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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-30-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Foster native BRIAN THORNBER designed a face mask that can detect harmful contaminants passing through filtered face masks. He hopes once patented, it can be modified for medical uses as well. See story on page 6. SMITHFIELD – When town offi- cials opted for a less costly option to repave streets using a micro-surfacing technique in Esmond last August, residents were outraged at the final messy, discolored result. Up Elizabeth Avenue, around the bend onto Bertha Street, and back on Diana Avenue, the resurfaced roads were showing tire tread marks and crumbling edging shortly after they were redone. Officials promised residents that the time immediately following resurfacing was an "ugly stage" for the roads. Eight months later, the sur- face is still the same brown color and cracks have appeared every 15 feet or so. Last August, Department of Public Works Director Gene Allen said the rough appear- ance was temporary, and the brown color and tire marks would wear off over time. While most tire marks created Esmond's newly micro-surfaced roads already showing cracks By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See ROADS, Page 2 Hometown innovator ROSSI FOSTER – With the aid of a newly announced $400,000 grant from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Foster will complete its first athletic complex by next fall, said Foster Town Planner Jennifer Siciliano. Siciliano said she is excited to see the plans for the Foster Youth Athletic Field receive the final funding thanks to a $400,000 grant from the RIDEM. The grant will pay for phase two of the plan, which includes a foot- ball field, soccer field, basketball court, tennis courts and the comple- tion of walking trails. Phase 1, also partially funded by a $400,000 rec- reation grant, included a baseball field and a 77-vehicle gravel parking lot. "We're really excited about this grant. It is what we need to see Foster will get its first athletic complex By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See GRANT, Page 4 GLOCESTER – A $400,000 grant from the Department of Environmental Management is another piece in the multi-decade plan to make Chepachet Village a historic, tourist-friendly business growth center, said Town Planner Karen Scott. The grant, one of 21 given to promote recreational growth in Rhode Island, will provide needed upgrades and repairs to Glocester Memorial Park, 52 Adelaide Road. Funding for Glocester Memorial Park part of larger plan By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See PARK, Page 2 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE APRIL 30-MAY 6, 2020 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & (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 | BriarcliffeGardens.com 949-3200 www.drscottri.com Dr. Scott B. Klimaj Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Seeing Emergency Patients Only 7 Smith Avenue, Greenville OUR 2020 SPRINGTIME HOME & GARDEN BUSINESS DIRECTORY INSIDE OUR 2020 SPRINGTIME HOME & GARDEN BUSINESS DIRECTORY INSIDE 1 Springtime Home & Garden 2020 BUSINESS DIRECTORY Published by APRIL-30-2020-SHID.indd 1 4/20/20 9:07 AM

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