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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-27-2019

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6 NORTH COUNTY NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 4, 2019 | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION Council seeks public water system committee members Annual Tree Lighting at Hope Village Green set for Sunday Scituate Candlelight Stroll set for Dec. 6-7 Cub Scouts hosting wreath fundraiser SCITUATE – The Scituate Town Council is seeking members of the community interested in serving on a committee to investigate the possibil- ity of bringing a public water system into Ring Rock Acres and Frosty Valley. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, including why you would like to serve on the commit- tee, along with qualifications, to the Town Clerk's Office, P.O. Box 328, 195 Danielson Pike, No. Scituate, RI 02857 or email to gtaylor@scituateri. org by Thursday, Dec. 5. SCITUATE – The annual Tree Lighting at Hope Village Green, Main Street in Hope, will take place on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 4 p.m. There will be music, refreshments and activities featuring the Scituate Elementary School Chorus, Cub Scout Pack 42, Hope Jackson Fire Company, Scituate Health Alliance and Scituate Prevention Partnership. Stuff a Cruiser will also be taking place. Donate a toy during the Tree Lighting and bring a canned food donation for a local food pantry. Santa will arrive by firetruck. The rain date will be Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. SCITUATE – Scituate's 19th annual Candlelight Stroll will be held Friday, Dec. 6, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., throughout North Scituate Village. The event will feature local shop- ping and dining, crafts and vendors, Santa and Mrs. Claus, cookies and hot chocolate and more. Friday's events include trolley rides, children's crafts at North Scituate Elementary School, and a Christmas Faire at North Scituate Baptist Church. Saturday's events include Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 11 a.m. at North Scituate Firehouse and a Christmas Faire from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at North Scituate Baptist Church. A shuttle bus will run from 4 to 8 p.m. SCITUATE – Cub Scout Pack 42 Hope is hosting a Christmas Wreath Fundraiser. The group is selling 18-inch Christmas wreaths with a red ribbon. Each wreath costs $15. Orders may be placed by emailing pack42hope@yahoo.com . List your name, phone number, address, and number of wreaths you would like to purchase. Orders will be taken until Sunday, Dec. 1. GLOCESTER – After 12 years of service, Kimberly Perreault said she was wrongfully fired in 2016 from the Harmony Fire District after speaking out about women not being promoted in the depart- ment, she said in a complaint to the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island. On Nov. 20, the ACLU announced that Perreault and her coworker, Linda Ferragamo, were awarded $12,500 each in a settle- ment with the district, which did not admit liability in the lawsuit. Though volunteers, both earned a sum of approximately $2,000 per year. The department also agreed to acknowledge both women as "qualified for the job and were performing in a competent fashion when terminated," according to a release. Steven Brown of the ACLU of Rhode Island said the case demon- strates the barriers women face in male-dominated jobs. "It is important that they feel free to speak out when they face dis- criminatory conduct and know that the laws provide them protection in doing so," he said. Both women were EMT officers for the department for more than a decade and were fired in 2015, according to a statement. Both expressed concerns that women firefighters were not being treated on the same level as men firefighters. According to their statement, male firefighters backed the women's accounts. Perreault said the department was becoming a boys club, and women were not given input, with men promoted while women were not. In her complaint against the department, she said she had not been considered for two prior pro- motions. After Perreault was fired, she continued to apply for her position, and was told she would not be con- sidered. She made several attempts to get an explanation for her termi- nation, but all were rejected. The only explanation Perreault received was that she was "unhappy" work- ing in the department. Ferragamo was fired for allegedly missing three shifts over two months. While Perreault was fired in January 2015 following her statements about promotions, Ferragamo was fired in August of that year after raising concerns about gender discrimination. In contrast, male staffers who supported Perreault's complaint were neither disciplined nor did they have their employment termi- nated. Harmony Fire settles over gender filings By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com do you know? The Valley Breeze & Observer distributes almost 10,500 papers in greater Smithfield every Thursday.

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