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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-14-2019

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 SMITHFIELD – This town can potentially save millions of dollars under a proposed new LED street lighting conversion and can save on equipment by jointly seeking bids with Lincoln and Woonsocket, says Town Engineer Kevin Cleary. Cleary recommended the change during the Nov. 5 Town Council meeting, where the council unani- mously agreed to send out a joint request for proposals with Lincoln and Woonsocket for the services, operation and maintenance of the town's streetlights. Cleary said making a joint effort with the other two towns, at National Grid's suggestion, is the best way to get the services and equipment at reduced bulk pricing. LED lights provide more direct lighting to streets, and produce less light scatter and pollution than regu- lar lightbulbs. Reviewing and selecting a winning bid will take time due to the various options, said Cleary. "There is a tremendous opportunity to save large dollars here," he told the council. Over the life cycle of the new LED lights, which Cleary said is approxi- mately 15 years, the town could save more than $5 million in operational and maintenance costs. Cleary esti- BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE JAMISON DEATHOS, of Johnston, sits on the lap of his grandfather, DONALD DENNEHY, also of Johnston, who served with the Navy in Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. They attended the Scituate Veterans Day celebration on Monday morning. See more photos on page 9. New LED streetlights projected to save town millions Smithfield joining Lincoln and Woonsocket for bulk pricing By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See STREETLIGHTS, Page 6 SMITHFIELD – Despite a push for an ordinance change meant to encourage business and residential growth in the economic growth overlay district along the Route 7 and 116 corridor, developers and landowners are saying the area doesn't have the water or sewer capacity to support a bustling com- munity. According to Town Planner Michael Phillips, the town is work- ing to find solutions to fix the infra- structure in the overlay district, hop- ing it will entice businesses along the way. During the Nov. 5 Town Council Study to look at water, sewer improvements in economic overlay By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See STUDY, Page 14 Committee releases renderings for elementary schools Officials: Most students will be impacted in some way SMITHFIELD – Updated plans and renderings for the elementary school reconfiguration project were released last week and they reveal a focus on creating open, public cre- ative spaces and segregated drop-off areas for students. During the Nov. 4 School Committee meeting, Doug Brown of DBVW Architects presented the updated plans and renderings to the committee. Brown says the project remains "on time and on budget." "At this point, we've completed the design stage," he said. Designs need to be approved by the Rhode Island Department of By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See SCHOOLS, Page 4 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE NOVEMBER 14-20, 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. Family Dentistry Accepting New Patients 7 Smith Avenue, Greenville Dr. Scott B. Klimaj 949-3200 OPEN DAILY 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 50 Swan Road, Smithfield 231-9043 JASWELL'S FArmStAnd & bAkEry Gourmet Apples Fruit & Gift Baskets Delivery & Shipping Available Send your loved ones a piece of Smithfield Thanksgiving Pies Thanksgiving Pies q q Over 20 varieties available - place your orders early! Order deadline Monday, November 25th OPEN Wed., Nov., 27 8 a.m.- 7 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day Our own caramel, chocolate & caramel, and Gourmet Apples featured on Food Network and in Yankee Magazine. Fresh Cider Donuts, Pastries, AND MUCH MORE! CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH JASWELL'S FRESH CUT TREES Arriving Saturday November 30 th INSIDE Look for our annual Holiday Gift Guide INSIDE Look for our annual Holiday Gift Guide Holiday Gift Guide d i Published by f id NOV-13-2019-GIFT-NPS-Mel.indd 1 11/4/19 10:13 AM

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