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The Valley Breeze & Observer 02-28-2019

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©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE MOIRA WILKIE, 6, of Scituate, learns how to use a magic wand to balance a balloon during Harry Potter Night at the North Providence Public Library last Friday. The event featured tryouts for Quidditch, a reading from "The Sorcerer's Stone" and demon- strations of charms, divination, herbology and potions. A magical night at the library SMITHFIELD – Plans are tempo- rarily on hold for a public hearing on a proposed new Smithfield Dog Park, as members of the Dog Park Committee continue to speak with residents and address abutters' con- cerns. The move came after residents criticized the plan at a joint Town Council and Dog Park Committee work session Feb. 19. As in past iterations of the proposal, opponents said they do not want such a facility in their backyard due to noise and perceived unsanitary conditions. Dog Park Committee Co-Chairwoman Beth Cerroni said the Bryant University plot planned for the park, across from Revive the Roots on Farnum Pike, is the perfect location for the project. She said the committee has a large following of residents who have patiently waited over the last 10 years to bring a dog park to Smithfield. "We are thankful that we had the chance to get the council up to speed on where we've been and where we are now in terms of our progress in making this dog park a reality for residents. This is a long time coming and we are hopeful Another delay for Smithfield Dog Park By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See DOG PARK, Page 11 'Huge hole' in budget Smithfield schools seek maximum increase SMITHFIELD – Faced with a $1.4 million drop in state funding, the Smithfield School Committee is requesting a 4 percent bump in the town's contribution, or $1.3 million more than the current school year. The Smithfield School Committee on Monday approved the $40 mil- lion budget in a 3-1 decision, with member Virginia Harnois opposed and member Cheryl Hirst-Hodgins abstaining. Though the Smithfield School Department's budget has increased just .24 percent from last year, the funding request from the town is up an allowable maximum of 4 percent, from $31.2 million to $32.6 million. If approved by the Town Council, the additional $1.3 million will equate to a 2 percent tax increase without taking into account any increases related to the town, said Town Manager Randy Rossi. "That's a huge hole to start off with," Rossi said. Supt. Judy Paolucci said the School Department worked diligently to close the gap created from a decrease in state aid. A correction in the for- mula adjusted the deficit from $1.7 million to $1.4 million, she said. Cuts to the budget include the By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See BUDGET, Page 6 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE FEBRUARY 28-MARCH 6, 2019 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & OUR UPLIFTING ENVIRONMENT AND SPECIAL APPROACH TO ALZHEIMER'S AND DEMENTIA CARE HAVE CREATED A QUALITY OF LIFE YOU SIMPLY CAN'T GET ANYPLACE ELSE. (401) 949-0180 www.andersonwinfield.net In the Heart of Greenville AT YOUR SERVICE INSIDE Local Business Advertising Supplement AT YOUR SERVICE INSIDE Local Business Advertising Supplement ©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. 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With 3 locations, the newest in Smithfield, Mrs Sheri and her staff have been able to teach, motivate, and instill a love of dance that is unsurpassed to thousands of R.I. Dancers. Dancers that attend classes at TTP learn many important life lessons along with their dance education. Celebrat- ing their 20th Anniversary, TTP has grown it's positive reputation on years of experience and dedication to the enrichment of it's student's lives by fostering the grow of confidence, self-worth, dedication, teamwork, professional- ism, accountability, & great work ethic. TTP Dancers have been seen performing locally and nationally in professional dance performances at the following venues: Dunkin' Donuts Center, Twin River Casino, Warwick Mall, R.I. College, Federal Hill Parades, multiple performances in Walt Disney World in Orlando, & multiple performances on Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships. 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TTP also offers Birthday Parties and a dance wear boutique that is open to the public. TTP is currently accepting registration for it's Summer Dance Camps, Recreational Classes and Summer Dance Intensives. The summer program is a comprehensive program that offers multiple opportunities to grow as a dancer throughout the summer months. Check out To The Pointe of Performing Arts by going to their website to learn more about all there is to be offered and get more information on classes, sched - ules, and tuition rates and to register for classes. Start off on the right foot at To The Pointe by becoming a To The Pointe Dancer Today! 3 Rhode Island Locations 999 Oaklawn Avenue, Cranston • 942-5554 9 Cedar Swamp Rd., Smithfield • 354-0054 2435 Nooseneck Hill Road, Coventry • 385-9500 www.tothepointeofperformingarts.com VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER EDITION

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