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The Valley Breeze & Observer 05-02-2019

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©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON Smithfield Cub Scout BRYCE EDWARDS, of Pack 1, questions Battery B member MATT HECHT about the cannon used at the "Living History Encampment" held at the Smith- Appleby House last Saturday. The event was sponsored by the Smithfield Elks Club. See more pho- tos on page 8. Living history A reinforced state prohibition on school districts charging students for field trips is causing concern locally, where administrators worry that it might severely limit an important aspect of students' educational expe- rience. In an April 10 memo to the East Greenwich School Department, out- going Commissioner of Education Ken Wagner offered the official opinion that districts can't charge students to go on field trips. "For all intents and purposes, it eliminates field trips in a district the size of ours," said Pawtucket School Committee Chairman Jay Charbonneau, who added that school officials in that city have had only preliminary conversations about how they'll handle the situa- tion. That sentiment was echoed else- where in northern Rhode Island. In North Providence, Supt. Joe Goho said he thinks the guidance from the Rhode Island Department of Education has good intentions behind it, "but may also have unin- tended consequences." "The commissioner's edict might actually have the reverse effect of reducing valuable field trip opportu- nities for all students because school districts have very tight budgets and Officials warn field trips could be on chopping block By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See FIELD TRIPS, Page 7 SCITUATE – Only about a dozen members of the audi- ence at last week's Scituate Plan Commission meeting on the Hope Hope Mill denial overturned in stunning fashion By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See HOPE MILL, Page 4 SMITHFIELD – A controversial plan by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation would require prop- erty owners along Route 116 from Cumberland through Lincoln and Smithfield to either purchase land locat- ed between their buildings and state roadway or move their signs and park- ing lots out of the zone. Properties up and down the corridor would be impacted, from the Lincoln Mall to numerous properties in neigh- boring Smithfield. The exact size of the state right of way varies by property, according to RIDOT. Though some are suggesting required buffer zones of 100 feet, RIDOT is saying it appears to be closer to 50 feet for many properties. A RIDOT spokeswoman said this week that the process happening now goes back eight years and is being required by the federal government. The Rhode Island Department of Administration has expressed support for RIDOT enforcing the state's right of way along the 7.2-mile stretch of George Washington Highway, but officials there are opposed to the proposed sale of properties. Property owners are expected to State looks to take back land along Route 116 By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See ROUTE 116, Page 6 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE MAY 2-8, 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, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. 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.

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