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The Valley Breeze & Observer 03-21-2019

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 CIAN CARLOW, 10, of Glocester, prepares his Chicken Taco Casserole with the help of Sodexo worker MARLENE BERUBE, of Chepachet, at the Future Chefs Competition, held at Ponaganset Middle School on March 9. Third-, 4th- and 5th-graders from the Foster-Glocester school district were chosen to make original recipes with the theme of Mexican food. See more photos on page 14. SCITUATE – The Scituate Housing Authority, the oversight board for the elderly housing project Rockland Oaks, is under scrutiny after reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and Compliance Review regulations found the project on Rockland Road in violation of several federal regula- tions. During the Town Council meeting last Thursday, March 14, Councilor Abbie Groves said she was shocked to learn of the serious violations from the federal agency and Rhode Island Housing findings from a Feb. 8 site review. "I was shocked to read this criti- cal report, to learn about potential improprieties, and to hear of the alleged mistreatment of the seniors and disabled residents," Groves said. "There are federal regulations that are not being followed," she said. According to SHA Chairman Richard Finnegan, the agency recent- ly initiated contact with the USDA to conduct a management review plan for the first time since 1984. USDA records contradict Finnegan and indicate that Rural Development, a USDA agency overseeing programs to improve economy and quality of Rockland Oaks back in hot water following USDA review By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See ROCKLAND OAKS, Page 11 SMITHFIELD – Since voter approval of the $45 million Elementary School Reconfiguration Project last November, the 15-mem- ber School Building Committee has adhered to an "ambitious" timeline to keep the project on budget and on time, according to Supt. Judy Paolucci. If everything stays on track, Paolucci anticipates Winsor Elementary School students to move into Anna McCabe Elementary School, which will undergo expansion and renovations in the fall of 2021. Winsor will close that year as well. For that to happen, the Building Committee must continue working with the Town Council and School Committee to select and approve an owner's project manager, who will oversee the project, and an architec- tural firm for design services. "It does take a while, but you want to do it right and make decisions in a careful and timely way," Paolucci said. The Building Committee received eight responses for design services, which will work with completed stage two plans to create a detailed design, Ambitious timeline for elementary school project By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See TIMELINE, Page 7 PAOLUCCI SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield School Committee on Monday denied contract negotiations for the use of solar panels on the high school and middle school roofs despite an estimated 25-year proj- ect benefit of $1.45 million. The decision came as the result of a tie vote. During the March 18 school board meeting, Chairwoman Rose Marie Cipriano said she worries about the warranty on the recently installed roof, and is concerned the solar project could leave the dis- trict on the hook for damage done once the warranty expires. Supt. Judy Paolucci supported the project, recommending the committee go forward in the pro- cess to complete contract nego- tiations. She said the committee could back out of negotiations at any time if members do not like the contract. "We all worked really hard on getting new roofs on the buildings. Smithfield school board denies solar roof project By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See SOLAR, Page 4 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE MARCH 21-27, 2019 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, RI 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. Barbara A. Scanlon Broker Associate ABR, CPDE, CRS, e-PRO, PMN, SRES Home Office: (401) 480-8282 Licensed Since 1985 RE/MAX Town & Country GREENviLLE: NEw LiSTiNG! Olde Smithfield village! Renovated 3 bed, 2 bath colonial, Quartz counters, stainless appliances, refinished floors, updated kitchen, baths, heating system. Private fenced yard/patio. Minutes to highway, shopping, recreation. $364,900

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