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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 10-20-2016

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. Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY ©2016 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. FREE @ OCTOBER 20-26, 2016 Like us on Follow us on Kids learn safety tips at Woonsocket fi re station's open house. PAGE 6 SAFETY FIRST Decked out in doughnuts BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE AUTUMN GRIFFITHS, 4, of Blackstone, Mass., shows off her doughnut costume as the 17th annual Nightmares in the Library Halloween Party at the Blackstone Public Library begins with a costume parade last Saturday. See more photos on Page 9. WOONSOCKET – If you need to speak to someone at the Woonsocket Department of Human Services office, you'll need to arrive between 8 and 8:15 a.m. and you "might" be seen. That was the message given to a reporter by a woman who was stopping clients at the door to the Clinton Street building around 11 a.m. last week. The first-hand experience is in keeping with reports from workers and clients across the state who say they have expe- rienced long lines, phones calls that go unanswered and a paperwork backlog that's left the state's most vulnerable pop- ulation without essential services such as childcare and food benefits. The department laid off some 70 workers across the state at the end of August, just before a computer system update that many say has led to major issues. State officials provided a 69-page report to federal officials last week detail- Despite state investigation, complaints, DHS maintains service is 'timely and efficient' By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer See DHS, Page 24 SPOOKY TIME Check out our listing of Halloween fun and frights. LIVING Contaminated wells in N. Smithfield may be linked to Millville property MILLVILLE/NORTH SMITHFIELD – On May 15, 2013, neighbors from seven homes surround- ing 171 Central St. in Millville, Mass. signed a petition listing concerns with the property, and asking the town's Board of Selectmen to investigate the owner's activities. Their complaints included removal of trees and earth from the roughly 10-acre lot, disturbance of wetlands, the pres- ence of tanks, ignoring a cease and desist order from National Grid, early morning work times and dumping of fill. That was before the discovery that wells at surrounding homes in two states were polluted beyond the legal limit. And it was well before the town's Conservation Commission gave the owner three years to restore wetlands on the property, and before the federal Environmental Protection Agency got involved in the multi-state issue. By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer See WELLS, Page 15 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Bldg. 3, Ste. 307, Lincoln, RI 02865 At Hear For You Hearing and Balance Center we strive for excellence in customer care. Our services include: • Diagnostic Hearing tests ages 6 months & up • Hearing Aid Evaluations • Hearing Aid Sales & Repairs Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist 401-475-6116 Call today to schedule your appointment & ask about our Interest Free Financing! Today's hearing aids are barely visible, highly effective and easy to afford. Come hear for yourself with a RISK FREE 30-day trial! You'll Like You'll Like What You Hear What You Hear

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