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The Valley Breeze & Observer 09-05-2019

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 CHARLES LAWRENCE Scituate's 43rd annual soccer kick off took place on Aug. 24 at Tasca Field in Scituate, as approximately 350 players started the season. MATTHEW JOHNSON, 10, of Scituate, charges full speed toward the soccer ball during a game. See more photos on page 2. Scituate soccer kicks off SCITUATE – After nine years in the business of making goat milk soap, 17-year-old Rachyl Travis is taking the next step in her career, heading to business school at the Community College of Rhode Island. At 8 years old, Travis began making Young Scituate soap-maker heads to business school By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See TRAVIS, Page 8 Construction at former Benny's moves forward Smithfield headquarters building nearing a sale SMITHFIELD – The old Benny's location at 473 Putnam Pike is "fully under construction," and its rede- velopment as a mix of new uses is going well, said Kelly Coates of the Carpionato Group. The company purchased 29 of the 31 Benny's buildings throughout Rhode Island after the retail chain's closing. The Greenville location was the last store to close its doors in December 2017. The 146,514-square-foot building is undergoing modifications to the front entrance and the parking lot layout for better circulation and access for fire trucks in case of an emergency. The roof and facade on the building will also be redone, Coates said. "It's totally reimagined and all done right," he told The Valley Breeze & Observer. A new drive-thru was cut through the middle of the build- ing, creating two smaller buildings. A restaurant with a drive-thru and a 4,210-square-foot retail space will occupy the smaller, 6,530-square-foot building on the left. A larger, 18,000-square-foot building will house a 15,000-square-foot retail store in the main Benny's shopping area, with a 3,000-square-foot bank planned to the right of the retail store. By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See BENNY'S, Page 15 SMITHFIELD – Homeowner Chris Rapacioli, of Elizabeth Avenue in Esmond, said he was "absolutely devastated" when he came home last Friday to see the recently resurfaced roads in his neighborhood. Rapacioli moved to Esmond three years ago, and says he takes pride in keeping his home and neighborhood looking good, just as many of his neighbors do. When he saw the paving job done in his neighborhood last week, he immediately noticed crumbling and uneven edges and the brown color of the road. "It looks unfinished," he said. "The more you look, the more you see." In the neighborhood of Esmond, the old storm drains are raised above the sidewalks and streets. In front of his house, Rapacioli noticed a pile of the new tar inside Esmond neighbors upset with alternative new road surface By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See ROAD, Page 15 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE SEPTEMBER 5-11, 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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