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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-02-2020

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4 NORTH COUNTY JULY 2-8, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION heart as a chance to give back, and also from his experience as chief of police. "I bring a skill set that will benefit the council and the town," Tikoian said. A sixth Democrat, the unendorsed Kenneth Orabona, is also running for council. The six Democrats will face off in the Sept. 8 primary for five spots on the Nov. 3 ballot. Incumbent Republican Maxine Cavanagh will not seek re-election this year after narrowly securing her spot on the council by 12 votes over independent Albert Gizzarelli in the last election. Gizzarelli, who is chair- man of the Planning Board, is not running again this year. Cavanagh is the only Republican on the council. She did not comment on her decision not to run. Five endorsed Republicans have filed papers for a seat on the council, including James Archer, Katie Law, Marina Emin, Philip Hirons and Zofia Grzegorzewska. Law is a former member of the Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission and quit last July due to "contentious" working conditions between herself and the council. Law said people need to feel welcome in Smithfield. While she respects the opinions and passion of the "regulars" who attend and run meetings, she said there needs to be a focus on the Smithfield culture for future generations. "Changes are easy to make when you're there to make them," she said. Five candidates are running for two seats on the Smithfield School Committee, including three Democrats and two Republicans for four-year terms on the board. Elections are staggered, with three up for election in two years. Virginia Harnois, Democrat, Richard Iannitelli, Republican, and Chairwoman Rose Marie Cipriano, Republican, will continue serving their terms. Democrat Cheryl Hirst-Hodgins will not seek re-election this year after serving a four-year term on the board. Incumbent Kellie-Ann Heenan replaced committee member Sean Clough when he resigned in September 2018 and is running as an endorsed Republican with running mate Michelle Pereira. Endorsed Democrats Jeffrey Angelo and Anthony Torregrossa will face off with unendorsed can- didate Benjamin Caisse in the Sept. 8 primary. Caisse, a teacher in Mansfield, Mass., said he is the only one of the three Democrats who cur- rently works in education. Representing Smithfield and parts of Johnston and North Providence, endorsed Democrat Steven Archambault is running for his fifth two-year term as a state senator for District 22. Democrat Melanie DuPont will again challenge Archambault after being defeated by the incumbent in the last election, earning 37.6 percent of the vote. Archambault said his record of accomplishment includes adopt- ing laws requiring police officers to receive mental health first aid train- ing in how to de-escalate situations involving people with mental health illness, instituting pill limits, protect- ing the environment through clean energy jobs and supporting local farmers to protecting small business. "I am running for re-election because in these challenging time, I want to continue to put my experi- ence to work for the residents of Smithfield, Johnston and North Providence and our state as a whole," Archambault said. DuPont said it is time to switch to a candidate who offers a different and courageous approach to public service. "Instead of eight years of service, we got eight years of lip service," DuPont said. Archambault defeated former Republican Town Councilor Gregory Tocco in the 2018 election, earning 64.4 percent of the vote. This year, Greg Tocco's father, Stephen Tocco, will take a run at Archambault as an independent. The former council member is a long- time critic of Archambault. Republican Paul Santucci, former Town Council president, is running for the District 22 Senate seat as well. Santucci said he will draw from his experience on the council and various town boards as a member of the General Assembly. Republicans Brian Rea, who is endorsed, and Zofia Grzegorzewska will face off in a primary race to take on Democrat Bernard Hawkins in House District 53, representing Smithfield and Glocester. Hawkins defeated Republican Richard Poirier in the 2018 election. Candidates now have until July 10 to file nomination papers with signa- tures. Rep. Gregory Costantino, Democrat, is running unchallenged for his District 44 seat serving Smithfield, Lincoln, and Johnston. SMITHFIELD From Page One FOSTER – Nine candidates declared last week that they intend to run for a two-year term on the Foster Town Council, including four of the five incumbent council members and several town board members. All five council seats are up for re- election on Nov. 3. Candidates need to return nomination papers by July 10. Republicans Denise DiFranco, Christie Stone and Heidi Rogers will all seek another term on the council as will Democrat Cheryl Hawes. Councilor Joe Cardillo, a Democrat, will not seek re-election. Cardillo helped block Sen. Gordon Rogers from being hired as the public works director in May in a split decision along party lines. The senator's wife, Heidi, abstained from voting. Endorsed Democrats Anthony Renzi, Planning Board chairman, and Gail Lawson are also seeking a seat on the council. This is Lawson's second attempt at a council seat after coming up 17 votes short of newcomer Heidi Rogers in the 2018 election. Renzi spoke against the Town Council's decision to remove for- mer Planning Board Chairman Ron Cervasio from the board after Cervasio made comments that Foster is the "last s---hole in Rhode Island." Renzi defended Cervasio's crass- ness by pointing out his ability to bring new ideas and motivation to the board. David Paolino, Zoning Board chair- man, and Robert Moreau, a Planning Board member, are the endorsed Republicans will round out the five candidates. Representing Foster, Scituate, Coventry and West Greenwich, Sen. Gordon Rogers, a Republican, is unopposed in the District 21 race. He also served three terms on the Foster Town Council from 2010 to 2012 and 2014 to 2018. Foster candidates experienced in town government By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com School Committee candidate Benjamin Caisse clarified that he led educational workshops on Smithfield history in Smithfield schools with the Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission, but did not work in Smithfield schools. Caisse teaches in Mansfield, Mass. CORRECTION TOWN OF GLOCESTER, RI TOWN COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING GLOCESTER CODE OF ORDINANCE PROPOSED AMENDMENT e Public Hearing originally scheduled for July 2, 2020 has been re-scheduled for July 16, 2020 at 7:30 P.M. Please note that this hearing may or may not be a virtual hearing where you will have access by telephone or computer only. Please check meeting posted 48 hours prior to meeting at the Secretary of State's Public Meeting look up or on the Town's website at www.glocesterri.org for more information. e purpose of this meeting is to consider a proposed amendment to the Code of Ordinance as summarized below: Proposed Ordinance Amendment: Eliminate Chapter 157, Disorderly Conduct and Indecency Section 2E; Section 2E re-lettering e-v; and, deleting Section 4 penalties. e proposed amendments eliminate a person being guilty of disorderly conduct as it relates to being under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs so as to cause harm to self or others; deletes the penalties for such public intoxication; and, re-letters the remaining ordinance to reflect the change. Availability of Information e proposed amendments are available for public inspection and reproduction on the Town's website, http: //www.glocesterri.org. e proposed amendment may be altered prior to the close of the Public Hearing without further advertising, as a result of further study or because of the views expressed at the Public Hearing. Per Order of the Glocester Town Council Jean M. Fecteau, CMC, Town Clerk SALE PER ORDER OF THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION BY PUBLIC AUCTION PRIME REAL ESTATE CONSISTING OF 3.34 ACRES OF VACANT LAND, LOCATED AT THE CORNER OF DOUGLAS PIKE (ROUTE 7) AND GEORGE WASHINGTON HIGHWAY (ROUTE 116), SMITHFIELD, R.I. LIVE ON-SITE AUCTION: TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2020 @ 10:00 AM INSPECTION: TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2020 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM THE PARCEL IS DESIGNATED BY THE TOWN OF SMITHFIELD'S ZONING ORDINANCE ARTICLE 5 DIMENSIONAL REGULATIONS AS PC-PLANNED CORPORATE/ECONOMIC GROWTH OVERLAY DISTRICT WHICH MEETS THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS AS A BUILDABLE LOT WITH AVAILABLE UTILITIES INCLUDING ELECTRICITY, GAS, MUNICIPAL SEWER, WATER AND TRASH SERVICES. TERMS OF SALE: $10,000.00 IN CASH, CERTIFIED OR BANK CHECK DEPOSIT AT TIME AND PLACE OF SALE, 2 % BUYERS PREMIUM WILL APPLY. PLEASE VISIT US ONLINE FOR BIDDING INFORMATION, REQUIREMENTS AND OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE. PLEASE NOTE: ALL SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES WILL BE FOLLOWED AT THE TIME OF INSPECTION AND LIVE ON-SITE AUCTION. SALE CONDUCTED BY AND FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: IRVING SHECHTMAN & CO., INC. PROFESSIONAL AUCTIONEERS & APPRAISERS 141 POWER ROAD, PAWTUCKET, RI 02860 M.C. 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