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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-28-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Greenville Library parking lot work done for the season 'Desperately needed' work is for the people, says director SMITHFIELD – Expansion of the Greenville Public Library parking lot has reached its halfway point but will halt until spring due to colder weath- er, according to Director Dorothy Swain. The library began work expand- ing the parking lot from 43 spaces to 98 spaces in July, removing trees and demolishing a house on Pleasant View Avenue to make way for a new entrance and sidewalk to the public facility. The expansion is creating a horse- shoe-shaped lot with new spaces to the left of the building, and the origi- nal lot will remain intact. An addi- tional lot will be added to the eastern side toward Spring Street. Felled trees, stumps, limbs and brush are scattered in the area cleared for the new parking lot and entrance off Route 116. The Greenville Library, at 573 Putnam Pike, purchased a home at 9 Pleasant View Ave., in 2011 in antici- pation of a future lot expansion. Swain said though the library doesn't look so great right now, it's all part of the process. "This is a temporary thing. It's going to get better after we complete the work," Swain said. Work cannot progress until the By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See PARKING LOT, Page 6 BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY MAKAYLA ROSS, 8, of North Scituate, sings with the Scituate Elementary School Chorus at the Hope Village Tree Lighting. See more photos on page 13. Independent Men refusing to take part in transition process Others do their own inspection of police station project, confirm foundation crack SCITUATE – Transitioning onto the Town Council is proving a difficult proposition for four incoming new mem- bers, as the so-called "Independent Men," under the leadership of Council President John Mahoney, are refusing to hold a joint meeting. The four Republicans, including three incumbents Charles Collins Jr., Brenda Frederickson and David D'Agostino, as well as the newly elected James Brady, Gary Grande, Abbie Groves and Tim McCormick requested a joint meeting with the outgoing independents shortly after unseating them. Mahoney declined to schedule the meeting despite a request by Collins and others to have it placed on the Nov. 19 Town Council agenda. By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See TRANSITION, Page 8 MAHONEY SMITHFIELD – Christmas lights twinkled in the windows behind the newly appointed Smithfield Town Council as mem- bers took care of their first order of business after a swearing-in cer- emony on Tuesday night. Completing the first motion as a council at the Nov. 27 meeting, Maxine Cavanagh, Republican, Dina Cerra, Democrat, T. Michael Lawton, Democrat, and Sean Kilduff, Democrat, unanimously approved Suzy Alba, Democrat, as the council's president. Lawton will serve out his second term on the council as vice president. More than 50 town residents and administrators, as well as police and fire personnel, crowded the Smithfield Senior Center banquet room as council and school board members officially began their terms. Alba new leader of Smithfield Town Council By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See SWEARING IN, Page 15 ALBA Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 5, 2018 (401) 949-0180 www.andersonwinfield.net On Saturday, December 1st, the Christmas Parade will depart at 4 p.m. from Smithfield High School, proceeding to the Greenville Common in front of Anderson Winfield Funeral Home. The parade will conclude with our Annual Lighting of the Green Ceremony. On Saturday, December 1st, the Christmas Parade will depart at 4 p.m. from Smithfield High School, proceeding to the Greenville Common in front of Anderson Winfield Funeral Home. The parade will conclude with our Annual Lighting of the Green Ceremony. See our 2018 Christmas in the Valley section inside! Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 5, 2018 NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 5, 2018 ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Christmas C in the Valley alley 2018 • The tradition of caroling makes the season bright • Family recipes, gathering to cook brings us together • Love them or love to mock them? Hallmark movies are here to stay • Get out into your community to celebrate the season with our holiday event calendar The tradition of caroling makes the season bright Christmas connects us fom your fiends at Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE &

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