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The Valley Breeze & Observer 4-18-13

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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Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester APRIL 18-24, 2013 FREE Observer the valley breeze & Good Sports What's Cooking? Little League players hit the field in Smithfield. PAGE 7 Local food featured in the first Eat Drink RI Festival. LIVING @ "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Middle school medley State's plan for Putnam Pike and Esmond Street corner now far less ambitious By GERRY GOLDSTEIN Valley Breeze & Observer Correspondent Valley Breeze & Observer photo by Elise Manahan Music filled the air last Thursday at Ponaganset High School as 11 Rhode Island middle schools gathered to participate in the Rhode Island Music Educators Association and Rhode Island American Choral Director's Association Choral Festival. Ponaganset Middle School chamber choir members, above, perform a singing exercise at the request of judge Wendell Perruington after singing during the Choral Festival. Trying out the new technique are, from left, 7th-graders Sydney Salisbury, Victoria Zambarano, and 8th-grader Destiny Garnett. Nine to be inducted into the R.I. Music Hall of Fame April 28 PAWTUCKET – The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame will hold its second annual Hall of Fame ceremony and concert on Sunday, April 28, at the Music Hall of Fame in the Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St. The nine 2013 inductees are: Smithfield's own Steve Smith & The Nakeds, The Cowsills, Paul Geremia, Eddie Zack & The Hayloft Jamboree, Bobby Hackett, Jimmie Crane, Bill Flanagan, Sissieretta Jones, and George M. Cohan. Considering last year's sold- out crowd, the Hall of Fame board has broken the event into afternoon inductions and performances from 2 to 4 p.m. in the RIMHOF space and separate evening inductions See MUSIC, Page 6 Awarded as Smithfield's #1 Hearing Practice ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. SMITHFIELD – After hearing adverse reaction from town officials, the state has backed away from its planned $500,000 traffic-control project at Putnam Pike and Esmond Street, and instead will make simpler changes there requiring no road construction and no condemnation of private land. The initial proposal, calling for dual left-hand turn lanes onto Esmond Street for eastbound traffic on Putnam Pike, produced concerns from both Town Engineer Kevin Cleary and Town Manager Dennis Finlay. They said the state plan might actually compromise safety in the area, and also contended that the proposed taking of parking spaces from two businesses on the corner Farhoumand said the DOT's plans for improvements there are unrelated to any proposals that developer Churchill & Banks might submit to the town for 28 wooded acres it controls at the busy corner. would create a hardship. This week, the Department of Transportation's chief engineer, Kazem Farhoumand, confirmed that the project has been scaled back and that the corner will be left unchanged, retaining the existing single left-hand turn lane. The new plan also calls for lengthening the turn lane about 100 feet further to the west, giving it a total length of 350 feet and providing room for several more cars to stack up outside through traffic as See PROJECT, Page 4

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