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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-11-2018

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. SMITHFIELD – The town has released updated information on the expected tax impact of the two pro- posed bonds totaling $49.5 million to be voted upon Nov. 6. According to new supporting documents, the additional two bonds would increase the average taxpayer's bill a total of $1,237.60 at the end of the five years for a home assessed at $280,000. Each year, the tax bill for the aver- age single-family home in Smithfield will increase by the following amounts: • $285.60 in 2020 • $319.20 in 2021 • $288.40 in 2022 • $170.80 in 2023 • $173.60 in 2024 Town Manager Randy Rossi said increases will peak around the year 2023, and begin to fall back in the following years. Several bonds will expire following the potential new bond debt issuance, but the new debt, if approved by town voters, will expire in 2039 for the fire bond and 2042 for the elementary school recon- figuration. Currently, the town's bonded Updated tax impact of proposed bonds released By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE ARLENE GENTILE, of Smithfield, a member of the Seniors team, says she has been play- ing Bocce for 15 years. The "Big Wigs" and "The Seniors" battled it out at the first Bocce Tournament on the grounds of the Smithfield Senior Center last Friday. Prevention Partnership responds to fund allegations McCormick: Spending approved by state and fed oversight SCITUATE – Questions raised about spending on salary and vaca- tion time for the Scituate Prevention Partnership led the Town Council last month to freeze the youth drug prevention group's account, pending an effort to get answers. The issue arose when Scituate Housing Authority member Richard Finnegan found Erika McCormick, program manager and coordinator for the SPP and a Republican run- ning for School Committee, was paid at least 54.5 hours of vacation time from July 2016 to January 2018. Additionally, Finnegan questioned why McCormick's pay was as high as it was for a "consultant position." "This is not a volunteer position. This is a paid position," McCormick By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See TAX IMPACT, Page 6 See ALLEGATIONS, Page 11 SMITHFIELD – Part of the 23rd anniversary celebrations, seniors at the Smithfield Senior Center took home the trophy and the glory during the first "Big Wig" Bocce Ball tournament last Friday, Oct. 5. Organizers plan to make it an annual event. After losing the first match, the seniors came back to win two in a row, cinching the championship and earning gloating rights for a year. Playing on teams of four to six peo- ple, seniors used their skills learned through the summer to blow out the Big Wigs in a final match, winning 11-2. Big Wigs, including Rep. Gregory Costantino, School Committee member Rose Marie Cipriano, Fire Chief Robert Seltzer, Police Chief Richard St. Sauveur, Town Council President Paul Santucci and Town Manager Randy Rossi, tried their best to knock The Seniors out of the competition, but failed in the end. Seniors win first 'Big Wig' Bocce tournament By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See BOCCE, Page 9 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE OCTOBER 11-17, 2018 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Family Dentistry Accepting New Patients 7 Smith Avenue, Greenville Dr. Scott B. Klimaj 949-3200 oct 2018 Tom Winfield & Charlene Winfield Capuano (401) 949-0180 In Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month We remember our mother, Joan, and all others who have suffered with this disease.

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