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The Valley Breeze & Observer 01-17-2019

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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©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. SMITHFIELD – New ownership is in the works for the former Benny's distribution center, 340 Waterman Ave., where the sale of the historic Esmond Mills is pending, according to listing agent Thomas Sweeney. Sweeney said the sale of the 540,272-square-foot building is in the beginning stages, and he is not offering additional details about the new owner or its plans for the mill complex. The Bromberg family didn't respond to questions submitted through an attorney about the sale of their property, which is listed as Sale pending at former Benny's headquarters By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze Staff Writer being owned by Barmal Realty Corp. in the town's database. It has a taxed value of $3 million. There are multiple buildings on the Little Rhody Rescue volunteer BARBARA ENO holds SHIMMER, a sheltie mix that traveled 36 hours to come to an adoption day at PetSmart in Warwick. Shimmer was adopted and went to her forever home during Saturday's event. A round of 'ap-paws' for Little Rhody Rescue Glocester rescue finds homes for 500 dogs GLOCESTER – Little Rhody Rescue of Glocester began in 2002 with only four dogs, but has grown over past 17 years to a rescue celebrating adoption of 500 dogs through PetSmart in one year. To celebrate the achievement, Little Rhody Rescue and PetSmart of Warwick surprised Heidi Kelley and Kim Wooten of East Providence with a gift basket of toys and treats and a $100 PetSmart gift card last Saturday, Jan. 12, at the store. The couple adopted a French Bulldog mix named King. Kate Healey Dubuque runs the Little Rhody Rescue, where there is By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer SMITHFIELD – Holding up the 11-by-16 inch oval historic home marker plaque in his left hand, Robert Leach, chairman of the Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission, pointed to the three hammers of the Smithfield town seal in the lower center. Though the meaning is disputed, Leach said the hammers are actu- ally gavels representing the govern- ments from three villages, Esmond, Georgiaville and Greenville, coming together to form Smithfield. Coincidentally, Leach said a historic home in each village will receive the first three plaques for the program. "That's our theme to kick off the program. I thought it was way too clever to ignore," Leach said. Last Thursday, Jan. 10, the Wright- Waterman House in Greenville was the first home to receive a his- toric marker plaque. Leach, Vice Chairwoman Katie Law, Town Council President Suzy Alba and Councilor Maxine Cavanagh joined the homeowner for the event. Next, the commission will install plaques on the Ephraim Sweet House Home of the Apple King first among Smithfield's historic marked houses By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze and Observer Staff Writer 'There are artifacts in the mill that I don't want to be put in the dumpster. Photos and other items are on the walls. I hope they can be saved. I don't know the future of the mill, but I guess we will find out soon.' SANDRA ACHILLE Smithfield resident and Esmond Mills historian See BENNY'S, Page 15 See HISTORIC, Page 8 See RESCUE, Page 7 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE JANUARY 17-23, 2019 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, RI 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. (401) 949-0180 Happy New Year! May your troubles be less and blessings be more and nothing but happiness come through your door.

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