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The Valley Breeze Observer-08-02-18

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. SMITHFIELD – In purchasing the building that formerly housed Alexion Pharmaceuticals off Route 7, Rubius Therapeutics entered a tax stabilization agreement with Smithfield that will bring in a possible $46,588,305 in tax revenues over 20 years. Town Manager Randy Rossi said the agreement will be implemented in five phases, increasing tax income incrementally as jobs are added and renovations are done to the 135,000-square-foot manufacturing building near Fidelity off Route 7. Over five years, Rubius plans to invest more than $150 million into the property, a "significant contribu- tion to the town of Smithfield," Rossi said. "The tax stabilization agreement, that the council approved, is going to have an additional stream of revenue coming in. A set increase in revenue over 20 years and potentially growing depending on the size of additional expansion that they're planning over the next five years," Rossi said. The real estate is assessed at $10.5 million based on a revaluation and sale of the property. Phase one of the project, which is Steady source of income from Rubius tax agreement By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See RUBIUS, Page 11 BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON CALEB CRANSTON, 15, of West Greenwich, shares a moment with his 4-month- old champion ewe, GABBY, at the Foster Old Home Days last Saturday. See more photos on page 2. SMITHFIELD – In time for the new school year, Supt. Judy Paolucci last week presented an updated attendance policy focusing on the cause of repeated student absences from school. Paolucci, during the July 26 School Committee meeting, said that though Smithfield schools have decent attendance in comparison to other schools, the updated policy states that regular, punctual atten- dance is essential for academic, personal and social student devel- opment. Being chronically absent is defined as a student who is absent 10 percent or more days of the school year, regardless if the absence is excused or not. As students reach the higher grades, the number of chronically absent students drastically escalates. The updated policy would identify any chronically absent student and con- front the "root cause" for missing school. "We're going to really be attend- ing to attendance," Paolucci said. The new policy includes installing a team to review attendance data on a monthly basis to determine if an intervention is needed, and then follow-up over the next 30 days. "Our process should be well- defined, rather than leaving it up to individuals to notice when stu- dents' attendance is unsatisfactory," Paolucci said. Smithfield schools to zero in on student attendance By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See ATTENDANCE, Page 6 GLOCESTER – Daniel O'Neil dreamed of becoming a Rhode Island State Trooper as a young boy. When he grew older and became one, he then set his goals to becom- ing a K-9 officer, and having a police dog of his own. When he was approved in 2011, he was paired with Ruby, an Australian Shepherd and Border Collie mix. "It took me seven years to get a dog. I always wanted a K-9, I always wanted a dog as a part- ner," he said. The pairing was seren- dipitous. When Ruby came to the force at 9 months old, she had been returned to the East Providence Animal Shelter four times and was about to be put down. K-9 unit up for Hero Dog of the Year Award after Glocester rescue By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer RUBY See K-9 UNIT, Page 8 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE AUGUST 2-8, 2018 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & 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 No fee for initial consultation. Now Enrolling for Fall 2018 J A S W E L L ' S F A R M S TA N D & B A K E R Y w w w. j a s w e l l s f a r m . c o m O P E N D A I LY 8 a . m . - 5 p . m . BLUEBERRIES PLUS: OUR OWN Fresh Baked Pies, Pastries, Muffins, Cookies Gourmet Hot and I ced Coffees Farm Fresh Fruits & Vegetables! FRESH PICKED BLUEBERRIES Call 231-9043 for info on PICK YOUR OWN FRESH PICKED CORN & SUMMER VEGETABLES Now Available 50 Swan Road, Smithfield 231-9043 Try Our Own All Natural Lemonade Our Own Cider Donuts & Blueberry Donuts FRESH PICKED BLUEBERRIES Call 231-9043 for info on PICK YOUR OWN FRESH PICKED CORN, TOMATOES & SUMMER VEGETABLES Now Available

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