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08-20-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON ANITA DUDEMAINE, of Smithfield, stretches during the "Yoga in the Park" program at Deerfield Park on Sunday morning. The class for all levels was led by Melissa Carvalho of Greenville. See more on page 4. SMITHFIELD – Four Scouts from Troop 1 Greenville achieved the highest rank of Eagle Scout this month after completing community- based Eagle projects in Smithfield. Assistant Troop Master John Souve said the four Scouts exemplify what a Boy Scout should be: honest, hard- working genuine young men who deserve recognition for their accom- plishments. Thomas Bowater, 18, a Smithfield High School Class of 2019 graduate, said he's been Scouting for as long as he can remember. Over the years, Bowater said Scouting brought him white water kayaking, on trips to Boston, moun- tain hiking, lifelong friends and countless other memories. "During my Scouting journey, I expanded my comfort zone and tried to accomplish things I never thought I would get the opportunity to," Bowater said. For his Eagle project, Bowater rebuilt a dilapidated metal fence sur- rounded Historic Cemetery 61 in Greenville. Bowater brought a group of Scouts who divided into three teams to pick up and reassemble the fence. Some pieces had trees growing around them, he said. Troop 1 celebrates four Eagle Scouts and their local projects By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See SCOUTS, Page 10 SCITUATE – The town of Scituate has entered a settlement agreement with former Department of Public Works administrative assis- tant Donna Guglielmi, paying her $200,000 to end a wrongful termina- tion suit. The Rhode Island Interlocal Risk Management Trust, on behalf of the town, will cover $20,000 of the payment, while taxpayers are on the hook for $180,000. The settlement releases town employees and the former Town Council of all claims involved in the case. Town employees named in the case include Town Treasurer Ted Przybyla in his capacity as finance director, former DPW Director Richard Tucker, former Town Councilors John Mahoney, Michael Payette, Scott Amaral and Nick Scituate settles $200,000 wrongful termination suit By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See SETTLEMENT, Page 10 Virtual learning leads to spike in athlete ineligibility 'Fourth season' planned to accommodate missed sports SMITHFIELD – Of the Smithfield High School student body grades 10 through 12, 65 students would be ineligible to play fall sports this year using the Rhode Island Interscholastic League standards, said Principal Daniel Kelley. SHS uses the last quarter grades to determine athletic eligibility where students may fail no more than three courses, said Kelley. The bar is set by the RIIL, and is the minimum standard. Kelley said he's never seen such high athletic ineligibility numbers, and said virtual learning is most likely the cause. "We started virtual learning last March and it made a significant impact on students across the dis- trict," Kelley said. The RIIL allows for either method of eligibility testing, and mandates whatever method is used is practiced uniformly for all students. During the Monday, Aug. 17, vir- tual meeting, the Smithfield School Committee agreed to a one-time policy change that will only use the By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See SPORTS, Page 6 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE AUGUST 20-26, 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. In times like these, Home matters! I am here for you! Stay safe and healthy!

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