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The Valley Breeze & Observer 12-19-2019

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©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Santa gets a hug from CARA and BELLA CHARLAND, of Scituate, during the first leg of the annual Candlelight Stroll in North Scituate. The stroll, held throughout North Scituate Village, took place on Dec. 7 and began with a Breakfast with Santa, at the North Scituate Firehouse. See more photos on page 22. SMITHFIELD – Decorating for Christmas is a family tradition for Smithfield resident Jessica Knobel, and her house on Candlewood Drive, with flashing lights synchronized to radio music, proves what a lifetime of practice can produce. On any given night, Knobel said about a dozen cars park outside her house and tune the radio to watch her display. For her, watching the joy on fami- lies' faces while they enjoy the show makes all the effort worthwhile. She runs a playlist off 88.1 FM of her favorite Christmas songs and uses a program created by other Christmas light enthusiasts to time the lights with the music. Her favor- ite Christmas music is anything by Michael Buble, she said, and she enjoys the classics as well. Knobel, 40, said her love of Christmas decorations began as a child with her parents, Tom and Gerry Robitaille. She said every room in the Robitaille house was decorated, even the bathrooms. "It was everywhere in the house. She had a lot of decorations," Knobel said. In the Robitaille family, Black Friday is not for shopping. Instead, Christmas house spreads holiday joy By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See HOUSE, Page 11 SMITHFIELD – An additional left- turning lane onto Limerock Road off Douglas Pike will be built along with the Coffee Connection coming to Douglas Pike after another round of Traffic change coming with Coffee Connection By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See TRAFFIC, Page 2 SCITUATE – Scituate High School students caught glimpses of the life of a 19th-century Scituate business owner as they restored 23 of the journals he carefully kept during his life. While meticulously cleaning each page of John Barden's journals with dusters, they read up on every- thing from the drought of 1876 to Barden's many business dealings, Students reveal Scituate's history with 19th-century journal restoration By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See JOURNALS, Page 12 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE DECEMBER 19-25, 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 Joyful & Triumphant Merry Christmas! The Winfield Family

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