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The Valley Breeze & Observer 08-08-2019

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 MICHAEL BRUNI, 7, of Scituate, high-fives a Storm Trooper at Jedi and Sith training with the 501st Legion, held at the North Scituate Public Library last Saturday. Children received a visit from Darth Vader, two Storm Troopers and an Imperial Officer, as they took part in different Star Wars-themed projects. See more photos on page 14. SMITHFIELD – At 81 years old, Albert Aubin said he's never seen a public beach as empty as Slacks Pond in Smithfield, and he said the 1,000 piles of feces is the reason why. After reading in The Valley Breeze & Observer about the closing of Georgiaville Pond due to blue-green algae, Aubin, who lives in Glocester, decided to return to his childhood beach and take a walk around the pond. What he found left him saddened and disgusted. "Seventy percent of the beach is dung to dung," Aubin said. "I've never seen a beach so filthy in my life. Filthy. Kids play there," he said. When he was young, Aubin said he lived with his family in a cabin across from the small peninsula that is Slacks Pond Beach, also known as Greenlake Beach. He said summers in the 1950s and '60s saw the beach completely full of people enjoying the water. Last Friday, Aug. 2, one family played in the water at Slacks Beach, while lifeguards stood on duty. One Slacks Pond beach empty as droppings pile up By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See SLACKS, Page 18 BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY SCITUATE – At least two com- plaints have been filed with the Office of the Attorney General fol- lowing the last-minute emergency Town Council meeting of July 19 where the council intended to put the police chief on administrative leave. Both complaints, dated Monday, Aug. 5, state that the Town Council violated the Access to Public Records Act by providing docu- ments that were heavily redacted and missing pertinent information. Town Councilor Abbie Groves Complaints sent to AG's office after requests bring back blacked-out documents By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See COMPLAINTS, Page 11 Overdue and underfunded State's new automatic renewal system a win for some libraries, but others forced to pay up It's a familiar situation for most library patrons: You walk up to the counter with a book or DVD in hand only to find out you owe money on past overdue materials. The amount is usually small, typically only a few dollars. Thanks to a new automatic renewal system that went into effect last December, that situation is becom- ing less and less frequent at libraries across the state. Overdue books and other materials eligible for renewal now automatically renew as they approach their due date, bringing relief to patrons whose forgetfulness previously resulted in fines. The new system has streamlined the renewal process and led to better customer service, but it's also caused a steep drop in revenue collections for libraries that previously charged fines for all overdue materials. For most libraries, it's a small price to pay for the convenience, but some, most of them located within the state's urban core, are raising concerns as the new policy slashes funds they once depended on to buy new books and other materials. Susan Reed is the director of the Pawtucket Public Library, where the amount collected in fines has been cut nearly in half from about $45,000 By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See LIBRARIES, Page 8 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE AUGUST 8-14, 2019 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Family Dentistry Accepting New Patients 7 Smith Avenue, Greenville www.drscottri.com Accepting New Patients Dr. Scott B. Klimaj 949-3200 Back to School Smiles (401) 949-0180 www.andersonwinfield.net In the Heart of Greenville

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