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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-06-2019

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

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JUNE 6-12, 2019 BUSINESS / SMITHFIELD 5 Mission from new Breeze owner: Stay the course LINCOLN – There will be new ownership at The Valley Breeze, but readers likely won't notice any change. Breeze Publications Inc., founded in 1996 by Publisher Thomas V. Ward, of Cumberland, and Deputy Publisher James E. Quinn, of Lakeville, Mass., has been sold to Whip It Media, of Sterling, Virginia. Both Ward and Quinn will remain with the paper for the foreseeable future, with Ward continuing his weekly opinion column and Quinn remaining as production manager and graphic artist. No other person- nel changes are anticipated. The sale does not include the news- paper's Lincoln office, owned by Ward and Quinn. The change in ownership took place May 23, and was announced to employees and to the commu- nity online at valleybreeze.com last Wednesday, May 29. "I am thrilled to be handing off the baton of leadership to Richard Whippen, CEO, who understands the importance of a strong local news voice. More importantly, he will be expanding The Breeze's efforts in digital news gathering, sharing, and advertising, offering a new level of service to our advertisers and read- ers," said Ward. "Jamie (Quinn) and I want to be sure our legacy of serving the com- munity with a high-quality newspa- per continues," said Ward, "and we expect it will with Richard and his team at Whip It Media." "I'm extremely honored that Tom and Jamie decided that our organiza- tion was the best aligned with The Valley Breeze's focus on community journalism," said Whippen. "The Valley Breeze has played an extremely critical role in the communities it serves for over 20 years. We look forward to continuing to build upon the great print and digital products they've provided their readers and customers." Said Quinn: "We are known for our commu- nity roots and dedication to quality, and I attribute that to the people I work with every day, from reporting to design to customer support. Our employees make us who we are, and I look forward to being able to con- tinue working with them during this next chapter." "I'm delighted that I've been asked to continue on with the new own- ers and help transition The Breeze & Observer to even greater levels of success," said Ward of the award-win- ning paper. "With 58,000-plus papers delivered each week, there is simply no stronger print voice in northern Rhode Island." Whippen said he'll be working with the team over the next several weeks to fill open positions and iden- tify ways to increase The Breeze's print and digital audience. "Our focus will be to continue to deliver quality local news and information that is relevant to the readers," he said. "Over my many years in the newspaper industry I've been fortunate to have learned from and worked with those who have provided stel- lar community journalism and also those who have veered off of that path. My goal with Tom, Jamie and Ethan (Shorey) is to continue to stay the course, which is extremely important to all readers and residents in the communities we serve." Shorey, of Cumberland, who's been with The Breeze since 2006, will continue on as editor of the paper. The Valley Breeze was born in Ward's home on Pound Road, Cumberland in March 1996. Ward and Quinn were joined by Marcia Green, of Cumberland, who served as edi- tor. Barbara Phinney was book- keeper. In its first week, 10,000 free 20-page newspapers were delivered in Cumberland and Lincoln. The Breeze quickly grew in size and popularity. In 1999, a second edi- tion was added to serve Woonsocket, North Smithfield, and a bit later, Blackstone, Mass. In January 2006, Breeze Publications purchased the 50-year- old Observer newspaper in Smithfield, and the North Star of North Providence, from Kimball Burgess, of Greenville. Both soon became free Breeze newspapers. Finally, in 2009, a fifth edition was added in Pawtucket. The Valley Breeze had several homes as it grew during its 23 years, most on Mendon Road in Cumberland. It moved to its current Lincoln location at 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, in 2011, where it will remain. Whip It Media is a multimedia corporation and leader in local jour- nalism, advertising and marketing. With more than 25 years of media experience, company representatives say it's been a leader in listening to industry traits and growth opportu- nities while staying true to its core products. "Unlike many companies that have followed trends, we, like The Valley Breeze, have led with the idea of maintaining our strength in the core of each product," says the company. Also falling under its umbrella are: • The Fairfax Times, the community voice for Fairfax County, reaching 100,000 homes in print and 225,000 E-editions; • The Washington Suburban Press Network, the national advertising network for local newspapers simi- lar to the Rhode Island Newspaper Group; • The Kates-Boylston Company, the business voice for the funeral and cremation industry with more than 100 years of longevity; • And digital agency Media Prowler, the data and digital back- shop for many media companies across the country. SHS hosts Cabaret performance Friday SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield High School Music Department will present a Cabaret performance, of Broadway song and dance in an inti- mate setting, on Friday, June 7, with two shows at 6 and 8 p.m. The performance will be held in the SHS cafeteria, 90 Pleasant View Ave. Tickets are $10 per person, and will be available at the door or by email at kayoung@smithfield-ps.org . 'I am thrilled to be handing off the baton of leadership to Richard Whippen, CEO, who understands the importance of a strong local new voice.' THOMAS V. WARD Publisher, Valley Breeze Rhode Island Library Association awards librarians, professionals, and library supporters SMITHFIELD – The Rhode Island Library Association and its sections, the Rhode Island Coalition of Library Advocates and School Librarians of Rhode Island, presented annual awards at the RILA Annual Conference, held May 22-23, at Bryant University. Local winners included: The RILA 2019 Awards: • Outstanding Library Professional Award: Rebecca Reddy, head of cir- culation at Greenville Public Library The COLA 2019 Awards: • William E. Reeves Friends Award: Friends of the East Smithfield Public Library SMITHFIELD NEWS 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 www.scituateri.org. 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).

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