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The Valley Breeze & Observer 05-09-2019

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©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. From left, TIM FERRON, JOSHUA UCRAN and BEN REES soak up a bit of local color before the St. Philip Church Youth Color Run last Saturday morning. See more photos on page 8. BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON SMITHFIELD – With millions of dollars in needed repairs accumulat- ing at Smithfield High School and Middle School and a fully funded operating budget lacking capital fund- ing, Supt. Judy Paolucci says it is time for the School Department to create a separate capital improvement fund to avoid a bond issue in the future. Paolucci said at Monday's School Committee meeting that the town will not fund the $442,819 request for capital improvements for repairs to the high school auditorium includ- ing lighting, stage improvements for ADA compliance, and a fresh coat of paint. Operating costs are being fully funded at $32 million in town appro- priations. Paolucci proposes creating a capital improvement account that will be funded by Rhode Island Department of Education reimbursements for projects paid for from the annual budget or fund balances, a yearly allocation from the town, and any excess above a 4 percent fund bal- ance. Town allocation could begin at around $280,000, and increase by a set number annually, she said. She recommended $20,000 but said that number could fluctuate each year. Paolucci proposes capital fund for school improvements By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See SCHOOLS, Page 11 SCITUATE – Town Councilor Charles Collins recognized the symp- toms and pains of a heart attack. He said he had felt them before Feb. 1 when the telltale pangs began while he was delivering oil for his business, Collins Burner Service. Harmony Fire Department Chief Richard Waterman recalled the "very unusual" phone call from Collins at 9:26 p.m. that night. He said while most people describe the chest pain to 911 operators, Collins said calmly, "I'm having a heart attack." Collins said he had heart problems before, and when he felt the familiar pain while pumping oil at a home on Cooper Road in Glocester that night, he walked back to his truck and called 911. At the time, Collins said his pain level was 10 out of 10. On Thursday, May 2, Collins, his family, council members and members of the Harmony Fire Department participated in an award ceremony where Collins and the town issued certificates of commenda- tion from the Scituate and Glocester for saving the councilman's life. "I have no lack of words for the men who helped me that night. Without them, I wouldn't be here," Collins said. Collins spent weeks in the hospi- tal for bypass surgery on his heart. He spent two days in a medically Rescue crews recognized for saving councilman's life By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See RESCUE, Page 6 SMITHFIELD – As the town continues to seek business develop- ment in the economic growth over- lay district along the Routes 7 and 116 corridor, accessory businesses such as Camp Bow Wow, a doggie daycare business, will need special approval from the Town Council. Camp Bow Wow owner Paul Butler is seeking a text amendment to the district ordinance to allow animal daycare facilities by special use permit. Butler owns the West Warwick location of the national dog-sitting chain. A public hearing on the amend- ment will be held on May 21 at 7 p.m. during the regular Town Council meeting at Town Hall, 64 Farnum Pike. 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