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The Valley Breeze & Observer 09-05-2019

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SEPTEMBER 5-11, 2019 SMITHFIELD 3 Greene named vice chancellor of Johnson & Wales University PROVIDENCE – Johnson & Wales University has announced the appointment of Joseph J. Greene, of Greenville, as vice chancellor of finance and admin- istration. In his new role, Greene advises Chancellor Mim L. Runey on the daily operations of the university. He also retains his title of chief financial officer and treasurer for the university and continues to oversee these areas. He began his service to the insti- tution as a part-time employee while pursuing his bachelor's degree. After graduation, he pur- sued and earned his CPA, and returned to JWU in 1993 as an accounting manager. GREENE Library hosts Coffee, Cake and Conversation SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library will host Coffee, Cake and Conversation Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., beginning Sept. 10. This group will be a casual dis- cussion of the books members are currently reading and past favor- ites, interspersed with conversation, coffee and cake. For more information, call the library at 401-231-5150. Grant for SHS media center announced to council SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield School Department has won a com- petitive $25,000 grant for architectur- al design services for the Smithfield High School library media center, said Assistant Supt. Sara Monaco during Tuesday's Town Council meet- ing. Monaco said the district selected the media center because it will impact the largest number of stu- dents. "It would be best to create a col- laborative, updated space that will be great for the entire school," Monaco said. Applicants were judged on three criteria: the boldness of the proposal, the level of how student-centered it was, and how broad-based the team was that developed it. The media center design plans will be entered to win $500,000 to be given to one of five Rhode Island schools. Design plans are due by Jan. 31, 2020. "I know some constituents who will be very happy to hear about this," Town Councilor Sean Kilduff said. Monaco said even if the district does not win the big grant, it will still have the design plans for the media center and save the town money. "Either way, whether we receive it or not, at least it will propel us for- ward. We would have the design in hand," she said. The idea will be to realize the plans with the grant money or not, and the district will formulate a plan to complete the project, said Monaco. Smithfield High School was one of 20 Rhode Island high schools awarded a $25,000 grant for school redesigns given by XQ+RI. A total of 32 planning teams applied for the redesign grants. Seventeen high schools were select- ed along with three concepts for new schools. XQ+RI is a collaboration between the Rhode Island Department of Education and the XQ institute, an organization dedicated to redesigning American high schools. The council authorized the School Department to issue a request for proposals for architectural services for the media center using XQ+RI grant funding. The architect will work to design the new innovation center that is required to meet the grant's goals and objectives. Fees reduced Businesses and organizations hop- ing to host a multi-day event in town will no longer need to pay fees of $50 per day after the Town Council on Tuesday approved lowering the rate to $5 per day. According to Town Manager Randy Rossi, the "exorbitant" $50 licensing fee was cost-prohibitive for anyone looking to host an event. John Emin, of Seven Cedars Farm, said he worked with Rossi to lower the fees after his farm paid $850 in fees to the town to run a haunted hayride for several weeks last year. He said the idea of a licensing fee was not a problem, but a per diem fee did not make sense to him. Emin said the town should not try to track the days an event will be hosted by collecting fees, and instead look at the license to see how many days an event will run. "It's not a matter of money but a matter of principle at this point. I'm objecting to that if I may," Emin said. Rossi said collecting the small fee will not prevent anyone from hosting a multi-day event. By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer In separate matter, board slashes town licensing fee Knitting and Crochet group meets Sept. 12 SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host its Thursday Knitting and Crochet Group on Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month in the library. This group is a drop-in, casu- al get together to work on projects, help each other, and share inspira- tion and love of needlework. All lev- els are welcome. For more information, call the library at 401-231-5150. Northern Rhode Island Animal Hospital Since 1983 We're close, just 15 minutes from Providence off Rt. 146. 152 School St., North Smithfield Open 6 days: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Our philosophy: (401) 762-2400 • We're attentive, grateful, well-behaved (mostly), and always happy to see you. Visit our full-service animal hospital with a team approach to quality veterinary care. Paid for by Friends of Jessica de la Cruz Committee.

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