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The Valley Breeze & Observer 08-22-2019

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 SMITHFIELD – Michael Colucci is among the many Smithfield resi- dents who go to the Smithfield High School track to exercise. As he makes his loops around, he said he'd noticed a disappointing trend of cracks, chips and disrepair in the track and sur- rounding equipment. "Our kids are being short-changed," Colucci says. Colucci wrote The Valley Breeze & Observer in August 2017 about the "eyesore and horrendous conditions at the Smithfield High School Athletic Complex." At the time, he said the track was already cracking following approximately $90,000 in repairs the previous June. Former School Committee Chairman Sean Clough said the dis- trict identified areas where the track needed repairs, and would work to fix it that month. The track was under warranty with East Coast Sealcoating Inc. two years ago. "Fast forward to August 2019. It appeared the track conditions were never addressed and the conditions are worse than what they were in 2017," Colucci said. "This is totally unacceptable and someone should be held accountable." Capital improvement funding of $500,000 for the school district was Cracking worsens at SHS track, where repairs long overdue By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See SHS TRACK, Page 15 BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON Anna McCabe Elementary School teacher ROBIN MYERS, points out Rhode Island on a globe to CHASE and ELSA CORBEILLE, while setting up her class- room on Tuesday morning. SCITUATE – Under the leadership of four new members, the Scituate Business Association is revamping its goals and intends to drive more busi- ness into Scituate. Roxanne Jasparro, owner of Bewitched of Scituate, and Maggie Round of Round's Collision Center, Anne Celletti of Sweets Salvage and Christine Hall of Charming Treasures were members of the SBA but were elected to the board at the beginning of the year. Round said the new members are trying to bring new life and grow membership to the SBA. She said membership has doubled since the women took over, up to a total of 44 members. The message to customers has been simple. "Shop local, shop small. Shop close to home where your money is going to do good for where you live," Round said. In an interview at Bewitched of Scituate, 180 Danielson Pike, Jasparro and Round said they joined the SBA to give back to the commu- nity and support other small business owners. "We want Scituate to be more vis- ible to the rest of the state as a shop- ping destination," Round said. Jasparro said the difference between the SBA before and now is that the group is actively trying to reach out to other communities Open for business: SBA plans resurgence in Scituate By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See SBA, Page 11 SMITHFIELD – Anti- defamation training will be imple- mented this year in Smithfield schools in an effort to combat a rise in racial slurs and bigotry voiced against students, according to Supt. Judy Paolucci. Paolucci said she is happy to put into practice training from the Anti-Defamation League to confront what she says is an increase in slurs and religious dis- crimination in the schools. She said the training will be in the middle and Rise in racial slurs in Smithfield schools prompts new training By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See RACIAL SLURS, Page 7 PAOLUCCI Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE AUGUST 22-28, 2019 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Back To School 949-0180 Watch for Children

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