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The Valley Breeze & Observer 12-13-2018

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 MCKENNA WERCHIADLO, a 4th-grader, sings with the North Scituate Elementary School Chorus during the annual Statehouse Holiday Concert Series last Wednesday. The chorus was directed by North Scituate Elementary School music teacher Charlotte Ethier. More than 3,000 students and musicians from 57 schools are scheduled to perform in the series throughout the holiday sea- son. See more photos on page 15. SMITHFIELD – School and town officials are working together to find solutions and make budget cuts to account for the 19 percent decrease in state aid to the fiscal year 2020 school district budget. The Rhode Island Department of Education utilizes a formula to cal- culate the state share of municipal school budgets through several fac- tors, including median income, prop- erty values, the number of special education students, and a district's foundational budget. Last year the state share portion was 32.8 percent, which then jumped to 41.5 percent this year. Citing a 10 percent increase in Smithfield residents' median income, state education officials are proposing to contribute 30.1 percent of the bud- get next year, a decrease equating to approximately $1.5 million. Last year's budget went without an increase in town appropriation due to the increase in state aid, according to Supt. Judy Paolucci. State funding went from $6,009,184 last year to $7,474,402 this year. Increase in residents' income contributes to big school deficit By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See DEFICIT, Page 17 SCITUATE – Two of the outgoing "Independent Men" on the Scituate Town Council defended their record this week, saying there were many successes over two years. With weeks remain- ing until the new council is sworn in, Councilors Michael Payette and Nicholas Izzi reflected on the unsuccessful attempt at re-election, and said many factors led to the fall of the four "Independent Men." Two years ago, the group, includ- ing Payette, Izzi, Council President John Mahoney and Councilor Scott Amaral, took the town by storm, upset- ting more than 100 years of a Republican council majority. Despite Izzi earning the highest number of votes in the 2016 council election and Mahoney winning the least of the four, Mahoney was cho- sen as president of the council. The move may have been a mis- take, said Payette and Izzi, with vot- ers turning against Mahoney in the 2018 election, putting him second from last of the 14 candidates. None Some of the 'Independent Men' defend their record By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See INDEPENDENT, Page 8 PAYETTE IZZI SMITHFIELD – Fifty years ago, on a cold and windy day, proba- tionary officer Norman Vezina of the Smithfield Police Department Hero officer honored for his sacrifice 50 years later By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See HERO, Page 16 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE DECEMBER 13-19, 2018 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & OPEN DAILY 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 50 Swan Road, Smithfield 231-9043 JASWELL'S FARMSTAND & BAKERY Gourmet Apples Fruit & Gift Baskets Delivery & Shipping Available Send your loved ones a piece of Smithfield Over 20 varieties available place your orders early! OPEN DAILY UNTIL DECEMBER 24TH Try Our Own Gourmet Apples featured on Food Network and in Yankee Magazine. Fresh Pastries, Cider Donuts And Much More! CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH JASWELL'S HOLIDAY PIES Family Dentistry Accepting New Patients 7 Smith Avenue, Greenville Dr. Scott B. Klimaj 949-3200 Healthy, White & Bright Holiday Wishes Barbara A. Scanlon Broker Associate ABR, CPDE, CRS, e-PRO, PMN, SRES Home Office: (401) 949-1689 Licensed Since 1985 RE/MAX Town & Country ORCHARD MEADOWS CONDOMINIUM! One level, 2 bedroom, 2 bath end unit with full heated walkout basement. Open floor plan with spacious living/dining area, master bath, hardwood floors plus private rear deck, enclosed 3 season room, central air, gas heat and 2 car garage. Minutes to 295 and shopping. $359,900.

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