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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-11-2019

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JULY 11-17, 2019 NORTH COUNTY 23 should say I don't admire sarcastic cops very much." McVey, who was a member of the first class to graduate from the police academy, was lauded for his skills as an administrator, being charged with much of the plan- ning for the original police station on Pleasant View Avenue. He was promoted directly from sergeant to deputy chief. In 1977 he retired and moved to Florida, but eventually returned to Greenville to care for his aging mother. Despite travels in all 48 of the contiguous states, Jim, a lifelong bachelor, is happy here where he grew up. "All in all, I can't complain," he quips, adding, "Well maybe some- times I do, but I shouldn't." (Contact me at smithpublarry@ gmail.com) Bottom Lines With a song in their hearts: During the dark days of the Civil War it was said wandering bands of singers would sometimes gather beneath President Abraham Lincoln's White House windows and serenade him to soothe him from the relentless stress of his days. Not that long ago you heard of flash mobs popping up to sing in shopping malls or train stations to entertain the crowds. Would you mind it if it happened around here? SASSO From Page 5 LINCOLN – The town of Smithfield is inching closer to a potential agreement to merge animal shelters with Lincoln. Smithfield Town Manager Randy Rossi will be meeting with Lincoln Town Administrator Joe Almond this week to discuss the proposal and review potential plans. The decision to merge would need to be brought back to the Smithfield Town Council for approval. Though Rossi said neither he nor the council have decided on anything yet, he's "very receptive" to the idea of merging animal control facilities with Lincoln. "I think it would be a good collabo- ration between the communities," he said. "In the long run, it's going to save Smithfield a large amount of money." Rossi said the Smithfield Animal Control building at 3 Spragueville Road is in need of capital upgrades, and that the merger would cut back on overtime hours paid to animal control officers caring for the ani- mals. "There is potential long-term sav- ings on top of capital," Rossi said. Lincoln's shelter, located at 25 Wellington Road, was recently renamed the Blackstone Valley Municipal Animal Shelter. After the shelter underwent $300,000 in renovations last year, the town of Cumberland agreed to merge animal control services with Lincoln for a one-year trial term. That term comes to an end next month, at which point Cumberland officials will decide whether or not to continue with the arrangement. Under the current lease agreement, Cumberland pays $1,000 a month to share animal control services with Lincoln. Cumberland was not charged until January, as Lincoln used their former shelter off Martin Street for four months last spring dur- ing renovations. Cumberland Mayor Jeff Mutter said, "At this point, we're thinking of signing on for another year," though officials have not formally shared their intentions with Lincoln. The town's Martin Street facility "needs a little bit of work," Mutter said, so returning animal control ser- vices to Cumberland without address- ing the needs of that building is not an option. Mutter said it's in the town's best interest to fix that build- ing sooner rather than later, so that the town or another entity can use it. "I don't want to see that building fall into such disrepair that we can't do anything with it," he said. Mutter said he would be open to re-establishing Cumberland's shelter, but that remaining in Lincoln is the town's "best option at this point." "I wouldn't be opposed to us returning to that space if that made sense and was in the best interest of the people," Mutter said. "I'm not so sure that it's a monumental task to get that facility up and running, but we're in the process of finding out." In the meantime, Mutter said he expects to begin discussions with Almond soon to hammer out a plan for next year. Smithfield considers joining Lincoln animal shelter By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com The Town of Smithfield is considering a partnership with LINCOLN ANIMAL CONTROL, located off Wellington Road. Lincoln is nearing the end of a one-year contract to merge animal control services with Cumberland. Hope Library hosts Intergalactic STEAM Space Station SCITUATE – Hope Library, 374 North Road, will host Intergalactic STEAM Space Station, presented by MobileQuest Adventures, on Thursday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m. The program is designed for children entering kindergarten to grade 5. For more information or to regis- ter, call the library at 401-821-7910. Greenville Library offers young adult programs SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, will offer the following programs for young adults. • Everything you wanted to know about the moon but were afraid to ask. Join Sandi Brenner from Bryant University on Tuesday, July 16, from 4 to 5 p.m., to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11. Snacks will be served. Come with questions. This program is for anyone in grades 5-12. Register at www.yourlibrary. ws . • Battlebots Challenge - Modify Dash Robots with objects with a team from Mobile Quest on Thursday, July 18, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. This program is for anyone in grades 6-12. Register at www.yourlibrary.ws . • July Gaming in the Baker Room continues on Wednesday, July 17, between 1 and 4 p.m., to play online games or board games with friends. Sign up is online and is for anyone in grades 6-12. For more information, call the library at 401-949-3630. From Earth to Moon at East Smithfield Library SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host the R.I. Museum of Natural History and Planetarium: From Earth to Moon on Thursday, July 11, at 1 p.m. This family program is recom- mended for children ages 5 to 12. Renee Gamba, director of the museum, will lead this program, teach about NASA's past lunar mis- sions, and discuss what future plans it might have for the moon. This program will include engaging in hands-on activities. For more information, call the library at 401-231-5150. Library hosts Rainbow Beard Show SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host Ricky Katowicz: The Rainbow Beard Show on Friday, July 12, at 2 p.m. Ricky Rainbow Beard is the creator and host of a live theater production for children and their families called "The Rainbow Beard Show." It is equal parts spectacle and classroom. Audience participation is encour- aged and each show features special guests, recurring characters, minute- long dance parties, and a celebration of authentic feelings. This program is for ages 3-10. Call the library at 401-231-5150. Introduction to Children's Theatre Monday SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host Gladys Cole: G. Cole Productions - Introduction to Children's Theatre on Monday, July 15, at 6 p.m. This program is for children ages 5-10 with little to no acting experi- ence. Children will play theater games, improvisation techniques, vocal exercises, voice articulation, projection techniques, and move- ment exercises. Call the library at 401-231-5150. In your time of need, The Valley Breeze & Observer will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. The paper also places the obituary on our web site, valleybreeze.com, as soon as it is provided to us by your family's funeral director. Notification to friends and neighbors is also made weekdays on WOON-AM radio announcements. Should you desire our services, kindly inform your funeral director. The full charge is $90, or $125 for lengthy obituaries, in the edition of your choice. You may place the obituary in any of our other editions for $50 each. Thank you. OBITUARIES do you know? You're holding 1 newspaper, but we fill 5 every week! They're all at valleybreeze.com

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