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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-24-2019

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©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON Seven-year-old BROOKE COURTEMANCHE, of Chepachet, adds some finishing touches to her painted pumpkin during the 3rd annual Glocester Scarecrow Festival last Saturday. Scarecrows lined Main Street through the village of Chepachet, and will be on display through Nov. 3. See more photos on page 6. SMITHFIELD – In a unanimous decision last week, the Smithfield Town Council agreed to join Cumberland in merging animal shel- ters with Lincoln. Smithfield will pay Lincoln $1,000 per month to use the facilities at the Blackstone Valley Municipal Animal Shelter, 25 Wellington Road in Lincoln. The initial contract is for one year from Dec. 1, and there is an option to renew if the town likes the agreement. The merger will mean Smithfield animals are housed at the Lincoln shelter, and Smithfield officers will be responsible for the cleaning of cages, feeding, exercising, and adoption. The merge could potentially save Smithfield from the need to build a new animal shelter, Town Council President Suzy Alba said, but the potential cost-saving benefits for the town will not be seen immediately. Alba said the Smithfield Animal Control building, at 3 Spragueville Road, will remain open for the next year as offices for animal control officers. She said the town will see savings on some line items, such as heating, supplies, and building main- tenance, in the first year. After that year, the town will take a closer look to see if closing the town's animal Smithfield joins animal control in Lincoln By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See MERGE, Page 10 Friday night lights at Scituate Officials call off Spartans' Homecoming game vs. Patriots due to 'inadequate lighting' SCITUATE – There hasn't been "Friday Night Lights" at Scituate High School in a long time, and with the newly renovated Caito Field, the administration decided to have the Spartans' Homecoming football game last Friday night against Davies Tech's first-year team. Unfortunately for Scituate, which rented portable lights for this Division IV game, its wait to host a night football contest will have to continue because the officials decided to call off the game when they deemed the lights weren't bright enough to illuminate the entire field. The place was packed, with the Scituate Athletic Booster Club serving food and merchandise; Scituate ath- letic director Sal Gelsomino said that the school had a field dedication at 6 p.m. and planned on going forward with the football game at 7 p.m. But there was one glitch. The referees gathered on the field with the head coaches from both teams, Davies athletic director Bob Morris, Scituate principal Michael By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze & Observer Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com See LIGHTS, Page 22 SMITHFIELD – Fifteen years of litigation in Superior Court culmi- nated last Thursday, Oct. 17, when Earl Gray and Smithfield Estates presented a preliminary application review to the Planning Board for the Tea Lots at Douglas Pike and Ridge Road. Attorney Timothy Kane, rep- resenting the applicant, said after years of legal action, the develop- More affordable housing sought at proposed Tea Lots development By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See TEA LOTS, Page 15 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE OCTOBER 24-30, 2019 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & (401) 949-0180 www.andersonwinfield.net Watch out for all the Goblins on Halloween DRIVE SAFELY 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 FREE SAMPLES Barbara A. Scanlon Broker Associate ABR, CPDE, CRS, e-PRO, PMN, SRES Home Office: (401) 480-8282 Licensed Since 1985 RE/MAX Town & Country barbarascanlon.com barbara@barbarascanlon.com JOHNSTON: CHERRY HILL ESTATES! Nicely main- tained 4 bedroom 2 bath raised ranch, family and living rooms with fireplaces, eat in kitchen, stainless appliances, formal dining room, central air, sprinkler system, 2 car garage. Large rear deck with awning overlooking fenced yard, 5 person hot tub. Room for expansion/potential in-law. $369,900

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