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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-25-2020

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JUNE 25-JULY 1, 2020 NORTH COUNTY 3 SMITHFIELD – Six local candi- dates filed declaration of candidacy papers by the end of the day on Tuesday, saying they intend to run for office in 2020. Candidates had until 4 p.m. Wednesday to officially declare and file their intent to run in state and local September primaries and November elections. The Valley Breeze & Observer will be reporting more on this week's declarations. In the Senate race for District 22 representing Smithfield, Johnston and North Providence, incumbent Democrat Stephen Archambault filed for his fifth term as sena- tor. His opponent two years ago, Melanie DuPont, declared her intentions to take another run at Archambault as a Democrat. In her announcement for candida- cy, DuPont said she will take bold, decisive action to secure green energy jobs, living wages, equal pay, and affordable housing. "I don't trust our endorsed repre- sentative to meaningfully improve our lives. Instead of eight years of service, we got eight years of lip service," she said. Archambault could not immedi- ately be reached for comment. Former Town Councilor Paul Santucci declared that he will also run against Archambault in the Senate race. Santucci served one term on the Town Council from 2016 to 2018, and removed himself from the race for his second term in 2018 due to a family illness. Santucci said he was not interest- ed in running for office in an inter- view with The Observer last week, citing the same reasons from two years ago. He clarified on Tuesday that he did not intend on running as town administrator, should the electorate choose to go that route. Santucci said he will use his expe- rience from serving on the council and town boards to bring a differ- ent approach to state government. "There is a lot at stake for the state of Rhode Island and for the town," he said. State Rep. Bernard Hawkins is running for his second term in office as a Democrat. The former Smithfield Town Council mem- ber defeated Republican Richard Poirier in the 2018 election by 278 votes. Hawkins is being challenged by Republican Brian Rea of 2 Country Drive in Smithfield. As for town races, Town Council Vice President T. Michael Lawton intends to run for his third term in office. Benjamin Caisse filed his bid for School Committee as a Democrat. Caisse is a member of the Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission and spent time teach- ing history in Smithfield. In Scituate, several candidates filed their intent to run for the Town Council. All seven at-large council seats in Scituate are up for election, each with a two-year term. Incumbent state Rep. Robert Quattrocchi, a Republican repre- senting District 41, filed his intent to run for his third term in office. Town Clerk Margaret "Peggy" Long said most candidates would not file until moments before Wednesday's 4 p.m. deadline. Thomas Galligan will make his second attempt for council this year after losing the election in 2018 as an independent. Joe Maggiacomo and Allen Durand also filed their intent to run for School Committee as Democrats. Steven Venditelli is running as town moderator as an independent, saying he wants to "symbolize the impartiality and political neutral- ity that I think the position of town moderator should strive to be." Multiple candidates taking a run at Archambault By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer SMITHFIELD – A plot at 321 George Washington Highway is slated to be the location for the new Smithfield fire station along the Routes 116 and 7 corridors. The Town Council decided in executive session Tuesday night to allow Town Manager Randy Rossi to enter into a purchase agreement for the 2.7-acre vacant lot in the light industrial zone. Council President Suzy Alba con- firmed the location. The town agreed to pay $285,000, pending necessary due diligence, to owner Smile LLC of 1 Thurber Blvd. The property was assessed at $321,700 in 2020 and sold for $290,000 in 2002. Voters approved a $4.5 million bond for the new station in 2018 to cut down on delays in service to the northern portion of town. According to fire officials, emergency response times in the northern corridor are between eight to 13 minutes while other areas of town have a response time of four to six minutes. The town researched three other properties for the station in the immediate area. Prices ranged from $525,000 to $680,000 for proper- ties. Chief Robert Seltzer previously said that the process of researching properties and holding out for better pricing on a state property delayed progress on the project. He previously said he expected the sales agreement to go to the council in March, which was delayed due to COVID-19. In February, he antici- pated groundbreaking in the fall. Fall is no longer in play, he said, but after years of working and antici- pation of the project, there is no need to rush. "We want it done properly," he said. "Everybody is excited to get to work on it." In the coming weeks, architects will finalize building plans and a civil engineer will look over the site to determine placement. Architecture plans will be similar to the three other brick stations in Smithfield. Seltzer said every member of the Fire Department Building Committee favored the 321 George Washington location to others and said it kept "sticking out." He said the price allows for more money to go into the building rather than the property. The site has sewer and water hookups ready to go, something other sites lacked. "The nice part about that (price) is being able to have money to put the money into the building and get it done properly," Seltzer said. Officials choose location for new fire station By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer Blackstone Heritage Corridor seeks photos for 2021 calendar contest WHITINSVILLE, Mass. – The Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor is seeking photo- graphs for its 2021 calendar contest with the theme of historical land- marks and artifacts. The annual contest receives hun- dreds of entries but only 13 images will be selected for the 2021 calendar to illustrate the cover and each of the 12 months. Submitted images not selected for the calendar are used throughout the year for the corri- dor's various promotional materials, including its website, annual report, brochures and much more. To be considered for the contest, photographs must focus on histori- cal landmarks and artifacts in the 25 communities of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor and must be original digital photog- raphy. Photos must be submitted in high resolution (300 dpi minimum) and in horizontal JPG format. No black and white or altered images. The deadline to enter is Friday, Aug. 14. There is no limit on the number of entries. Each photo must be submitted separately with a description. Winners will be notified in early September. Submit photos at BlackstoneHeritageCorridor. org and use the online calen- dar contest submission form. To request a paper form, con- tact Bonnie Combs at bcombs@ . Heritage Hills Nursing & Rehabilitation Center A Part of Health Concepts LTD. 80 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 401-231-2700 We are proud to announce the recipients of this year's $ 500 Scholarships Congratulations to the Class of 2020 Hannah Lanoie will be attending URI for Nursing. Noelle Brochu will be attending URI for Nursing.

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