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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-12-2018

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JULY 12-18, 2018 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 13 Barrows offers thanks for allowing his service Reflecting on my service to the Town of Smithfield, and after careful consideration, I believe it is time to reconsider my involve- ment in local politics. After many discussions with family and friends, I am ready to begin the next chapter of my life. I have found myself spend- ing more and more time in Massachusetts, taking pride in building a career as an insur- ance broker at Barrows Insurance Agency, a third generation family- owned business started by my grandmother over 40 years ago. I first ran for elective office in 2014 as a 21-year-old college graduate. My goal was to main- tain the highest quality of educa- tion in Smithfield that was pro- vided to me. I am proud to have served on a School Committee that did the following: Provided Chromebooks to students to bring 21st Century technology in the classroom, hired a highly quali- fied superintendent to lead our district, provided guidance on elementary reconfiguration and worked with the Town Council, year after year, to approve a fair and balanced school department budget. In 2016, after an unsuccessful run for State Senate, I had the honor of being selected by my colleagues to serve as the vice chairperson of the Smithfield School Committee. I will be for- ever grateful for the opportunity I had to serve on the School Committee. I want to thank the voters of Smithfield who trusted me as a leader, and put their faith in me to better our school system. While I may be stepping aside for now, I will never rule out running for office in our great town again. To be clear, "Service Before Self " is a motto that I always have and will always continue to live by. BRENT BARROWS Smithfield Thanks to helpers of Relay For Life Friday, June 23, marked the first Northern R.I. Relay For Life held at the Smithfield High School. With over 30 fundraising teams hailing from the communities of Smithfield, Lincoln, Cumberland and Burrillville, the daytime Relay event has raised over $70,000 to help sup- port research and cancer resources/ programs for the American Cancer Society. First we'd like to thank all of our business and individual sponsors. Without their monetary support, we could not channel the majority of our fundraising dollars towards our goal of eradicating cancer and sup- porting our cancer survivors. We would also like to give special thanks to our Opening Ceremony guest speakers, Smithfield state Rep. Tom Winfield and Cumberland Mayor and cancer survivor Bill Murray. Also speaking during our Fight Back Ceremony were cancer survivors Tina Pedersen (also 2018 Ms. Wheelchair R.I.) and local author Jill Fague. Their inspirational words helped make the ceremonies very memorable. A special thank you to our Master of Ceremonies Ralph Boudreau for introducing our long list of amaz- ing entertainers who kept the crowd going throughout the day. We would like to acknowledge the gift cards, goods and certificates from our sup- portive local restaurants and busi- nesses donated for our tremendous raffle table and our fantastic bingo events. Also special thanks to our volunteer photographers Amanda Dair, Rebecca Bernardo and Ethan Hartley. They captured unforgettable moments from Relay 2018 for all our participants to share. Also we'd like to extend a special thanks to Russ Masse who offered free massages for the tireless Relayers who walked the track. Lastly we want to thank all the res- taurants and businesses who donated the food and drink to provide lunch and dinner for our cancer survivors and their caregivers. Their generos- ity helps us to honor the survivors for whom we celebrate, we support and we remember during this special annual Relay For Life event. The R.I. Northern Relay For Life would not be a success without our very generous donors who helped us strive for our goal of $85,000. It is not too late to help us reach this goal before Aug. 31. If you would like to donate to our Relay, please go to www.relayforlife.org/northernri and make a donation. If you'd like to be involved in the Northern R.I. Relay For Life celebration in June 2019, please contact us through our web- site and/or Facebook page. WENDY RIORDAN Lincoln Violet is correct; fascism not 'great' While Arlene Violet opened her recent column, "America's values are slipping away" ( July 6-11) with the observation she didn't "expect many…to agree with this column," I found myself in total agreement. Violet concisely enumerated each and every one of the techniques being employed by the current president and his enablers at Fox News and beyond to achieve his twisted agenda. The fact that 42 percent of people polled agree with his false concept of patriotism is the real cause of our American values "slipping away." It is past time to wake up and realize this is not making America great again. The bottom-line is there is nothing about turning America into a fascist state that will make America "great" in any respect. Such a turn will do quite the opposite, and Violet has done us all a great service by hav- ing the courage to point this out. MICHAEL RUSSO North Scituate Bruno: Slacks Beach is finally open This is a reminder that Slacks Beach in Greenville is finally official- ly open after five years. There are lifeguards on duty and the parking lot is open. There are signs posted about regulation and hours of operation. Please come out and enjoy one of our town's most beautiful natural resources. Enjoy the summer! ALFRED F. BRUNO Greenville Scituate voters thanked for Home Rule approval With thanks to Scituate voters… Participation is the key to democracy, and on June 28, in spite of the weather, the voters of Scituate certainly participated in the ballot for a Home Rule Charter. Cast were 1,585 votes, with 94.4 percent of the voters saying "yes"! As initiators of the Home Rule process, we know that all of our work and the efforts of our "work- ing supporters" would not have amounted to anything if the vot- ers had stayed home. Nice work, Scituate voters, and thank you for participating! This government cannot work without you. RUTH STRACH AND MARY- MANNING MORSE Scituate Local news. Local owners. You might think every newspaper would be like that. But they aren't. We are.

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