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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-22-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON EMMA, 14, and MICHAELA FREDRICKSON stand with their creation of Maleficent, the scarecrow, on Main Street in Chepachet on Sunday afternoon. Although the annual scarecrow festival and competition were canceled this year, scarecrows are still displayed along Route 44. See more photos on page 16. Scaled-back scarecrow event still has spirit SMITHFIELD – Two years after breaking ground at 100 Technology Way, Rubius Therapeutics returned to the Planning Board with plans for a new 175,000-square-foot pharma- ceutical manufacturing facility off nearby Hanton City Trail. Chris Patterson, of Rubius Therapeutics, said the first phase of redevelopment at Rubius, the former Alexion Pharmaceuticals, is complete and the company is manufacturing red blood cell therapeutics in the facility. With its first goals accomplished, Patterson said the company is looking at more manufacturing space at the nearby lot at 30 Hanton City Trail. Joe Casali, professional engineer, said the 15-acre site is suitable for the company's needs, with access to water and sewer lines. The proposed large building would feature areas for laboratories, offices, and pharmaceuti- cal manufacturing, as well as a sub- stantial warehouse and utility areas. "It's quite a facility," Casali said. If Rubius moves forward, he said approximately 100 to 200 new employees would work at the facil- ity. To accommodate new employees, proposed plans include 219 parking spaces, with overflow in the rear load- ing areas. Casali said when Rubius moved to Rubius looking to build second facility By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See RUBIUS, Page 14 FOSTER – Nine candidates are competing for a seat on the five- member at-large Foster Town Council on Nov. 3, with all five incumbents trying for another two-year term. Incumbent Republican Denise DiFranco, who is council president, is running alongside three council- ors, including Robert Moreau, Heidi Rogers and Chris Stone. Another endorsed Republican, David Paolino, fills out the Republican ticket for the race. The sole incumbent Democrat Cheryl Hawes is hoping for another term on the council, and is running with two other endorsed Democrats, Gail Lawson and Anthony Renzi. Marvin Nadiger is running as an independent for the second time in two elections. Candidates spoke to The Valley Breeze & Observer about what inspired them to run for public office and the biggest issues facing Foster, including economic development on Route 6 and the proposed building of a police station. DiFranco, 65, of 109 Central Pike, said there are several reasons she is seeking re-election to the council, and the foremost is her strong sense of community. She said though her work isn't always received with enthusiasm, she knows that the Republican-led coun- cil is addressing issues and moving forward. "I enjoy the challenges that being a Foster council candidates weigh in By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See FOSTER, Page 12 SMITHFIELD – During its second meeting on Monday, the Smithfield Youth Council showed its worth by installing six park benches along the trails at Deerfield Park. Members of the Youth Council arrived after school to dig post holes, pour concrete foundations, Youth Council completes first community project By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See PROJECT, Page 10 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 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE OCTOBER 22-28, 2020 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & In times like these, Home matters! I am here for you! Stay safe and healthy!

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