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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-30-2015

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©2015 Breeze PuBlications inc. Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze The valley ©2015 Breeze PuBlications inc. FREE valleybreeze.com @ JULY 30-AUGUST 5, 2015 like us on Follow us on Local author writes the story of baseball star Clem Labine. PaGe 12 woonsocket legend Valley Breeze Photo By charles lawrence R.J. MoRin, 19, of Woonsocket, catches some air on his skateboard during the "Get Out, Get Up and Ride" event last Thursday at Woonsocket Middle School. Danny Marszalkowski put on the event as part of his Eagle Scout project. See story and more photos on Page 6. Taking flight By SanDy Seoane Valley Breeze staff writer sandy@valleybreeze.com WOONSOCKET – A New York- based company with experience in bringing quiet shopping centers back to life purchased Woonsocket Plaza on Diamond Hill Road earlier this year and aims to turn the area into a thriv- ing community center. Madison Properties purchased the plaza in April after the previous owner, WP Woonsocket Associates transferred the property back to mortgage holder GMAC Commercial Mortgage Group. Built in 1990, the plaza, located at 2000 Diamond Hill Road, currently has four vacant lots and is home to Dollar Tree, Planet Fitness, Oceans of Pets, Rent-A-Center, Radio Shack, Check n' Go, 99 Nails, Burlington Coat Factory, Sally Beauty Supply, Rainbow, Best Cuts, Woonsocket Dental, Price Rite, Subway and New China Super Buffet. The acquisition also includes three freestanding lots currently occupied by Papa Gino's, Milford Federal Savings and McDonald's. The purchase makes Madison the plaza's sixth owner in just 25 years. "We saw what we could do with Heads-UP! Zoo's 50 Southwick's Zoo celebrates 50 years of family fun with special events. livinG New owner plans revitalization of Woonsocket Plaza see PlaZa, Page 7 By SanDy Seoane Valley Breeze staff writer sandy@valleybreeze.com WOONSOCKET – They bellowed one of the most famous phrases to come out of popular culture in recent decades, in a hit song that's still used as a go-to rallying jam at sporting events. Baha Men, the band behind the 2000 smash hit "Who Let The Dogs Out," will headline Autumnfest 2015. The choice marks a major depar- ture from the festival's usual headlin- ers. For years, acts from the 1950s and 1960s have dominated the line- up, with doo-wop bands and country acts playing pop hits for the massive festival crowds. "It's going to be different," said Autumnfest Chairman Jeff Gamache. "It's the most current act we've ever had. To actually have the opportunity Baha Men to headline Autumnfest By SanDy Seoane Valley Breeze staff writer sandy@valleybreeze.com NORTH SMITHFIELD – The North Smithfield School District ended the 2014/2015 school year some $827,000 in the black, leav- ing additional funding for expenses in the upcoming year, according to Business Manager Lisa Marcotte. And at the urging of at least one School Committee member, some of that money may get set aside to pre- vent the type of contentious drama over unanticipated expenses that divided the community in 2014. The as yet unaudited surplus came primarily from savings on salaries and benefits, Marcotte told the committee at a meeting last week, pointing to staff retirements and resignations, and positions that were see aUTUMnFeST, Page 2 No. Smithfield schools end year with $827,000 surplus see SURPlUS, Page 8 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 2012-2015 "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 T.H. MALLOY Oil | Propane | Bioheat | Generator | Boiler Service 401.333.0665 www.thmalloy.com TOGETHER WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE • Orthopedic & Sports • Manual Therapy • Post-Operative Rehab • Vestibular/Balance • Graston Soft Tissue Mobilization • Myofascial & Craniosacral Techniques Branch Village Professional Offices – 501 Great Road, Suite 108 North Smithfield, RI 02896 Phone: 401-766-7246 Fax: 401-766-7248 Accepting all major insurances, Workers Comp. & Liability Morning & Evening Appointments Available M arcotte P hysical T herapy.com | marcottept@verizon.net Daniel R. Marcotte, PT, MPH, DPT | Kimberly J. Wright, MSPT, CYT, DPT Andrea L. Vigeant, MSPT | Katie Evans, DPT | Mark Rowinski, PHD-PT Kaitlin Riggs, PT Specializing In:

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