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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-15-2018

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 15-21, 2018 LETTERS / THE VALLEY 13 North Smithfield should push for more ethics in donations In his Oct. 31 letter published in The Valley Breeze, Mr. Tony Guertin attempted to deflect attention from his political ally's decision to accept a total of $1,100 in donations from 11 attorneys, 10 who don't live in town, and four who have done legal work for the town. Mr. Guertin's deflec- tion tactic was to attack my character and focus attention on my wife's $99 contribution and an "in-kind dona- tion" (valued at $150) made to Town Council candidate Douglas Osier's campaign. I'd like to clarify a few points. The $150 in-kind contribution rep- resents money spent on food and drinks we purchased for a "Meet the Candidate" event, attended by 35 town residents, which we hosted at our home for Mr. Osier. Neither my wife nor I have shame in hosting the event for a candidate who we believe to be honest and ethical. In addi- tion, neither of us have any interest in seeking appointment to any town board nor employment with the town. Mr. Guertin's attempt to equate a $99 donation, combined with a $150 expenditure on refreshments for a "Meet the Candidate" event (from a town resident), with accepting a total of $1,100 in donations from 11 attor- neys, 10 who don't live in town, and four who have done legal work for the town, is just ludicrous. Mr. Guertin subliminally suggests in his letter that accepting donations from attorneys who have done work for the town is not inappropriate. In support, Mr. Guertin pointed to a quote from John Marion, Director of Common Cause R.I., who said it was legal in Rhode Island since our state doesn't have "Pay to Play laws", which forbid such donations. Close to 20 other states have actually adopted anti Pay-To-Play laws. I don't believe John Marion's statement represents a stamp of ethical approval on such contributions. Common Cause prides itself on its 40-year history of pushing for reform in Rhode Island's election and ethics laws, and has always advo- cated for tighter controls on political contributions. Since state law is so lax, I'd like to see North Smithfield set a higher bar regarding campaign contributions. Consideration should be given to the adoption of a Code of Ethics, by ordinance or charter revision, estab- lishing more stringent limitations on candidates regarding campaign contributions from those who do business with, or want to do business with, the town. MICHAEL CLIFFORD North Smithfield Beauregard apologizes for Nike ban ruckus To say that I have learned a lot over the past two months would be an understatement. When I made a decision to publicly condemn a corporation that I felt minimalized the importance of law enforcement officers, I did so from an emotional perspective. I honestly believed it was a way for our town to show our respect for all the men and women in uniform. What I quickly learned, however, was that there was another side to the situation that I had not considered. The unintended conse- quences to go forward with that mat- ter were that I upset and offended a lot of people. I regret bringing my personal feelings to the council floor. When I recanted the resolution and apologized to the public, some viewed it as insincere. I was then, and still am, truly sorry for upsetting people. I realize that my decision was short-sighted yet far-reaching. I ran to do all good things for the town. I worked hard and accomplished a lot in two years but it was all erased with one vote. And that is what keeps me awake at night. I have wanted to write this letter for some time but felt it may be viewed as disingenuous if I did so before the election. Now that the election is over, I would like to thank everyone who voted for me both in 2016 and this year as well as everyone who has stood by me. I would also like to apologize to those who lost faith in me over the last few months. I will continue to do all I can to mend some fences and to make this town, my home for the past 25 years, the best place to live and raise a family in this state. JOHN A. BEAUREGARD North Smithfield Beauregard is the North Smithfield Town Council president. He was defeated in his re-election bid Nov. 6. Weekend of Nov. 16-18 Christmas on the Hill Bazaar at Wesley United Methodist Church, 55 Woodland St., Lincoln, Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Silent auction, baby boutique, handmade items, baked goods and frozen pies, gift baskets, ornaments and wood crafts, jewelry, take-out prepared foods, gift cards, a book nook, and white elephant table. Snack bar and will serve breakfast and lunch. Call 401-724- 7954 or email info@wesley-umc.org. Holiday Bazaar at St. James Episcopal Church, 24 Hamlet Ave., Woonsocket, Saturday, 7:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Christmas and Thanksgiving items, door prizes, baked goods, candy, crafts, jewelry, books, white elephant table, children's table, silent auction, free door prize draw- ings, Scandinavian products, soup, dynamites and refreshments. Antique Appraisal Fair and Holiday Market at Shepherd of the Valley UMC, 604 Seven Mile Road, Hope, Saturday. Appraisals will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. The Holday Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will fea- ture crafts, baked good, food and more. Holiday Craft Fair to benefit the Valentine Whitman House, at North Gate, 1873 Old Louisquisset Pike, Lincoln, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors and crafters featur- ing jewelry, knit and crochet items, handbags, doll clothing, pet items and more. Refreshment stand serv- ing food and goodies. Christmas Bazaar at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 1 Fatima Drive, Cumberland, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Handmade items, soaps, jewelry, plants, white ele- phant table with antiques, toys, reli- gious items, penny social, and bake shop. Food will be served both days; Saturday: dynamite sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, fries; Sunday: chicken, rice, tripe, beans, fries. Santa will be there Saturday from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Winter Wonderland Bazaar and Craft Show at St. John Church, 63 Church St., Slatersville, Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, 9 .m.-12:30 p.m. Crafts, raffles, gifts, food, games and more. Christmas Bazaar at the Friendly Home, 303 Rhodes Ave., Woonsocket, Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Crafts, baked goods, penny social, star game, handmade items, flea market. Snack bar will be open all day serving dynamites, chicken salad sandwiches, nachos, soda and water. Christmas Bazaar at the Georgiaville Baptist Church, 100 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Craft and Christmas items, hand-knitted goods, bake and food sale, jewelry, white elephant room, penny social, raffle and more. Lunch and snacks available. Holiday Bazaar and Indoor Yard Sale hosted by the Burrillville Historical & Preservation Society at the Bridgeton School, 16 Laurel Hill Ave., Pascoag, Saturday, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Crafts, holiday gifts, penny social, bake sale with fresh baked apple pies and more, book sale. Holly Berry Christmas Bazaar at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, corner of Routes 44 and 116, Greenville, Friday, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nursing Home gifts, teacher's gifts, knitted goods, bags, pillows, kid's gifts, pet gifts, themed lighted Christmas trees, wreaths, ornaments, bake table with maids of honor and English mince pies, jams, beets, lollipops and more, Secret Santa room, penny socials, silent auction and raffles. Cafe will be open for dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday. Parish Bazaar and Giant Flea Market at St. James Church, 33 Division St. Manville, Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mémère's Attic with vintage items, raffles, penny social; kids' penny social, split-the-pot; gift certificates and gift baskets, wreaths, centerpieces, handmade ornaments and goods, baked goods, freshly popped popcorn, cocoa mug kits, and more. Kitchen will be open all day. CHS Holiday Extravaganza at Cumberland High School, 2600 Mendon Road, Cumberland, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the caf- eteria. Vendors, CHS clubs, Dance Team performance, raffles coffee, hot chocolate and food for sale, as well as bake sale. All proceeds ben- efit Unified Arts Department/Dance Team. Call Cindy Otis at 401-658- 2600 ext. 222 or email cynthia.otis@ cumberlandschools.org. Holiday bazaars and craft fairs Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. 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