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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-23-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE GLOCESTER – There is no truth behind statements from Supt. Michael Barnes that Ponaganset schools are considering a name change for the mascot, the Chieftains, says School Committee co-Chairwoman Shelley Pezza. Pezza said Barnes was misquoted when he said the district will begin considering a name change in light of NFL's Washington Redskins plan- ning to update the team's name after 87 years. The team agreed to the name change after decades of pressure from Native Americans and activists who believe the term is racist. Ponaganset's long-standing BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY BRADY HESSION, 7, of North Smithfield, reels in a sunfish during a morning of fishing at Stump Pond in Smithfield on Sunday. Brady was fishing with his dad, Dan, and his brother, Owen. The extreme heat brought folks to the water over the weekend. School official denies movement to change Ponaganset Chieftains name By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com Reeling with pride See PONAGANSET, Page 17 SMITHFIELD – Despite a rise in town debt payments, increased spending for the upcoming elec- tion, and expanding the veteran tax exemption, Smithfield leaders passed an $83.6 million budget on Tuesday night without a tax increase. Town Manager Randy Rossi said a zero-increase budget does not neces- sarily mean that some taxpayers will not see a larger bill in the mail. He said residents, many whose homes ended up with a higher tax valuation, Smithfield budget passes with no tax increase By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See BUDGET, Page 10 www.valleybreeze.com/learning/ 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 JULY 23-29, 2020 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Bright Start Academy Preschool Pre-K Celebrating Our 21st Year! Now Enrolling for September 2020 email: info@BrightStartRI.com for a private tour 688 Putnam Pike (Rte. 44), Greenville, RI 401-949-5461 www.BrightStartRI.com

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