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The Valley Breeze & Observer 02-06-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON Having a "hat-to- hat" chat are JOAN CATALDO, left, of Glocester, and SHIELA SMITH, of Johnston, at Sunday's Proper Tea at the North Scituate Community House to benefit the pub- lic library. They are members of the Red Hat Society. There were a variety of teas and an assortment of treats, music and raffle gift baskets at the event. See more photos on page 6. Spilling the tea? SMITHFIELD – Economic prog- ress through development and munic- ipal collaboration will be a strong point of emphasis over the next year in Smithfield, said Town Manager Randy Rossi during his State of the Town address on Tuesday. Rossi spoke to business leaders in Smithfield and the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce at the Home2 Suites by Hilton about what he expects for Smithfield this year. He spoke about what he described as a successful 2019 fis- cal year that brought in an operating surplus of $68,984 for the town and $349,607 for the School Department. He said town department directors are working on putting together the 2021 budget and will continue to use zero-based bud- geting practices. As a result of last year's "lean review" of business regulations, licenses, and fees, the rollout of a single license and registration form Rossi: Economic growth highlights 2020 By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com PROVIDENCE – Area school districts would gain significant dollars toward their next budgets if all short- term recommendations from a special state study group are implemented this year. Pawtucket would gain $1.6 million, Pearson explains how recommended changes would help districts By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com SCITUATE – After a post on the PVD Food Truck Events Facebook page last month stated that the trucks would not return to Scituate for the 2020 season, caus- ing many residents to question the motive, members of the Scituate Recreation Committee last week set the record straight, saying that the trucks will return to this year's summer concert series. While most seemed to believe the Town Council was responsible for pulling the plug on the event, council members in attendance at the meeting last Thursday said they were not involved in the deci- sion. Recreation Director David Pannone said he suggested that the Recreation Committee look into not hosting food trucks at the event to cut down on expenses. According to Pannone, the long- running Summer Concert Series hosted by Gen. Reggie Centracchio cost the town approximately $2,800. Adding the food trucks more than doubled the costs to Following announced pull-out, food trucks will return to Scituate By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See ROSSI, Page 8 See FOOD TRUCKS, Page 7 See CHANGES, Page 11 ROSSI Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE FEBRUARY 6-12, 2020 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. See our local Business Card Directory INSIDE See our local Business Card Directory INSIDE card the local l Directy BRINGING LOCAL BUSINESSES TO LOCAL PEOPLE Local Businesses Offering Local Solutions 2020 Edition Published by Featuring: Automotive Sales & Service Dining/Food/Enteainment Health Services Home & Garden Pets Professional Services Real Estate Services Retail ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE

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