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The Valley Breeze & Observer 01-10-2019

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4 SMITHFIELD JANUARY 10-16, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER SMITHFIELD – Following parents' concerns for students' safety in the schools' walk zones, the Smithfield School Committee received the first "formal" safe walk zone assessment since 2005. Smithfield Police Sergeant Kevin Proulx conducted a reassessment of walk zones for students at Gallagher Middle School and Smithfield High School, personally walking and inspecting five "zones," as well as looking at traffic collision data from September 2010 to August 2018. Proulx said there were no indica- tions that the roads have become less safe since the previous assess- ment. The zones included all streets in the Indian Run Trail area, all streets off Tunmore Road, both sides of Austin Avenue from Route 44 up to, but not including, Appletown Road, both sides of Pleasant View Avenue from Route 44 to the middle and high school, and both sides of Pleasant View Avenue from Log Road to the middle and high schools. Smithfield district police require middle and high school students within two miles, and elementary students within a mile, of the school to walk or get a ride. The policy affects approximately 300 students. In October 2018, Rick and Joanna Presciutti raised concerns to the School Committee regarding their children walking more than a half- hour from the middle school to the Greenville Library after school. Upon examination, Proulx found that section of road to have 13 colli- sions in the past eight years during times before and after school, with one injury involving pedestrians or bicycles. He also said the school speed limit signs are fully operational and regularly maintained with crossing guards at seven crosswalks daily to assist students arriving at school. Of all areas reviewed, Pleasant View Avenue from Log Road to the middle and high school had the most accidents, 67, from 2010 to 2018 during times before and after school. Proulx did not report any "traffic calming measures" in the area dur- ing that time period. "The numerous traffic calming measures taken in these zones have contributed to overall vehicular and pedestrian safety of these areas," Proulx said. Over the years, intersections at Indian Run Trail and Tunmore Road were re-engineered, and stop signs were added at many intersections. Proulx said the Traffic Safety Review finds students' walk zones safe By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See WALK ZONES, Page 15 BREEZE PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD The professionals at Body Grateful Day Spa encourage people to care for their body by indulging in a massage or any of their many other services. Owner KATELYNN TESSIER, center, is joined by physical therapist JESSICA ACCETTURO, left, and aesthetician CAITLYN CUNHA. SMITHFIELD – Professionalism and talent combined with a holistic approach to healing are what makes Body Grateful Day Spa, 10 Cedar Swamp Rd., the place to go to treat yourself. A licensed massage therapist, owner Katelynn Tessier said after 12 years working in chiropractic offices and day spas, she felt it was time to own something of her own. Tessier said she wanted to create a body care business based on a holistic approach, with all organic products, except the lash extension and tint. Even the spray-tanning is organic, Tessier said, and it has a more natural, less orange effect. Body Grateful offers a variety of massages, including Swedish, deep tissue, sports, mother-to-be, classic, and Himalayan hot stone massages. Body Grateful also offers couples and a four-hand massage. "It's four hands, one client. It's the ultimate indulgence," Tessier said. Tessier said she likes to keep the prices for each massage similar so that clients can expect an "excep- tional experience" regardless of their selection. Each client can get a spe- cialized and customized encounter, including services for sports injuries such as tennis elbow. People often don't bat an eye at maintaining their vehicle, but often neglect caring for their bodies, Tessier said. She said she wants to change the idea of people living with stress on a daily basis and allow people to care for themselves. She said she often reminds people, "it's your only body. It's important. You're impor- tant." "You can leave with a full cup and be able to give of yourself freely," Tessier said. Adding equally minded and expe- rienced members of the team, such as massage therapist Jessica Accetturo and aesthetician Caitlyn Cunha, the warm and welcoming crew at Body Grateful guarantee a great experi- ence. Body Grateful services include reflexology, facials, lash extensions, lash tint and lift, waxing, organic spray tanning, make-up application, reiki, cupping therapy and more. "I want this to be the best part of their day, and to feel like this is all about you," Tessier said. Located next door to Salon Tash, Tessier said the plaza is becoming a full-body spa. She said everyone is very nice and welcoming, and she loves the space. She said she gutted the building and worked from the bottom up to create the relaxing and welcoming atmosphere Body Grateful possesses. "More than anything, I wanted to make this like home for people," Tessier said. By popular demand, Tessier said the spa will hold a couples massage workshop, offering techniques to cou- ples on how to massage each other. First-time clients and first respond- ers will receive a 20 percent discount on services. Body Grateful is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but offers flexibility. Walk-ins are welcome and appointments are available. For more information, call 401-757-0337. Indulge yourself at new Body Grateful Day Spa By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com SCITUATE NEWS Essential Oils Workshop at North Scituate Library SCITUATE – North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, will host an Essential Oils Workshop on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 6 p.m. Cheryl Verchot will lead a free workshop on essential oils and other natural products. For more information, call the library at 401-647-5133. Create sand tray stories at North Scituate Library SCITUATE – North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, will host a Sand Tray Story Playshop on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. Participants will use sand, small toys and imagination to create stories. For more information, visit www. scituatelibrary.org or call 401-647- 5133. Town of Smithfield Early Notice and Public Review of a Proposed Activity in a 100-Year Floodplain To: All interested Agencies, Groups and Individuals This is to give notice that the Town of Smithfield has determined that the following proposed action under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, Contract #16/31/29, is located adjacent to the 100-year floodplain, and freshwater wetlands and the Town of Smithfield will be identifying and evaluating practicable alternatives to locating the action in the floodplain and wetlands and the potential impacts on the floodplain from the proposed action, as required by Executive Order 11988 and 11990, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands. Project: The Georgiaville Village Green is an affordable housing project consisting of the construction of forty-two (42) new affordable rental housing family apartments for five (5) households not exceeding 50% AMI and thirty-seven (37) households earning no more than 60% AMI. The proposed project is located at 29 Whipple Avenue in Smithfield, RI, 02917, Prov- idence County. There are nine (9) residential buildings with a total foot print of 26,820 square feet. The project also involves the installation of new utilities (sewer and water), drainage and new roadways. The project will be developed in the former location of the Narragansett Gray Iron Foundry and is a brownfield area in need of remediation. The project received Community Development Block Grant $650,000 in funding for acqui- sition in the 2015 Program Year (PY) and was awarded $250,000 in 2016 PY funds for soft cost including legal and developer fees. Floodplain: A portion of the subject property is located within the 100-year floodplain (Zone AE) associated with the Woonasquatucket River. The development portion of site is not located in a flood zone and no disturbance of the floodplain area is proposed. Accordingly, there will be no loss of floodwater storage, floodwater conveyance or loss of any of the other natural and beneficial functions of the floodplain. Approximately 43,000 square feet of flood- plain is located within the boundaries of the lot. Wetlands: Three freshwater wetland types are present in the area. These wetlands include a riverbank wetland, special aquatic sites and a forested wetland. The riverbank wetland extends 200 feet west of the Woonasquatucket River's west bank. The riverbank wet- land occupies approximately 2.27 acres on this lot. Within the riverbank wetland, the special aquatic sites occupy approximately 0.10 acres, deciduous forest occupies approximately 0.38 acres, forested wetland occupies approximately 0.01 acres and the grass/shrubland occupies approximately 1.78 acres. There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains/wetlands and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Commenters are encouraged to offer alternative sites outside of the floodplain/wetland, alternative methods to serve the same project purpose, and meth - ods to minimize and mitigate impacts. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information and request for public comment about floodplains/wetlands can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks and impacts associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in floodplains/wetlands, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk. Written comments must be received by the Town of Smithfield at the following address on or before January 28th, 2019: Town of Smithfield, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917, (401) 233-1017, Attention: Michael Phillips, Town Planner. A full description of the project may also be reviewed during normal business hours, 8:30-4:30 at the same address as above. Com - ments may also be submitted via email at mphillips@smithfieldri.com. Date: January 10, 2019.

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