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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-30-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE At 11 a.m. earlier this month, the temperature was already over 80 degrees as JOHN SCHONDEK, of Pawtucket, takes his children and family friends on a boat ride while doing some fishing on Stump Pond in Smithfield. Pictured with him are his son RILEY, 11, daughter AVERIE, 7, and family friends CORA, 4, and BRIELLE MICHAEL, 7, both of Lincoln. Town Council rejects sending administrator question to voters Residents to decide on significant changes to charter on Nov. 3 SMITHFIELD – Voters will not be asked about whether Smithfield should go to a new form of govern- ment with an elected town adminis- trator in November, after the Town Council voted down the potential bal- lot question in a 3-2 vote. During a six-hour meeting last Wednesday ending at 1 a.m., the council heard 26 potential changes to the Town Charter proposed by the Charter Review Commission. After a public hearing on each item, the council voted whether to bring the questions to the Nov. 3 ballot for the voters to decide, with 22 of the 26 approved. Significant changes will come to the ballot in November after last week's vote, including extending the length of Town Council terms and creating staggered seats, reducing the mem- bership of the Planning Board, and creating a Financial Review Board to eliminate the Financial Town Meeting. The council heard both sides of whether the current system of a coun- cil-appointed town manager needs to By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See TOWN CHARTER, Page 21 SMITHFIELD – For Diane and Jim Belknap, the decision to close the doors to Greenville Inn permanently had long been a con- sideration over the years, but the coronavirus outbreak hastened the couple's choice. Diane, 63, and her husband Jim, 66, have owned the local fine- dining establishment at 36 Smith Ave. in Greenville for the past 23 years, but have decided it's time to retire after enjoying the past several months at home. When the restaurant closed on March 15, Diane said she and Jim were still considering reopening for take-out and eventually dine-in service. As the weeks progressed, she realized how wonderful it was spending more time with her fam- ily, particularly her 2-year-old grandson Aiden. Anyone who frequented the Greenville Inn has seen pictures of Aiden, or his mother, the Belknaps' eldest daughter Allison, Diane said. "Everyone knows I'm obsessed with my grandson. They all come in and see pictures of Aiden. He's my whole life right now," she told The Valley Breeze & Observer. Aiden made the idea of closing that much easier for the couple. Diane had been juggling the res- Closing time for Greenville Inn By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer Beating the heat with a cruise around the pond See CLOSING TIME, Page 5 Slack Reservoir Association: Stay out Swimming prohibited at town beaches SMITHFIELD – Slack Reservoir is not open to the public for rec- reational purposes, says Kathleen Gustavsen of the Slack Reservoir Association, who is expressing safety concerns this week regarding the increased use of restricted areas By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See SLACK RESERVOIR, Page 7 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE JULY 30-AUGUST 5, 2020 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & 401-949-0180 Happy Birthday, Buddy! Bright Start Academy Preschool Pre-K Celebrating Our 21st Year! Now Enrolling for September 2020 email: for a private tour 688 Putnam Pike (Rte. 44), Greenville, RI 401-949-5461 Josh's Roofing • RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL ROOFING & SIDING Unmatched Quality Attention to Detail 401-597-5660 or 508-922-3574 RI Reg. #20208 RI Comm. #182R MA Reg. #16296 2017 & 2018 Financing Available Call NOW & Get Your Roof Quote Fast! 401-597-5660 508-922-3574 Call NOW & Get Your Roof Quote Fast! DID YOU KNOW . . . Hail Damage may be covered up to 100% if you are a Homeowner and the hail damage is dime size or larger? Impacts of hail cause granule displacement cutting the life expectancy of your roof & siding. Call for further details. STORM DAMAGE

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