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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-03-2019

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©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Anna McCabe Elementary School Principal CATHY PLEAU is duct taped to the wall by her students in a fun event at the school on Tuesday, celebrating a suc- cessful Fun Run fundraiser for the school. Even though they were a few hundred dollars short of their $10,000 goal, the event was considered a success, and Pleau followed through on her promise to allow herself to be taped to the wall. LILY BLANCHET, a kindergarten student, is one of the first to begin the taping. Kneeling is COREEN LINSAO, PTO president. See more photos on page 6. SMITHFIELD – Repaving of a section of Greenville Avenue will be pushed back, this time until early next spring, according to Rep. Gregory Costantino, who made the initial push for the repaving of the roadway to be completed by the end of the summer. Motorists should seek other ways of getting around this roadway that's often used as a cut-through, say offi- cials. Costantino, who represents District 44, Lincoln, Smithfield and Johnston, said this week that the planned instal- lation of water mains on the Route 44 end of Greenville Avenue will require more time and delay the repaving of a section from Route 44 to Hillcrest Avenue. "We made the determination that it won't be done until the springtime," he said. Greenville Avenue is widely seen as being in the worst condition of any of Smithfield's roads. Rhode Island Department of Transportation spokesman Charles St. Martin said paving on the majority of Greenville Avenue, from Hillcrest Avenue to Route 5, is still moving for- Portion of Greenville Ave. paving project delayed By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See PAVING, Page 8 SCITUATE – Attorneys have been hired as special legal counsel on matters related to the Scituate Police Station building, where problems have persisted. Work done by former Town Council President John Mahoney and Attorneys hired to investigate Scituate Police Station work By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See STATION, Page 4 SMITHFIELD – Town Council President Suzy Alba says the cost savings from switching to a gener- al contractor from a construction manager at-risk for the upcoming school renovation project will allow greater improvements as part of the "most significant bond issue" the town has faced. Rescinding the request for pro- posals for a construction manager at-risk will save the town $2.5 million to $3 million in overhead costs, according to Town Manager Randy Rossi. Rossi was not able to give cost estimates for a general contractor, but said expected savings will go back into school renovations. As co-chairman of the School Building Committee, Rossi said the Rhode Island Department of Education recommended the switch to a general contractor to stay in line with the promises made to the agency and taxpay- ers. "They're expecting the project scope and outcome to be what they were presented. Otherwise, we are not fulfilling what was Oversight change tightens school renovation budget By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See BUDGET, Page 7 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE OCTOBER 3-9, 2019 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Our Uplifting Environment and Special Approach to Alzheimer's and Dementia Care have created a Quality of Life You Simply Can't Get Anyplace Else. 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.

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