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The Valley Breeze & Observer 12-12-2019

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 BILL MURPHY The All Lit Up Christmas Parade was held in Greenville on Saturday. MAYA IZZO, 10, a student at Anna McCabe Elementary School in Smithfield, won the essay contest to be named "The Illuminator" of the 4th annual All Lit Up Christmas Parade. Izzo rode in her own vehicle and had the honor of lighting the town Christmas tree at the end of the parade. See more photos on page 3. SMITHFIELD – Gilded green signs signifying the historic villages of Esmond and Georgiaville were completed last week thanks to a joint effort between the Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission and Town Planner Michael Phillips. Phillips said he wrote the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation Main Street Rhode Island Streetscape grant that brought $11,075 to the town for signage and new bus struc- tures designed with history mind. He said he then turned to SHPC vice-Chairman Ben Caisse, who was integral to getting the proj- ect done. Caisse said Phillips was receptive to input by the commission and agreed to the design that was based off sig- nage at the Smith-Appleby House. He said a similar design creates continu- ity within Smithfield and its historic villages. The Main Street grant was writ- ten specifically for the villages of Georgiaville and Esmond. Also included in the grant is the construction of bus shelters at exist- Historic signs, bus structures coming to Esmond and Georgiaville By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See SIGNAGE, Page 9 CAISSE GLOCESTER – The phone call 15 years in the making came to Annie Walsh over dinner at Jessica Tuesday's in Putnam, Conn., on Oct. 2 when she was informed that a pair of lungs were available for her double lung transplant. Her mother, Sue Walsh, watched in disbelief as Annie burst into tears of joy and began answering questions. The best gift for Chepachet woman: First deep breaths in a decade By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com CUMBERLAND – The increas- ing price tag of being a plow driver is hurting local communities in the form of higher costs and slower responses to storms, say area officials, who are looking for new and creative ways to address the situation. Cumberland Highway Supt. Frank Stowik told The Breeze that recent hikes to insurance rates, bringing the total to $4,000 or more, plus the increasing cost of buying a plow and having it installed on a pickup truck, now more than $6,000, are playing into the shortage. During a first snowstorm on Dec. 3, Cumberland was short six or seven trucks, leading to some delays in plow- ing as drivers who would normally move on to sanding after completing their routes ended up filling in in other areas. Cumberland is getting more roads to plow, with fewer drivers to do the work, said Stowik. Though the town was able to handle its business last week, a major storm would likely bring more serious issues, with few to no backup trucks when someone inevitably breaks down, he said. Cumberland, which has a standard of 30 town employees and 40 ven- dors, will either need to hire more employees or learn to deal with diminished service, said Stowik, a sentiment echoed by leaders in other communities. The town did the best it could dur- ing the first storm, he said, but the timing of the snow with morning rush hour hurt. Many people don't understand that a driver will often make a first pass for emergency vehicles and then come back later to finish the job, he said. A good "V-plow," the kind that bends in the middle, is now about $6,140, where it was $3,500 a few Officials: Lack of plows leading to delays, higher costs By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See PLOW ISSUES, Page 19 See TRANSPLANT, Page 14 STOWIK Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE DECEMBER 12-18, 2019 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Broker Associate ABR, CPDE, CRS, e-PRO, PMN, SRES Home Office: (401) 480-8282 Licensed Since 1985 RE/MAX Town & Country barbarascanlon.com barbara@barbarascanlon.com Now is the perfect time to express thanks for the continuing confidence and trust given to me for your real estate needs. May your holidays be filled with happiness, good health, family and friends. I look forward to assisting you with your real estate needs in 2020. Barbara A. Scanlon Wishing You The Best Of The Season Family Dentistry Accepting New Patients 7 Smith Avenue, Greenville www.drscottri.com Dr. Scott B. 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