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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-27-2019

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4 SMITHFIELD NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 4, 2019 | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION SMITHFIELD – When enroll- ment at St. Philip School began to drop a few years ago, the private Catholic school, educating children age 3 to grade 8, started the pro- cess of developing programs mar- keted to families, much like public schools. Now in her first year at the school, Meghan Martelli, advance- ment and enrollment coordinator at St. Philip's, 618 Putnam Pike, said her position was created to combat enrollment declines and to work with prospective families and stu- dents. Total enrollment has remained fairly consistent over the past five years, including 181 total students this year. "If we're in the 180s, we're happy," said Martelli. The noticeable difference in lower numbers has been at the middle school level, she said, a trend the school is taking steps to address. Martelli is tasked with finding invested families, or those that will stay in the system until graduation. "Most of them are," she said. Martelli said enrollment dropped around the same time private high schools began offering middle school classes in addition to high school. Retention rates have suf- fered at the middle school level. "It's been a challenge for us to retain some of these kids. There are misconceptions of a pressure to commit early on to increase chances to get into the high school of their choice," Martelli said. She said parents feel the pressure that if a child is not committed to a private school by middle school, the chances of being accepted dramati- cally decrease. "That is not the case at all. It's quite the opposite. We have a 100 percent acceptance rate to the high school of their choice for students graduating from the 8th grade," she said. St. Philip's strategically restruc- tured programs in the middle school to offer a more authentic middle school experience and envi- ronment. The middle school was separated into a separate wing from elementary school classes and lock- ers were installed. She said there are plenty of extracurricular offer- ings, such as electives, athletics, and service leadership opportunities. The curriculum was adjusted to align with high school programs and statewide initiatives. Instead of STEAM (science, technology, engi- neering, arts and math) St. Philip's teaches STREAM, which includes religion. "It's a whole different experience now. We offer a middle school expe- rience," Martelli said. Most students who attend St. Philip's are from Smithfield or Johnston, and Martelli said there are students from 12 towns in Rhode Island and Connecticut. Class sizes vary from 10 students in 8th grade to 23 in lower grades. She said it varies from year to year and grade to grade. Some grades are heavier than oth- ers, Martelli said. With students leav- ing for other schools, she said a class size can fluctuate from one grade to the next. Tuition for the school, which is between $6,000 and $7,000 a year, remains the same throughout, so families are not spending more but are getting more for their children. Financial aid is available. Martelli said while enrollment at St. Philip's has decreased from what it once was, the school is not struggling or in jeopardy of closing. She said she believes there is a nationwide fear that Catholic schools are in trouble, but that is far from the truth here. "I think it's a common fear. I think people think that. Or it's happened in other places, so it's going to happen here. That mentality is not present here," she said. St. Philip School combats middle school enrollment drop By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com Next week: Meet the faces of Christmas Our annual Christmas in the Valley section will be hitting newsstands next week, and we're really excited about how it came out. In this year's edition, we've focused on some of the people who have delivered Christmas as we know it to the Blackstone Valley area for many years, giv- ing credit to the faces that make Christmas so special in these parts. Get a full rundown of the events and experiences these vol- unteers put on. Christmas in the Valley is one of our two main holiday editions, following our popular Gift Guide. Our great advertisers make these editions possible, so we hope you'll consider shopping with local merchants this year. As you prepare to share Thanksgiving with your family, we want to wish you all peace and blessings this holiday season. As always, thank you for read- ing. - Ethan Shorey Editor, The Valley Breeze Library Turkey Scavenger Hunt ends Friday SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will collect the responses for its Turkey Scavenger Hunt by Friday, Nov. 29. Children in grades K-6 are invited to find the hidden turkeys throughout the children's area of the library. For more information, call the library at 401-231-5150. Library hosts Holiday Fundraiser SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host a Holiday Fundraiser on Friday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will include a silent auc- tion, White Elephant sale, new and vintage holiday decorations, crafts, jewelry, gifts, and more. Free gift wrapping will be available with pur- chase. On Monday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., all remaining items will be sold at a reduced price. Call the library at 401-231-5150. SMITHFIELD NEWS TOWN OF GLOCESTER PUBLIC HEARING ISSUANCE OF A NEW VICTUALING LICENSE Notice is hereby given by the Town Council of the Town of Glocester, RI, being the Licensing Board in said Town, under the provisions of Section 5-24-1 of RI General Laws as amended, that the following named applicant has applied to said Town Council for a license, under said Act, for the year ending December 1, 2020. All remonstrants will be given an opportunity to be heard before any action is taken on the following: Paris Irons Farm Location of Business: 86 Paris Irons Road e Town Council will hold a Public Hearing on December 5, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Glocester Town Hall, 1145 Putnam Pike Per order of the Town Council Jean Fecteau, CMC, Town Clerk e Glocester Town Hall is accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals requiring interpreter services for the hearing impaired must notify the Town Clerk at (401) 568-6206, Ext. 0 not less than 48 hours in advance of the meeting date. TDD #401-568-1422. TOWN OF GLOCESTER ZONING BOARD OF REVIEW PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held by the Zoning Board of Review on Wednesday, December 18,2019, in the Glocester Town Hall, 1145 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI, at 7:30 p.m. when all persons interested will be heard for or against the granting of the following application(s): A. Walter Rowland and Robert Rowland, applicants and owners, property located at 205 Cranberry Ridge Road, further described as Assessor's Plat 15, Lot 34 in anA-4 zone. Applicants/Owners are seeking Dimensional Variances required for a proposed minor subdivision of their property (7. 09 acres) into two (2) lots, Parcel A and Parcel B. Parcel A a. A Dimensional Variance from Chapter 350, Article III, §350-13, Attachment 2 -Minimum Setbacks (lot size area of four (4) acres) to allow a single-family dwelling located on a lot containing a lot area of 2.18 acres requiring relief of 1.82 acres. b. A Dimensional Variance from Chapter 350, Article III, §350-13, Attachment 2 -Minimum Setbacks (lot width 350') to allow a lot width of 297.30 feet requiring relief of 52.7 feet. c. A Dimensional Variance from Chapter 350, Article III, §350-13, Attachment 2 -Minimum Setbacks (front yard depth of 75' ) to allow a lot depth of 11.04' requiring relief of 63.96 feet. d. A Dimensional Variance from Chapter 350, Article III, §350-13, Attachment 2 -Minimum Setbacks (side yard depth of 50' ) to allow a side yard depth of 40.09' requiring relief of 9.91 feet. Parcel B a. A Dimensional Variance from Chapter 350, Article III, §350-13, Attachment 2 -Minimum Setbacks (front yard depth of 75' ) to allow a lot depth of 48.56' requiring relief of 26.44 . B. Brian & Kristen Snow, applicants and owners, property located at 23 Arrowhead Trail, further described as Assessor's Plat 18, Lot 302 in an A-4 zone. Applicants/Owners seek a Dimensional Variance in accordance to the Glocester Code, Chapter 350, Article VII, Special Regulations, §350-46, Solar Energy Systems, Subsection F- Small Scale, #2 Height- ground mounted solar installations shall not exceed 12 feet in height. Applicants/ Owners seek approval to install and operate a 19.68 kw solar photovoltaic tracker with a 32 foot height extension requiring relief of 20 feet. C. Katie Steere, applicant and Karen Sherman, owner, property located at 1265 Snake Hill Road, further described as Assessor's Plat 12, Lots 28, 53 & 53A in anA-4 zone. Applicant seeks a Dimensional Variance in accordance to the Glocester Code, Chapter 350, Article VII, Special Regulations, §350-58.2, Farm Accessory Business Uses, Subsection E (e) -Accessory Use Conditions, Setbacks. With the exception of product stands and retail sales buildings which may encroach into the front yard setback, all accessory uses shall meet the setbacks of the underlying zoning district. e applicant seeks approval to convert an existing bam to a farm retail sales buildings with a side yard setback of 41.5 feet, which requires 8.5 feet of relief from the required 50 foot side setback. Gregory Meinertz, Chairman of the Zoning Board e Glocester Town Hall is accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals requiring interpreter services for the hearing impaired must notify the Town Clerk at (401) 568-6206, not less than 48 hours in advance of the meeting date. Hearing devices are available without notice. TDD (401) 568-1422 North Providence School Department 2240 Mineral Spring Avenue North Providence, RI 02911 Office: 401-233-1100 is soliciting cost proposals for Middle School Spring Supplies and Equipment Requests for proposals will be issued on 12/03/2019 Proposals will be opened at North Providence Central Administration Office on 12/13/2019 @ 10 a.m.

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