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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-17-2019

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 BILL MURPHY DUSTY CUMMINS, left, of Scituate, and RANDI TRUDELLE, of South Kingstown, neighbors at the Scituate Art Festival, chat as they wait for the next wave of visitors. The festival, a favorite Rhode Island tradition now in its 53rd year, featured 200 juried art and craft exhibi- tors, antique vendors, a food court and live musical entertainment. The festival was held on the Village Green in Scituate last weekend. See more photos on page 10. SMITHFIELD – "Noah, Noah, Noah, Noah," cheered members of the LaPerche Elementary School stu- dent body, who were decked out in School, celebrities rally around youth diagnosed with cancer By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See ANTUNES, Page 8 Friendly fest neighbors Mahoney dumps estates for much larger project SCITUATE – The prospect of more money has driven former Town Council President John Mahoney to go in a new direc- tion with his contentious six- building, 18-unit development, Chopmist Hill Estates. He's now proposing a six-story apartment complex with 350 units. Speaking with The Valley Breeze & Observer last Friday, Mahoney said he will make way more money with the larger building with rental units. He said he will maintain ownership of the prop- erty on the 6.7-acre parcel on Chopmist Hill Road. This decision was easy for him to make, said Mahoney. "Money. It's what drives the world. I'm a capitalist," he said. Mahoney said he is in the early design phases for the project, and expects it to be in front of the Planning Board as early By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer 350-unit apartment structure will bring in more money See MAHONEY, Page 7 SCITUATE – Three Scituate resi- dents, including former Town Council President John Mahoney, were removed from Tuesday's Financial Town Meeting, a forum highlighted by passage of a $2 million safety bond. Mahoney spoke out against the removal of resident Rachel Fiske, who spoke out against com- ments made by resident Reggie Centracchio. He said she should be given her chance to speak and ask questions. Former Scituate Housing Authority Chairman Richard Finnegan was also removed from the meeting for disrup- tive behavior. Centracchio spoke in support of the safety bond, and said the town should support first responders of the North Scituate Fire Department. He said he was willing to pay the estimated 11 cents per $1,000 in property value. "We should do it as a town," Centracchio said. Fiske pointed out that Centracchio benefits from the senior tax freeze, and the increase would not affect his tax bill. Town Moderator David D'Agostino Jr. attempted to explain to Fiske the rules of public comment, such as identifying oneself, and then request- ed that police remove her. Three residents removed from FTM as $2 million bond approved By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staf Writer See FTM, Page 14 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE OCTOBER 17-23, 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. Your One Stop Source for: 375 Putnam Pike, Village Plaza Smithfield, RI | 757-6872 HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. • Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. •CBD Lotions •Healing Balms •Tinctures •CBD Pet Products Samantha Tavares, GM MENTION THIS AD AND RECEIVE 10% OFF YOUR PURCHASE NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 1, 2019 INSIDE Enjoy Our Fall Restaurant Guide INSIDE Enjoy Our Fall Restaurant Guide Fall 2019 Local Restaurant Guide EAT OUT Let's OCT-16-2019-NPS-DINE.indd 1 10/7/19 7:38 AM

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