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The Valley Breeze & Observer 02-07-2019

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. BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY MARSHA SPRAGUE, left, and AMANDA GEORGE, both of Scituate, chat at the North Scituate Public Library Proper Tea on Sunday. The event featured a variety of teas and an assortment of treats, along with music and a gift basket raffle. The tea was held at the North Scituate Community House. See more photos on page 11. Tea time in Scituate Costello wins Smithfield District Spelling Bee The Gallagher Middle School student is heading to her fourth State Spelling Bee SMITHFIELD – Returning for her fourth year, Gallagher Middle School 7th-grader Anna Costello won the Smithfield School District Spelling Bee on Friday when she correctly spelled "cyanide." Costello out-spelled nine other Smithfield students from grades 4-8 on Feb. 1 in the LaPerche Elementary School auditorium. She will return to represent By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See SPELLING, Page 8 SCITUATE – The Hope Mill proj- ect has been cleared to move ahead after a Rhode Island Superior Court judge denied the town the right to appeal the Planning Board's deci- sion to approve the 175-unit housing development plan. On Jan. 28, Superior Court Judge Brian Stern said the town did not prove to be an "aggrieved party" and the development is not a threat to the public. "A real threat to the public interest exists where a zoning board's deci- sion jeopardizes the preservation and maintenance of the integrity of zon- ing laws," said the judge. Stern said the Planning Board did not act egregiously by ignoring the zoning process, and the developer, Paramount, made several concessions to stay within the rural character of Hope. The developer changed the plan, which was pushed through under the Low and Moderate Income Housing Act, by decreasing the number of housing units from 193 to 175 in accordance with the Planning Board's conditions. The number of LMI units, at 40 percent of construction, dropped from 75 to 70. Paramount also removed the top Hope Mill moving forward after town appeal denied By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See HOPE MILL, Page 5 SMITHFIELD – Numerous non-renewal notices were sent out to Smithfield School Department employees this week as the School Committee begins to make budget cuts due to a $1.5 million reduction in state aid this year. The committee passed several employee contract non-renewals "with regret" during Monday's School Committee meeting, but refused to provide the list of layoffs to The Valley Breeze & Observer or offer a total number. According to Supt. Judy Paolucci, seven teachers are listed "simply due to budgetary reasons." An incomplete draft budget for the district's 2020 fiscal year will include at least 1.4 fewer teaching positions and two fewer secretarial positions, with more cuts possible. Non-renewal notices don't mean that all employees listed will be let go, as many could be called back as the budget picture becomes clearer. According to the proposed budget, true staffing cuts include one Spanish teacher, one school secretary, a part- time music teacher at the high school, and one secretary in the main office. Additional cuts may include the reduction of a part-time guidance Non-renewal notices hit Smithfield school system By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See NOTICES, Page 10 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE FEBRUARY 7-13, 2019 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. New Location Opening February 25th! 9 Cedar Swamp Rd., Smithfield, RI 354-0054 Cranston RI 942-5554 999 Oaklawn Ave. Coventry RI 385-9500 2435 Nooseneck Hill Rd. Smithfield RI 354-0054 9 Cedar Swamp Rd. See our Business Card Directory Inside! card the local l Directy BRINGING LOCAL BUSINESSES TO LOCAL PEOPLE the local l Published by Local Businesses & Local Solutions 2019 Automotive Sales & Service Dining & Enteainment Professional Services Home & Garden Health & Beauty Retail Pets ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. FEB-07-2019-BIZ-CARD.indd 1 1/30/19 10:11 AM See our Senior Living Guide inside! See our Senior Living © ADOBE STOCK Senior Living ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. published by Senior Living Guide BRINGING LOCAL BUSINESSES TO LOCAL PEOPLE Home & Garden Health & Beauty Retail Pets Home & Garden Health & Beauty Retail Pets Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE &

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