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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-16-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE AKIM DEMIRGIOGLU and his son, BINYAMEN DEMIRGIOGLU, of Akim's Tailoring and Dry Cleaning, display the more than 60 masks donated to town and school employees. The shop also donated masks to employees at the Smithfield Target store. See story on page 3. SMITHFIELD – The "aggres- sively" priced construction bid for the elementary school reconfiguration plan came in $2 million under bud- get and includes all alternate projects for the three schools. The Town Council approved the $32.45 million bid from Ahlborg Construction of Warwick during its virtual online meeting on April 7. In the past, Ahlborg worked with Smithfield on several projects, includ- ing the roof replacements at the middle and high schools, asbestos abatements and ADA upgrades. School Committee Chairwoman Rose Marie Cipriano said Ahlborg is responsive and great to work with during those projects. Ahlborg Vice President Glen Ahlborg said he is excited to start the project, and hopes to get "a lot of work done" this summer. He and Supt. Judy Paolucci said students entering the 2020-2021 school year will see a difference when they come to school. "With distance learning taking place, our goal is to complete signifi- cant renovations this spring and sum- mer within the existing elementary schools," Ahlborg said. Construction on the project will Elementary school contractor $2 million under budget By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See PROJECT, Page 6 Little Leagues face uncertain future With professional sports being put on hold and collegiate sports getting canceled because of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, youth sports of all levels have also been forced to call a time-out. That includes the most popu- lar youth sport of the bunch, Little League, and for the next three weekends, northern Rhode Island's leagues were scheduled to host their Opening Day ceremonies. But those events have been post- poned, and it's uncertain when (or if) regular-season games will take place. The same can be said for the district and state all-star tour- naments that highlight each July and pack parks with families and spectators. A story on the state of affairs in the area's Little Leagues is on page 9. What effect are self-isolation and social distancing having on us and our neighbors? This is a question everyone is asking themselves these Three windows into isolation, distancing in our communities By LARRY SASSO See DISTANCING, Page 11 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE APRIL 16-22, 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. In times like these, Home matters! I am here for you! Stay safe and healthy!

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