Woonsocket, North Smithfield

Hamilton is MIA at council meetings

Town Administrator says she’s avoiding politics, not work
NORTH SMITHFIELD – Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton has stopped attending Town Council meetings in recent months, a decision that has frustrated some members of the board, who charge that her... more

Woonsocket DHS moving to new office on Clinton Street

Department expects ‘some staff’ in place by Sept. 1
WOONSOCKET – The Department of Human Services, a state office serving some 18,175 Woonsocket residents in need of help with basic necessities, has found a new location in the city and will be opening... more

Woonsocket hospital eliminates 50 jobs

WOONSOCKET – Some 50 full-time positions were eliminated at Landmark Medical Center on Thursday, Aug. 18. The jobs eliminated from the hospital staff included some employees from the Cass Avenue... more

No. Smithfield boards vote to look at environmental testing

Officials show testing is done, question if decision will worry parents
NORTH SMITHFIELD – In the past two years, two young girls who attend North Smithfield schools have been diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. The students are among five cases of... more

New plan: Drop PARCC scores from grad requirements

State education officials explain draft for new diploma regulations
CUMBERLAND – Starting with the Class of 2021, high school students will see changes to their graduation requirements, if the latest plan proposed by the Rhode Island Department of Education’s Council... more

Connell says he will not support cuts to PE, music

NORTH SMITHFIELD – William J. Connell, an elected member of the North Smithfield School Committee and candidate for re-election, stated that he supports expanding new educational opportunities for... more

Political contenders join forces

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WOONSOCKET/NORTH SMITHFIELD – With just weeks remaining before voters in Woonsocket and North Smithfield narrow down the field of candidates at a primary election on Tuesday, Sept. 13, contenders... more

Meo aims to focus on excellence in education

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Jean Meo, candidate for the North Smithfield School Committee, said that as a member of the School Committee, she hopes to focus on the important task of educating students. “My... more

Calling all mill workers: new Museum exhibit will digitize your ‘memories’

WOONSOCKET – If you live in Woonsocket or the surrounding community, chances are, you can name at least a few people whose names deserve mention in the city’s storied mill history. According to Anne... more

Jon Brien to focus on quality of life issues

WOONSOCKET – Jon D. Brien, candidate for Woonsocket stated that one of the main points in his platform will be quality of life issues. “It seems like every election season, candidates point to... more

Forum on proposed Burrillville power plant is at K of C hall in Lincoln

LINCOLN – The Burrillville Land Trust and the Rhode Island Association of Conservation Commissions will host an interactive public forum on Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., addressing the... more

Finlay aims to continue city’s forward progress

WOONSOCKET – Kenneth Finlay, a candidate for the Woonsocket City Council, said he is running for office because he would like to add to the city’s positive momentum. “Voters of Woonsocket, the turn... more

School anniversary celebration is Sept. 3

NORTH SMITHFIELD – A reunion will be held on Saturday, Sept. 3, at Bella Restaurant, 1992 Victory Highway, Glendale, to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of North Smithfield Junior/Senior High... more

No. Smithfield food pantry needs applesauce

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The North Smithfield Food Pantry has announced that applesauce is the “flavor of the month,” for September. The pantry currently needs unopened containers of applesauce, according... more

Councilman Mancieri continues to challenge the establishment

WOONSOCKET – Nearing the conclusion of his first term, City Councilor Garrett Mancieri, is seeking re-election based on his independent voting record to turn the city of Woonsocket around. “... more

Fagnant tells citizens why to vote for him

WOONSOCKET – Richard Fagnant, candidate for Woonsocket City Council, outlined the reasons he feels citizens should vote for him. “As a life long resident of the city with family roots deep in the... more

Blackstone library hosts diabetes program

BLACKSTONE – The Blackstone Public Library will host the program, Eating to Manage Diabetes, on Monday, Aug. 29, at 6 p.m. The talk will cover super foods, quick meal ideas, nonstarchy vegetables,... more

Correction: Ayo sent information to O’Connor

WOONSOCKET – In the Aug. 11 edition of The Valley Breeze in an article titled “Woonsocket Housing Authority clerk charged with embezzlement,” we stated that WHA Accounting Administrator Joanne Ayo... more

Senior exercise program offered in North Smithfield

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Bone Builders classes are being offered at St. Paul Community Center, 48 St. Paul St., on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, from 8:45 to 10 a.m. The Bone Builders exercise program... more

NSPD, Annex recover 
from lightening strike

The building that houses both the North Smithfield Police Department and the town Annex was struck by lightening on Wednesday, Aug. 10, damaging computers, the GPS system and several additional... more

Calendar photo contest entries due Sept. 10

GLOCESTER – Northwest Rhode Island Supporters of Open Space is seeking entries for a calendar photo contest. The 12 winning entries will be featured in the NRISOS 2017 wall calendar, “Celebrating... more

College news

Briana Noelle Cooney of Woonsocket graduated with a master of science degree in biology from Clark Univeristy. Hannah DeCelles of North Smithfield graduated with a bachelor of science in professional... more

Tap dancing fitness class offered in Burrillville

BURRILLVILLE – Burrillville Parks & Recreation is offering a new Tap Dancinig for Fun and Fitness class every Wednesday, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Burrillville Community Recreation Center, 50... more

Troop 2 fundraiser canceled

WOONSOCKET – The fundraiser for Troop 2 of Woonsocket scheduled for Sept. 1 at Chelo’s Restaurant has been canceled due to kitchen renovations. The restaurant will be closed for two weeks.

Llamas to visit Pascoag library

BURRILLVILLE – The Pascoag Public Library, 57 Church St., will host Dandy Acres Llamas on Monday, Aug. 29, at 2 p.m. Skittles the llama will make his debut appearance at the library. The program is... more

Golden Hearts Club lists winners

WOONSOCKET – Golden Hearts Senior Club announces winners at its recent meetings. Aug. 10: Door prize winner was Lorraine Lemoine. Money raffle winners were Connie Ethier, Millie Wowk, Jocyln Ciffo,... more

GED and ESL classes offered in Woonsocket

WOONSOCKET – Woonsocket Even Start is now taking registrations for GED and English as a second language classes. Those interested in improving literacy skills, English language skills or working... more