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The Valley Breeze & Observer 02-07-2019

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6 SMITHFIELD FEBRUARY 7-13, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER Sensory Story Time at Greenville Library Saturday Community garden space available SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, will host a Sensory Story Time on Saturday, Feb. 9, at noon. This is an interactive and edu- cational story time that is geared toward children with sensory chal- lenges ages 12 and under. This is a drop-in program; no registration is required. For more information, call 401- 949-3630. SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library has a limited num- ber of garden bays in its raised beds, available for community gar- dening in the spring. Participants would be responsible for planting, watering, weeding, and general tending of their own bay. Tools and access to water are provided by the library. Contact Cassie at 401-949-3630 for more information. 'Inflata-bull' Mysterious steer in Slacks Pond surviving the winter SMITHFIELD – Birds, fish ... and a bull? While out on a routine walk around her neighborhood, Jeannine Peterson, of 74 Greenlake Drive, saw the plastic horns of a bull poking out from behind branches in Slacks Pond. Peterson said she hadn't noticed the "large statue" until her walk on Jan. 27, but a neighbor walking by told her he had watched the inflat- able animal on a raft drift around the pond all summer and into the winter. Now nicknamed "Slackie" by neighborhood residents, the inflat- able riding bull drifted around the pond until finally finding a resting place outside the home of Ginny Solomon, of 27 Greenlake Drive. Solomon, who moved from Cranston to the waterfront property on Greenlake Drive last August, said she and her family watched it drift in the pond, eventually turning away from the main body of water into the town beach area. The view of the pond from her porch is always beautiful, Solomon said, and she loves watching the waterfowl move about Slacks in the morning. Overlooking the pond, she enjoys watching the gray heron that calls the pond its home, the ducks paddling in the water, and the bull, too. She guesses that Slackie settled by a fallen tree to the left of her deck last October. "It's been sitting out there ever since," she said. The outer ring of its platform has dipped beneath the surface, but the inflated bull, with a seat and handle on its back asking those brave enough to give it a ride, was still fro- zen in place as temperatures began to rise this week. Solomon said she reached out to the Slacks Reservoir Association on Facebook last November and asked if the bull belonged to anyone, but did not receive a response. Greenlake Beach at Slacks Pond was open to the public during the majority of last summer, but the pond was closed in August for the remainder of year due to high levels of blue-green algae. "It's a private pond. There's no way onto the pond without own- ing a home on the waterfront," said Peterson, who lives on the opposite side of the street. For now, Slackie rests by the Solomon home. Peterson said if he decides to stay, he may be invited to attend the annual Fourth of July cel- ebration and fireworks. By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer SLACKIE the inflatable steer, above, floated around Slacks Pond all summer until turning into the beach area and getting caught on a fallen tree by the beachfront property at 27 Greenlake Drive in Smithfield. Neighbors question the inflatable bull's origin. IN BRIEF Dish & Dine Club cooks with 'Magnolia Table' this month SMITHFIELD – Greenville Library's Dish & Dine Cookbook Club will meet on Monday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m., at the library, 573 Putnam Pike. Participants are invited to bring a dish from "Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering," by Joanna Gaines, and join the group for the first meeting of the year. Copies of the book are available at the library. Call Cassie at 401-949-3630, ext. 117, for more information and to register. Notice is hereby given by the Foster Town Council, being the Licensing Board in said Town under RIGL 5-21-2 of the General Laws of RI, 1956, as amended; that the following named persons and corporations have applied to said Council for Licenses for the year ending December 31, 2019: Secondhand Sales CBI LLC, d/b/a Cooke Brother's Imports, 184A Danielson Pike The above application will be in order for a Public Hearing of the Foster Town Council, February 14, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., At Captain Isaac Paine School, 160 Foster Center Road, Foster, RI, at which time and place all remonstrates may make their objections. Hard of hearing persons attending who require the services of an interpreter should call the office of the Town Clerk at 392-9201 at least 72 hours in advance of said meeting. By Order of the Foster Town Council Susan M. Dillon Foster Town Clerk NOTICE TOwN Of fOsTEr Of Hearing on Applications for Special Use Permits, Variances, and Appeals under the Zoning Ordinance: Notice is hereby given that the Zoning Board of Review will be in session at the Town Council Chambers, 195 Danielson Pike, N. Scituate on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm when all persons interested will be heard for or against the granting of the following applications for Special Use Permits, Variances and Appeals under the Zoning Ordinance. Case #1226 Farrar, Dwight (owner David Farrar). Location of premises 1046 Danielson Pike, Assessor's Plat 36 – Lot 5-01; BG under the Zoning Ordinance. Request for a Special Use Permit for a Repair Garage, pursuant to Art. II Section 7.8. Case #1227 Fagan, Daniel & Pamela. Location of premises 9 Hilltop Drive, Assessor's Plat 23 – Lot 41; RS120 under the Zoning Ordinance. Request for a Dimensional Variance for 1200 sq. ft. accessory structure (875' sq. ft. allowed; variance of 325' sq. ft.) to build a garage, pursuant to Art. IV Section 2(E). Case #1228 Polseno, John. Location of premises 767-771 Hartford Pike, Assessor's Plat 23 – Lot 20; RR120 under the Zoning Ordinance. Request for a Special Use Permit for a 2-lot Residential Compound, pursuant to Art. IV Section 8 and Art. VIII Section 3(A). Applicants must submit all documentary evidence (i.e. expert reports, drawings, surveys, deeds, photographs, etc.) to the Zoning Clerk no later than five (5) days prior to the date of the hearing. This also applies to objectors (abutters) who seek to introduce documentary evidence for the Zoning Board of Review to consider at the hearing. Abutters shall be provided with a copy of this requirement as part of the notification they receive in advance of the hearing. If the applicant or objector fails to submit documentary evidence in advance of the hearing, the Zoning Board of Review may, in its sole discretion, continue the hearing to a later date to allow for a review and evaluation of the proffered documentary evidence. By order of the Zoning Board of Review Kenneth P. Borden, Chairman Individuals Requesting Interpreter Services For The Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing Must Call 647-2822 Seventy Two (72) Hours In Advance Of Said Hearing. TTY #1-800-745-5555 A G E N D A TOWN OF SCITUATE ZONING BOARD OF REVIEW A Request For Proposal (RFP) will be opened by the North Providence School Department soliciting proposals for Snow Removal Services to be provided over a 3 year school term. The request for proposal will be issued on 2/14/19 for 21 days. The proposal due date and opening tentatively scheduled for March 7, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the School Department Central Administration Building. It is anticipated that the potential contract will be awarded by the North Providence School Committee during the March 27, 2019 meeting @ 6:30 p.m.

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