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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-14-2019

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | NOVEMBER 14-20, 2019 LETTERS / NORTH COUNTY 11 Shepherd of the Valley hosts Appraisal Fair Nov. 23 SCITUATE – Shepherd of the Valley United Methodist Church, 604 Seven Mile Road, will host an Appraisal Fair and Mystery Auction on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bruneau and Company auction- eers will be at the church appraising items. This will be followed by a "Mystery Auction." The cost for appraisals is $10 for one item, and $20 for three items. Lunch will be available for pur- chase beginning at 11:30 a.m. Call the church at 401-821-8217. On Oct. 18, members of LEGION POST 19 OF SCITUATE COLOR GUARD par- ticipated in the re-dedication of Caito Athletic Field. From left are Andy Cerullo, Segundo Tonry Torres, Dwight Farrar, Brian Sedley, Jeannine Vachon, John Benison and Sam Senecal. Sewing Club returns to Foster Library Quilt Raffle sponsored by The Friends of LOF Story time Wednesdays at Tyler Free Library FOSTER – The Sewing Group is back in action at Foster Public Library, 184 Howard Hill Road. Meeting dates will be announced on social media and the library's website. All ages and sewing abili- ties are welcome to join in a sewing project with the group. For more information, call 401- 397-4801. FOSTER – The Friends of the Libraries of Foster, 184 Howard Hill Road, will hold a Quilt Raffle on Thursday, Dec. 12. A new quilt is on display at the libraries. The Winsor Farm Quilt, in holiday colors, makes a fantastic gift. It is handsewn by Foster resident Jennifer Chace. Tickets are on sale at both libraries into December. The cost is $2 per ticket. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be put toward new movable library shelving. FOSTER – The Tyler Free Library, 81 A Moosup Valley Road, invites children and their parents to story time every Wednesday at 10 a.m. Join for music, movement and stories that will be read together. Each meeting there will be a craft activity as well and a snack in the Children's Room. Thanksgiving plate making at Glocester Manton GLOCESTER – Tweens and teens in grades 4-12 are invited to the Glocester Manton Library, 1137 Putnam Pike, on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 5 p.m. to decorate a Thanksgiving plate. Participants will be using oil- based markers and the stippling (dot) effect for their decorations. Registration is required at www. glocesterlibraries.org . New Democratic Party bylaws ignore reformers As a member of the R.I. Democratic State Committee (RIDSC) representing District 40 I am absolutely livid over the "updat- ed" bylaws that the committee will be voting upon Nov. 18. The bylaws were written by 19 people, most if not all part of Speaker Mattiello's inner circle. It is now obvious as to why the recommended women from the R.I. Democratic Party Women's Caucus or reform members such as myself, a 2015 Bernie Sanders del- egate, were not one of the "chosen ones" to be on the committee. Chair Rep. Joe McNamara and the entire Executive Committee wanted to keep us out of the process. I per- sonally made numerous attempts to get status updates on the committee and I also requested the option of being an independent onlooker. All of my good faith attempts were sty- mied. The proposed bylaw changes are an affront to any Democrat who believes the party is headed in the wrong direction. It is an egregious stifling of free speech for the inde- pendent caucuses. It stops caucuses from being self funded, and to have a real voice in the direction of the party. Most outrageous is caucuses have to divulge all of their members every two years to the Executive Committee regardless if individuals want their information shared or not. This is an invasion of right to privacy. The fact that committee members had no time to discuss the changes in an open forum prior to the vote is another example of how un-dem- ocratic the process is. The reform suggestions that were requested for the committee to review were obvi- ously ignored. For example, limit the amount of General Assembly mem- bers on each committee; Have more non-GA members heading commit- tees; allow additional meetings for issue-based initiatives such as The Green New Deal or Medicare for All; have an unbiased committee selec- tion process instead of all members on each committee being selected by the chair himself; paper ballot voting for executive members to end the intimidation factor. Instead we have the loss of independent caucuses and the loss of faith with party leadership. Also infuriating, the chair of the party Rep. McNamara, now has carte blanche with how the committee's funds are being spent up to $25,000. Previously it was $2,500. These changes are divisive and will be met with serious challenges and opposition.The proposed bylaws fur- ther divide the party when we should be uniting. McNamara is not the leader of just the "Democratic wing of the Democratic Party," he is the leader of all Democrats in the state and he needs to start acting like one. I strongly encourage all Democrats to contact their state committee members and ask them to vote No, but don't bother to look at the R.I. Democratic Party website because as of Saturday, Nov. 9, the mem- ber list still is not updated from the September 2018 election. Rest assured District 40 Democrats know that I am an emphatic no! LAUREN NIEDEL-GRESH Glocester Niedel-Gresh is District 40 State Committeewoman Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. 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