Woonsocket, North Smithfield

'Conservative' No. Smithfield budget calls for 2.2 percent levy increase

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NORTH SMITHFIELD - The 2016 budget approved by the North Smithfield Town Council came in with some $25,000 less in spending than an already lean proposal submitted by the Budget Committee earlier... more

Woonsocket tackles blight: Long vacant property on Cato Street demolished

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WOONSOCKET - With 220 abandoned residential buildings causing concerns ranging from potential fire hazards, to reduced property values, Woonsocket has a long way to go to tackle its blight problem.... more

River Street mural honors those who've served

Artist picks Woonsocket American Legion for 50-state flag painting tour
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WOONSOCKET - The call came on the bar telephone on a quiet afternoon, bringing news of an unexpected honor for Commander Dave Malone and the other 168 members of American Legion Fairmount Post 85.... more

Another shooting in Woonsocket

WOONSOCKET - Police are investigating a second shooting in two days in Woonsocket. The latest victim, shot around 2:30 a.m. on Gaulin Avenue, was taken to the Rhode Island Hospital Trauma Center... more

Fitch upgrades Woonsocket's bond rating

WOONSOCKET – Fitch Ratings has upgraded the long-term credit rating of the city of Woonsocket to BB- with a positive outlook. According to the Fitch Report, the upgrade reflects stabilized finances... more

Car stolen from No. Smithfield turns up in Worcester shooting

NORTH SMITHFIELD – A car stolen out of a driveway in North Smithfield was used in a reported attempt to hit Worcester police officers, leading to the shooting of the driver. The car, a silver 2005... more

Adviser disapproves of Woonsocket budget, but it may not matter

WOONSOCKET - The state-appointed fiscal adviser to Woonsocket, Paul Luba, is strongly criticizing the City Council for making a cut to the upcoming budget, and has reportedly "rejected" the $135... more

First area meadery gives locals a taste of the world's oldest libation

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BLACKSTONE, Mass. - The oldest known alcoholic drink in the world is making a revival, and now you can get a taste from a fresh batch of the fermented honey goodness right here in the Blackstone... more

Sweet Caroline's brings summer fun back to Burrillville

BURRILLVILLE - If you've lived in northern Rhode Island over the past few decades, chances are, you have more than a few fond memories of 1950 Broncos Highway. The location once held "Mr. Doughboy's... more

City to repair seven roads

WOONSOCKET - Several city streets have recently had various degrees of sewer excavation and repair, leaving roadways in need of improvement to temporary applied patches. The repairs will include the... more

Joery gets his bullet-proof vest

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NORTH SMITHFIELD - The North Smithfield Rhode Island Police Department's K9, "Joery" has received his ballistic vest thanks to a non profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., and a $950... more

Kennedy Manor will get improved crosswalk

WOONSOCKET - The city has scheduled repairs for the crosswalk across Clinton Street in front of Kennedy Manor, and according to Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, the project should be complete within the... more

Soly to encourage 'constructive dialogue'

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Town Council candidate Anthony Soly said that with his campaign, he plans to get back to the basics of town government, working for and giving a voice to the people of North... more

Thibault to advocate for seniors, veterans

NORTH SMITHFIELD - As the July 7 special election draws near, Linda B. Thibault said she wants to remind the voters of North Smithfield of her platform. "I will focus on seniors, veterans and... more

Woonsocket High School Rhode Island Honor Society graduates

WOONSOCKET - The following is a list of Woonsocket High School Rhode Island Honor Society graduates. Due to an error, the list was incomplete in last week's edition. Congratulations to all the... more

Newberry joins Junior League of R.I. Board of Directors

NORTH SMITHFIELD - The Junior League of R.I. Inc. has named Elizabeth Newberry of North Smithfield to its board of directors for the 2015-2016 year. In the role, Newberry will be responsible for... more

RSVP seeks volunteers

WOONSOCKET - RSVP, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a network for volunteers over age 55, is currently recruiting volunteer drivers for Meals on Wheels for Burrillville, North Smithfield,... more

Food pantry seeks batter, syrup

NORTH SMITHFIELD - The North Smithfield Food Pantry has announced that pancake batter and syrup are the "flavor of the month" for July. The pantry currently needs unopened containers of batter and... more


An advertisement in last week's Valley Breeze by security officers at Twin River Casino had incorrect phone numbers for the public to call. Those who support the continued arming of security officers... more

Town seeks sponsors for summer concerts

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Now that summer is here, the North Smithfield Summer Concert Series is only two weeks away, beginning on Sunday, July 5, and continuing into August. The town has bands eager to... more

Navigant scholarship winners

LINCOLN - In recognition of its 100th anniversary, Navigant Credit Union presented 100 scholarships for $1,000 each to students in the area at its 16th annual scholarship awards ceremony at Kirkbrae... more

Kennedy Manor holds annual flag ceremony

WOONSOCKET - J.F. Kennedy Manor Social Club held its annual Memorial Day Flag Ceremony. The event was attended by 86 people including Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, Councilman Chris Beauchamp, United... more

Golden Hearts Senior Club lists winners

WOONSOCKET - The Golden Hearts Senior Club announces the following winners at its last meeting: Lucille Lavalle, door prize; Pauline Ledoux, Jocelyn Ciffo, Rina Maculin, Viola Sztabor and Pat Palardy... more