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The Valley Breeze & Observer 03-28-2019

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | MARCH 28-APRIL 3, 2019 NORTH COUNTY 5 In other words "What's the good word?" Today, perhaps more than ever, that is a hard question to answer. For one thing, it often depends to a large degree on context. Bring up the word collusion at a dinner party these days if you don't believe me. Yet, on second thought, hasn't it always been that way? Go to a URI- PC basketball game and wear your chosen team's jersey. In most other situations Friars and Rams aren't fighting words, but in the Dunk or at the Ryan Center they sure can be. Circumstances alter cases. That's partly because language is amazingly fluid, remarkably pliant. We use it differently in different frameworks. Some legal documents go to great lengths to nail down definitions and to stipulate precise meanings. Others strain to obfuscate, remain opaque, and deflect. Usually each approach is invoked by oppo- site sides in the same case, proving that often it isn't necessarily what you say, but how you say it that wins the day. As the only creatures who pos- sess the ability to communicate with sounds or symbols which we call words, we humans have found over time that they are just as vital to our existence and survival as are food and water. Forest animals might smell a con- flagration roaring through the trees and flee instinctively, but they can't yell "fire" to the rest of their flock or herd. People can tell the doctor where it hurts. Dogs and cats cannot. We are intrinsically dependent and almost compulsive when it comes to the ability to convey our feelings, our thoughts, and our status to one another. Our very existence can rely on it. Yet, most of the time we are only partially successful at using words. The spoken word is especially problematic because inflection and intonation affect the listener's interpretation of what is being said. Speakers of English are relatively better off, however, than those who communicate in some Chinese dia- lects which depend on tonal empha- sis to convey meaning. For them the same word can mean different things if it is spoken with different vocal tones. In the case of those who speak English, confusion can usually be sorted out with retorts such as "you had better smile when you say that, Buster." I'm not sure what Chinese folks do when their tone is misunder- stood. If we all used Latin it might be sim- pler because that language is dead. Hence its words aren't evolving and being re-defined by usage and new perspectives, such as those created by new technology and changing social values and practices. Just look at the impact that cell phone texting and media like Twitter have had. Unorthodox spelling has emerged, and that facilitates a short- hand that speeds up messaging. The nimble, rapid back and forth nature of exchanges also leads to the coin- ing of new words. So, among other things, we can wit- ness a kind of poetic inversion of def- initions. Sick used to mean unwell. Now it is understood in some circles to mean awesome. A goat is still an animal and sometimes still means a person who screws up and causes his team or group to lose a game or fall short of a goal. However, now, espe- cially when written with all capital letters, GOAT has become an acro- nym which refers to the "greatest of all time," aka Tom Brady. One More Thing LAURENCE J. SASSO, JR. See SASSO, Page 13 • Children who will be five years old by September 1, 2019 are eligible to attend kindergarten in September 2019. The Scituate School Department requires registration for Kindergarten in Scituate. • The registration date for all three Scituate elementary schools is Thursday, April 4, 2019. • Parents of children scheduled to attend kindergarten this fall should contact the school of attendance so that a registration packet can be sent to you prior to the registration date. • Parents/guardians of students whose last name begins with the letters A-L are asked to register between 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM. • Parents/guardians of students whose last name begins with the letters M-Z are asked to register between 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM. Clayville School: 3 George Washington Highway, Clayville Phone: 647-4115 Hope School: 391 North Road, Hope Phone: 821-3651 North Scituate School: 46 Institute Lane, North Scituate Phone: 647-4110 If you have a question regarding which school your child will attend based on your address, please contact the Scituate School Department at 401-647-4100. Be advised that the Scituate School Department reserves the right to selectively redistrict your child to another Scituate elementary school based on class size issues. In most years this involves a relatively small number of students. Further, if your child will not be five years old by September 1, 2019, but will turn five by October 1, 2019 and you desire to be considered for a waiver, you must do so by May 17, 2019. SCITUATE KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION DATES SET FOR 2019-2020 APRIL 10, 2019 7:00 PM BENJAMIN EDDY BUILDING 6 SOUTH KILLINGLY ROAD The Town of Foster Zoning Board of Review will hold a Public Hearing on April 10, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Benjamin Eddy Building, 6 South Killingly Road, Foster RI for a property located on 15 Plainfield Pike, being Plat 19 Lot 9 in an Agricultural/ Residential AR district on .5 acres. The Applicant and Owner, Peter Brewer, seeks a Dimensional Variance from the Town of Foster Zoning Ordinances Article IV Uses Section 38-192 Dimensional Regulations (1) A. Relief is needed to replace and en- large a lawfully established mobile home (located in town prior to July 1, 1971) which is nonconforming by dimension on a substandard lot. The current building has less than the required side and rear setbacks making it nonconforming by dimension. The proposed replacement will be less nonconforming by dimension, but still within the less than required side and rear setbacks. The current side and rear setbacks are 40 and 9 feet, respectfully, and the proposed replacement side and rear setbacks will be 42 and 27 feet, respectively. All interested persons are invited to attend the Public Hearing and be heard. Modifications to the proposal may occur as a result of the comments received during the hearing or as a result of further study. The application can be reviewed at Town Hall at 181 Howard Hill Road in the Planning Department during normal business hours. In the event of overcrowding, the Hearing will be moved to the Foster Town House, 180 Howard Hill Road, Foster RI. Individuals requiring interpreter service must notify the Town Clerk's Office at (401) 392-9200 at least 72 hours in advance of the hearing date. By order of the Zoning Board of Review Paula Mottshaw, Chair NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TOWN OF FOSTER ZONING BOARD OF REVIEW NOTICE TOWN OF GLOCESTER DOG LICENSES & RABIES CLINIC 2019 Dog Licenses are due during the month of April. To obtain a dog license, you must show proof of rabies inoculation. DOG LICENSE FEE: $7.00 RABIES SHOTS: $13.00 CASH ONLY PLEASE Proof of current rabies vaccination is necessary to receive a three year shot. No License is required for any dog under the age of (6) months. (RIGL 4-13-9). Rabies Clinic will be held Saturday, April 6, 2019 Chepachet Fire Station • 1170 Putnam Pike Cats & Ferrets - 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Dogs - 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Dogs must be leashed) NO DOGS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR RABIES VACCINATION BEFORE 11 A.M. You do not need to be a resident to obtain a rabies vaccination for your dog, cat or ferret. Licenses may also be obtained in the Office of the Town Clerk, 1145 Putnam Pike Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jean M. Fecteau, CMC, Town Clerk Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 Time: 1 - 3 p.m. Location: Town Highway Garage Rabies Shot: $ 10 00 CASH Only Town of Smithfield Dog licensing: $ 8 00 This is Mandatory Cash or Check: Payable to the Town of Smithfield Cats must be in carriers Proof of CURRENT VACCINATIONS needed for 3 year vaccine Dogs must be on a leash at ALL TIMES Town of Smithfield Annual Rabies Clinic

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