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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 09-22-2016

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©2015 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY ©2016 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. FREE SEPTEMBER 22-28, 2016 Like us on Follow us on Flimmaker seeks local stories and photos this Saturday. LIVING TRIPLE DECKERS CAPRESE QUERCETO, 5, above, plays on the inflatable obstacle course at the North Smithfield Great Pumpkin Festival last Saturday. EVYN ANDERSON, 12, left, displays the pumpkin she painted at the event. Both girls are from North Smithfield. The annual event was held at North Smithfield High School. See more photos on Page 7. VALLEY BREEZE PHOTOS BY BILL MURPHY Fall festival fun Town council approves $80K police equipment upgrade Boucher concerned about 'two motorcycle gangs in Woonsocket' NORTH SMITHFIELD – Pointing in part to recent reports of gang vio- lence in the state, members of the North Smithfield Town Council voted unani- mously on Monday, Sept. 19 to give the police department roughly $80,000 for equipment upgrades including patrol rifles, tasers, entry tool kits and tactical vests. But Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton says the vote violates the Town Charter, and that the decision should have been made prior to the town's budget process in June. The initiative, proposed by Council President Robert Boucher, aims to meet the immediate needs of officers, as laid out in an assessment prepared by Capt. Glenn Lamoureux. "They need to have the fire power and the tools to do their job," said Boucher. "Their mantra is protect and By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer See POLICE, Page 10 Judge puts city's sewer cutoff plans on hold No. Smithfield council votes for court mediation in wastewater dispute NORTH SMITHFIELD – Woonsocket officials can't just off waste treatment services to North Smithfield, but instead may have to negotiate an agreement with the town over fees to use the city's Cumberland Hill Road waste treatment facility, according to a ruling this week by Superior Court Judge Richard Licht. The judge issued a stay on any action after hear- ing a motion to compel arbitration by attorneys representing North Smithfield on Sept. 9. He said he "strongly suggests that the parties enter into a confidential non-binding mediation conducted by the court." The decision follows a more than five-years-long dispute between the two municipalities over creation of a new interjurisdiction agreement to govern use of the plant by North Smithfield's 4,400 users. For years, the towns have operated under an expired contract signed in 1977 that dictated that the agree- ment could be only be terminated with a three-year warning. Woonsocket councilors first began arguing for changes to the contract in 2011, pointing to quality of life issues due to odors from the plant, and have sought to get North Smithfield to sign a new 20-year contract with nearly $200,000 in annual host fees, a deal the town has refused. This year, the city financed some $38 million in improvements to the facility to comply with a Department of Environmental Management mandate By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer See SEWER, Page 10 Connecticut company buys P & W lines Sale comes just as commuter train through Woonsocket wins federal approval WOONSOCKET – Rail lines run- ning through Woonsocket that for more than a century have been operated by Massachusetts-based Providence & Worcester Railroad Co. will soon have a new owner, and thanks to a federal approval obtained this week should also soon have a new purpose: carry- ing commuters between Worcester and Providence. Genesee & Wyoming has announced the purchase of P&W for $126 mil- lion as a means for the Connecticut- based freight hauler to expand its lines through the northeast. While the acqui- sition must still pass two levels of feder- al regulatory review, from the Security Exchange Commission and the railway governing Surface Transportation Board, the sale is on course to end a long-standing arrangement for area tracks. P&W employs 140 people, and oper- ates 32 locomotives in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York across 163 miles of owned track, with another 350 miles working under track-access agreements. The company has operated lines through Woonsocket By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer See TRAIN, Page 4 AUTUMN IN THE VALLEY Cider doughnuts, beer and more in our seasonal special section. @

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