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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-16-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE STEPHEN MAIORIS, of Scituate, relaxes in his kayak on Stump Pond on Sunday. He said this was his first time paddling the Smithfield pond. SMITHFIELD – Members of the Smithfield Town Council last week appeared unconvinced that the town should move from an appointed town manager to elected adminis- trator form of government, the big prize recommendation of this year's Charter Review Commission. That said, Town Council President Suzy Alba said this week the council hasn't made up its collective mind to rule out putting the question to the voters this November. In a sometimes testy online forum that saw Charter Commission Chairman Al Costantino repeatedly get frustrated over the process, coun- cilors presented commissioners with questions about how they came to their conclusions on the town's ideal form of government and other pro- posed changes they'd like to see go to voters. The inspiration for a shift to an elected position was largely based Smithfield council not convinced new government needed By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See GOVERNMENT, Page 21 Sunday pond paddle Officials agree: gunfire in Foster a nuisance But Hawes gets no support on move to make changes FOSTER – Town Councilor Cheryl Hawes says the sound of gunfire over Memorial Day weekend was the worst she's ever experienced while living in Foster for more than 40 years. "It was the worst weekend ever experienced at home," Hawes said. Hawes said she isn't the only Foster resident reporting an increase in the sounds of gunfire; a number of resi- dents contacted her and the Foster Police Department regarding the seemingly constant noise caused by gunshots. Hawes proposed a strengthening of the noise nuisance ordinance in town to impose time limits on gunfire, motorcycle use, and fireworks. At a June 24 council meeting, she motioned to allow the Planning Board to review and make updates to the noise ordinance, but received no second to move the motion for- ward. Others on the council said the restrictions may impede the Second Amendment right to bear arms. By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See GUNFIRE, Page 22 SCITUATE – Scituate's newly appointed Supt. Laurie Andries says she is up to the challenge of starting in a new district following this year's unprecedented closure of schools, and is prepared to start a new school year with student and staff health and safety as a top priority. Andries said Supt. Carol Blanchette, who is retiring after two years with the dis- trict on July 31, is working closely with the Rhode Island Department of Education to formu- late plans for three possible scenarios for the next school year. Andries starts July 27, though she Scituate welcomes Andries as new school superintendent By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See ANDRIES, Page 22 ANDRIES Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE JULY 16-22, 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. STAMPED CONCRETE and FLAT WORK WE HANDLE ALL INSURANCE CLAIMS • Siding • Decks • Dump Trailer Service • Unbeatable Prices • Fully Insured • No Job Too Small • FREE Roof Inspections (401) 225-9422 Free Estimates • RI Lic # 29424 "Everything For Your Home" Please Call for a Free Estimate 100% FINANCING Roofing by ROOFING SPECIAL GOING ON NOW! DESIGN ~ INSTALL ~ MAINTAIN commercial • residential 401-451-2622 401-300-9228 We Specialize in All Phases of Hardscape Patios • Walkways • Retaining Walls D.C.J. LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION Rhode Island • Massachusetts • Connecticut We WIll beat any CoMpetItoRs pRICe

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