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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-12-2018

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Though a Citizens Bank repre- sentative indicated a month ago that new exit ramps off Route 295 at Greenville Avenue were on tar- get to be completed by June 27, officials are now saying they might not open to traffic for another month or more. Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena told The Breeze he's hoping to have the exits open two weeks from now, but said that timeframe is very much up in the air. Liz Pettengill, spokeswoman with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, said officials there expect that all requirements will be completed in late July or early August, though that schedule is subject to change. The town of Johnston may open the ramps if officials there wish, said Pettengill. The role of RIDOT is to ensure that all requirements of a public access permit are met and to ensure that the construction of the ramps meets all requirements set forth by the Federal Highway Administration. Johnston should not reopen the ramps until all requirements of the public access permit are certified, but that doesn't mean that the town couldn't do so, said Pettengill. New Exit 10 ramps may not open until August By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See RAMPS, Page 10 BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON KASEY CHOQUETTE, of Cumberland, takes a different look at things as he flips in mid-air while a Fire Department tanker truck hoses down the crowd, during the Olde Home Day July Fourth Celebration in Scituate last Wednesday. See more photos on page 16. Can't stand the heat? Local beach- es and ponds offer cooling relief during the summer months. Smithfield The town is home to two beaches with restrooms and handicap acces- sibility. Both locations have full-time lifeguards on site from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Don't want to drive? Take a dive at local beaches By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See BEACHES, Page 9 SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield Town Council on Tuesday tabled authorization of new Land Trust bylaws until the trust submits com- plete policies and procedures. Over the past few months, the Land Trust has worked with Council President Paul Santucci to make updates and changes to the organiza- tion's bylaws, completing a short list of adjustments. The changes were made in response to legislation proposed by Reps. Gregory Costantino and Thomas Winfield in February to dis- band the Land Trust, hoping it would cause a change in its operations and ethics. Changes to the bylaws include stipulations: • That an Ethics Commission opin- ion should be included for purchase of property or development rights from a member of the Land Trust, elected official or another person who is part of town government. • That an Ethics Commission opin- ion be included for the purchase of any property or development rights for a member of the Land Trust when they are voting on a matter within Council postpones votes on new Land Trust bylaws By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See COUNCIL, Page 8 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE JULY 12-18, 2018 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Family Dentistry Accepting New Patients 7 Smith Avenue, Greenville Accepting New Patients Dr. Scott B. Klimaj 949-3200 401-949-0180 Buddy just turned three, so in dog years you can buy him a drink • 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

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