honor United States veterans and especially those of the Civil War was held on May 24 at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Woonsocket. A new memorial was unveiled in their honor. See more photos on Page 24. History lesson By SAnDy SEoAnE Valley Breeze staff writer WOONSOCKET – You're outside in your garden when you hear the phone ring. By the time you get inside to pick it up, the caller has hung up, so you check the caller ID. The call was from "Competitive Chimney Sweeps," it says. And it shows it's the 10th call you've missed from the com- pany in the past two days. As you stare at the caller ID with a combined feeling of disbelief and irritation, it rings again, and the same phone number shows up. You answer. The man on the phone tells you his company is running a special, and if you sign on today they'll service your chim- ney for just $40. He says his company has a worker in your area, and they'll be out to see you right away. But it was not an employee from CCS, a small, reputable Woonsocket-based company that's been doing business in the Blackstone Valley for the past 12 years. It was someone from a call center at competing business based out of state. You've been the victim of a practice known as phone spoof- ing, and so has Competitive Chimney Sweeps, a home- based city business with just two employees and a single phone line. When someone started "spoofing" the CCS number 'Phone spoofing' creates nightmare for Woonsocket company see SPooFInG, Page 21 Locals write parenting book with a 1970s twist. lIvInG UNpAReNtiNg By SAnDy SEoAnE Valley Breeze staff writer WOONSOCKET/NORTH SMITHFIELD – A deci- sion by the North Smithfield Town Council to hold up the Blackstone Valley Bikeway over an unrelated dispute with neighboring Woonsocket was reversed in a 3-1 vote last week. But the ongoing disagree- ment between the two munici- palities over fees for wastewa- ter services has escalated as a result of the issue, with mem- bers of the Woonsocket City Council threatening to with- hold water and wastewater ser- vices the city provides to the growing business community at Dowling Village. The latest conflict began when the North Smithfield board deadlocked on a vote in April to grant an easement over a three-acre plot of land that runs along the Blackstone River through Meadows Park. The easement was one of more than 100 sought by the Army Corp of Engineers as part of a federal stormwater improvement project, and considered crucial to the long- term plan to build a 48-mile dedicated bike path from Providence to Worcester, Mass. The Army Corp put Woonsocket officials in charge of obtaining the easements as Council passes bike path easement, but tension between neighbors over wastewater escalates see DISPUTE, Page 22 like us on Follow us on Call for a Complimentary Orthodontic Evaluation Smithfield (401) 349-4355 Cranston (401) 942-0300 North Smithfield (401) 762-2830 Voted as a "Top Orthodontist" in Rhode Island Monthly poll for 2012-2014 "University Orthodontics is the best!" –Alyson, East Providence, RI "I am in the dental field & can definitely separate the good doctors from the mediocre doctors. Dr. Beagan & his staff are the model office." –Kim, Smithfield, RI Oil | Propane | Bioheat | Generator | Boiler Service 401.333.0665 — T.H. MALLOY New Customer Incentives TOGETHER WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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