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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-13-2019

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8 SCITUATE JUNE 13-19, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION SCITUATE – Four former Scituate Housing Authority Board of Commissioners members will have their day in court after filing a suit claiming they were wrong- fully removed from the board fol- lowing allegations of mismanaging Rockland Oaks senior housing. Attorney Michael Marcello repre- sents the aggrieved parties, includ- ing former SHA Chairman Richard Finnegan, commissioners Tammy Pelletier, Neal Drobnis, and resident commissioner Sasha Hummel. During a May 16 public hearing, the council unanimously agreed to remove the members for being non- compliant with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and Compliance Review, which Marcello said was an unlawful move. In a June 3 filing with the Rhode Island Supreme Court, Marcello alleges that the council illegally removed the commissioners dur- ing the May 16 meeting and that no vacancies existed when new commis- sioners were appointed to the SHA. On May 23, the council appointed Richard Stapleton, Joyce Healy- Sirois and Terrell Parker to the SHA, and appointed Norman Monroe as resident commissioner. Marcello's lawsuit is against the newly appointed commissioners. The previous Town Council appointed Finnegan, Pelletier and Drobnis to the SHA following the resignation of all SHA commission- ers in January 2017. The exodus created a "vacuum of knowledge or leadership" in the 24-unit housing complex for elderly and low-income residents at 104 Rockland Road, Marcello said. He said the council's act was ille- gal and violated the commissioners' rights because it failed to provide them with written charges for inef- ficiency, neglect of duty, or miscon- duct or willfully violating any state law. They were not given the chance to be heard through direct evidence or cross-examination of any witness after written charges were made, Marcello said The removed commissioners contacted Marcello after receiving a summons to their home address to appear before the council for a public hearing on the USDA's alle- gations on April 11, and again on May 16. Both times, Marcello responded to the council that it needed to pro- vide written copies of the charges at least 10 days before the hearing. According to Marcello, that require- ment was not met. "The petitioners assert their removal was unlawful, procedur- ally defective, lacked sufficient notice, and not based on substantial grounds," Marcello wrote in the lawsuit. The attorney also alleges that the appointment of former resident com- missioner Hummel to the SHA was legal, and therefore his removal cit- ing lack of tenant vote as the reason for removal was incorrect. He argues that there was no ten- ant vote for a resident commissioner since before Finnegan, Drobnis and Pelletier were appointed to the SHA in 2017-2018, and the group selected Hummel from two applicants for the position on Dec. 20, 2018. "It is important to note that at the time of the resignations of the previ- ous board, the former SHA commis- sion failed to even have a resident commissioner in direct violation of the statute," Marcello wrote to the town in an April 2 letter. Marcello said the former commis- sioners are seeking to be reinstated onto the SHA, and to be awarded legal fees and other relief the court sees fit. Town Councilor James Brady said he'll wait to see how the litigation unfolds. "I think we'll wait and see how it plays out. We'll present the fact of our case and we can let a judge decide," Brady said. Brady said going through the sys- tem is a long, drawn-out process and he does not believe it is going to be decided anytime soon. He said he does not believe the town solicitor can be used to repre- sent the new SHA commissioners in the case, and said the defendants will most likely need to get their own legal representation. Former Housing Authority commissioners file suit By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer According to Marcello, that require- ment was not met. removal was unlawful, procedur- ally defective, lacked sufficient notice, and not based on substantial grounds," Marcello wrote in the got a news tip? Call Laura at 401-334-9555, ext. 145 or e-mail it to 'Make a Difference Award' nominations sought by June 21 SCITUATE – During Scituate Olde Home Day – a family event celebrat- ed on July 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds of the Congregational Church on West Greenville Road – a citizen will receive the "Make a Difference Award." The committee is seeking nomina- tions for the 2019 award, which is given to an honoree who has shown exemplary support of children in Scituate. To make a nomination, provide the following information: your name, email, and phone number, the nomi- nee's name, email, and phone num- ber, and the reasons for your nomi- nation including how your nominee has supported children in Scituate, in what capacity, and for how long. Send nominations to rlaprade1@ by Friday, June 21. Woonsocket Class of '64 hosts reunion Sept. 6 WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket High School Class of 1964 will host a 55-year class reunion on Friday, Sept. 6, at Kirkbrae Country Club, 197 Old River Road. Social hour will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. A dinner buffet will begin at 6 p.m. Cost is $45 per person. Responses are due by Thursday, Aug. 15. Call Ron Campano at 508- 883-6764 for more information. Mail checks to: Ron Campano, 31 Fox Run Road, Bellingham, MA 02019. TOWN OF SMITHFIELD INTOXICATING BEVERAGE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, by the Smithfield Town Council of Smithfield serving as the Smithfield Licensing Board, that an application for a License to sell intoxicating beverages under the provisions of Title 3, of the General Laws of R.I., 1956, and any amendments thereto has been made to said Council as follows: CLASS B-VICTUALLER BEVERAGE LICENSE (To include outdoor seating and bar service) Armenucci, LLC d/b/a "Blackie's Bulldog Tavern", 280 George Washing- ton Highway in the Town of Smithfield, The above named application will be in order for a hearing at a meeting of the Town Council on June 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber, Smithfield Town Hall, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, at which time and place all remonstrants may make their objections. The public is welcome to any meeting of the Smithfield Town Council. If communication assistance (readers/interpreters/captions) or any other ac- commodation to ensure equal participation is needed, please contact the Smithfield Town Manager's office at 401-233-1010 at least forty-eight hours prior to the meeting. By order of the Town Council: Carol A. Aquilante, MMC, Town Clerk TOWN OF SMITHFIELD NOTICE OF ADOPTED ORDINANCES Notice is hereby given that the Smithfield Town Council, pursuant to the provisions of Article II, Sections C-2.13(b) and (d) of the Home Rule Charter of the Town of Smithfield, has adopted the following Ordinance Amendment: #2019-2 Chapter 325-14 Conveyance to William R. Hickey-Ordinance Adopted 5/7/2019 Ordinances become effective thirty (30) days after adoption. To view the full text, please visit, or visit the Smithfield Town Hall, Town Clerk's Office, 64 Farnum Pike, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F. By order of the Town Council: Carol A. Aquilante, MMC, Town Clerk TOWN OF FOSTER COLLECTOR'S SALE OF ESTATES FOR TAXES AND/OR ASSESSMENTS DUE AND UNPAID The undersigned, Tax Collector, of the Town of Foster, hereby gives notice that she will sell at public auction to the highest bidder in the Town House located at 180 Howard Hill Road, Foster, Rhode Island on the 27th of June, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. Local Time, the following described parcels of real estate (for the levy upon which notice is hereby given) or so much thereof as may be necessary to pay the real estate taxes and/or assessments which constitute a lien thereon as set forth in the original advertisement of the 6th day of June, 2019 in the Valley Breeze/Observer Newspaper to which reference is hereby made. Be advised that if your property in which you have a substantial interest is sold at tax sale, then you have one year to redeem it through the Collector's Office or through the tax sale purchaser by tendering the real estate taxes, sewer and/or assessments paid, plus a ten percent penalty on the tax sale amount, plus one percent interest on the tax sale amount per month from the seventh month onward. After the passage of one year, you may exercise your right to redeem through the tax sale purchaser or his attorney, or, if a petition to foreclose your right of redemption has been filed in Superior Court, you may redeem through the Court until a final decree is entered forever foreclosing your right of redemption. Property, upon which taxes have been paid since the advertisement first appeared, will not, of course, be included in the sale. TERMS: CASH OR BANK CHECK ONLY Nancy Delaere, Tax Collector, Town of Foster (401) 392-9206 SMITHFIELD SCHOOL DEPARTMENT Textbook Loan Program For Online Book Request Form Please go to Non-public school pupils who are residents of Smithfield may request to borrow books from the Smithfield Textbook Loan program by completing a textbook loan request form on our website at Students may borrow textbooks in Math, Foreign Language, Science, English and Social Studies for students K-12. Previous school year books must be returned BEFORE any new books will be issued. The textbooks must be on the State Approved List. Those requesting textbooks must provide the correct TITLE, AUTHOR, PUBLISHER, COPYRIGHT DATE and ISBN # for each book. Books that are on the state approved list will be supplied through the school department. Smithfield DOES NOT reimburse for books purchased through other sources. PLEASE NOTE: LATE TEXTBOOK REQUESTS WILL NOT BE HONORED

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