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The Valley Breeze & Observer 08-15-2019

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 BILL LAPOLLA, of Barrington, adds his musical talents to the other 16 accordi- onists at the annual Accordion Festival at the Little Rhody Vasa Park in Foster on Aug. 4. See more photos on page 2. Can't go outside without the pesky little flies also known as gnats sur- rounding your head and flying into your eyes? The Valley Breeze spoke with insect specialists to find out why there seems to be such an abundance of gnats in Rhode Island this year. University of Rhode Island ento- mology research associate Andrew Radin described the abundance of gnats this year as a "fluky cyclical thing." "There's nothing weird about it. Sometimes there is an emergence all at once," Radin said. URI professor of insect identifica- tion Steven Alm said there are sev- eral flying insects identified as gnats in southern New England. He said the "approved common name" of gnats includes black flies, midges, fungus flies, deerflies and no- see-ums. Depending on the species, the insect may focus on flying toward the head, while others go down for the ankles. While not all gnats bite, all are nuisances, he said. "We don't know why they go to certain parts of the body," Alm said. He said different types of gnats come out at different times of the year. Hence the seemingly endless supply of the little flies despite having a short life cycle. Abundance of gnats creates summertime headache By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See GNATS, Page 4 SMITHFIELD – The long-over- due paving of Greenville Avenue will be delayed until late fall to accommodate the replacement of new waterlines for the Greenville Water District, according to State Rep. Gregory Costantino. Greenville Avenue, or "Smithfield's worst road," accord- ing to Costantino, was initially slat- ed to be paved in 2025 as part of Paving on Greenville Avenue delayed By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See PAVING, Page 8 Scituate tightens restrictions on Perfect Puppy Other pet sellers won't be allowed SCITUATE – Only one Scituate business, the Perfect Puppy, will be allowed to sell puppies and kittens following a unanimous Town Council vote banning retail sale of pets. During last Thursday's council meeting, the council passed an ordi- nance making the sale of any puppy or kitten illegal within town borders, except for the grandfathered Perfect Puppy at 1264 Chopmist Hill Road. However, the law will serve to regulate the store's operations going forward and prevent its owners from breeding animals. Councilor Charles Collins present- ed the ordinance with support of his son, Charles Collins Jr., to prevent the commercial sale of animals in a high-scale operation. Both opposed the licensing of the puppy retailer in 2014. Collins said the ban should have been put in place five years ago to prevent Perfect Puppy from com- ing into town and to ban the sale of By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See PET SALES, Page 12 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE AUGUST 15-21, 2019 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. • Complete Heating Systems • Remodeling • Repairs • Water Heaters • Complete Sewage Ejector Systems for Basement Baths • Senior Citizen Discounts C. J. Nemes, Inc. Plumbing & Heating 24-Hour Emergency Service 769-4776 Master Plumber, R.I. #1911 Mass. #25011 Member of The Better Business Bureau Drain & Sewer Cleaning

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