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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-08-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. SMITHFIELD – Democrats took back control of the Town Council Tuesday in Smithfield. In the 11-member race, Democratic incum- bents T. Michael Lawton and Suzy Alba won the top two spots, earning 4,307 and 4,300 votes, each getting 11 percent of the vote. Newcomers Dina T. Cerra and Sean Kilduff, also both Democrats, took the next two spots, earning 3,651 and 3,625 votes. Kilduff will become the youngest member of the council at 23. With the council majority now switching back from Republican to Democrat, Alba said she is happy to see new faces with different perspec- SMITHFIELD – Abutters to the proposed Sand Trace development, at 8 Mann School Road, are seeking support in opposition to the 180-unit major development, claiming it is too large for the area and is not consis- tent with zoning. A Sand Trace abutter, Steven Francazio, is recruiting neighbors to help distribute flyers and sign a peti- tion to stop the development he said is "so wrong on so many levels." His home at 1 Williams Road, where he has lived for more than 40 years, sits across the street from the proposed 55-acre site off Log Road. He said the newest development is a "mini city" and does not conform to the area's R-80 low-density residential zoning. "What's the point of zoning if the town is going to ignore it," he said in an interview with The Valley Breeze & Observer. Francazio and neighbors fought previous Sand Trace plans of 90 condos at the location in 2001, and another plan for 300 units in 2009. He said he's defeated Sand Trace developers before, and he will do it again. This time, he fears Smithfield's low- and moderate-income housing plan threatens to undermine his zon- ing rights. With the new plan under R-80 zon- Abutters concerned over planned development By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See SAND TRACE, Page 12 BREEZE PHOTOS BY ROBERT EMERSON FRAN LUMINELLO, right, of Smithfield, oversees voters as they deposit their ballots at the Anna McCabe Elementary School in Smithfield on Tuesday. She has been working elections for 50 years, since 1968, and is following in her mother's footsteps, who was also a poll worker. 50 years of working elections Scituate's 'Independent Men' get the boot Council majority dumped; 7 Republicans will return SCITUATE – Voters Tuesday decided they'd had enough with the self-described "Independent Men," and used their power to overthrow the confrontational two-year, four- man Town Council majority headed by John Mahoney, who finished next to last. The other three Independent Men fared little better, with big losses By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See SCITUATE, Page 7 Smithfield Democrats retake Town Council; bonds win passage Gizzarelli not conceding; LaGreca out By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See SMITHFIELD, Page 8 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE NOVEMBER 7-13, 2018 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & OUR UPLIFTING ENVIRONMENT AND SPECIAL APPROACH TO ALZHEIMER'S AND DEMENTIA CARE HAVE CREATED A QUALITY OF LIFE YOU SIMPLY CAN'T GET ANYPLACE ELSE. Family Dentistry Accepting New Patients 7 Smith Avenue, Greenville www.drscottri.com Dr. Scott B. Klimaj 949-3200

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