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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-06-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE CHRISTIAN KING, of Glocester, with his bicycle covered in flags, is one of the leaders in the Ancients & Horribles Parade that took place on Main Street in Chepachet on the Fourth of July. See more photos on pages 7-14. Greenville Library expanding lot, adding entrance Pleasant View Ave. home to be razed SMITHFIELD – Work to expand the parking lot and revamp the traf- fic flow in and out of the Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, is expected to begin within two weeks. A new entrance and exit will be added off Rte. 116 at 9 Pleasant View Ave., where an existing home will be demolished. Greenville Library Director Dorothy Swain said the library purchased the property in 2011 in anticipation of the parking lot expansion. The library, which has an occu- pancy of 201 people, needs 94 spaces to comply with town standards. The lot currently has 43 spaces, which can get crowded, according to Swain. "There are times here (that) parking is very, very tight, especially when we have multiple events, and we'd like to enhance access and safety, especially in case of a fire event," she said. "Those are two reasons why By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See LIBRARY, Page 17 FOSTER – Residents in atten- dance at last Thursday's Town Council meeting were angered by a consent agreement entered into between the town and Brian St. Croix, allowing him to continue stone crushing and removal opera- tions on his property at 9 Mount Hygeia Road. Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice Maureen Keough advised the town that St. Croix was within his rights to continue a gravel operation at his property under the Right to Farm Act, and that his claimed plan to create a horse farm was "valid and permissible." Town Council President Denise DeFranco said the town was at a Foster residents angered as gravel operations allowed to continue By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com SCITUATE – After the organizers of the Home Rule Charter stood out in the snow and freezing rain gather- ing petition signatures for the ballot question, it seemed appropriate that the pair were out in the rain during special election day. Standing outside of Hope Elementary School during the special election last Thursday, June 28, co- initiator Mary Manning-Morse, hold- ing her umbrella by her side during one of the breaks in the rain, thanked voters for coming out. Her pants were wet up to her knees, and she said the rain was a fitting ending to the experience. "Rain is not a problem, I've stood in the rain before, a little water won't hurt," she said. A whopping 94 percent of voters, or 1,414 people, who participated in the Home Rule Charter special elec- tion voted to appoint a commission to create a Home Rule Charter. A total of 1,451 residents came out in the rain to vote, and that number grew to 1,585 voters when factoring in mail ballots. In the months leading up to the election, Manning-Morse and co-initiator Ruth Strach collected 1,755 signatures to hold the special election. "I am so impressed by the dedica- tion by people in the Hope District," Manning-Morse said. She said people Voters approve Home Rule Charter Commission By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See GRAVEL, Page 16 See CHARTER, Page 18 Parade of patriotism Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE JULY 6-11, 2018 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & • Complete Heating Systems • Remodeling • Repairs • Water Heaters • Complete Sewage Ejector Systems for Basement Baths • Senior Citizen Discounts C. J. Nemes, Inc. Plumbing & Heating 24-Hour Emergency Service 769-4776 Master Plumber, R.I. #1911 Mass. #25011 Member of The Better Business Bureau Drain & Sewer Cleaning Happy 4th! Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, RI 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 www.GeorgeMPrescottLaw.com No fee for initial consultation.

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