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The Valley Breeze & Observer 09-17-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON Soccer players NICK CICHON and RYAN SLIGO race for the ball during a game at Deerfield Park in Smithfield last Saturday during the Smithfield Youth Soccer Association's Opening Day. SMITHFIELD – The town has taken advantage of what Town Council President Suzy Alba calls a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with the purchase of the Camp Shepard property, which includes 114 acres of natural resources previously used by the YMCA of Greater Providence. The Town Council, during a spe- cial meeting last week, unanimously agreed to purchase the property for $1,225,000 from the YMCA of Greater Providence. The new park immediately becomes the town's larg- est, according to officials. Alba said this chance to preserve Smithfield's environment represents a tremendous boon for the town. "When the opportunity to purchase this site was recently presented, we did not hesitate in order to preserve this land for future generations," she said. Alba said she brought the proposal to the council immediately, including Town Manager Randy Rossi's plan for financing the acquisition. Rossi said that the purchase will be handled as a lease from the town's Capital Lease Fund, which allows the town to borrow from itself and bud- get repayment over time. Once a 45-day period is over to finalize the purchase agreement, Alba Amazing opportunity with purchase of Camp Shepard By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com FOSTER – With a current police station unfit for use with several deficiencies, Police Station Building Committee member Joe Walsh says town votes will decide whether to borrow $3 million for a new station at the Sept. 29 Special Financial Town Meeting. Walsh said the current Foster Police Station does not meet Police Department accreditation standards, which creates litigation liabilities and lowers confidence in the department. As it stands, the Foster Police Station is located in a single-family home built in 1824 on Howard Hill Road that lacks numerous public safety requirements. The PSBC identified missing ele- ments in the station, including: • Separate cells for juveniles or females (there is only one cell); • Interrogation or interview rooms, including a separate area for juve- niles; • Shower facilities for men or women; • Locker rooms; • Separate bathroom facilities for male, female and public; • Actual offices of any kind; • ADA compliance (basically at 0 Foster will decide on new police station bond By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com WALSH See NEW BOND, Page 7 See PURCHASE, Page 5 SCITUATE – While the final coat of paint dries at the Scituate Congregational Church, the green across the street that houses the Scituate Art Festival will remain empty this year as the fall fundrais- ing event is shelved. "My whole mission all these years working on the committee was to get the church restored for the day of the event," said Scituate Art Festival Committee President Paul Leveillee. "This year, it's finally done, the steeple, the weath- ervane, the paint, and no event," he said. The Scituate Art Festival Committee announced in July that with a "heavy heart" the 54th annual festival in October would be called off. A virtual festival option, where vendors can publish work and sell wares online, is being considered. Leveillee said the Art Festival Committee is still trying to cross that bridge and figure out if it is feasible Scituate Art Festival considers virtual show to continue grants By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com LEVEILLEE Eye on the prize on Opening Day See ART FESTIVAL, Page 7 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE SEPTEMBER 17-23, 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. Family Owned Since 1926 $ 100 Off New Gas Boiler or Furnace LIC. #RIMP882 • One Day Gas & Oil Boiler Replacements • Same Day Gas & Electric Water Heater Replacements • Boiler Repairs & Maintenance • HVAC Service & Replacements • All Work Guaranteed Call NOW to get your Gas Boiler or Furnace ready for winter.

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