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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-15-2020

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4 NORTH COUNTY OCTOBER 15-21, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER support them if needed," Rossi said. Department directors, including Rossi, trained with the Rhode Island Recovery Group to learn about sub- stance abuse recovery, and how to deal with it, Rossi said. Rossi said Smithfield has protocols in place to help deal with dangerous situations if substance abuse is hap- pening to make a safe situation first. He said the safety of schools, children and residents come first. "We're a judgment-free workplace after," Rossi said. The program extends beyond town employees to family members and friends. For more information, visit www. recoveryfriendlyri.com or call the toll free number at 800-445-1195. RECOVERY From Page 2 GLOCESTER – In the House of Representatives District 40 race, incumbent Republican Mike Chippendale is running for his sixth two-year term at the Statehouse, defending his seat against Democrat Linda Nichols. Representing Foster, Glocester and a portion of western Coventry, Chippendale said he is running for re-election to continue the work he's started on the House Oversight Committee. Chippendale, 51, of 124A Johnson Road in Foster, said his experience as the longest-serving member on the committee will be invaluable during the upcoming budget season. He said there are many issues, including improvements to the Department of Children, Youth and Families, nursing homes, pub- lic education and the state budget, that he is not finished with yet. "I have not accomplished every- thing that's in the works. We have all these issues, especially under these circumstances, where some- one hit the pause button," he said. He said the committee is focused on improvements to DCYF. Understaffing paired with distanc- ing requirements create a "really dire situation" he said he hopes to address. Nichols, 62 of 493 Durfee Hill Road in Glocester, is a past candidate who previously ran for Glocester Town Council and School Committee, and is hoping this year will mark her first win. A 20-year resident of Glocester, she said she volunteers frequently in town and understands how government runs. Nichols said she loves Glocester and wants to see it be better. Though running as a Democrat, she said it is the person and ideas behind the title that count. She said it is time that politicians work together and stop party politics. "If we don't stop bickering between each other, nothing is going to get done for the people," she said. Nichols said she decided to run for Town Council after watching her mother die in a nursing home, and wanting to bring reform to senior care. Though she did not consider her mother's care to be negligence, she said care workers are overwhelmed and need help. "It's not about us politicians, it's about the people," she said. Nichols said affordable hous- ing is a right, not a privilege. She said she hopes to develop more housing in Rhode Island, and bring businesses into District 40 to keep taxes down. Chippendale said he is anxious to return to the Statehouse to work on the budget, criti- cizing the legislative body for not holding sessions. Like Nichols, he said he is invested in senior living. He said he's listened to witnesses and advo- cacy groups who oversee nursing homes and is aware of the uneven number of deaths in the homes due to COVID-19 as opposed to the general population. He said seniors' health is adversely affected by isolation measures to ensure safety. Chippendale said he and fel- low legislators proposed a senior patient advocacy act to allow fam- ily members or another advocate for patients to create transparency and take robust role in the care of loved ones. Nichols challenges Chippendale for House District 40 seat By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com CHIPPENDALE NICHOLS Young Writers Workshop series continues SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library will host a Young Writers Workshop on Google Meet on Saturdays, Oct. 17, and 31. Grades 6-12 are invited to explore different kinds of writing in a sup- portive environment. This writing group meets every other Saturday morning in Google Meet, and new members are always welcomed. Register to receive a link for the program. Visit www.yourlibrary.ws or call 401-949-3630. Topics will cover: • Oct. 17: Reboots & Remakes • Oct. 31: Scary Stories East Smithfield Library announces new hours SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., has announced new hours: • Monday 1-8 p.m. • Tuesday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. • Wednesday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. • Thursday 1-8 p.m. • Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. • Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The library is still also offering con- tactless pickup. Call 401-231-5150 for more information. IN BRIEF TOWN OF GLOCESTER, RI TOWN COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING GLOCESTER CODE OF ORDINANCE PROPOSED ZONING AMENDMENT POSTPONED FROM April 2, 2020 to November 5, 2020 Notice is hereby given pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws 45-24-53, and in accordance with the Glocester Home Rule Charter, that a Public Hearing will be held at the Town Council meeting of November 5, 2020 at 7:30 PM. e purpose of this meeting is to consider a proposed amendment to the Code of Ordinance as summarized below: Please note that this hearing may or may not be virtual hearing where you will have access by telephone or computer only. Please check meeting posted 48 hours prior to meeting at the Secretary of State's Public Meeting look up or on the Town's website at www.glocesterri.org for more information. Proposed Ordinance: Chapter 350 Zoning: Article IX Section 350-67 through 350-80 inclusive Historic District Zoning e proposed amendment includes changes to the permitting and procedures for improvements to or demolition of all structures within the Historic District Availability of Information e proposed amendments are available for public inspection and reproduction in the office of the Glocester Town Clerk, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and on the Town's website, http://www.glocesterri.org. e proposed amendment may be altered prior to the close of the Public Hearing without further advertising, as a result of further study or because of the views ex- pressed at the Public Hearing. Per Order of the Glocester Town Council Jean M. Fecteau, DMC, Town Clerk TOWN OF GLOCESTER, RI TOWN COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING GLOCESTER CODE OF ORDINANCE PROPOSED AMENDMENT POSTPONED from April 2, 2020 to November 5, 2020 Notice is hereby given in accordance with the Glocester Home Rule Charter that a Public Hearing will be held at the Town of Glocester Council meeting of November 5, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to consider a proposed amendment to the Code of Ordinance as summarized below: Please note that this hearing may or may not be a virtual hearing where you will have access by telephone or computer only. Please check meeting posted 48 hours prior to meeting at the Secretary of State's Public Meeting look up or on the Town's website at www.glocesterri.org for more information. Proposed Ordinance: Appendix, Chapter A423 Historic District Commission - Rules and Regulations The proposed amendment includes changes to procedures to be consistent with Chapter 350 Zoning: Article IX Section 350-67 through 350-80 inclusive Historic Zoning District Availability of Information The proposed amendments are available for public inspection and reproduction in the office of the Glocester Town Clerk, Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 4:30PM and on the Town's website, http:/ /www.glocesterri.org. The proposed amendment may be altered prior to the close of the Public Hearing without further advertising, as a result of further study or because of the views expressed at the Public Hearing. Per Order of the Glocester Town Council Jean M. Fecteau, CMC, Town Clerk TOWN OF FOSTER SPECIAL FINANCIAL TOWN MEETING ThuRSdAy, OCTOBER 29, 2020 at 7:00 PM The Town of Foster has scheduled a Special Financial Town Meeting for residents to approve the purchase of land located on South Killingly Road, Plat 20 Lot 0009. This meeting will be a hybrid meeting (virtually and in person) on October 29th at 7 p.m. at the Capt. Isaac Paine School, 160 Foster Center Road. Susan Dillon, Town Clerk

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