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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-11-2019

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4 NORTH COUNTY JULY 11-17, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield Town Council will schedule a public hearing on Sept. 17 to make amend- ments to the town's marijuana zoning ordinance following the settlement of a 2017 Rhode Island Superior Court decision against the "restrictive" ordinance. The decision to settle was made on July 2 after a two-year legal battle with the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, where Jane Doe I and II, both Smithfield residents, argued that the ordinance tramples on protection and rights afforded under the state's medical marijuana law and imposed burdens on patients' access to treat- ment. The town agreed to pay $30,000 in attorney fees to the plaintiffs and will change the ordinance to conform to state law, according to Town Solicitor Anthony Gallone. He said the town will pay $20,000 in fees, while the Rhode Island Interlocal Trust, which insures the town, will pay $10,000. He said Town Manager Randy Rossi worked hard with the group to negotiate a lesser payment, down from $60,000 for the town. "You can regulate medical mari- juana, but you need to regulate in a way consistent with state law," Gallone said. He said the town will now correct the offending ordinance, beginning with the Sept. 17 public hearing where portions of the ordinance will be changed to comply with state law. "The bottom line from the town's perspective is to move forward and draft an ordinance that is consistent with state law," Gallone said. He said another hearing with the Planning Board, which approved the repeal of the ordinance during the June 20 meeting, is planned in late August to approve a new ordi- nance. Gallone said he will work with the council to write a new ordinance, then hold a public hearing with public comment before the council will take a vote. According to the ACLU, the violating ordinance "imposed a number of onerous constraints on the possession and growth of medi- cal marijuana, despite, and directly contrary to, stringent regulations already in place under Rhode Island's medical marijuana law." The Town Council passed the ordinance in April 2017, and it quickly became labeled by oppo- nents as the strictest local marijuana law in the state. Smithfield's discarded medical marijuana ordinance restricted the number of plants to two mature plants and two seedlings, only at the patient's primary residence, contrary to state law allowing for 12 mature plants and giving guidelines on where it can be grown. The ACLU further argued the ordinance "completely barred caregivers from growing medical marijuana elsewhere in town, and violates confidentiality rights when asking for patients to disclose their identity. Superior Court Judge Richard Licht previously issued an injunc- tion against the town enforcing its medical marijuana ordinance in September 2017. He wrote in his decision that the ordinance caused irreparable harm to medical mari- juana cardholders. Representing the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, attorney C. Alexander Chiulli said he was pleased with the decision to respect the rights of medical marijuana patients. "This settlement reflects the right outcome for a clearly unlawful and unsubstantiated ordinance that should never have been enacted," Chiulli said. Smithfield to pay $30K to settle pot lawsuit, will create new ordinance By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com Grand Marshal Palmieri dies following Ancients & Horribles Parade GLOCESTER – Ralph Palmieri, who served as the grand marshal at this year's Ancients and Horribles Parade, died on July 4 follow- ing the parade in Chepachet. Palmieri, 94, fell ill after riding in a red convertible during the parade and was taken to the hospi- tal where he later died. Palmieri served in the U. S. Army in World War II and the Korean War where he earned a Bronze Star in 1951 for his heroic action protecting his unit in Korea, stated a pre-parade story in The Valley Breeze & Observer. He began the Rhode Island Korean War Association and con- tinued to advocate for veteran affairs throughout his life. He was selected to serve as grand marshal for this year's for his lifetime of giving to the committee and for his service in the Korean War and World War II. Known as the "Mayor of Overlook," Palmieri brought an annual car show to the Overlook Nursing Home in Burrillville, and was known for his active and social lifestyle, stated The Breeze story. Born in Greenville, he and his late wife, Alberta, raised two daughters in Pascoag and had previously lived in Chepachet and Greenville. He is survived by his daughters Rose Shaw of Pascoag and Alberta Hips of South Carolina, as well as four grandchildren and four great- grandchildren. His funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 11, at the Anderson-Winfield Funeral Home, 2 Church St., Greenville. Visitation will be Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the funer- al home. Burial with military honors will follow the service at the Rhode Island Veteran's Cemetery, 301 South County Trail in Exeter. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a charity for veterans. PALMIERI WellOne welcomes new providers SCITUATE – WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care has announced the addition of Sheila Murphy and Alice Mui to its team of medical providers. WellOne is a federally quali- fied community health center that provides primary medical, dental and behavioral health ser- vices in Scituate, Burrillville, North Kingstown and Foster. Murphy, of Greenville, is a board-certified phy- sician assistant. She received a master of science in physi- cian assistant stud- ies and a bachelor of science degree in athletic training from Northeastern University. Murphy is accepting patients in WellOne's North Kingstown office. Mui is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She holds an advanced degree in nursing with a pediatric specialty and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Regis College. She also holds a bachelor of science degree in microbiology and psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Mui is seeing patients in WellOne's Burrillville office. MURPHY MUI Generations hosts bocce on Wednesdays SCITUATE – Generations at Chopmist Hill Inn, 1315 Chopmist Hill Road, will offer bocce games on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. For more information or to regis- ter, call 401-647-2662. IN BRIEF TOWN OF GLOCESTER ZONNG BOARD OF REVIEW PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hearby given that (a) Pubic Hearing(s) will be held by the Zoning Board of Review on Thursday, July 25, 2019 in the Glocester Town Hall, 1145 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI, at 7:30 p.m. when all persons interested will be heard for or against the granting of the following application(s): Heather Kennedy and Nicole Dempsey, applicants and Meredith Kennedy, own- er, property located at 219 Saunders Brook Road, further described as Recorded Plat Lakeside Terrance (LT), Lot 19 in an A-3 zone. Applicants seek a Special-Use Permit in accordance with the Zoning Code, Article II, §350-11, Attachment 1 "Table of Use Reg- ulations", Section 4, Sub-section 3 - Day Nursery, nursery school, kindergarten or other agency giving day care to children. Applicants are seeking approval to operate in the home a before and after school daycare as well as during school breaks, in an A-3 zone. Greg Meinertz Chairman of the Zoning Board The Glocester Town Hall is accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals requiring interpreter services for the hearing impaired must notify the Town Clerk at (401) 568- 6206, not less than 48 hours in advance of the meeting date. Hearing devises are available without notice. TDD (401) 568-1422. Town of Smithfield Zoning Board of Review PUBLIC HEARINGS e Smithfield Zoning Board of Review will hold public hearings on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 7:00 PM, at the Smithfield Town Hall, 64 Farnum Pike, Smith- field, Rhode Island. All persons entitled to be heard will be heard for or against the granting of the following applications: Clyde Development Co., LLC as owner of property located at 945 Douglas Pike, listed as Plat 46, Lot 75 seeks an extension for a previous granted resolution. New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC (AT&T) as applicant and CCRB Associates, LLC as owner of property located at 37 Sanderson Road, listed as Plat 43, Lot 8 seek variances to construct a communications tower. DFJ Group, LLC as applicant and ARR Retail Development LLC as owners of property located at 665 Douglas Pike, listed as Plat 45, Lot 181 seek a special use permit to construct a restaurant with a drive thru. Convergent Building and Development, LLC as applicant and Havahi Real Es - tate LLC as owner of property located at 37 urber Blvd., listed as Plat 45, Lot 87/E/003 seek a special use permit and variances to construct a building to be used as a dog daycare and boarding facility. e public is welcome to any meeting of the Smithfield Zoning Board of Review. Complete applications are available for review in the Building and Zoning Department (401) 233-1039. If communication assistance (readers/interpreters/ captions) is needed or any other accommodation to ensure equal participation, please contact the Smithfield Town Manager's Office at 401-233-1010 at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the meeting. BY ORDER OF THE ZONING BOARD S. James Busam, Chairman

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