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The Valley Breeze & Observer 01-09-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY EVA FERRI, center, is thankful for Manville Manor maintenance worker MICHAEL NELSON, right, and fellow resident SHARON ARNOLD, left, whose actions last month saved her life. LINCOLN – Manville Manor maintenance technician Michael Nelson is a case study in paying attention to one's surroundings and never dismissing a gut feeling about a potential crisis as someone else's problem. Eva Ferri, an eight-year resident of the Lincoln Housing Authority's Manville Manor, has Nelson's alert- Smithfield resident hailed for life-saving decision By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com SMITHFIELD – Despite mul- tiple requests from residents and business owners for a crosswalk at a dangerous stretch of Putnam Pike in Greenville, the State Traffic Commission denied the town's request for a crosswalk there. A December denial letter said of the 35 vehicular crashes in the vicin- ity of 639 Putnam Pike in the past three years, none involved a pedes- trian. During a 12-hour count at the location, the commission found only four pedestrians were crossing at the intersection of Putnam Pike and the Austin Avenue signal. Asked if he feels the commssion is waiting for a crash involving a pedes- trian to take action, Town Manager Randy Rossi said that seems to be the case. "That's why we're trying to be proactive about it. When somebody brings something to our attention, we don't want to make it sit," Rossi said. In a memo to the town, the com- mission said the decision was made based on a traffic study looking at speed data, traffic volumes, crash data and sight distance. The study found that 85 percent of cars trav- eled between 34 and 37 mph in a 35-mph zone. The letter stated that the denial decision was reached because 639 Putnam is not a "good crossing loca- tion due to possible driver confusion with too many changes in the area and not meeting federal criteria for numbers of pedestrians crossing to justify a crosswalk." The commission said that a cross- walk approximately 560 feet away from the Ace Hardware/Dunkin' State denies request for Putnam Pike crosswalk By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See NELSON, Page 11 See CROSSWALK, Page 11 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE JANUARY 9-15, 2020 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & (401) 949-0180 www.andersonwinfield.net May your troubles be less and blessings be more and nothing but happiness come through your door. (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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