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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-12-2018

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JULY 12-18, 2018 GLOCESTER 5 GLOCESTER – As the July 19 date nears for the Energy Facility Siting Board to begin to hear impact testimony for the proposed Invenergy Power Plant in Burrillville, conser- vationists and environmentalists gathered at the Pulaski Memorial Recreation Center on Tuesday to speak about the "unacceptable risk" the plant would pose to nearby for- ests. The plant would be located at a key point connecting 17,082 acres of continuous forest in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Save the Bay, The Nature Conservancy, The Audubon Society of Rhode Island, Blackstone Valley Tourism, the Metacomet Land Trust, and an Eagle Scout all joined Kevin Cleary, chairman of the Burrillville Conservation Commission, to speak against the forest fragmentation brought about due to the location of the plant. Cleary and forester Paul Dolan hosted a nature hike around Peck Pond, stopping to point out rare birds, beaver dams, and ponds loaded with amphibians. "We are here because we are alarmed," Cleary said. Behind him, a bald eagle soared across the pond, landing on a nearby tree as families and children played in the swimming area below. The forest is home to 47 species of animals, 17 of which are on the "spe- cies of greatest conservation need," which includes some endangered or threatened species as well, he noted. "This is a forest in jeopardy," Cleary said, adding that if the plant is built, there will be long-term "deadly damage" to plants and animals. According to Tim Mooney of the Nature Conservancy Rhode Island, the plant's location in the forest is at an essential and critical "pinch point" for habitat connectivity. "This corridor of un-fragmented forest is critical to the health of the ecosystem both on a daily basis and in response to disruptions," Mooney said. Connectivity helps genetic diversity in plants and animals, escape routes for natural disaster or human devel- opment, adaptions to season changes and availability of food, water and shelter, Mooney said. "Animals require reliable pathways to find those resources, they just won't stand still," he said. Halfway through the walk, high in the trees, a black-throated blue warbler sang out. It is a relative to the endangered cerulean warbler that calls the forest its home. Meg Kerr, of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, said the site is within a state-identified critical wildlife habitat area. Light pollution from the plant would disrupt migratory pat- terns of birds, including the cerulean warbler that travels from Canada through northern Rhode Island before heading south. "Birds need stars to navigate," she said. Topher Hamblett, of Save the Bay, said the organization is opposed to the plant because its "construction and operation would cause permanent damage and pose unacceptable risks to the Narragansett Bay Watershed." Forested areas with intact canopies, Advocates' plea: Protect forest connection, say no to power plant By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTOS BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD KEVIN CLEARY of the Burrillville Conservation Commission leans against a tree to point out the area above the treeline behind him. Should the Invenergy power plant be built, the top of the building could be seen over the tree-tops, with the orange glow of light pollution seen at night. Once the forest is gone, it's gone for good, said forester PAUL DOLAN, who man- aged the Pulaski Memorial State Forest for years. See FOREST, Page 18 TOWN OF SCITUATE PLAN COMMISSION NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PRELIMINARY PLAN REVIEW UNDER THE LOW AND MODERATE INCOME HOUSING ACT Notice is hereby given pursuant to RIGL 45-53-4 the "Low and Moderate Income Housing Act" and the Scituate Subdivision and Land Development Regulations that a Public Hearing will be held at the time, date and place indicated below for the purpose of presenting and discussing a Comprehensive Permit Application – Preliminary, for construction of 18 Condominiums, and to provide the public the opportunity to comment on the proposed project. Time and Date of Meeting: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. Place of Meeting: Scituate High School Auditorium 94 Trimtown Road, Scituate, RI John Mahoney – Owner – Multi-Family – 18 Condominiums Affordable Housing (Comprehensive Permit) Plat 45 – Lot 17; Zoned RS120 (Single-Family Residential) Poles #30 to #35 East Side of Chopmist Hill Road – 1/2 mile south of Central Pike Availability of Information The Plans and accompanying documents for this Proposal are available for the public review during normal business hours at the Scituate Town Engineer's Office, 195 Danielson Pike, Town Hall – Scituate, RI All persons interested in the above are requested to be present at the time and place to be heard thereon. Facilities are accessible to handicapped persons. Persons requiring special accommodations must call the Town Clerk's Office at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting (401) 647-2822. Individuals Requesting Interpreter Service For The Hearing Impaired Must Call 647-2822 Seventy-Two (72) Hours In Advance Of Said Hearing. TTY # 1-800-745-5555. Per Order of the Scituate Plan Commission Jeffrey C. Hanson, Chairman TOWN OF SCITUATE PLAN COMMISSION NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given pursuant to the Scituate Land Development and Subdivision Regulations that a Public Hearing will be held at the time, date and place indicated below for the purpose of presenting and discussing a Major Land Development- Commercial Site Plan Review, identified below, and to provide the public the opportunity to comment on the proposed project. Time and Date of Hearing: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. Place of Hearing: Scituate High School Auditorium 94 Trimtown Road, Scituate, RI Robert Jacques, owner Lubna Usman, applicant AP 19 – Lot 20 Convert Full-service gas station to Self-serve gas station & convenience store 141 Danielson Pike North Scituate Availability of Information The Plans and accompanying documents for this Proposal are available for the public review during normal business hours at the Scituate Town Engineer's Office, 195 Danielson Pike, Town Hall – Scituate, RI. All persons interested in the above are requested to be present at the time and place to be heard thereon. Written comments received prior to the Hearing will be read into the record. Facilities are accessible to handicapped persons. Persons requiring special accommodations must call the Town Clerk's Office at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting (401) 647-2822. Individuals Requesting Interpreter Service For The Hearing Impaired Must Call 647-2822 Seventy-Two (72) Hours In Advance Of Said Hearing. TTY #1-800-845-5555. Per Order of the Scituate Plan Commission Jeffrey C. Hanson, Chairman

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