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The Valley Breeze & Observer 02-20-2020

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 ROBERT EMERSON SATTAN ZHOU, a Bryant University sophomore, uses a cigarette lighter as she closes off a bracelet she made at a craft table during the Chinese New Year celebration at the school on Feb. 7. There were Chinese folk instrument per- formances, traditional dancing, singing and more. See more photos on page 6. SMITHFIELD – Looking back through old files, Fire Chief Robert Seltzer discovered plans for a new fire station on the Routes 116 and 7 corridors dating back to 1976. After seeing those, he said, the delays experienced since the town approved a $4.5 million bond to purchase property in the northern corridor of Smithfield and to build a station does not seem as long. Seltzer said the Fire Department Building Committee looked at three properties along the northern cor- ridor, and waited several months for final pricing on a state-owned proper- ty at the corner of Routes 116 and 7. "That has held up the whole pro- cess," the chief said. The asking price came in higher than expected, or $680,000 instead of an estimated $560,000, for the prop- erty located behind the Holiday Inn at 1010 Douglas Pike, he said. Seltzer added that the water and sewage lines needed to be extended on the property, which would have created additional costs. Two other properties were con- sidered, including the 1.17-acre lot with a brick building at 328 George Washington Highway, for $580,000, Plans for new fire station move forward after delay By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See FIRE STATION, Page 12 SCITUATE – Scituate has not been brought into two pending legal mat- ters stemming from complaints to the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training about wages paid by two companies in the Scituate Police Station project, and Town Solicitor David Petrarca said his firm is moni- toring the situation. Petrarca gave a brief explanation of the "potential legal matter" during the Feb. 13 Town Council meeting, saying he could not go into detail as it is an ongoing investigation. He identified two contractors, Titan Construction and Arita Construction, as the firms being investigated by the DLT. According to Petrarca, the DLT is investigating whether prevail- ing wages were appropriately paid to employees of the contractors who worked on the police station. At this time, Petrarca said the DLT is looking into if the town should be involved in the matter. No complaint against the town related to the matter has been filed yet, he said. "At this point, we're still gathering information. They haven't made a decision as far as coverage," Petrarca said. He said whether the town will need legal representation in the mat- ter "remains to be seen." Scituate prepares for possible legal action from DLT By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See DLT, Page 12 SMITHFIELD – "It took 17 years," said Planning Board mem- ber Michael Pinelli as developers for Smithfield Village, 355 Putnam Pike, gathered their belongings following final plan approval last Thursday, Feb. 13. "That's not bad," replied Planning Board Chairman Albert Gizzarelli. The board approved the 27-acre commercial and residential com- plex, which includes 124 residen- tial units, in a 6-0 decision, with Pinelli abstaining. Twenty-five Smithfield Village receives final plan approval By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See VILLAGE, Page 4 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE FEBRUARY 20-26, 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. Bright Start Academy Preschool Pre-K Celebrating Our 21st Year! Now Enrolling for September 2020 1 FREE Week with Enrollment (Expires 3/31/2020) 688 Putnam Pike (Rte. 44), Greenville, RI 401-949-5461

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