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The Valley Breeze & Observer 01-30-2020

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 CHARLES LAWRENCE Fifth-grade students at LaPerche Elementary School, in Smithfield, held their annual Pasta Dinner at Smithfield High School last Friday. School Principal Julie Dorsey said, the event is a great leadership and public speaking opportunity for students. Above, LIAM MCCURDY serves pasta and meatballs to FELICITY DANCAUSE, 8, a student at LaPerche Elementary. See more photos on page 12. GLOCESTER – With rain loom- ing in the forecast last weekend, local ice fishermen trekked across the fro- zen surface of Waterman Reservoir in Glocester for what several believed would be their last ice fishing trip of the season last Friday. John Falardeau, self-proclaimed best ice fisherman, was out with his two friends, Heath Kieon, of North Attleboro, Mass., and Shane Harnois, of Woonsocket, and co-worker John Fitzpatrick, who Falardeau had taught to ice fish two years before. Falardeau, of North Smithfield, said he went ice fishing five times this winter and feared this might be his last chance to get on the ice. He checked the ice days prior, and again the day of, then set out to fish at the crack of dawn. Falardeau said it clearly hasn't been a great year for ice fishing, but he knows of secret spots in Burrillville that freeze up quickly and can help Ice fishing junkies enjoy what could be the end of short season By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See ICE FISHING, Page 7 SCITUATE – Residents of Chopmist Hill Road are declining to have their wells tested, hoping that move will block developer John Mahoney from constructing his new 18-unit condo project here. The Plan Commission and Scituate Town Council overstepped their authority when they placed restric- tions on Mahoney's proposed Chopmist Hill Estates, according to a State Housing Appeals Board deci- sion last month. Mahoney, the former Town Council president, said restrictions placed on the December 2018 preliminary plan approval were politi- cally motivated. Occurring weeks after he was ousted from office, mem- bers of the new council joined doz- ens of abutters in providing testimo- ny against the development, citing nearby well water issues as a leading factor in opposing the project. Mahoney says those stipulations were placed to create "a window on Neighbors refuse to allow well testing after Mahoney wins ruling By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer MAHONEY See MAHONEY, Page 4 SMITHFIELD – Weeks away from going out to bid for renova- tions and repairs to Smithfield elementary schools, the School Building Committee has updated design plans for each of the schools, including taking a closer look at the new gym at McCabe Elementary School. Supt. Judy Paolucci and Project Manager Derek Osterman of Elementary designs done, ready for construction bids By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See SCHOOLS, Page 6 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE JANUARY 30-FEBRUARY 5, 2020 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Bright Start Academy Preschool Pre-K Celebrating Our 21st Year! Now Enrolling for September 2020 1 FREE Week with Enrollment (Expires 2/29/2020) 688 Putnam Pike (Rte. 44), Greenville, RI 401-949-5461 Your One Stop Source for: 375 Putnam Pike, Village Plaza Smithfield, RI | 401-757-6872 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 Smithfield location only. NOW THROUGH FEBRUARY 29, 2020 CBD CURIOUS? We're here to help you and answer your questions. Koi • Hemplucid • Original Hemp FREE SAMPLES CHEERS FOR BEERS! Our look at Northern Rhode Island's thriving craft beer scene INSIDE

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