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The Valley Breeze & Observer 4-11-13

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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APRIL 11-17, 2013 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE Observer the valley breeze & A Stitch in Time Uplift your season ���A Patchwork of Communities��� on display through April 27. LIVING Uplift your season With our Sprin g & way a to Serving The Valley Breez e & Observer up, up @ in the Valley val ley bre eze .co m ���Like��� us on n APRI L 10-16 , 2013 fairy land New yard trend gardeners to ���thencourages ink small��� By MEGHAN Valley Breeze KAVANAUG staff Writer H meghan@vall Consider addin whimsy to your g a little spring by creatingarden this the fairies who g a home for Fairy garden live among us. s have becom something specia e l for people of any age, said eral manager Gary Briggs, genand Home, of Briggs Garden 295 Kelley Blvd. in North Attleb oro, All you need Mass. are a few plies, some creativity and supimagination. your Think small, to keep everyt Briggs said, hing in scale. see FAIRIES, Page 14 With our Spring in the Valley special section. INSIDE @ special sectio ���Short on garden space? Make use of trees by fixing a door to the bark and a der to the side. ladA tree stump can provide a foun also dation from which to fairy commun start a ity. Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers ��2013 Breez ��� e PuBlicatio ns inc. Valley Breeze & Observer Correspondent Questions still surround double-dipping pension incident By DENISE PERREAULT Whether named for saints or sinners, Effin���s is bankrupt Classroom culture By GERRY GOLDSTEIN SMITHFIELD ��� Effin���s Last Resort, the expansive night spot at 325 Farnum Pike that opened in 2006 amid legislators��� complaints that its name was a thinly disguised vulgarity, has been petitioned into receivership and is for sale. The establishment, which once generated annual sales estimated at $2 million, has a seating capacity of more than 600 and billed itself as ���Rhode Island���s premier eating, drinking and partying place.��� According to newspaper ads placed by the court-appointed temporary receiver, lawyer Richard L. Gemma, the property for sale includes the 6,500-square-foot restaurant and bar, 11 acres of land, and an outdoor in-ground swimming pool and sand volleyball court. Gemma said the establishment, which closed the first week in April, had been running for some time on a weekends-only schedule. See EFFIN���S, Page 11 Valley Breeze & Observer Correspondent Valley Breeze & Observer photo by Bruce McCabe Worldly lessons abound at LaPerche Elementary School. Alyssa Pearson, a 1st-grader, shows off her new language skills by pronouncing the numeral one in Chinese. LaPerche held a graduation ceremony for students in the Confucius Classroom after-school enrichment program last week. During the six-week program, 13 LaPerche students in grades 1 and 2 learned a basic Chinese vocabulary and about elements of the country���s arts and culture. The program is run in association with Bryant University. See more photos on page 19. FOR IMMEDIATE SALE EFFIN��� S LAST RESORT, LLC & EFFIN��� S PUB, LLC SCITUATE ��� Efforts are underway to recover about $11,000 in pension overpayments mistakenly paid to seven retired police officers, but questions remain about the double-dipping of two retirees who came back to work for the town while collecting police pensions. In an interview last week, former Town Treasurer Ted Przybyla, a Republican who lost his position in the November election, told The Valley Breeze & Observer that he takes responsibility for the errors that were made during his watch, but, contrary to charges made by his critics, he never intended to hide the mistakes from the public or fellow officer-holders. ���I should have caught it,��� Przybyla told The Observer. ���Shame on me, I didn���t catch it.��� He referred to what others have called ���double-dipping��� of two police retirees ��� identi- JOHNSTON 6500 +/- sq.ft. restaurant/bar with seating capacity for 600 +/-, situated on approximately 11 acres of real estate with off-street parking capacity for 250/300 vehicles; Magnificent land development opportunity; Assets include, but are not limited to: outdoor in-ground pool, sand volleyball court, outdoor bar & stage, tables/chairs, bar equipment, kitchen equipment & televisions LOCATED AT: 325 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, Rhode Island Anyone interested in submitting an offer should contact the receiver immediately. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard L. Gemma, Receiver Wieck DeLuca & Gemma Incorporated 56 Pine Street, Suite 700, Providence, RI 02903 T: 401-454-8706 F. 401-454-8755 fied in previous reports as Richard Tucker and Ken Gaffney ��� who after retirement took town Przybyla jobs as deputy public works director and computer specialist, a civilian job with the police force, respectively. Both resigned when questions arose in recent months about double-dipping. ���Both of those men did nothing wrong, they did their jobs,��� Przybyla said, adding that talk around Johnson town about double-dipping became ���ugly��� for the two men and their families. Przybyla was contacted by The Valley Breeze & Observer after state Rep. Michael See SCITUATE, Page 14 Anderson Winfield Funeral Home New construction! To be built! 3 bed 2 bath raised ranch with single car garage located on dead end street. Central air, 2x6 construction, experienced contractor. Plan can be viewed at Allow approximately 4 months for construction. Call today for further details. $224,900. Barbara A. Scanlon Broker Associate ABR, CPDE, CRS, e-PRO, PMN, SRES Home Office: (401) 949-1689 Licensed Since 1985 RE/MAX Town & Country ��2013 Breeze Publications Inc. Route 44 at Greenville Common Greenville, RI 02828 (401)949-0180

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