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The Valley Breeze & Observer 03-12-2020

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 Volunteers gathered at Revive the Roots on Farnum Pike in Smithfield on Sunday morning to begin potting daffodil bulbs that will be sold in the spring as a fundraiser for the organization. The pots will be kept in a greenhouse and the hope is that the bulbs will bloom just in time for the spring holidays to help raise money to maintain Mowry Commons as a community activity center. ED COOK, right, takes a break from potting daffodils to meet one of the farm's chickens, held by KRYSTAL KRACZKOWSKI. See more photos on page 15. SMITHFIELD – Sewer and water pipe improvements along Route 7 and Route 116 are moving for- ward after the town was awarded a $100,000 site readiness grant to research possible enhancements to the area and begin repairs. Town Manager Randy Rossi said the grant is the first step in preparing the economic growth overlay district along the corridors for business and residential growth and will support the new fire station proposed in the area. Rossi said the town is working toward creating responsible growth in the area and finding a way to improve infrastructure without bur- dening the taxpayers. "This is a great opportunity for the people of Smithfield," Rossi said dur- ing a press conference on March 5 at Town Hall. The grant will pay for studies that will let the town know exactly what needs to be done to accommodate development proposals, as well as how much the town can handle now, Rossi said. Gov. Gina Raimondo, members of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce and the Rhode Island Commerce Corp. spoke about indus- Grant prepares Smithfield for growth By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See GRANT, Page 2 Signs of spring FOSTER – Two meetings and two split decisions later, Foster is no closer to hiring a new director of the Department of Public Works as the appointment of Sen. Gordon Rogers con- tinues to be blocked by "politics, politics, politics," as he put it. Rogers, a Republican, is the District 21 state senator, represent- ing Foster, Scituate, Coventry and West Greenwich. He also served three terms on the Foster Town Council from 2010 to 2012 and 2014 to 2018. Rogers said applying for the role of DPW director is ethical according to the Rhode Island Ethics Commission. He said he is outside the Ethics Commission's revolving door policy preventing an elected official from being employed by the town within a year of holding office. Rogers said he applied to the role in December, more than a year after he left the council. The previous director had left after a year and a half for another position. Council at standstill with Rogers appointment as Public Works director By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer ROGERS See ROGERS, Page 4 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE MARCH 12-18, 2020 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & (401) 949-0180 (401)944-2450 FOR A PERSONAL TOUR Our uplifting environment and special approach to Alzheimer's and dementia care have created a quality of life you simply can't get any place else. MEMORY CARE ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENCE Convenient to US Hwy 6 and I-95 in Johnston, RI 49 Old Pocasset Road | 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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