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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-15-2020

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6 ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL OCTOBER 15-21, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER SMITHFIELD TOWN COUNCIL SMITHFIELD SCHOOL COMMITTEE Alba praises colleagues, highlights accomplishments SMITHFIELD –Town Council President Suzy Alba, a Democrat, says Smithfield residents should feel confident knowing those they voted for have worked hard and done so together with honesty and integrity. "It has been an honor to work alongside my colleagues and to serve as president," she said. Alba provided a snapshot of what the council accomplished this year by working together in what she called a non-partisan way. • Passing a budget that produced no tax increase by freezing pay raises and finding savings to minimize the impact on residents, especially during COVID-19; • Repairing neglected infrastructure including town roads, bridges, water tanks, and buildings; • Creating a town e-newsletter and citizens reporting app; • Appointing more than 15 residents to serve on town boards and commis- sions; • Hiring a grant writer, who secured more than $500,000; • Creating a youth council to pro- vide opportunities for youth leader- ship and citizenship; • And supporting the new basket- ball courts near McCabe School. Lawton points to success in re-election campaign SMITHFIELD – Town Council Vice President Michael Lawton, a Democrat, said in a press release it has been a privilege to serve the taxpayers of Smithfield over the past four years. He stated during the last few years, the council has worked in a bipartisan manner and though a pandemic to continue to provide the residents of Smithfield with the high level of ser- vice they are accustomed to receiving. "We have worked collectively as a group to oversee long overdue and major infrastructure improvements, including renovations to each of the town's water tanks, resurfacing town roads, and new construction at each of our elementary schools. At the same time, we have enacted fiscally responsible budgets which have held the line on spending. It is extremely important that the town completes renovations to each of its elementary schools and addresses the debt service associated with the school bonds. "We continue to scrutinize munici- pal finances to minimize future impacts to the Smithfield taxpayers," he said. Tikoian will focus on reducing the tax burden SMITHFIELD – Town Council candidate David Tikoian, a Democrat, said if elected he will seek to reduce the tax burden on residen- tial homeowners with responsible economic growth, expanding the town's commercial tax base. Smithfield has the ability to create new business opportunities within the Economic Overlay District, he said, and attracting new business to town and supporting those already here will generate tax revenue, offsetting potential increases in expenditures associated with the municipal budget. "With the recent addition of the biotechnology firm Rubius Therapeutics, the town of Smithfield continues to attract new businesses that wish to call Smithfield their home," he said. "As an elected offi- cial I will work with my council colleagues to engage the Smithfield business community, listen to their concerns and showcase Smithfield as a business friendly community." Torregrossa committed and dedicated to Smithfield schools SMITHFIELD – School Committee candidate Tony Torregrossa, a Democrat, said he promises to be committed as times change and there are new challenges. "I will see to it that Smithfield remains in the forefront in offering quality education in a safe environ- ment," he said. Torregrossa said he will be dedi- cated, using his experience teaching and coaching thousands of Smithfield children for 53 years. "I asked for and gave 100 percent to those I was privi- leged to work with and will continue to do so," he said. Caisse shares core values and beliefs SMITHFIELD – Democrat Benjamin Caisse, a high school teacher for 17 years, licensed admin- istrator, member of the Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission, school volunteer, and parent of two Smithfield Public School students is running for a seat on the Smithfield School Committee. He notes that he is the only candidate who works in education. If elected Caisse says he will advo- cate for the needs of the schools and base decisions on what is best for students. He will open lines of communica- tion to effectively act as a voice for the community, he said. Maintaining a physically and emo- tionally safe environment that focuses on teaching the whole child will be a priority, he said, adding that he will focus on expanding innovative teach- ing practices that promote authentic learning. He said he will also support the expansion of AP courses, visual/per- forming arts as well as programming that promotes cultural awareness and tolerance and career training educa- tion programming. Continues on page 8 TOWN OF SMITHFIELD INTOXICATING BEVERAGE - VIRTUAL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA ADVERTISED ON WEBSITE: WWW.SMITHFIELDRI.COM NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, by the Smithfield Town Council of Smithfield serving as the Smithfield Licensing Board, that an application for a License to sell intoxicating beverages under the provisions of Title 3, of the General Laws of R.I., 1956, and any amendments thereto has been made to said Council as follows: CLASS B-VICTUALLER BEVERAGE LICENSE (To include outdoor seating and bar service) Rebel Alliance Group, LLC, to be known as "Bistecca Chop House", 332 Farnum Pike in the Town of Smithfield. e above named application will be in order for a virtual hearing of the Town Council on October 20, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield Town Hall, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, at which time and place all remonstrants may make their objections. e public is welcome to any meeting of the Smithfield Town Council. If communication assistance (readers/interpreters/captions) or any other accommodation to ensure equal participation is needed, please contact the Smithfield Town Manager's office at 401-233-1010 at least forty- eight hours prior to the meeting. By order of the Town Council: Carol A. Aquilante, MMC, Town Clerk FOSTER TOWN COUNCIL e Foster Town Council will conduct a Public Hearing regarding pro- posed Zoning Map Amendment under consideration on October 22, 2020 at 7pm upon the petition of Partner's Auto Auction, David Mihail- ides, owner, of Assessor's Plat 13 Lot 25. e Public Hearing will be held remotely via e proposed Zoning Map amendment seeks to extend the General Business Mixed-Use zoning district (GBM) to encom- pass the property located at Assessor's Map 13 Lot 25, which is currently zoned within the Agricultural/Residential (AR) zoning district. A full copy of the proposed Zoning Map amendment can obtained from the Foster Planning Office. e proposed Zoning Map amendment may be altered or amended 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. Any alteration or amendment must be presented for comment in the course of the hearing. Planning Department 181 Howard Hill Road Foster, RI 02825 401.702.5012 PUBLIC HEARINGS The Smithfield Zoning Board of Review will hold virtual public hearings on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 5:00 PM. All persons entitled to be heard will be heard for or against the granting of the following applications: Carlo and Barbara Conti as applicants and owners of property located at 47 Swan Road, listed as Plat 46, Lot 5 seek a variance to subdivide a lot. Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. You can also dial in using your phone. United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073 Access Code: 536-429-301 The application and accompanying documents for these applications are available for public review on the 2020 Meeting Agendas page of the Town's Website: If communication assistance (readers/interpreters/captions) is needed or any other accommodation to ensure equal participation, please contact the Smithfield Town Manager's Office at 401-233-1010 at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the meeting. BY ORDER OF THE ZONING BOARD. S. James Busam, Chairman TOWN OF SMITHFIELD Notice of Abandonment of a Portion of Vera Drive It being the judgment of the Smithfield Town Council, aer a public hearing on October 6th, 2020, that a portion of Vera Drive described in a Petition for Abandonment filed by Jorica Development, LLC and Dahlia Bonzagni be abandoned because that portion of Vera Drive has ceased to be useful to the public. A description of the abandoned roadway is on file with the Smithfield Town Clerk. e Town Council ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED: A portion of Vera Drive in the Town of Smithfield, Rhode Island, as described in the said Petition for Abandonment referenced above is hereby abandoned as a public highway. As a result of the creation of a new cul de sac that portion of Vera Drive referenced on file with the Town Clerk's office in the Town of Smithfield is no longer deemed useful to the Town and abutting property owners thereto . It is hereby directed that a published notice thereof be advertised in the Valley Breeze Observer once each week for three (3) successive weeks, and further that personal notice thereof be served upon every owner of land abutting upon said portion of Vera Drive that has been abandoned, which owners are known to reside within the State of Rhode Island, and that further notice thereof be given by certified mail to every person residing outside this State, who is an owner of land abutting upon said portion of Vera Drive, which has been abandoned. BY ORDER OF THE SMITHFIELD TOWN COUNCIL, aer public hearing of Tuesday, October 6, 2020. Carol A. Aquilante, MMC, Town Clerk

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