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The Valley Breeze & Observer 12-27-2019

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©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE SCITUATE – With political power changing hands from the Independent Men to an all-Repub- lican council in January, it seemed nearly every move in Scituate was tinged with a dose of party dynamics. Scituate enjoyed the many high points this year, including seeing School Resource Officer Richard Parenti win SRO of the Year in a national competition, plans for an expansion at the Animal Shelter, and students rise to the occasion with improved scores in the Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System testing. The Scituate Business Association is back with a renewed effort to bring attention to business in town. Politics continues to divide the community, causing distrust in moves BREEZE FILE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Smithfield High School held its first Unified Carnival in March – an event for all to participate in no matter what their abilities. NATHAN VIANA, a junior, shows his flexibility as he stretches for the ball while playing reach volleyball. 2019 The Year in Review Growth and development helped define Smithfield Historic preservation, roads also among top issues SMITHFIELD – This town saw a year of growth in development and advances in historical preservation, with achievements such as opening the new basketball courts at Anna McCabe and ending class rankings mixed in. As in 2018, economic growth was a top priority this year, the Planning Board approving large residential and commercial projects across town. Smithfield, as always, had its share of feel-good stories, from the All Lit Up Parade and 25th anniversary for the St. Philip Food Pantry, to Girl Scouts donating to Locks of Love and numerous other fundraisers for residents in need. Here are our top storylines for 2019 in Smithfield: Business, economic development The town welcomed many new By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See SMITHFIELD, Page 3 BREEZE FILE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY MARSHA SPRAGUE, left, and AMANDA GEORGE, both of Scituate, chatted at a North Scituate Public Library Proper Tea in February at the North Scituate Community House. The event fea- tured a variety of teas and an assortment of treats, along with music and a gift bas- ket raffle. See SCITUATE, Page 7 By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com New political dynamic impacts Scituate in 2019 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE DECEMBER 27, 2019-JANUARY 2, 2020 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Your One Stop Source for: 375 Putnam Pike, Village Plaza Smithfield, RI | 757-6872 HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. • Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. •CBD Lotions •Healing Balms •Tinctures •CBD Pet Products MENTION THIS AD AND RECEIVE 10% OFF YOUR PURCHASE NOW THROUGH JANUARY 31, 2020 FREE SAMPLES A Natural Way to Help Achieve Wellness Koi • Hemplucid • Original Hemp 566 Putnam Pike , Greenville, RI 02828 401-349-3927 www.cookanddagger.com Mon.-Wed. 5 p.m.-10 pm.; Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m./5-10 p.m. Fri. & Sat. 11:30-2 p.m./5-11 p.m.; Sun. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Closed Tues. Start the New Year Off Right! New Year's Day Brunch 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Reservations Recommended (401)944-2450 FOR A PERSONAL TOUR Our uplifting environment and special approach to Alzheimer's and dementia care have created a quality of life you simply can't get any place else.

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