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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-23-2020

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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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JULY 23-29, 2020 NORTH COUNTY 11 District, for a total of $23,988,949. The council agreed to spend $200,000 on capital projects in the schools. The school budget includes a $138,887 cut in state aid amounting to third of the $326,072 budget defi- cit to be filled using reserve funds. Projects include replacing the boil- ers at North Scituate Elementary School and/or Clayville Elementary School, modifying the middle school entrance to address safety concerns, repairing pavement outside the front door of the high school, and updates the camera system at the high school. Town Councilor Tim McCormick said "exhaustive" efforts were put in place to hold a live meeting and allow community participation at the FTM. The auditorium could fit 130 vot- ers, while outdoors had seating for an additional 65 people. For those who wished for further separation, the gym was set up for another 80 residents and secluded non-residents. A total of 112 voters attended last week's meeting. Many voters did not attend the meeting due to fear of personal safety from the coronavirus. Resident Kim Smith, who lost in a run for Town Council in 2018, said she did not feel safe attending the meeting due to an immunodefi- ciency. She filed a complaint alleging she was discriminated against based on a disability with the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights. Smith said she watched the video at home with her infant daughter. "I strongly feel that I should not have to risk my health or the health of my daughter to be involved in what is my civic duty in voting for my town's functions and appropria- tions," she said in her complaint. Smith said requests to hold the meeting virtually or to allow pub- lic comments from home were not answered. She added that outdoor seating or a drive-thru approach would also have been preferable. FTM From Page 4 BREEZE PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Indoor seating at Scituate's FINANCIAL TOWN MEETING last Wednesday used every other row in the Scituate High School auditorium, and spaced out voters, unless they were members of the same family. Barn cats available at Scituate Shelter SCITUATE – The Scituate Animal Shelter announced it has a few cats available that would make suitable barn cats. There are two male cats and one female cat available. Shelter staff say the cats should do well keeping a barn free of pests. They are spayed/ neutered, vaccinated and dewormed. There is no adoption fee. Call the shelter at 401-647-7200 for more information. RI Elder Info launches Virtual Calling All Veterans Day Resource Fair SCITUATE – A Virtual Calling All Veterans Day Resource Fair will be held to distribute information on resources and benefits to empower independent aging for veterans of all eras, their spouses, or their aging parents. Originally scheduled to take place at the URI Ryan Center in the spring, due to COVID-19, Virtual Calling All Veterans Day will be livestreamed on RI Elder Info's Facebook page and YouTube chan- nel on Thursday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon. This is an opportu- nity for community members to gather information and resources to empower their own independent aging. Seniors, caregivers and profession- als are invited to this program. Call Deb Burton at 401-585-0509 or email for more information. Women's Business Council hosts networking night LINCOLN – The Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce's Women's Business Council will host a Networking Night at Troop PVD Restaurant, 60 Valley St., Providence, on Tuesday, July 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. This will be an in-person network- ing event. Masks are required. For more information or to register, visit . Summer Breeze Custom Cedar PVC Vinyl Aluminum/Steel Chain Link: Galvanized & Vinyl Coated Gates 401-769-2575 fax 401-766-2956 375 St. Paul Street, North Smithfield, RI (5 minutes from MA, off 146A) RI. Contractor's Reg. #6112 Full Insured Professional Service & Installation Open for 36th Season! Complete lIne oF ResIdentIal & CommeRCIal FenCIng Your Official Eastern Illusions Dealer Since 2005 Fencing materials also available for the Do-It-Yourself Install.

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