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The Valley Breeze & Observer 05-21-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE SMITHFIELD – The question of whether Smithfield will have an elected mayor or continue with a Town Council-appointed town man- ager should be left to the people, says Charter Review Commission member Tom Winfield. Former State Rep. Winfield said rumors around town accus- ing him of joining the commission because he's going after the position are wrong. "That is false. That is not why I did that," Winfield said. Winfield said he is not interested in running for mayor of Smithfield, and has not been approached about the position. He said people are spread- ing misinformation, and he said he joined the commission to give some background based on his experience as a state representative. "I retired from elected office so I would work less, not seek any other elected office. So anyone that says I am seeking to replace the current town manager is just another wind- bag bragging about their stupidity," he said. Asked if he would consider running Question in Smithfield: Elected mayor or appointed manager? By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See MANAGER, Page 4 WINFIELD SCITUATE – To shine a ray of light into the lives of Hope Elementary School teachers, logger Keith Yeaw and his son, Kole, cre- ated wooden, heart-shaped sculptures with inspiring messages displayed at the school. Keith said he always dabbled in carving with chainsaws and saw an opportunity in the scraps from his side wood-planing business. He said that teachers and students are work- ing "super hard" through virtual learn- ing, and he wanted to do something to give back. Though Kole didn't operate the chainsaw, Keith said it will not be long before he is running one. "I just wanted to give back a little during these unprecedented times," Keith said. Keith carved a dozen wooden hearts from one piece of wood in one afternoon, then turned to Kole for help writing encouraging words on each heart. "He's my number one helper and is always right next to me," Keith said. Kole, a 4th-grader at Hope Elementary on North Road, helped his dad come up with inspiring phras- es written with "giant Sharpie" on the sculptures. He decided on the words kindness, hope, stay safe, wash hands, smile, and teachers rule. Others have smiley faces, and a large, two-hearted sculpture says "thank you." Keith said teachers at Hope Heart sculptures spread joy in Hope By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer KEITH YEAW and his son, KOLE, display one of many wooden heart-shaped sculptures the pair made to give to Scituate teachers. Elementary School love the project, especially Kole's teacher, Wilma Napolitano, who is "head over heels that he would make something like that for them." "Anytime during the school day, he can pop her up and have ques- tions answered," Keith said. Keith said one day he and his son might go stain the hearts to make them last longer. Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE MAY 21-27, 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. Memorial Day Service Monday, May 25th at 10:30 a.m. Veterans' Memorial at Deerfield Park by The American Legion of Foreign Wars Post 2929 and its Auxiliary. (401) 949-0180 The Law Office of Kenneth J. Amoriggi 984 Charles Street, North Providence, RI 401-722-3777 Personal Injury Family Law Landlord Tenant Law Immigration Labor & Employment Law Debt Collection Estate Planning If you are in need of any personal assistance during the ongoing crisis, we are here to help. Contact me.

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