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The Valley Breeze & Observer 02-14-2019

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 LUCIA D'URSO, 6, of Greenville, a member of Girl Scout Troop 248, selects a book during a scavenger hunt at the Greenville Public Library last Saturday. The Scouts were working on a merit badge, as they received a tour of the library and went on a scavenger hunt to find books in the children's room. See more photos on page 6. Books and badges for Troop 248 Plans in place for old Benny's store in Smithfield Carpionato Group promising 'beautiful' development SMITHFIELD – Benny's on Route 44 in Smithfield was the last of its kind to close its doors back on Dec. 11, 2017, and last week the Carpionato Group submitted plans that will revitalize the 146,514-square- foot building into a shopping center with a possible restaurant, retail space and a bank. Peter Flynn, of the Carpionato Group, said plans for the store, locat- ed at 473 Putnam Pike across from Stop & Shop, can bring in "interested parties from good national tenants." Though Flynn said there are no definitive tenants for the location yet, he expects the group to have a better idea what direction the project will go in within the next month. He said the location is getting interest from various parties. "That's the kind of work we do," Flynn said. By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See DEVELOPMENT, Page 22 SMITHFIELD – Heightened traf- fic problems at the entrance of The Crossing at Smithfield on weekends will be lessened after town officials met with the developers to come up with temporary and long-term solu- tions. Town Council President Suzy Alba and Town Manager Randy Rossi sat down with The Crossing, WS Development, to discuss recent traffic safety concerns from increased use of the shopping plaza on Route 44 near Route 295. Alba said the problem has gone on for a number of years at The Crossing, and the town would like to develop a solution. "In the short term, the management group will be paying for (a) police detail every weekend to help allevi- ate some of the congestion and wait times folks have experienced," Alba said. Rossi said the group was profession- al and easy to work with, agreeing to hire police details at three main points during the weekend for the remainder of the year or until a more permanent solution can be found. "It is temporary, but at the same time we're looking at the data to find a more permanent solution," Rossi said. Details will be placed at the Dave's Marketplace intersection, by the res- taurant area, and by the entrance traf- fic light to help "purge people onto Police details to alleviate added congestion at The Crossing By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See THE CROSSING, Page 8 SCITUATE – Following a walk-through of the partially constructed Scituate Police Department building last week, David D'Agostino, Police Station Building Committee chairman, said construction needs a strong effort to get the building com- pleted. "I think all it needs is a hard push and we can have it finished," D'Agostino said. During the walk-through last Thursday, Feb. 7, D'Agostino said the comments he heard from the committee about the building on Chopmist Hill Road were positive. Committee plans hard push to complete police station By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See POLICE STATION, Page 7 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE FEBRUARY 14-20, 2019 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Family Dentistry Accepting New Patients 7 Smith Avenue, Greenville Dr. Scott B. Klimaj 949-3200 (401) 949-0180 Home Office: (401) 480-8282 Website: Email:

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