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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 03-14-2019

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MARCH 14-20, 2019 NORTH SMITHFIELD 13 NORTH SMITHFIELD – Marilyn Kelley, longtime school nurse at North Smithfield Elementary School and Pawtucket native, was recognized as School Nurse Teacher of the Year by the Rhode Island Certified School Nurse Teacher Association, which announced the award last Thursday, March 7. Kelley has served at NSES since 2004. She previously worked for 13 years at Burrillville High School, where she served as school nurse in addition to teaching courses, including "bio-related technology," an original course she co-authored with educator Charles Boucher. Kelley received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Rhode Island College in 1975 and master's degree in education from RIC in 1992. She became a certified school nurse teach- er in 1997, a designation awarded by the Rhode Island Department of Education. Prior to becoming a school nurse, she worked for 16 years at Memorial Hospital of Pawtucket. Kelley, a Pawtucket native and resi- dent of Providence, has been active in substance abuse prevention organiza- tions over the years. She has also been recognized for her work toward end- ing sexual violence and support of the Rhode Island Blood Center. Kelley, who was chosen for the award by a committee of her peers, told The Breeze she enjoys her work at NSES, especially the opportunity to interact with the families of former students. "The wonderful thing is a lot of my students from Burrillville High School are parents in the school system and I have their children, so it's wonder- ful to see what they've done in their lives," she said. She added school administrators and parents are very supportive of her work in the school and the com- munity. "The children are a delight. I think that's what's made my job so wonder- ful," she said. Jennifer Daigneault, principal at NSES, congratulated Kelley on the award and noted her kind demeanor and patience with every student in the school. "There is no injury too big or too small for her tender, loving care," she said. "When a serious situation occurs, Marilyn can easily make educated and calculated decisions with a smile on her face. We are so blessed to have such a dedicated and talented nurse taking care of our school community." Kelley has been involved with nurs- ing since age 14, when she started as a "candy striper" volunteer at Memorial Hospital. While her nursing career stretches more than 40 years, she told The Breeze she's not sure she would be able to give up the work in retirement, as she feels a personal calling to the profession. "It's a calling, and I love that. Once a nurse, always a nurse," she said. NSES's Kelley named 'School Nurse Teacher of the Year' By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM MARILYN KELLEY, who has worked at North Smithfield Elementary School since 2004, was named School Nurse Teacher of the Year by the R.I. Certified School Nurse Teachers Association. of their intent to preserve the more than 100-year-old family farm using the extra revenue generated by the wind turbine. Joanne Pacheco said her mother plans to continue living on the farm and sees the wind tur- bine as an environmentally friendly option to continue preserving the land. "She wants to live on that land and she wants to do her best to protect and preserve it for future generations, as do all the members of our family," said Joanne. In 2016, the original plans to con- struct the turbine were placed on hold after neighbors voiced strong opposition to its location near a residential neighborhood. The area is zoned rural residential/rural agri- cultural, requiring the company to seek a special use permit in addition to a height variance for the 462.5- foot structure. The project was set to appear before the Zoning Board in spring of 2016 when town councilors instituted a moratorium on wind tur- bines, later banning them from town as part of the zoning ordinance. The town later agreed the com- pany could continue with its appli- cation for the Old Smithfield Road turbine, which was submitted before the ban went into effect. The version of the application discussed Monday night was largely unchanged from the original plans. According to company representa- tives, the turbine would generate 1.5 megawatts of electricity and disturb 1.5 acres of the 51.4-acre property. The turbine, manufactured by a German company, would include a 328-foot tower and three 134.5-foot blades that, when pointing straight up, would total 462.5 feet in height, more than 427 feet beyond the 35-foot limit currently in place. Though most residents did not have an opportunity to speak during the three-hour hearing, which will be continued on April 9, company representatives tried to preemptively address some of residents' concerns, including an effect of sunlight in the spinning turbines known as a "shadow flicker." The flicker, they said, would only affect neighbors for between five and 20 hours per year and provided a map of affected homes. Representatives also claimed noise output would be below 45 decibels, comparable to a conversa- tion, and property values would not be affected once the turbine was built. There can be an impact on values during the permitting process, based on something known as a "fear factor." Attorney Patrick Dowling, repre- senting neighboring property own- ers, contested the company's claim that the noise of the spinning blades would not prove a nuisance, citing a case in Falmouth, Mass., where the town was forced to shut down two wind turbines due to noise complaints. Dowling, also a town resident, told board members he was opposed to the project based on its location, which he said was inap- propriate for a commercial energy development. "I am opposed to this project based on siting and 100 percent on siting, putting a commercial energy facility in a residential neighbor- hood," he said. There was some confusion over whether the company had to abide by a town zoning ordinance requir- ing a larger setback from neighbor- ing properties due to the height of the turbine. As a result, the com- pany submitted a second, alternate plan that showed the same wind turbine 160 feet from its original location. Zoning Board Chairman Robert Najarian kept the meeting within a strict three-hour limit, leaving further testimony from residents until April 9. Dowling told The Breeze residents have many concerns over the loca- tion of the structure and how it will affect their properties and quality of life. "There are a lot of, I think, unknowns of how it's going to impact them," he said. TURBINE From Page One BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM Residents of Old Smithfield Road renewed their protest of a pro- posed 462.5-foot wind turbine during Monday's Zoning Board meeting. Holding signs from left are JUDY DUNN, BARBARA MENCARINI and FRAN PAUL. Independently Owned & Operated by George & Malanie Loya Wood Blinds • Shutters • Roman Shades Woven Wood • Custom Drapery Top Treatments • Verticals and more! Local: 401-356-4770 Call to schedule your free in-home consultation Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. 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