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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-18-2018

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 CHARLES LAWRENCE Two-year-old MICHAEL LAWRENCE and his mother NANCIE, of Glocester, meet Gru, a character from "Despicable Me," during the Glocester Scarecrow Festival last Saturday. The festival features more than 60 scarecrows lining the main street in Chepachet. The scarecrows will be on display through Oct. 28. The event was organized by Chepachet Grange #38 and the Glocester Manton Library. See more photos on pages 7-9. SMITHFIELD – With the current Town Council President Paul Santucci exiting public service after finish- ing out his term, the Nov. 6 Town Council race is guaranteed to stir things up in Smithfield. Santucci has said he is not able to commit the time needed to serve on the council, and is stepping aside. The Republican-turned-independent has been criticized of late for his implementation of time limits for public comment. His advice for new members is to continue to fight against party poli- tics, and work together to keep the town running. The Town Council has an 11-can- didate race, with five Democrats, five Republicans, and one independent fighting for their spot on the five- member council. The remaining four incumbents are campaigning for re-election this year. Vice President Alberto LaGreca, Republican, has served the longest of any members on the council, for a total of 10 non-consecutive terms, stopping for a four-year break to serve on the school board from 2008 to 2012. LaGreca, 67, said his father inspired him to serve in politics with a saying Council candidates talk issues, goals By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See COUNCIL, Page 12 SMITHFIELD – The knitters at the Greenville Library are working for a cause this October, creat- ing "Knitted Knockers" for breast cancer survivors in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The library knitters group jumped in to assist the Rhode Island chapter of Knitted Knockers, Bravo of Rhode Island, to reach a special goal of 100 pairs of knockers for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Barbara Demorest, the founder of Knitted Knockers, created the pat- tern of knitted or crocheted stuffed breast implants as supplements for women who find silicone implants uncomfortable or have not had reconstructive surgery. Nearly all of the dozen women in the knitter's group know someone who was affected by breast cancer. Meeting every Tuesday at 6 p.m. since 2009, knitter Joan Tavares Knitting knockers for a cause By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See KNITTING, Page 10 SCITUATE – An anonymous and generous member of the Scituate Lions Club challenged the Scituate High School and its S.T.E.A.M. coor- dinator to match a $25,000 donation by the end of the school year. The Lions Club frequently donates to the school, but the anonymous gift would come from an individual per- son. SHS Principal Michael Hassell said the "long-time supporter" said he was given an opportunity in school, worked hard at it and was able to make it a great life for himself. From his success, he wants to provide simi- lar opportunities to Scituate youths. "He considers it an investment. He believes in what we're doing here, and believes supporting education opens up doors for students who will help sustain the community," Hassell said. SHS engineering and biology teacher and S.T.E.A.M. Coordinator Shannon Donavan paired up with Hassell to begin raising funds to match the donation. "This money will be above and beyond what the school already pro- vides, an added bonus for S.T.E.A.M. programs," Hassell said. The pair amped up their fundrais- ing efforts beginning with an online campaign for the robotics club on the fundraising site Snap (Visit www. $25,000 to Scituate High – if school can match it By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See DONOR, Page 23 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE OCTOBER 18-24, 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. Are you looking Are you looking for a for a Check out the back Check out the back of our of our Classified section where Classified section where you'll find our advertisers' you'll find our advertisers' most current job offerings! most current job offerings! Check out our Autumn Local Restaurant Guide INSIDE Check out our Autumn Local Restaurant Guide INSIDE Local Restaurant Guide EAT OUT EAT OUT Let's Autumn 2018 ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. OCT-17-2018-DINE-NPO.indd 1 10/11/18 9:00 AM

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