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The Valley Breeze & Observer 09-24-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE SMITHFIELD – Ownership of Smithfield Liquor Mart will trans- fer from longtime owner Brett Heckman to John Conti of Johnston after weeks of back-and-forth over liquor license laws prevented the town's fifth license from being issued in August. The council last week unani- mously approved the transfer of the license pending compliance with state regulations, payment of a lien on the property, and all other municipal requirements. The decision comes after the council was criticized for requesting a fifth liquor license for the town to be granted to Richard Conti for a new liquor store at 970 Douglas Pike without advertising that it was avail- able. During the Aug. 4 meeting, Councilor Dina Cerra questioned the town's processes for awarding the license to operate a liquor store, and the council tabled the item until more applicants were given a chance to apply. By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON The joy of kick- ing the ball into an open net is reflected on the face of 5-year- old RYLIN GIBREE during the Smithfield Youth Soccer Association's Opening Day at Deerfield Park on Sept. 12. See more photos on page 9. Getting a kick out of Opening Day SMITHFIELD – Smithfield and National Grid reached a settlement last week in a four-year dispute, sav- ing the town $3.4 million, according to officials. They said a different outcome would have resulted in far-reaching financial consequences in the town for years to come. Smithfield, National Grid both win in settlement By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com SCITUATE – Owners of the one- story, extended-stay motel at 862-864 Danielson Pike propose demolishing the 11-unit facility to build an owner- occupied 12-unit condo project. Danielson Pike motel would be replaced by condos By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See SETTLEMENT, Page 4 See CONDOS, Page 10 New ownership at Smithfield Liquor Mart No confirmation on rumored move to Benny's See LICENSE, Page 8 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE SEPTEMBER 24-30, 2020 (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 Welcome Autumn (401) 949-0180 www.andersonwinfield.net www.valleybreeze.com/learning/ ONLINE LEARNING Find out more, call 401-334-9555 x134 • Career Building • Excel • Communication • PowerPoint • Digital Marketing • Women in Business • Entrepreneurship • Security Awareness Online Professional Development INSIDE Celebrating all things autumn INSIDE Celebrating all things autumn A u t u m n m n m n m i n th e V a ll ey ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE inside Local haunt: Chepachet is said to be home to R.I.'s most haunted place Get creative: Bring home the fun with DIY fall decorations Pumpkin spice: Love it or hate it, the flavor is here to stay Pick perfect: Spend the day at one of the area's many pick-your-own farms Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE &

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