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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-14-2019

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6 SMITHFIELD NOVEMBER 14-20, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER mated the annual savings to be around $300,000. The engineer said the first-year costs of converting to new efficient street- lights are substantial, at approximately $592,000 to $765,000, yet every year after, the town will see cost savings on maintenance fees paid to National Grid. Cleary said the town sends two- thirds of its street lighting budget of $429,000 to National Grid each year. After the conversion, the town would take on ownership and main- tenance of lights on town roads, and the state would maintain ownership of those on state roads. Future annual operations and main- tenance costs are estimated to be between $75,000 and $81,000. "It's tremendous," Cleary said. In addition to the operations and maintenance savings, National Grid also offers incentives for conversion to LED lighting. Cleary said the town could expect anywhere from $93,000 to $175,000 in incentives. Smithfield has an estimated 3,000 streetlights, similar to Lincoln, and Woonsocket has about twice as many as Smithfield. In a new approach to lighting, Smithfield mapped out the locations of every streetlight to check for redundancies in the system. Cleary said mapping the location of each light will lead to the removal of about 20 to 25 percent of existing streetlights due to redundancy, further reducing energy costs. Existing lights will be replaced with LED lights of similar wattage, and Cleary said unwanted glare or over- lighting will no longer be an issue. This plan began more than two years ago, Cleary said, when other municipalities began switching to LED lighting. Cleary said he expects the request for proposals to be returned early next spring before going through the "ardu- ous process" of reviewing applicants. He said many technical factors go into the bids, and it will take time. He said conversion should begin around next April and continue through November 2020. While Smithfield is "a little late in the game" for streetlight conversion, the town has been able to learn from the pitfalls other communities experi- enced, gaining the best value. "It just makes sense economically," Cleary said. Woonsocket City Councilor John Ward who is working with Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and city administrators to bring LED lighting to Woonsocket, said he expects the request to go out in late November or early December. "I'm glad it's going and hopefully by next year we will all have new street- lights," Ward said. The Valley Breeze reported last month about Lincoln making the move to convert to LED lights after waiting on a court deci- sion in Johnston regarding the Rhode Island Department of Transportation paying for lighting on state roads. Lincoln Town Administrator Joe Almond said that after RIDOT agreed to pay for lighting Johnston's state roads, Lincoln entered a similar deal. After purchasing and converting lights to LED, Lincoln will pay to light only town roads. Almond said jointly going out to bid for conversion and maintenance of the lighting could mean better prices for everyone. STREETLIGHTS From Page One TONGUE LESIONS As part of a comprehensive examination of the oral cavity, the dentist or hygienist will carefully inspect the patient's tongue for irregularities. Among the most common is "geographic tongue," an inflammatory condition that produces white and red patches on the upper surface of the tongue. This condition, which usually resolves spontaneously, derives its name from the fact that the tongue's surface takes on the appearance of a map. The specific cause is unknown, but stress, allergies, diabetes, and hormones may contribute to its development. While treatment is not necessary, topical steroids, antifungal medications, and other drugs may help to control flares. Geographic tongue may be accompanied by "fissured tongue," which presents with small grooves (fissures) on the tongue's upper surface. Tongue, teeth, gums, palate, lips—they all play their part in a healthy mouth and a gorgeous smile. If you are having any oral health issues, we strongly suggest a visit to the dentist for a professional diagnosis. It can save you time, money, and substantial aggravation in the long run. Our friendly, relaxing, comprehensive dental office is located at 1136 Hartford Ave., Johnston. You can reach DENTAL ARTS GROUP at 401-521-3661. Most insurance plans accepted. P.S. As people age, fissured tongue occurs more often and produces a harmless but prominent fissure down the center of the tongue that requires good oral hygiene to remove debris. NRI Pediatrics is excited to introduce our new provider, Matthew Wylie M.D. Dr. Wylie is now accepting newborns and families new to the area. We offer complimentary prenatal consults, please call our office today! For more information about our office please visit our website at www.nripediatrics.com. Check us out on Facebook! 2140 Mendon Road, Suite 201, Cumberland, RI 02864 401.334-KIDS (5437) *** PUBLIC NOTICE *** The office of Nicholas D. Iannuccilli, MD will be closing it's North Providence location in the Wellesley Medical Building 1515 Smith Street Phone: 353-1600 Fax 353-4187 Our last day of service will be December 27, 2019. Records can be obtained at this location until January 17, 2020 Records will be available after January 17, 2020 through Iron Mountain Storage. 1-800-899-4766

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