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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-18-2020

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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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE With the LaPerche Elementary School 5th-grade Sweetheart Dance canceled due to COVID-19 gathering size restrictions, Smithfield photographer Gene Hutnak offered free portrait sittings for the students and their "sweethearts" at the Smithfield Senior Center Gazebo on June 2. LILLIANNE HEALEY poses with her grandfather, PHILIP HEALEY, for a photo during the shoot. She says her grandfather is always "looking out for her," and she feels like she has two fathers. SMITHFIELD – Voters should decide the form of government in Smithfield, including whether the town should continue with an appointed manager, said members of the Charter Review Commission in a vote on a first round of proposed changes to the town's charter last week. Chairman Al Costantino said the commission will continue voting on proposed changes tonight, Thursday, June 18, during a meeting on Zoom. The commission is close to being done with its work and ready to forward rec- ommendations to the Town Council for a vote. The town currently has an appointed manager, Randy Rossi, but a change potentially going before voters would change it to an elected position. "We're putting it up to the voters to decide if they want an appointed or elected official. That's the only differ- ence," Costantino said. For Costantino, the difference is that an appointed manager works at the pleasure of the council, while an elected administrator works for the residents. "It's a separation of powers, the checks and balances that would be bet- ter for the town," he said. Most towns in Rhode Island have opted for an elected administrator or mayor. Costantino said the commission was impressed by the work done by Commission proposes elected administrator, no FTM By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer Dance canceled? Dress up anyway! See COMMISSION, Page 21 SCITUATE – Police Chief Donald Delaere says he's happy to see a cer- tificate of occupancy allowing officers to move into the newly built Scituate Police Station, saying it's now time for him to retire. Delaere's retirement comes after a history of a poor working relationship with Town Council President Jim Brady and the current GOP- controlled council. Delaere announced his retirement last Thursday following a tour of the police sta- tion. He said after 27 years of service, he is ready to move on. His last day is June 27. "It's time. I got my department in a new station," he said. "Been forever, almost accredited 77 new policies (90 percent done.) Only waiting on (the) station to be done," Delaere said. After initial completion dates were pushed back from November 2018, the chief said the department will move into the station this week. "I made the decision when I knew the men and women of the SPD got into the station they long deserved," Delaere said. Delaere gave no warning for his sud- den retirement outside of notifying the With station occupied, Chief Delaere retires By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See DELAERE, Page 6 DELAERE SMITHFIELD – At 100 years old, Celine Fish is described as a hot ticket who spends her days on a boat on Slacks Pond with her fam- ily, her evenings chatting with her school sweetheart, and every day enjoying what life brings her. It's a hard job, she said, but some- one has to do it. When the coronavirus first hit the U.S., Fish's grandson, a nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital, advised his mother, Celine Bell, Locked up on Slacks Pond, centenarian is living the dream By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See FISH, Page 10 ONLINE LEARNING Find out more, call 401-334-9555 x134 • Career Building • Excel • Communication • PowerPoint • Digital Marketing • Women in Business • Entrepreneurship • Security Awareness Online Professional Development Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE JUNE 18-24, 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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