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The Valley Breeze & Observer 01-31-2019

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©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Something to bark about New Smithfield dog park will be located at Bryant SMITHFIELD – For the sum of $1 per year for 10 years, Bryant University is allowing the Smithfield Dog Park Committee to lease 1.4 acres off Farnum Pike for the new Smithfield Dog Park, says Town Council President Suzy Alba. The lot, located across the street from Revive the Roots, 374 Farnum Pike, will have separate large dog and small dog sections, a parking lot and access to well water. She said the location is perfect for the dog park because it is away from residential neighborhoods. Additional features, such as a water fountain, recreational equipment, and bone-shaped benches for puppy par- ents, may be added if funding allows, Alba said. Despite not owning a dog, Alba is council liaison to the Dog Park Committee and worked closely with the committee for years searching for a location for the park. "This is awesome. This speaks vol- umes of Bryant," Alba said. Town Manager Randy Rossi said the same, and said Bryant is a great By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY DANIELLE GAUVIN, of Glocester, guides her horse WASABI around a barrel during the Turn & Burn horse racing event, held at Gold Dust Farm in Chepachet last Saturday. In this competition, each rider had three runs, racing their horses in figure eights around three barrels. The best time of the riders' three runs was applied to the Jackpot payout. See more photos on page 18. See DOG PARK, Page 19 SMITHFIELD – A year after the original projected opening date, the Anna McCabe basketball courts will host a grand opening and ribbon- cutting ceremony a week before students leave for summer vacation in June. Originally due to open in the spring of 2018, construction of the courts, at 100 Pleasant View Ave., were delayed for multiple rea- sons, but will be finished by June 8, according to David Russas of the Smithfield Asset Management Commission. Russas said that though a crack in the post-tension concrete court caused an interruption in construc- tion, the court was under warranty and was repaired relatively quickly. "Unfortunately, at the end of the day, the crack isn't the reason we didn't open the courts this year," Russas said. The issue, he said was that curb- ing and fences were installed at the courts that were not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The courts, which sit to the right McCabe basketball courts to open in June By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See COURTS, Page 14 Off to the races in Glocester Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE JANUARY 31-FEBRUARY 6, 2019 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Bright Start Academy Preschool Pre-K Celebrating Our 20th Year! Now Enrolling for 2019/2020 1 FREE Week with Enrollment (Expires 2/28/2019) 688 Putnam Pike (Rte. 44), Greenville, RI 401-949-5461 INSIDE: Patriots superfans share secrets of team's success

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