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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-27-2019

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 4, 2019 IN OUR SCHOOLS / SCITUATE 5 GLOCESTER – Ponaganset High School senior Nick Bottone has established a new coding competition where 10 teams from high schools across Rhode Island compete in an online problem-solving challenge. Bottone, 17, of Smithfield, created the coding competition after enjoying online coding challenges at home. While online challenges are mostly done individually, he thought the idea of bringing a collaborative game to the school would be fun. On Monday, Nov. 25, Bottone's idea came to life and 10 teams of four, including teams from Ponaganset High School, Bishop Hendricken, La Salle, Moses Brown, Smithfield, and Toll Gate competed in the first-ever high school Code Clash at PHS. "We're having a pretty successful first year. The plan was for 10 teams, and we filled every spot," Bottone said. Reception for the competition has been positive, he said, and having teams come to PHS to participate in Code Clash brought energy to the school. Winners take home a T-shirt and trophy, and every participant receives a medal. The purchase of the trophies was the only cost associated with the competition. He said he's always had an affinity for computers, with each new tech- nique learned opening the door for him to learn a more difficult skill. "I kept trying to find the next step up. I am constantly learning and improving," he said. As a child, he was building web- pages, learning graphic interface programs, and coding languages. By 11, he was reading and writing JAVA. Bottone said JAVA is his favorite lan- guage. With all his techniques and research, Bottone said it was difficult to really test his knowledge or to compete with other coders. His idea was to create a collaborative coding competition that brings teams togeth- er from across the state for some fun. "There was really no incentive to hone your skills or keep learning. I thought I could create this exciting challenge, but also make it fun," he said. From conception to completion, Bottone developed and organized Code Clash mostly by himself. He said his teachers mentored him and his friends tested his challenges. "I'm always trying to find anything new to do," he said. Because he wrote the challenges and programs, Bottone did not par- ticipate in the games. Instead, he sat in the "old library room" at PHS and watched the players. Challenges began on an easy level but the competition quickly grew more difficult. Bottone said he spe- cifically designed the competition so each team could complete one, but not all, of the challenges. Competitors are asked to solve a set of problems using a computer program of their design. Scores are updated throughout the first half of the competition, but hidden for the second half. In the end, a tie-breaker relies on which team scores the most points fastest, so strategy is essential. Bottone said he plans to study com- puter science in college, but has not decided where he will attend. Local teen designs high school coding challenge By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer BOTTONE Dec. 8 Appreciation Concert honors first responders SCITUATE – An Appreciation Concert will be held to honor first responders, fire, police and military personnel on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m., at Scituate High School, 94 Trimtown Road. Admission is free. Entertainment will be provided by Kelley Lennon and The American Band. Mike Montecalvo, of WPRI, will host. The event is produced by retired Lt. Gen. Reginald Centracchio. got a news tip? Call Laura at 401-334-9555, ext. 145 or e-mail it to Town of Foster Notice of Public Hearing New License Application, Victualling and Holiday Sales Notice is hereby given by the Town Council of the Town of Foster, RI, being the Licensing Board in said Town, under the provisions of Section 5-24-1 of the General Laws of RI, 1956, as amended, that the following named persons/corporations have applied to said Town Council for issuance of Victualing and Holiday Sales Licenses for the year ending December 31, 2020, to: JP's General Store LLC d/b/a JP's General Store, 189A Hartford Pike, Plat 17, Lot 85B The above application will be in order for a Public Hearing of the Foster Town Council, December 12, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., Benjamin Eddy Building, located at 6 South Killingly Road, Foster, RI, at which time and place all remonstrant may make their objections. Hard of hearing persons attending who require the services of an interpreter should call the office of the Town Clerk at 392-9200 at least 72 hours in advance of said meeting. By order of the Foster Town Council Susan Dillon, Town Clerk Accepting New Patients Dental Associates of RI General dentistry with a caring touch Welcomes Dianne Accetturo, R.D.H. Amalgam free Root Canal Specialist on Staff 401-331-7665 1414 Atwood Avenue, Suite 350, Johnston, RI 02919 e Smithfield Building Official's Office has received the following request: Debra Howard as applicant and owner of property located at 76 Pleasant View Avenue, listed as Lot 11 on Assessor's Plat 11, is seeking a 1.63 foot variance to deviate from Section 5.3.3.G "Yards" to construct a garage with an accessory family dwelling unit. Per Section 10.3 of the Smithfield Zoning Ordinance, the above variance shall be granted unless a written objection is received within thirty (30) days or December 27, 2019. e Application may be viewed during normal business hours at the office of the Building / Zoning Official, Town Hall, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI. BIG NEWS For People With Hearing Loss Are you experiencing difficulty hearing? Do you have to ask people to repeat, especially in noisy environments? Are you hav- ing difficulty hearing the dialogue when you watch television? Now is the time to have your hearing checked. There is a revolutionary new award-winning hearing de- vice to help you hear better. That means you won't have to work so hard to hear. Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Bldg. 3, Ste. 307, Lincoln, RI 02865 401-475-6116 Call 401-475-6116 today to schedule an appointment for a FREE HEARING SCREENING and RISK FREE TRIAL. Town of Smithfield Planning Board PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT Major Land Development Preliminary Plan Review Notice is hereby given pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws §45-23-41 and §45-23-42 as well as the Smithfield Land Development and Subdivision Review Regulations (Adopted 1996, amended September 19, 2019) that a Public Hearing will be held at the time, date and place indicated below for the purpose of presenting and discussing the acceptance of a Preliminary Plan for the proposed development of a Major Land Development, identified below, and provide the public the opportunity to comment on the proposed development. Time and Date of Hearing: Thursday, December 12, 2019 Meeting begins at 7:00 PM Place of Hearing: Smithfield Town Hall, 2nd Floor, Crepeau Hall 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI Property Proposed for Development: COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT Major Land Development Project - Preliminary Plan Review - Public Hearing AP 45 / Lots 181 and 182 – 655 and 665 Douglas Pike 3.9 Acres (approx.) / Commercial (C) Zone Applicant/Owner: ARR Retail Development, LLC – Anthony Rongione Engineer: Victoria Howland, P.E. – PARE Corp. Availability of Information The Plans and accompanying documents for this Land Development Project are available for the public to review during normal business hours at the Smithfield Planner's Office, 64 Farnum Pike, Town Hall – Lower Level, Smithfield, RI. All persons interested in the above are requested to be present at the time and place to be heard thereon. Facilities are accessible to handicapped persons. If communication assistance (readers/interpreters/ captions) or any other accommodation to ensure equal participation is needed, please contact the Smithfield Town Manager's office at 401-233-1010 at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the meeting. Per Order of the Smithfield Planning Board Albert S. Gizzarelli, Jr., Chairman

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