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The Valley Breeze & Observer 03-19-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY HILLARY DRESSIER, of Scituate, models a denim jacket from Bewitched at the Spring Stray Cat Strut Catwalk Fashion Show, at the North Scituate Community House last Saturday. The event was sponsored by The Scituate Villages Community Collaborative, and local shops Glitz, Bewitched, Bittersweet & Ivy and Sweet Salvage. A percentage of proceeds will go to The Friends of Scituate Animal Shelter for spaying and neutering costs and the Scituate Animal Shelter to help fund the cost of their new "cat wing." The event was originally scheduled to be open to the public, but was switched to online viewing due to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions. See more photos on page 6. Virtual fundraiser SCITUATE – Another setback at the Scituate Police Station means the police department may not move into its new headquarters at 1301 Chopmist Hill Road until mid-May, according to Police Station Building Committee mem- ber Thomas Galligan. According to Galligan, there are Police station plans incomplete, meaning another delay By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See DELAY, Page 12 Smithfield hosts phone town hall meeting on virus SMITHFIELD – The town will host its first telephone town hall meeting today, Thursday, March 19, to field the community's questions and concerns after declaring a state of emergency in Smithfield through March 22. In a town-wide email, Town Manager Randy Rossi explained that the state of emer- gency was called on Monday to allow a rapid response to local health and safety needs and slow the spread of the coronavirus. Rossi said he expects the state of emergency to expand past March 22 with council approval during Thursday's meet- ing. Residents are welcome to join the call at https://www.gotomeet.me/ RandyRossi or by phone at 866- 899-4679 using the access code 582- 355-893. Town Council President Suzy Alba, Rossi, and Smithfield Emergency Management Director By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See MEETING, Page 15 ROSSI NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is hoping a massive influx of federal infrastructure funds will help complete a long-awaited overhaul of Route 146, eliminating the traffic light at the dangerous intersection with Sayles Hill Road and improving safety throughout the highway. Last month, RIDOT officials sub- mitted an application to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Infrastructure for Rebuilding America program seeking $90 million in federal grant funds. The application details planned improvements on nearly every por- tion of Route 146 from Providence to the state line, including paving and replacing the Louisquisset Pike North Bridge. At the center of the $150 million project is a reconfiguration of the highway near the North Smithfield and Lincoln border that would eliminate the traffic light at Sayles Hill Road. Instead, the RIDOT plans to construct a bridge that RIDOT seeking $90 million for massive Route 146 project By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See ROUTE 146, Page 2 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE MARCH 19-25, 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.

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