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The Valley Breeze & Observer 12-05-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE PAUL LONERGAN, 7, of Scituate, tells Santa he wants a dinosaur for Christmas. The Hope & Jackson Fire Company in Scituate welcomed children and their fami- lies to the annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Sunday. The festivities had to be held indoors at the fire station instead of the Hope Village Green due to the start of a snowstorm. See more photos on page 13. SMITHFIELD – Local offi- cials say they're quite optimistic about their chances of acquiring a $400,000 grant from the state to cre- ate a vibrant community connection point between the East Smithfield Neighborhood Center and Esmond Park Conservation Area. Grant writer Lisa Andoscia is finalizing details of the town's grant submission, which is due Dec. 11. She told the Town Council during a Nov. 25 session that she envisions a total rethinking of the town's "vintage crown jewel." The aspects of this project the state will find most attractive, said Andoscia, are: • That it will have public access for residents and all Rhode Islanders; • That it will promote recreational activity; • And that it will provide linkage between the center and the park and conservation area. "I think it's a home run, I don't think there's anything additional we Smithfield seeks grant to upgrade neighborhood center, Esmond Park By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com SMITHFIELD – The Rhode Island Department of Transportation's new sensor system near The Crossing at Smithfield shopping complex, which automati- cally keeps the light green for lon- ger if traffic at Route 44 and I-295 backs up, is working effectively, says a state official. RIDOT spokesman Charles St. Martin said he spoke to the project manager and the "traffic appears to be flowing well" since the sensor system went live two weeks ago. A seasonal adjustment on the traf- fic signal timings was also done two weeks ago in advance of the holi- day shopping rush, said St. Martin. "They will monitor it through the holiday season, looking at its per- formance and improvement from last year given the changes made this year," he said. The detector system in the road doesn't record the number of times backups cause the light to stay green longer, according to St. Martin. The sensors were installed as part of a $1.3 million traffic signal safety improvement project at this busi- Sensor system at The Crossing goes live for holidays By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See GRANT, Page 18 See SENSOR, Page 4 SMITHFIELD – Katie Law is so passionate about Smithfield history, the longtime Esmond resident some- times temporarily deletes the eBay app on her phone so she won't overspend on town-related artifacts and memorabilia. "I'm just so personally attached to this stuff, I can't not buy it when I see it," Law, president of the Smithfield Preservation Society, which is working to restore the historic Waterman Tavern, told The Valley Breeze & Observer. "I just love this stuff and when I see it, I want to make sure it comes back to Law collects Smithfield artifacts like it's her job By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com LAW See LAW, Page 9 OUR ANNUAL LOOK AT in The Valley in The Valley INSIDE Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE DECEMBER 5-11, 2019 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. (401) 949-0180 www.andersonwinfield.net On Saturday, December 1st, the Christmas Parade will depart at 4 p.m. from Smithfield High School, proceeding to the Greenville Common in front of Anderson Winfield Funeral Home. The parade will conclude with our Annual Lighting of the Green Ceremony. On Saturday, December 7th, the Christmas Parade will depart at 4 p.m. from Smithfield High School, proceeding to the Greenville Common in front of Anderson Winfield Funeral Home. The parade will conclude with our Annual Lighting of the Green Ceremony.

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