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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-25-2019

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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©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON DANIEL GREENWOLF, a Celtic magician, ended his act by eating fire during a performance at the Rhode Island Renaissance Faire, held at Esek Hopkins Park in Scituate last Saturday. People strolled the grounds in medieval costumes and took part in themed activities during the inaugural event. See more photos on page 15. Renaissance Faire heats up SMITHFIELD – A microbrew- ery may be coming to Smithfield in the former Benny's headquarters on Waterman Avenue. During the July 18 Planning Board meeting, Town Planner Michael Phillips discussed various updates to zoning ordinances, including the definition of a microbrewery. "What really prompted it is what's happening with the Benny's mill per- haps," Phillips said. The sale of the Benny's headquar- ters, also known as the Esmond Mills, 340 Waterman Ave. near the North Providence town line, has been pend- ing since January, according to listing agent Thomas Sweeney of Sweeney Real Estate and Appraisal, but the name of the potential developer has not been released. Phillips said the sale is still in negotia- tions, and no decisions have been made on the sale or a possible microbrewery. Phillips said microbreweries are "pret- ty much prohibited everywhere" in Smithfield. He said he and the Planning Board are considering potential changes to relax the rules, but want to conform with state law. He said the town is using North Providence's microbrewery ordinance change as a reference for the potential allowance in Smithfield. He said in Changes could allow brewery at former Benny's headquarters By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See BREWERY, Page 9 FOSTER – New business will not come to town if the "heavy blight" on Route 6 in Foster continues to be ignored, says Planning Board Chairman Ron Cervasio. During a July 17 meeting, Cervasio said he informed the Town Council in the past of the six blighted buildings on Route 6 that need attention, and has not received a proper response. Now, he and the Planning Board are drafting a letter to the council citing the six blighted buildings and the threat to public safety they impose. Cervasio said he could not disclose the blighted locations, saying locals will know which buildings he is talk- ing about. He said anyone driving up Route 6 will be able to see the many blighted structures there. "We need to clean up Route 6," Cervasio said. "You're not going to entice an entity to move next door to a building that's falling down," he added. Cervasio said there is a misunder- standing that Foster does not have enough traffic or demand for retail shops, but he said Route 6 is a busy street. "Our letter should be short. We should be able to push this thing for- ward on and off our agenda. A year is enough," he said, Cervasio said the Planning Board spent a year researching information and drafting the letter to be sent to the council. He said the board sent nine other advisory letters to the council in one year since he took office, and no Planning Board attempts to fight Route 6 blight By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See BLIGHT, Page 9 SCITUATE – Police Chief Donald Delaere remains on tem- porary paid administrative leave due to claimed medical issues, a status that started at 1 p.m. Sunday following a canceled emergency Town Council meeting a day ear- lier. Speaking to The Valley Breeze & Observer by phone on Sunday, Delaere said he will return to his position after a few weeks. He said he expects to return to the police station in the "very near future," after he Residents look for transparency after Scituate police chief put on leave By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer DELAERE See DELAERE, Page 8 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE JULY 25-31, 2019 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Bright Start Academy Preschool Pre-K Celebrating Our 20th Year! 688 Putnam Pike (Rte. 44), Greenville, RI 401-949-5461 Part-time employment opportunity available in September To learn more, (401) 949-0180 Teddy's not broken… it's just the dog days of Summer

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