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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-01-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE The Gentian Garden Club held its Fabulous Fall Plant Sale on Sept. 19 at the North Scituate Community House. A variety of plants, grown by club members, were all sold for $5. LOIS HARTLEY, left, of Scituate, and ALYCE PEDDER, of Chepachet, are members of the club and say these flowers and plants are all healthy and have been dug from the members' gardens. GLOCESTER – Lurking in front of a pine tree at 1246 Putnam Pike stands a 12-foot skeleton packed with smaller skulls in its ribs marking the beginning of Halloween season for one of Glocester's most festive home- owners. Since purchasing the home in 2010, Linda and Ronnie Seran pull out all the stops when decorating the circa 1895 home for every holiday. This Halloween is no different, and this year, the family went big. Linda said she researched Home Depots in the area that had the tall skeleton in stock, driving to Connecticut to purchase the towering figurine. To personalize it, she added smaller skeletons inside its rib cage representing its last meal. After setting up the skeleton last week, Linda has already seen cars slow down along the state highway to take a look, and people stop her in stores to comment on the decoration. But the skeleton is only the begin- ning. The Serans lined the front yard with No bones about it: Glocester family goes big for Halloween By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See DECORATIONS, Page 6 SMITHFIELD – After years of delays, the Planning Board last week granted final approval to the 79-unit subdivision Old County Village. Plans for the project, on 21 acres off Old County Road, were ini- tially denied by the Zoning Board of Review in 2016 only to be over- turned in 2017 by the state's Housing Appeals Board as an affordable hous- ing project, according to attorney Joelle Rocha, representing owner Shawn Jorde. The Planning Board granted pre- liminary plan approval in February of last year when developers returned with diminished plans, including 25 percent affordable housing across 79 units, or 20 low- to moderate-income housing units. The project is a comprehensive per- mit project under Smithfield's table H-25 property for high-density LMI housing. H-25 allows for 102-105 units on the property. Sitting as the local review board, the Planning Board approved of the plans under stipulations that a pre-blast survey extends to abutters within 500 feet, that traffic improve- ments including a stop sign and line at the end of the project is completed at 80 percent build-out, and that a fence is added to the perimeter of the property from swamp to swamp. The development includes 22 duplexes and 35 single-unit struc- tures, with LMI units dispersed throughout. Old County Village gets green light By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com Rooting for raising funds See OLD COUNTY, Page 12 SCITUATE – After Scituate added $10,000 to the budget to send out a copy of the proposed Home Rule Charter to each home, Town Clerk Margaret Long is apologizing that several pages are missing from residents' copies of the document. Long explains that an error occurred when she scanned the document and skipped pages of the charter and they were not printed. Long said she was not provided with a proof of the mailer before it was sent out, and she did not look over the 65-page document. "As the town clerk, I take full responsibility for the error and apologize for any inconvenience it Long apologizes for 'horrible mistake' on charter mailer By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See MAILER, Page 4 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE OCTOBER 1-7, 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. 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

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