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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-06-2019

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18 FOSTER / SMITHFIELD JUNE 6-12, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER Fire Marshal seeks help identifying arson suspect FOSTER – State Fire Marshal Michael Sweeney is seeking any information that will lead to an arrest related to a fire purposely set at the Snake Hill Winemakers Association at 180 Hartford Pike. Last Wednesday, May 29, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Sweeney said the fire caused moderate dam- age. The building was not occupied at the time, and there were no inju- ries. Sweeney said the crime is a capital offense, which has up to a life sen- tence. He said the fire is being inves- tigated as a first-degree arson. "It's a capital offense. It's equiva- lent to murder," Sweeney said. Video footage taken from the building shows an unidentified per- son leaving the property wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a Star Wars Rebel Alliance logo on the back, with a baseball cap, jeans, and dark-colored sneakers. Investigators said the footage of the social club is clear considering the crime took place during daylight. Arson Watch Reward Program is providing a reward of up to $5,000 for any information leading up to the arrest and prosecution of an individual involved in the crime. The building, being rented at the time, is appraised at $407,400, according to the 2017 tax assess- ment. Sweeney said his office investigates approximately 250 arson fires each year. Call the confidential tip line at 401-383-7723. A fire was purposely set at the SNAKE HILL WINEMAKERS ASSOCIATION at 180 Hartford Pike last Wednesday at approximately 6:30 p.m. The fire caused moderate damage. Above is video foot- age showing an unidentified person leaving the property. Greenville Library offers Bone Builders Dish & Dine Club meets Monday Library offers Excel Basics Monday SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, will offer Bone Builders classes on Mondays, June 10, 17, and 24, at 6 p.m. Bone Builders is an exercise pro- gram with moderate free-weight training, to improve strength, bal- ance, and energy levels while increas- ing bone density. No registration is required. Attendees are asked to bring water and wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. For more information, call the library at 401-949-3630. SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library's Dish & Dine Cookbook Club will meet Monday, June 10, at 2 p.m., at the library, 573 Putnam Pike. Bring a dish from "Everyday Dorie: The way I cook," by Dorie Greenspan, and join the group for lunch. Copies of the book are avail- able at the library. Call Cassie at 401-949-3630, ext. 117, for more information and to reg- ister. SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will offer Excel Basics and Spreadsheets on Monday, June 10, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Learn the basics of using Microsoft Excel. This workshop cov- ers the Excel environment, simple formulas, and charts, and is designed for those who have never used Excel. The class will mainly concentrate on practical activities such as setting up a budget. Prerequisite knowledge of using computers with a mouse will be helpful. Registration is required. Call the library at 401-231-5150. SMITHFIELD NEWS Place your classified ad online at classifieds.valleybreeze.com DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Development AGENCY: USDA, Rural Development, Rural Business Service ACTION: Hartford Pike Solar, LLC, Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the USDA Rural Development, Rural Business Service (RBS), as required by the National Environmental Policy Act, is issuing an environmental assessment (EA) in connection with possible impacts related to a project proposed by Hartford Pike Solar, LLC (Hartford Pike) of 135 East 57th Street, Floor 6, New York, New York, 10022. The proposal is for construction of a 6.02 MWdc/4.68MWac solar array with associated electrical improvements, a gravel access road, a 9-foot high security fence, and stormwater management areas located on a 48 acre parcel at 10 Hartford Pike, AP 18, Lot 30, in Foster, RI. Hartford Pike has submitted an application to RBS for funding of the proposal. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Lerch, Program Director, 451 West Street, Suite 2, Amherst, MA, 413-253-4316, jennifer.lerch@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Hartford Pike proposes to construct the array in two (2) phases. Phase 1 will occupy approximately 3.87 acres on the western portion of the site consisting of 7,920 330-Watt solar panel modules (2.614 MW). Phase 2 will occupy approximately 4.92 acres on the eastern portion of the site consisting of 10,252 340 Watt panels (3,486 MW). Both phases combined will cause tree clearing of 22 of the 48 acre vacant and wooded parcel. The proposed site will consist of a ground screw racking system with each screw penetrating approximately 73 inches into the ground. In addition, trenches will be dug between each inverter. The trench depth will be 24" minimum below grade for low voltage inverter lines, and 30" minimum below grade for medium voltage lines from the transformers to utility poles. A total of seven utility poles, each 40' high and buried to a depth of 6 feet, will be installed on the site. Since the solar installation is designed to sell electricity to a utility provider and the total output will exceed the 25 KW zoning ordinance, the project is considered a Major Solar Installation. ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT: Pyramid Environmental & Engineering, P.C., an environmental consultant, prepared an environmental assessment for RBS that describes the project, assesses the proposed project's environmental impacts, and summarizes as applicable any mitigation measures used to minimize environmental effects. RBS has conducted an independent evaluation of the EA and believes that it accurately assesses the impacts of the proposed project. No significant impacts are expected as a result of the construction of the project. The EA can be reviewed at Rural Development's State Office in Amherst, MA. An electronic copy can be requested at no cost. A paper copy may be requested for a non-refundable fee plus shipping. Questions and comments should be sent to RBS at the contact and address provided. RBS will accept questions and comments on the environmental assessment for 15 calendar days from the date of first publication of this notice. Any final action by RBS related to the proposed project will be subject to, and contingent upon, compliance with all relevant Federal environmental laws and regulations and completion of environmental review procedures as prescribed by 7 CFR Part 1970, Environmental Policies and Procedures. A general location map of the proposal is shown below: 2044 Smith St., North Providence, RI (401) 231-2370 fax (401) 232-9220 www.ourplacetux.com Congratulations! You're Engaged! Come see the largest selection of tuxedos and accessories in RI for all your formal wear needs! Ask about our Wedding Specials Ask about our Wedding Specials Ask about our Wedding Specials

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