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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-06-2019

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2 SMITHFIELD JUNE 6-12, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION SMITHFIELD – Developers of a proposed dog daycare, Camp Bow Wow, will look for special use permit approval from the Zoning Board after the Town Council on Tuesday approved an amendment change allowing animal daycares in planned corporate zoning. Representing the developer, attor- ney Timothy Kane said the day- care, to be located at 37 Thurber Blvd., will suit the town's compre- hensive plan needs as an accessory unit to business development in the economic growth overlay district along the Routes 7 and 117 cor- ridor. The council agreed despite con- cerns on noise from dog barking. The council postponed a vote during the May 21 meeting to allow residents and council mem- bers to ask additional questions and visit the site. Camp Bow Wow will continue to the Zoning Board to get special use permits for the zone change and to reduce the number of parking spaces for the 13,000-square-foot building from 38 to 20. In a recap, Kane said the daycare matches the character of the light industrial park, and will not inter- rupt plan to create a planned cor- porate business district. Kane said the $2 million investment in the community is a good use for the 7.14-acre parcel. "We think this is a good use of the property. We think it will complement the town in a positive way," Kane said. My Lucky Dog daycare owner David Punchak said he does not believe the claim that an acces- sory use is valid, or that nearby neighbors as close as 300 feet will not hear barking. He said he has several buildings between his busi- ness and homes and people still can hear dog barking reverberating through the neighborhood. He said the area has a few nearby businesses, and it is not necessary to build accessory units yet. "I think you're putting the cart before the horse here," Punchak said. Camp Bow Wow will be the third dog daycare in Smithfield. Owner Paul Butler put the coun- cil's concerns to rest, saying his facility will be equipped with 200 panels to absorb sound inside the building, as well as solid fencing for the 2,000-square-foot outdoor area to create a sound buffer. He said Camp Bow Wow's cor- porate policy is to have a ratio of one "camp counselor" to 25 dogs. He said it is the counselors' jobs to stop the dogs from barking, and to keep them playing. "A barking dog means something is going on in the yard and the dog isn't happy. Their job is to keep the dog happy," Butler said. Employees are trained to keep noise to a minimum. In addi- tion, the dogs will spend most of the time indoors, Butler said. He expects approximately 150 dogs at this franchise location. Butler said the hours of opera- tion in Smithfield will most likely be similar to his Warwick location, which is Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and split Sundays from 8 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. Council approves ordinance change for Camp Bow Wow By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer Learn about Rhode Island historical cemeteries June 12 East Smithfield Library hosts Summer Reading Kickoff June 15 SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, will offer Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Research on Wednesday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m. Learn about the Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission research database in this presen- tation by representative Peggy Malcolm. Bob Buonaccorsi, of the Friends of Smithfield Cemeteries, will also present about local Smithfield burial grounds. Register by calling 401-949-3630 or visiting the event calendar at . SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host its Summer Reading Kickoff on Saturday, June 15, from noon to 2 p.m. Children up to the age of 12 are encouraged to visit the library and sign up for summer reading. Refreshments will be served. Sign-ups will also continue through Friday, June 28. For more information, call 401- 231-5150, ext. 3. IN BRIEF Place your classified ad online at Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist Today's hearing aids are barely visible, highly effective and easy to afford. Come hear for yourself with a RISK FREE 30-day trial! FREE Hearing Screenings FREE Hearing Aid Checks & Cleanings Just call to schedule an appointment! 401-475-6116 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 3, Suite 307, Lincoln, RI Bowser's Bubbles Your friendly neigh- borhood laundromat Newly Renovated 115 Pleasant View Avenue, Smithfield, Rhode Island $ 10 OFF Drop Off Service Wash, dry, fold customers only. 20 lb. min. No comforters. Offers cannot be combined. Expires 12/31/2019. Coin Operated Self-Service Laundry Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. 401.618.5425 ON-LINE ORDERS USE COUPON CODE BOWSER101 $ 10 OFF Drop Off Service Wash, dry, fold customers only. 20 lb. min. No comforters. Offers cannot be combined. Expires 12/31/2019.

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