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The Valley Breeze & Observer 01-22-2020

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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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY SUSAN FERRANTI, of Smithfield, uses a magnifying glass to take a closer look at a historic photo from the Esmond Mills during a presentation about the famous Esmond Bunny blankets, held at East Smithfield Library last Saturday. The Esmond blanket, a popular style from 1906-1948, offers a glimpse into the past to see some of the items made in the Esmond Mills. See more photos on page 12. SCITUATE – Three months into corrective work on the Scituate Police Station, Project Manager Regan Aghdam of Sugrue and Associates says the bulk of the job is done, and he now expects an early spring com- pletion date. During a walk-through of the 7,500-square-foot building last Wednesday, Jan. 15, Aghdam told The Valley Breeze & Observer that it is not a common or simple proposition to enter a project halfway through construction, and workers needed to evaluate the structure to ensure it is up to code as a commercial building and for ADA compliance. "That was the main bulk of it, the corrective work, getting any existing issues straightened out," Aghdam said. Aghdam reiterated that work was done incorrectly inside and outside the station. Out front, workers re-graded the parking lot, replaced existing side- walks to be ADA compliant, lowered the awning, and replaced the vinyl siding with wooden clapboard. Four-cylinder posts block the front entrance from cars ramming through the front doors. That addition is a gift Company expects completed police station by spring By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See POLICE STATION, Page 2 GLOCESTER – An assembly at Ponaganset High School celebrat- ing inclusion and unification at the school turned into the surprise of a lifetime for special education teach- er Jennifer Paolantonio, who won the Milken Educator Award, also known as the "Oscars of Teaching." As students cheered during the inclusion assembly last Wednesday, Jan. 15, all eyes turned to the unsuspecting Paolantonio as the CEO of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, Candice McQueen, announced the true purpose of the gathering: to award Paolantonio a $25,000 cash prize along with the Milken Educator Award for the 2019-2020 school year. McQueen said Milken Foundation, a private organization dedicated to recognizing and forg- ing new pathways in education, sought out instructors in Rhode Island and was given Paolantonio's name. Ponaganset's Paolantonio wins 'Oscars of Teaching' award By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See PAOLANTONIO, Page 7 Council approves revised law banning pet sales in stores Business-friendly zoning changes will wait SMITHFIELD – The Town Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance banning the retail sales of any living dog or cat in any pet store, retail business or other commercial establishments unless licensed under Rhode Island General Law as a hobby breeder. Representing local breeders, attor- ney Vincent Indeglia said he worked with the town to "add teeth" to the ordinance by including language about hobby breeders. State law defines a hobby breeder as a breeder whose sole income is not from breeding, and they may have up to three to four litters per year, Indeglia said. Lee Parkhurst, a 33-year German shepherd breeder based in Smithfield, said she and other hobby breeders intentionally breed champi- on, award-winning dogs. She said she is very selective on who her puppies are sold to, and thanked the town for protecting her in the ordinance. Town Council President Suzy Alba said she was grateful for the passion- By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See PET SALES, Page 4 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE JANUARY 23-29, 2020 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & University Orthodontics Bryan F. Beagan, D.M.D. Smithfield (401) 349-4355 Cranston (401) 942-0300 North Smithfield (401) 762-2830 (401) RI-BRACES RI-BRACES.COM WINTERTIME ~ A time for relaxation and coloring! Stop by for a FREE Buddy Coloring Book Anderson Winfield Funeral Home (401) 949-0180 Buddy the Therapy Dog

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