Woonsocket, North Smithfield

Contaminated wells in N. Smithfield may be linked to Millville property

Neighbors say hazardous materials are buried
MILLVILLE/NORTH SMITHFIELD – On May 15, 2013, neighbors from seven homes surrounding 171 Central St. in Millville, Mass. signed a petition listing concerns with the property, and asking the town’s... more

Despite state investigation, complaints, DHS maintains service is ‘timely and efficient’

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... more

Video shows violent altercation with Woonsocket police

WOONSOCKET – A video posted on the internet in which Woonsocket Police officers are seen having a violent confrontation with a group of people garnered more than 30,000 views in a day and prompted... more

Siting Board suspends review of Burrillville power plant

WARWICK – The Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board has voted to suspend proceedings on a proposal by Invenergy Thermal Development LLC to build a 1,000-megawatt gas-fired plant on Wallum Lake... more

Police identify body found in North Smithfield

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Police have said that the body found behind North Smithfield Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 15 was that of a 50-year-old School Street woman. A man and woman walking their dog... more

Six arrested in Woonsocket prostitution sting

WOONSOCKET – A prostitution sting on Wednesday, Oct. 9 led to the arrest of five local women and one man accused of procurement of sexual conduct for a fee. The operation was conducted by the... more

Charest to retire from Landmark

WOONSOCKET – Longstanding healthcare leader and hospital CEO Richard "Rick" Charest has announced plans to retire. “It is with a profound sense of accomplishment that I am announcing my retirement... more

Jalette outlines views on leadership

WOONSOCKET – Roger Jalette, candidate for the city’s mayoral office, discussed his views on leadership. “My definition of a leader is when a person sees a need and reacts to fix this need,” Jalette... more

‘Yes for NS’ group releases platform, list of supported candidates

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Since last November, a group of concerned residents has been meeting with the objective of encouraging local candidates who share their beliefs to run for political office, and... more

Landmark opens new cancer center

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Thanks to a $3 million investment by parent company Prime Healthcare Services, Landmark Medical Center now has a new center dedicated to the needs of cancer patients on the second... more

Mancieri renews focus on rebuilding neighborhoods

WOONSOCKET – “Our neighborhood has changed and not for the better” are the words that Councilman Garrett Mancieri says he has heard and acted on in his first term and will continue if the voters re-... more

Documentary showing will raise funds for food pantry

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Later this month, the feature length documentary “Raising Matty Christian” will be shown at the Slatersville Congregational Church, UCC as a special fundraiser for the North... more

Finlay say city is poised for revival

WOONSOCKET – Kenneth Finlay, a candidate for the Woonsocket City Council, said he has learned a lot from residents in the course of his campaign. “Some of the issues, I felt, could not wait, and have... more

Jon Brien says leadership is accomplishments not headlines

WOONSOCKET – Jon Brien, candidate for Woonsocket City Council, recently stated that as a councilor, he will focus on accomplishments rather than accolades and credit. “Over the course of this... more

Lindy’s to take over VFW building

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Lindy’s Tavern will soon expand to include a building just down the road that currently holds VFW Post 6342. The popular establishment transferred the liquor license from its... more

McCarty named Battalion Command Sergeant Major

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Connor McCarty of North Smithfield has recently been named a Battalion Command Sergeant Major at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Connor will be the Senior Cadet... more

Fagnant pledges to reduce fees and property taxes

WOONSOCKET – Richard Fagnant, a candidate for the Woonsocket City Council, said that as an independent candidate he pledges to simplify and reduce fees and property taxes in the city. “It’s simple:... more

Casali to begin surveying drains in N.S.

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The town of North Smithfield has recently hired Joe Casali Engineering to provide drain surveying around the area and to seek outfalls and drains that are located throughout the... more

Reminder: No attacks in Nov. 2-3 editions

Keeping with its longstanding policy, The Valley Breeze will not print any last-minute attacks against political candidates, in either advertisements or letters, in the Nov. 2-3 editions. Those ads... more

DiCenso wins Golden Apple Award

WOONSOCKET – Renee DiCenso, a school nurse and teacher at Leo Savoie Elementary School, was given the Golden Apple Award last week from NBC News Channel 10. New Anchor Patrice Wood visited the school... more

Ezovski meets with seniors

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Town administrator candidate Gary Ezovski reported that he had engaging conversations in recent meetings with North Smithfield senior citizens. “Questions by attendees focused on... more

Boucher wants to hire human resource director

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Town Council President Robert Boucher, a candidate for town administrator, proposes the hiring of a professional human resource director for the community. Boucher said his... more

Hope Bus to visit Diamond Hill Job Lot

WOONSOCKET – The partnership between Ocean State Job Lot and Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation’s Hope Bus that began last month has been extended. Throughout November, the signature... more

Halloran aims to restore order and respect

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Dan Halloran, a candidate for the North Smithfield Town Council said that he is running because he believes he can help restore order and respect to the board. “A well run town... more

Beauregard notes the need to work together

NORTH SMITHFIELD – John Beauregard, candidate for Town Council pointed to the need for more collaboration and civility between members of the board. “Before we can do anything to move our town... more

Baldelli-Hunt team fundraiser to be held Nov 3

WOONSOCKET – Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and her “pro-taxpayer, pro-business” slate of City Council candidates will hold a fundraiser at River Falls Restaurant on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. “Over... more

Golden Hearts Club announce winners

WOONSOCKET – The Golden Hearts Senior Club announces winners from its Oct. 12 meeting at Precious Blood. Money raffle winners were Millie Wowk, Vioha Sztabor, Pauline Ledoux, Sandy Detonnancourt, and... more