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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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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JULY 12-18, 2018 NORTH COUNTY 9 The sandbar peninsula that is Greenlake Beach, located on Slacks Pond Reservoir, is open to Smithfield residents for swimming from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The beach was previously closed for four years due to blue- green algae and lack of lifeguard staffing, but has been opened again this year with a clean bill of health. Smithfield Parks, Recreation and Grounds director Robert Caine said the beach was reopened three years ago, but struggled to remain open after toxic algae grew on the pond last summer. "The water is tested all the time," Caine said, adding that the town tests the water monthly, while the Slacks Pond Associates test it more frequently. Caine said the beach is underuti- lized, and emphasized that the beau- tiful location is perfect for a calm, quiet and relaxing day. Greenlake offers swimming and fishing, but no boating. Access is free with proof of Smithfield residency. Georgiaville Pond Beach, located on Stillwater Road, is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day as well. Day and seasonal passes are available for purchase, though there is no charge for seniors or vet- erans. A two-year seasonal pass costs $10 for residents, and $20 for non- resident adults. Day passes are $2 for residents, and $4 for non-residents. Boaters can purchase separate stick- ers for their boats, vehicles and trail- ers. Caine suggested heading to Georgiaville for the "beach atmo- sphere" of children running and playing in the sand, and first-come, first-served access to picnic tables. He said the town adopted the state trash policy of take-in, take-out. The year has been successful and safe so far, said Caine, but he warned swimmers to not attempt to swim to restricted islands in the pond. There have not been any drownings this year, but attempts to cross the pond have proven fatal in the past. "Just don't do it. First, it's not allowed, there's signs everywhere saying don't do it," Caine said, "It's tough stopping people, I used to do it when I was a kid." Scituate With new Recreation Director David Pannone in place, Scituate residents will enjoy the perks of a manicured beach at Hope Pond on Ryefield Road. Pannone said renovations at the recently named Lil Salisbury Beach at Hope Pond brought the beach back to where it was in its heyday. "It's really playable," Pannone said of the beach, which has new sand. So far, there have been no prob- lems with the water this year, accord- ing to Pannone, and it is tested weekly. The pond is open to Scituate residents after 5 p.m. on weekdays, and all day during the weekends. As a last bit of advice, Pannone reminded residents that swimming in the Scituate Reservoir is prohibited. Glocester The two town beaches are open for the 2018 season in Glocester from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Spring Grove Beach, 170 Spring Grove Road, located at the DiFonzo Recreation Area, and the Marion Irons Beach, 601 Shake Hill Road, are open to Glocester residents. For access, resi- dents can pick up Glocester stickers at Town Hall, 1145 Putnam Pike, free of charge. BEACHES From Page One Swimming at GEORGIAVILLE POND offers a beach atmosphere, with children playing and first-come, first-served picnic tables.

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