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The Valley Breeze & Observer 08-27-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Enjoying the music performed by Escape Route are, from left, KATHLEEN AUGAITIS, of Greene, KIM WALSH, of Cranston, and ALTHEA CONNETTI, during the Scituate Summer Concert Series last Wednesday at the gazebo on West Greenville Road in North Scituate. See more photos on page 8. SMITHFIELD – Three Democrats will face off in the Sept. 8 primary for a shot at two seats on the Smithfield School Committee. Anthony Torregrossa, Ben Caisse, and Jeffrey Angelo are all seeking enough votes to make it to the top two and move on to the general elec- tion on Nov. 3. Unendorsed Democrat Caisse, 39, of 42 Forestwood Drive, said he and his wife, Hannah, moved to Smithfield in 2015 to provide a bet- ter education for their two children, Cameron, 11, and Jillian, 9. Both attend Smithfield public schools. "We were really impressed with the district's focus on the whole child and developing lifelong learners," Caisse said. Of the four other candidates run- ning for School Committee, Caisse said he is the only person cur- rently working in education, which is important during uncertain times due to COVID-19. Caisse teaches social studies at Three Democrats face off in School Committee primary By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See COMMITTEE, Page 12 Teen's business Seaweed Inferno burns down competition Amsden takes third in entrepreneurship competition SCITUATE – Noticing invasive red seaweed littering the shore- lines of Newport beaches, Scituate High School rising junior Meghan Amsden created Seaweed Inferno, an organic fire starter using the unwanted sea life. Amsden, 16, took that idea to the Lt. Governor's Entrepreneurship Challenge Business Pitch Competition, where she won third prize and a $2,500 scholarship for Seaweed Inferno. She said she will use the schol- arship to continue her company, investing in research, business upkeep, and working away at the By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See SEAWEED, Page 10 SMITHFIELD – While winding down the summer season working for the Smithfield Conservation Commission, six Smithfield stu- dents planted native shrubs and flowers around the Leo Bouchard Youth Corps keeps Smithfield clean for summer By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See YOUTH CORPS, Page 9 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE AUGUST 27-SEPTEMBER 2, 2020 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & (401)944-2450 Our uplifting environment and special approach to Alzheimer's and dementia care have created a quality of life you simply can't get anywhere else. MEMORY CARE ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENCE Visit our website BriarcliffeGardens.com or call to book a Virtual Tour from the Comfort of Home Convenient to US Hwy 6 and I-95 in Johnston, RI 49 OLD POCASSET ROAD BriarcliffeGardens.com Together but Apart Visit our website for a preview of our new virtual visitation service (401) 949-0180 www.andersonwinfield.net Register For Online Courses: valleybreeze.com/learning/ excel.html Improve Your EXCEL Skills! • Take courses from the comfort of your home or on-the-go using your smart phone • "Ask The Expert" feature submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying Find out more, call 401-334-9555 x134

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