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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-19-2020

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2 SCITUATE NOVEMBER 19-25, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION SCITUATE – Four years after a fire burned the Country Liquor Store in Hope, former shop owner Nicholas Izzi said he will return to the Town Council in December with plans for reconstruction. The matter came up during last Thursday's Town Council meeting when Councilor Charles Collins suggested holding off on renewing the Class A alcohol sale license for the empty and boarded-up Country Liquor Store at 10 Hope Furnace Road. Collins noted that he made the same suggestion when its renewal came up in 2019, and offered Izzi, a member of the Independent Men who held a majority on the council from 2016 to 2018, an additional year to get plans together for the liquor store located at the end of a commercial plaza. Collins previously sat on the council alongside Izzi. As of last year, Izzi's lawyer said Izzi planned to rebuild the store, and was waiting on "some legality" to clear up. The council, at the request of Collins, approved the license last year on the condition that construc- tion be started by this year. "There is still no building there, and hasn't been an attempt made as far as I know," Collins said during the Nov. 12 meeting. Collins said he would like to see Izzi's intentions with the building and license before moving forward, including seeing plans or permitting before renewing it. "I don't think we should keep a license out there for three years with no building on or no attempt to get a building," Collins said, adding that he did not want to issue a Class A license to an empty space. Councilors Tim McCormick and James Brady agreed to give Izzi a chance to come back to the council with his plans to re-open. Resident Richard Finnegan ques- tioned the rush to revoke Izzi's license when there are other out- standing licenses in town. Collins explained to Finnegan that each town is issued a number of Class A liquor licenses based on population. There is one other Class A license at Scituate Beverage at 30 Hartford Pike. The council unanimously agreed to put the Country Liquor Store's Class A license on the Dec. 10 coun- cil agenda to consider revocation. In an interview with The Valley Breeze & Observer, Izzi said he's owned the liquor store that previous- ly sold alcohol, deli sandwiches and groceries for more than 11 years. He said he will bring his plans, which he said he's had for several years, to the council in December. "If they expect to see the plans, I've got them. I've had them for a long time now," Izzi said. He said a microwave shorted out in 2016, causing the fire. Izzi said that he's had the plans for the building for several years, but has been busy with work. Then COVID-19 hit, he said. "Lumber prices starting spiking with COVID. It's triple the price for wood," Izzi said. Izzi said he's found difficulty get- ting a loan through a bank with people working from home, adding that "everything is backed up." "Things are tough for anyone who wants to build right now," Izzi said. Izzi said Hope residents often ask him when he plans to rebuild. Izzi declared his intentions this year to run for council, but didn't turn in the required signatures to qualify for the ballot. Council to Izzi on liquor license: Time to produce By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Areas of the COUNTRY LIQUOR STORE in Hope are boarded up and a load of wood sits out front delivered by former councilor John Mahoney, who said he will be the gen- eral contractor at the store. Mahoney said he and Nicholas Izzi are waiting for lumber prices to go down before they can rebuild the store. COLLINS SCITUATE – The Christmas cel- ebration continues in North Scituate this year as local businesses put on holiday cheer and stay open late for the 20th annual Candlelight Stroll shopping experience on Dec. 4 and 5. Plans this year are scaled back from the elaborate trolley rides and children's activities that typically hap- pen to comply with COVID-19 safety regulations, said Sacha Hummel of Glitz. Still, Hummel said the weekend will be filled with Christmas sights and delights includ- ing Santa and Mrs. Claus walking through North Scituate Village, where carolers will sing throughout the night. "We make it pretty for the holiday season, all decorated," Hummel said. The Candlelight Stroll is brought to Scituate in partnership with the North Scituate Village Business Association and the Scituate Village Community Collaborative. Each encourages people to shop locally this holiday season. To spread holiday cheer, Hummel said many of the participating busi- nesses will have donation bins for charities such as heating assistance, a toy drive and a food drive. The Scituate Police Department will be in the village for its Fill-a Cruiser toy drive on both nights, Hummel said. He said his and other Scituate businesses have been hit hard 20th anniversary of Scituate Candlelight Stroll By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer HUMMEL See STROLL, Page 16 BIG NEWS For People With Hearing Loss Are you experiencing difficulty hearing? Do you have to ask people to repeat, especially in noisy environments? Are you having difficulty hearing the dialogue when you watch television? Now is the time to have your hearing checked. There is a revolutionary new award- winning hearing device to help you hear better. That means you won't have to work so hard to hear. Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Bldg. 3, Ste. 307, Lincoln, RI 02865 401-475-6116 Call 401-475-6116 today to schedule an appointment for a FREE HEARING SCREENING and RISK FREE TRIAL. Valley Breeze Thanksgiving deadline schedule and different publication days HOLIDAY DEADLINES The Valley Breeze will be closed on Thursday, November 26, 2020 in observance of Thanksgiving Day. The news and display advertis- ing deadline will move forward to Friday, November 20th at 3 p.m. The classified line advertising deadline will move to Monday, November 23rd at 9 a.m. PUBLICATION DAYS The Valley Breeze Cumberland & Lincoln edition, The Valley Breeze North Smithfield Blackstone Woonsocket edition and The Valley Breeze & Observer edition will be delivered on Wednesday, November 25th (instead of Thursday, November 26th).

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