Valley Breeze

The Valley Breeze & Observer 05-23-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 4 of 39

SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | MAY 23-29, 2019 NORTH COUNTY 5 A day for remembrance "My goal was to have more people there than are in the garden department at Home Depot that day." This is how Skip Sweeney describes his objective when he first became master of ceremo- nies and committee co-chairman for Smithfield's annual Memorial Day observance. This year it is on Monday, May 27, at 10:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial in Deerfield Park. Sweeney is a mem- ber and past com- mander of Balfour- Cole Post 64 of the American Legion, which has long co-hosted the event with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2929. Post 2929 is closing due to declin- ing membership, but it originated Smithfield's modern day rites hon- oring veterans who gave their lives in service to the nation, notes Leo Swider, who is a member of both the VFW and American Legion. A past post commander of the VFW, as well as state-wide com- mander, and a national officer, Swider relates how the VFW hosted a parade in 1996 that culminated in a ceremony at the World War I monument near their headquarters on Farnum Pike. All of the relatives of deceased Post members and vet- erans were invited to take part. The ceremony was repeated annually after that. Five years later the town com- pleted an impressive monument in Deerfield Park which recognizes all veterans who served during the 20th century and beyond. It was dedicated on Veterans Day 2001, two months after the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In 2002 the Memorial Day observance was moved to the Deerfield Park site. Nationally, Memorial Day has a complicated history. There is some disagreement about how it began. Local ceremonies during the Civil War have been documented by historians. After the war, such com- munity commemorations spread throughout both the South and the North. For many years the practice of placing flowers on the graves of the war dead took place on May 30, which was widely known as Decoration Day. Although the term Memorial Day was first used in 1882, it didn't become common until after WWII. Eventually, however, it grew so popular that it replaced Decoration Day as the name for the holiday. The Federal Government made it official on June 28, 1967, when a law was passed designating the last Monday in May as Memorial Day. Initially there was some controversy over moving the date, but ultimate- ly it has been widely accepted. Skip Sweeney has been master of ceremonies since 2008. His real name is John Sweeney Jr. He grew up just outside New York City in Port Washington. "The Memorial Day parade was one of the big things in our town," he recounts. A five-year veteran of the Air Force, Sweeney, 70, a pilot and a radar ground intercept control person, served during the Vietnam era, getting discharged on the day Saigon fell. Once he was back in civilian life he didn't immediately join the American Legion, but when he did he became deeply involved. He has been part of the planning and exe- cution of the Memorial Day event for over a decade, and he regularly visits the schools, fulfilling one of the American Legion's core mis- sions to educate others about what it means to serve in the military. As far as the Memorial Day rites go, he says, "I typically start plan- ning about January." He explains that he has a checklist that he uses. Organizing the activities includes contacting the police and fire departments and arranging for their honor guards to participate. Also taking part are Cub Scouts, Boy and Girl Scouts, youth teams, repre- sentatives of veterans organizations and choral groups when he can get them. He also handles publicity. Swider keeps things in order on the day. Sweeney usually offers a short talk. This year he is focusing on some of the work of the American Battle Monuments Commission. Overarching everything, though, is the message about paying homage to the fallen. "The whole purpose is to honor the million plus people who have given their lives in times of war since the Republic began," Sweeney remarks. "Just imagine the popula- tion of Rhode Island all gone. It's about the same number. I tell young people to think about that and then go visit the memorial we have right here in town." A good day to start, if you haven't already, will be next Monday at 10:30. (Contact me at smithpublarry@gmail. com) Bottom Lines Readers react to last week's col- umn on shaking hands: Kenneth Branch notes, "A firm shake and good eye contact says a lot. I don't know about today, but years ago a gentleman did not offer his hand to a lady unless she offered hers first." Ed Duffy observes, "I'm all about a firm handshake!" Karin Cunningham comments on whether handshaking is obsolete, "I hope not. Also, they say people using too much antibacterial (prod- uct) is more of a problem." Becky Cambio Cormier remarks: "I still shake, and I'm teaching my kids about a firm handshake (no wimpy finger shakes!)." Judy Eichner, who grew up in England, mentions, "I was raised to be polite so shaking hands was what you did. I would hate to see it discontinued. As for the germ issues they are everywhere on everything you touch. Hands are no doubt cleaner than most other surfaces." Jane Buttles Damiani writes, "I can see both sides of the for and against argument. I take whatever comes and always try to look in their eyes." Robert Buonaccorsi says, "Handshakes and looking at the person in the eye are, to me, still important. Preferably the other per- son is not holding a cell phone in their hand at the time. Being Italian, a hug and handshake seal the deal." One More Thing LAURENCE J. SASSO, JR. SWEENEY TOWN OF SCITUATE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PROPOSED ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws 1956, § 45-24-53, that the Town Council of the Town of Scituate will conduct a public hearing, open to the public, on ursday, June 13, 2019, at 7:00 pm at the Auditorium of the Scituate High School, 94 Trimtown Road, North Scituate, RI 02857 on a proposed new ordinance to the Code of Ordinances. Opportunity shall be given to all persons interested to be heard upon the matter of the proposed ordinance. e proposed new ordinance is under consideration and may be adopted and/or altered or amended prior to the close of the public hearing without further advertising, as a result of further study or because of the views expressed at the public hearing. Any alteration or amendment must be presented for comment in the course of the public hearing. e proposed new ordinance is available for review and/or purchase at the Town Clerk's Office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding Holidays and on the Town's web-site at AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CODE OF ORDINANCES APPENDIX A – ZONING ARTICLE II – DISTRICT USE REGULATIONS Note: Words set as strikeover are to be deleted from the ordinance; words set in underline are proposed to be added to the ordi- nance. Section 1. Be it ordained by the Town Council of the Town of Scituate that Appendix A of the Code of Ordinances, Town of Scituate entitled Zoning is amended as follows: e following uses are permitted only in the districts marked with an "X." Uses permitted in the districts as special use permits under the provisions of Article 1 section 6C of this ordinance are marked with an "S." e top horizontal row in each use is the Town-wide Zoning; the bottom shaded row in each use is for Village Overlay Districts only. Section 2. e Town Clerk is hereby authorized to cause said changes to be made to Appendix A of the Town of Scituate's Code of Ordinances. Section 3. is ordinance shall take effect immediately upon passage. By order of the Town Council Margaret M. Long, Town Clerk INDIVIDUALS REQUESTING INTERPRETER SERVICES FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED MUST CALL 401-647-2822 SEVENTY-TWO (72) HOURS IN ADVANCE OF SAID HEARING. TTY #1-800-745-5555. Use District Section 7. RR-120 RS-120 BL BG M Business RRW- RSW- 60/80 60/80 . . . 18. Marijuana growing, processing, cultivating, testing, and sales, including but not limited to: Marijuana Compassion Center; Licensed Marijuana Cultivator; Licensed Marijuana Cooperative; Marijuana Processing and Testing; Marijuana Wholesale and Retail Sales; Recreational Use Facility. (Excludes Individual Medical Patient Residential Marijuana Cultivation). Registration for the Smithfield Recreation Summer Tennis Program will take place at the Smithfield Senior Center in Deerfield Park on June 4, 2019 & June 13, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Rain or shine. Cost is $40 per player or $70 per family for Smithfield residents. Non Residents are $50 per player. For more info please call the Recreation Dept. at 401-349-0612.

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Valley Breeze - The Valley Breeze & Observer 05-23-2019