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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-15-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE The final steel beam is lowered into place for the new addition to LAPERCHE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in Smithfield last Tuesday, with an American flag displayed, and a tree to signal that no one was injured in the construction process. See more photos on page 22. SMITHFIELD – Three incum- bents, all Democrats, are aiming for a position on the five-member Town Council this November, with two additional Democrats and five Republicans rounding out the 10-can- didate race. All five at-large seats for two-year terms are up for election in Smithfield in the Nov. 3 election. Endorsed Democrats Suzy Alba, T. Michael Lawton, and Sean Kilduff are running for another term on the Town Council. Councilor Dina Cerra, a Democrat, will not run for a second term in office. Maxine Cavanagh, a long-time councilor and the council's sole Republican, is not seeking re-election this year. For the Democrats, Council President Suzy Alba, 37, of 85 Colwell Road, said the decision to run for council was simple: there is always more work to be done and she's dedi- cated to service to Smithfield. Alba said the biggest issue the town is facing stems from the passage of $50 million in bonds for the new fire station and elementary school reno- vations. She said the town will begin paying off bonds in the near future, and the town will need to focus on Smithfield Town Council candidates on why they're running By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See COUNCIL, Page 14 SMITHFIELD – Renee Coletta and Troy Hewes decorate their Austin Avenue home every year for Halloween, but the couple pulled out all the stops to spread some ghoulish cheer this year. Neighbors typically identify the house at 72 Austin Ave. as the one with the old coach out front. By October, it can't be mistaken for anything other than the Halloween house. Hung on trees in the front yard are wooden cutouts of Halloween staples, including a witch brewing a steaming green mixture, a vampire prepared to bite, a werewolf on the hunt, and ghosts ready to scare. Hewes, owner of Ace Hardwood Flooring in Smithfield, purchased many hand-painted figures from a neighbor down the road who retired from creating the decorations more than a decade ago. To Hewes, the purchase was a no-brainer that amped up his Halloween scene, especially when lit Take in the frightening sights at Smithfield's Halloween home By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See HALLOWEEN, Page 13 SCITUATE – The 19th amend- ment, which grants women the right to vote, came down to one vote in 1920 in the Tennessee legislature, Preservation Society celebrates 100th anniversary of women's suffrage By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See ANNIVERSARY, Page 15 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE OCTOBER 15-21, 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 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 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.

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