Woonsocket, North Smithfield

VIDEO: Candidates for N. Smithfield town administrator debate

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The two candidates running for town administrator in North Smithfield participated in a video debate on Friday, Oct. 17, at The Valley Breeze offices in Lincoln. Reporter Sandy Seoane served as... more

Town Hall shocked, bewildered by CPA's findings

But Nicholson stands firm: 'The paper trail tells the story'
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NORTH SMITHFIELD - On Tuesday, Oct. 7, says Finance Clerk Karen Bernardino, she spent hours digging through piles of nine-year-old records in a dusty attic at Town Hall. Bernardino had been given... more

Administration credited for landing Ardent Displays

3 additional firms to locate in Woonsocket
WOONSOCKET - Just 11 days after announcing the beginning of her long-sought improvements at World War II Memorial Park, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt took to the podium at the Harris Hall to announce... more

Companies announce plans to expand, build in Woonsocket

WOONSOCKET – In her second press conference in just one week on economic development in Woonsocket, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt announced an expected $9 million in investment with the potential for... more

No. Smithfield School Committee declares support for bond

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NORTH SMITHFIELD – With less than a week remaining before voters decide if the town should spend $4.3 million on improvements to school facilities, the North Smithfield School Committee has... more

Woonsocket man indicted for high speed chase

WOONSOCKET – The city man who allegedly led police on a high speed chase across the Blackstone Valley before carjacking a vehicle, shooting a man in the foot and ultimately crashing in Cumberland was... more

Woonsocket man arrested after running home to escape police

WOONSOCKET – A city man who tried to escape police by car then by foot was ultimately caught in the attic of his home on Thursday, Oct. 30. 52-year-old Mark Boiteau has been charged with felony... more

North Smithfield voters will choose local town and school leaders

NORTH SMITHFIELD - While the field of candidates for seats in town government is relatively thin in 2014, it has nonetheless been a contentious election season with political newcomers emphasizing... more

Officials disagree on history, but see eye to eye on pros of bonds

NORTH SMITHFIELD - The three bond referenda on Tuesday's ballot have undergone nearly two years of adjustments, scrutiny, and at last, promotion by town officials. But has it been enough to convince... more

Voters to weigh in on proposed charter changes

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Should the town create a process by which residents could remove an elected official from office? Would North Smithfield be better served by a School Committee that included two... more

McKenna challenges incumbent O'Neill for District 17 seat

NORTH PROVIDENCE - Incumbent state Sen. Edward O'Neill must fight for his District 17 seat against former state representative and president of the 1986 Constitutional Convention, Keven McKenna, in... more

Work on 'new' WWII Park begins

WOONSOCKET - As the last of the electrical wires were being put away from this year's Autumnfest, city officials gathered recently to celebrate the beginning of the work that will improve World War... more

Tech classes launch city student's future

WOONSOCKET - William Douang has studied classified blueprints used to build submarines for the United States Navy. He spent his summer days rising at 4:30 a.m. to commute 45 minutes to the Electric... more

Meet the candidates for state races

WOONSOCKET/NORTH SMITHFIELD - Several leaders at the state level are facing challenges this year, with newcomers looking to represent area residents in the House and Senate. District 17 Attorney... more

Casey proposes to exempt Social Security benefits from state income tax

WOONSOCKET - State Rep. Stephen Casey said if re-elected, he will continue working on issues to ease the tax burden on Woonsocket's senior citizens, including legislation to exempt Social Security... more

Fagnant endorsed by prominent citizens and elected officials of District 50

WOONSOCKET - Richard Fagnant, independent candidate for the Rhode Island State House of Representatives District 50, announced that he has received endorsements from City Council President Albert G.... more

Guertin discusses qualifications

NORTH SMITHFIELD - North Smithfield town administrator candidate Tony Guertin this week discussed the qualifications he offers if elected. "Since coming to North Smithfield almost 15 years ago, I... more

Hamilton wants to 'rise above the chatter'

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton is seeking re-election Nov. 4 and said she hopes voters will keep in mind where her opponent's loyalties may lie. "In less than a week, we'll... more

Charbonneau thanks the residents of North Smithfield

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Craig Anthony Charbonneau, a write-in candidate for Town Council, would like to extend a hardy "thank you" to all the residents of North Smithfield for taking the time to let him... more

Boucher says creative solutions are needed to help seniors

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Robert Paul Boucher, candidate for North Smithfield Town Council, said he has met with numerous town residents - many on fixed incomes - who feel enormous financial pressures that... more

McGee asks for 'write-in' votes

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Thomas P. McGee is running as a write-in candidate for the North Smithfield Town Council and reminds voters that they can cast a ballot for him by filling in his name below the... more

Nadeau believes email release was violation of right to privacy

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Roseanne Nadeau, a candidate for the Town Council, said the email discussed in The Valley Breeze article titled "Town Council hopeful flaunts candidacy in attempt to secure early... more

O'Neill touts accomplishments during six year tenure

NORTH PROVIDENCE - Sen. Ed O'Neill, who is seeking re-election for the District 17 seat, stated in a press release that it has been an honor to serve the people of District 17 for six years. O'Neill... more

Johannis chides town officials for handling of charter school

NORTH SMITHFIELD - In seeking election to the North Smithfield School Committee, candidate Fran Johannis was critical this week of how the charter school proposal was handled by town officials. "The... more

Merrie Nadeau says she provides an independent voice

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Merredythe (Merrie) Nadeau today asked North Smithfield voters to take two steps to a more community focused School Committee by electing both her and Art Bassett to the board. "... more

Bassett says he and Nadeau bring needed experience in business

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Art Bassett, candidate for North Smithfield School Committee, pointed out that voters will fill two seats on the board Nov. 4. "So many choices in our town government are... more

Moniz says it's time for change

WOONSOCKET - In seeking election to the state Senate in District 24, Michael Moniz said he believes it is time for a change. "I'm asking for the voters to vote for me on Nov. 4," said Moniz. "Marc... more

Alter says he will look out for the whole town

NORTH SMITHFIELD - In seeking election to the North Smithfield Town Council, Ernest Alter said he would treat all town departments equally. "Some candidates running for elected office this year have... more