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The Valley Breeze & Observer 09-06-2018

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. BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY MATTHEW JORDAN, 5, of Smithfield, gets some help from WHITNEY GODUTO, of North Providence, as he works on his creation at Snapology's "Amazing Animals" program, held at East Smithfield Public Library last Saturday. Goduto is a local franchise owner of Snapology, which introduces students to the technical world of robotics as they create a zoo of interactive and mechanical animals with Legos. See more photos on page 18. SCITUATE – From the start to the very end of the meeting, angered res- idents shouted against presenters of the Chopmist Hill Estates plan during a comprehensive permit hearing last Thursday, Aug. 30. The hearing concluded at its 10 p.m. adjournment time before the commission could hear comments from members of the public. Representing Town Council President John Mahoney, owner and applicant of the estates, his attor- ney, William Landry, presented the project to the Plan Commission and around 50 members of the public. Landry said he practiced the pre- sentation twice, which took under two hours to complete and would leave plenty of time for citizens to speak. Constant interruption and yelling from the crowd extended the presentation to 15 minutes before the 10 p.m. cutoff. Mahoney said the meeting was "baffling," and attended by "the most disrespectful bunch of people I've ever seen." "We were interrupted so much it brought us to the end of the night," he said. He said his opinion was that those yelling were planted by the Citizens angered by lack of input on Chopmist Hill Estates By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See CHOPMIST HILL, Page 19 SMITHFIELD – Saying he's mov- ing on to the next chapter of his life, Sean Clough is resigning from his position on the Smithfield School Committee and pulling out of the race for a seat on the Town Council. Clough said that during his six years on the school board, the past four as chairman, he attended law school and earned his juris doctorate from Roger Williams University, and began looking forward to entering the legal profession. He recently secured a position at the Rhode Island Superior Court as a law clerk, which prohibits employees from holding public office. His resignation was effective imme- diately as of Monday, Sept. 3. "To perform this position to the best of my ability, I must divorce myself from even the mere appear- ance of political impropriety," Clough said in a letter to The Valley Breeze & Observer. "Thus, it is with a heavy heart that I will be withdraw- ing from the race for Smithfield Town Council and resigning from my posi- tion as Smithfield School Committee member." According to the judicial personnel rules and regulations, it is "critical to maintain the confidence and integ- Clough resigns from School Committee, out of council race By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See CLOUGH, Page 14 CLOUGH SMITHFIELD – While students entered Smithfield High School for the first time since the spring last week, another familiar face was walking back into the building after a year-long hiatus. Principal Daniel Kelley returned to SHS after serving as president of the National Association of Secondary School Principals during the 2017-2018 school year. After spending 145 days on the road travel- ing across the coun- try last year, Kelley said it felt good to be home and back in school. Kelley, the SHS principal for 13 years, said he learned new teaching techniques while visiting schools nationwide and is excited to implement them the high school. Smithfield High's Principal Kelley returns after national school tour By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See KELLEY, Page 11 KELLEY Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE SEPTEMBER 6-12, 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. • 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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