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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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16 FOSTER / LETTERS OCTOBER 18-24, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER Why can't we meet to discuss Scituate's drug prevention grant? A recent opinion piece in The Observer revisited several questions regarding spending on Scituate's primary drug prevention Partnership for Success (PFS) grant. The topics mentioned are essentially a rehash of accusations asserted by Town Council President John Mahoney at the Sept. 20 Town Council meeting. I have a long history of working on drug prevention grants and I work closely with Erika McCormick on the administration of Scituate's grants. It's important to note several important facts regarding the grant in question. The PFS grant is a fed- erally funded grant that's adminis- tered by the State of R.I. The state is involved with detailed oversight of all expenditures associated with this grant. The state conducts thor- ough quarterly reviews of Scituate's PFS grant and has routinely found the grant to be in full compliance. It's been said by some that there's no oversight of the PFS grant. This couldn't be further from the truth. Criticisms also focused on mile- age charges, hours billed for a youth conference attendance, vacation time and what some consider to be exces- sive compensation. The increase in compensation reflects nothing more than the difference between the grant year and calendar year as well as the natural and expected increase in work requirements in the busiest (middle) years of the grant. Please be aware all expenses are reviewed and approved by the state each month. As a result, the town of Scituate has always been reimbursed for PFS grant expenses. All of these concerns could have been addressed had the Scituate Town Council leadership agreed to meet with Erika and myself. Instead, they chose to air their concerns at a public meeting when Erika wasn't present. Neither of us had been given the prior opportunity meet with the council in a professional and respectful manner despite multiple attempts to arrange such a meeting. Erika is instead being forced to deal with damaging accusations in public at a Town Council meeting. Erika McCormick's management of Scituate's PFS grant has been recognized by both state and federal officials as being in total compliance and successfully run. That is why Scituate was chosen as one of a select group of towns to receive an addi- tional $78,000 for future drug pre- vention efforts. This is a well-respect- ed, well-run grant that has proven to benefit the youth of Scituate. Some have questioned the motives behind Mr. Mahoney's actions given his unwillingness to meet with us to gain a better understanding of the grant administration process. Does the Town Council leadership really want to learn more about the grant process or are there others reasons for this unwarranted attack? NANCY DENUCCIO Scituate Card making class offered at Foster Public Library Knitting group meets at Tyler Free Library FOSTER – Foster Public Library, 184 Howard Hill Road, will offer card making on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 401-397- 4801. FOSTER – Tyler Free Library, 81A Moosup Valley Road, hosts a knitting group on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. For more information, call the library at 401-397-7930. LIBRARY NEWS Do you like to read The Valley Breeze & Observer? Then please shop with our advertisers, and tell them 'I saw it in The Observer!' With Senator Fogarty's retirement, your new Senator must have experience! 1. Kevin has a record of achievement on Burrillville Town Council. 2. Heitke worked closely with public and Police Dept. as Muni Judge 3. Kevin has been liaison to Planning and Zoning Boards and BEC 4. Heitke has developed greenways with Burrillville Land Trust 5. Kevin ran a local business for over 15 years 6. Heitke has built lasting relationships with residents in NW RI 7. Kevin has served as moderator of local fire district 8. Heitke has volunteered in our communities for over 28 years READY ON DAY ONE!

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