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The Valley Breeze & Observer 03-14-2019

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 CONNOR TURCOTTE, left, NOAH SACKAL, and Connor's twin brother ETHAN, right, all age 9 and of Foster, react to the outcome of a race at the Foster Cub Scouts Pack 101 Pinewood Derby last Saturday. See more photos on page 11. Future unclear for Revive the Roots at Mowry house Group wants to buy it, but no promises made SMITHFIELD – The town is mak- ing no promises to nonprofit farming organization Revive the Roots that an By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer option to purchase the Mary Mowry House on Farnum Pike will be on the table at the end of the group's curatorship agreement. The group, which is rehabilitating the home in exchange for free rent, participated in a five-year review on March 5. The curatorship is the first and only of its kind in Smithfield. The money the group would otherwise pay in rent is reinvested into the home through repairs, equipment, renovations and maintenance com- Ward will be inducted into R.I. Journalism Hall of Fame CUMBERLAND – Tom Ward, founder and publisher of The Valley Breeze Newspapers, will be inducted into the Rhode Island Journalism Hall of Fame this spring. Ward's honor comes two years after the Rhode Island Press Association announced the induc- tion of then-Breeze Editor Marcia Green, who was with Ward from when he started the local newspaper in 1996, and one year after the induction of Peter Connell, the late sports writer and editor for Observer Publications, Inc. and The Valley Breeze & Observer. "Tom Ward has been ingrained in northern Rhode Island for more than 20 years since establishing The Valley Breeze. In an era where news- papers across the country have gone See WARD, Page 7 WARD See MOWRY, Page 8 See DEVELOPMENT, Page 15 SMITHFIELD – For the first time since public hearings on the Sand Trace development began last October, owner and Smithfield developer Frank Simonelli spoke during a Planning Board meeting, requesting that the public direct questions and concerns on the devel- opment to him. And not to be overlooked, says Simonelli, this development could have been a whole lot larger than the one he's proposing. Simonelli made his remarks at the Planning Board last Thursday, March 7, speaking at a public hear- ing for the master plan of the 180- unit major development, Sand Trace, located off Log Road. The board postponed action on the matter. Simonelli defends housing development By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE MARCH 14-20, 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. Bright Start Academy Preschool Pre-K Celebrating Our 20th Year! Now Enrolling for 2019/2020 1 FREE Week with Enrollment (Expires 4/15/2019) 688 Putnam Pike (Rte. 44), Greenville, RI 401-949-5461 (401) 949-0180 May love and laughter light your days. An Irish Blessing

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