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The Valley Breeze & Observer 5-9-13

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester MAY 9-15, 2013 FREE Observer the valley breeze & Off and Running Farm living in Foster More than 500 runners race to the finish line in the Navigant Credit Union Half Marathon. PAGE 7 Owners of Legend's Creek Farm talk about the joys and labors of their land. LIVING @ "Like" us on Extraordinary Child plans playtime for children with disabilities Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Barnyard bliss By GERRY GOLDSTEIN Valley Breeze & Observer Correspondent By MEGHAN KAVANAUGH Valley Breeze Staff Writer SMITHFIELD – Creating a space for children with disabilities and their families to play in sensory-rich environments, Extraordinary Child has opened at 3 Industrial Drive, Unit A. Executive Director Jennifer Gingras, the Cumberland mother of a 10-year-old son with Asperger's Syndrome and an 8-year-old daughter with developmental delays, started the nonprofit organization in 2008. She and a team have been working since then to acquire space to make her vision a reality. "We have enough to get us started," Gingras said. "This will transform as we fundraise. We hope to expand in the future." A soft opening of the Smithfield location was held in April, and a grand opening is planned for June. The space has areas for fine motor skill work and imaginative play. There is a gross motor skill area decorated with a jungle mural, which has a See EXTRAORDINARY, Page 2 Batting cage plan is a swing and a miss with neighbors SMITHFIELD – It may be the national pastime, but residents along Wampum Trail told the Town Council last week that baseball is destroying their ability to enjoy their homes. They live on a street that parallels the third base and left field lines of the Deerfield Park Little League Field, and they were protesting the league's plan to install a 30- by 55-foot batting cage between their houses and the diamond. Their complaints produced a two-hour council workshop April 30 that turned into a standoff between residents and league officials, and ended up requiring extra innings: The See FIELD, Page 9 Marijuana dispensary never envisioned in town's zoning statutes By GERRY GOLDSTEIN Valley Breeze & Observer Correspondent Valley Breeze & Observer photo by Elise Manahan Delighting in the farm experience, Wings n' Things 4-H member Hannah Nelson, 8, of West Warwick, left, helps Thomas Robbins 3, of Uxbridge, Mass., hold a baby chicken at Heritage Haven Homestead in North Scituate last Saturday, during the Breakfast in the Barnyard and farm tours event. See more photos on page 11. SMITHFIELD – Taking the term "grass roots democracy" to a new high, the owners of a medical marijuana consulting business at 2 Esmond St. will appear before the Town Council May 21, seeking to re- PAWTUCKET/FAIRLAWN open after the municipal zoning office shut them down April 23. The operation, which has drawn concern from Police Chief Richard St. Sauveur Jr., provides advice, and free marijuana, to state-certified medicinal users. One of the owners, Garrett Romano, said the company has hired a lawyer who will repreSee MARIJUANA, Page 12 Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Classic 4 bedroom center hall colonial, 2 baths, eat in kitchen, formal dining room and sunroom with French doors, fireplaced living room, hardwood floors plus 3 car garage. Located minutes to shopping and highway. Offered at $188,600 Barbara A. Scanlon Broker Associate ABR, CPDE, CRS, e-PRO, PMN, SRES Home Office: (401) 949-1689 Licensed Since 1985 RE/MAX Town & Country ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. Route 44 at Greenville Common Greenville, RI 02828 (401)949-0180

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