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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-19-2020

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4 SMITHFIELD NOVEMBER 19-25, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION BREEZE PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY students from Smithfield High School stand near a few members of the Sentinel Scarecrow Army on display at the Smithfield Senior Center. From left: Officer Ryan Perry, Caitlyn Cacador, Cameron Kasbarian, Abby Trainor, Krysta Afonso and Town Manager Randy Rossi. SMITHFIELD – In an effort to bring unity to the community and raise funds for various nonprofits, the National Honor Society has deployed 93 scarecrows around town making up the Sentinel Scarecrow Army. Smithfield High School's NHS and local volunteers created scarecrows to sit outside 19 locations in Smithfield. Each grouping of scarecrows repre- sents a charity, with informational sheets describing what they represent and encouraging viewers to donate. Attached to the sheet is an individ- ual QR code, which can be scanned with a smartphone, and directs view- ers to a nonprofit website where people can donate. At the Smithfield Senior Center, at 1 William J. Hawkins Jr. Trail, students designed scarecrows in the likeness of medical professionals. The attached QR code takes viewers to the Doctors Without Borders dona- tion site. It's a thank you to doctors and health professionals who have helped during unprecedented times, said NHS President Cameron Kasbarian. Kasbarian, a senior at SHS, said the group wanted to do something unique for this year's canned food drive, discussing ideas through October before deciding on scare- crows. As a canned food drive, collection bins are set up at various locations throughout Smithfield, including Town Hall, Smithfield High School, the Smithfield Police Department and the school administration building. "2020 has been a trying year. We're trying to donate and collect any- thing to help those who do not have enough," Kasbarian said. Collections will run through this Sunday, Nov. 22. NHS student and SHS senior Abby Trainor said she hopes the project will help unify the community in divided times. "Even our school is divided and we don't see our whole class every day. We want to help our community come together," she said. Trainor said each of the 43 mem- bers of NHS helped create a scare- crow with whatever resources were available, including raking leaves from her yard. She said the creativity and individuality of each person is reflected in the scarecrows. "You can see what it is to be a SHS student to see how different each scarecrow is," Trainor said. She said many of the charities have personal importance to students. For Trainor, the scarecrows at Deerfield Park representing the Make-A-Wish foundation are dear to her, as her younger sister recently overcame cancer. The scarecrows will remain up until Nov. 30. At that point, the Sentinel Scarecrow Army, or whatever is left of it after two weeks in New England weather, will return to the high school to stand together "for as long as possible," said Krysta Afonso, NHS member and SHS senior. "They'll be standing in unity together as a chapter, a school, and a community," Afonso said. Locations and charities include: • Smithfield Police Department, Wounded Warriors Project (collection site); • Putnam Pike Fire Station and the Firehouse Subs, Public Safety Foundation; • Log Road Fire Station, the First Responders Children's Foundation; • Farnum Pike Fire Station, National Fallen Firefighter Association; • Smithfield Town Hall, Habitat for Humanity (collection location); • School administration building, Girls Who Code (collection site); • Smithfield Municipal Ice Rink, the American Cancer Society; • Deerfield Park, Make-a-Wish Foundation; • Smithfield Senior Center, Doctors Without Borders; • Smithfield High School, American Heart Association (collection site); • Gallagher Middle School, American Red Cross; • William Winsor Elementary School, Project Fit America; • Old County Road Elementary School, the Ronald McDonald House (collection site); • Stillwater Walking Trail, the Trevor Project; • Wolf Hill Hiking Trail, Crossroads RI; • The Anderson-Winfield Funeral Home, Smithfield Food Bank; • Smithfield YMCA. Sentinel Scarecrow Army deployed in Smithfield By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com ABOUT US The Valley Breeze is a locally owned newspaper Office location: 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Closed weekends and holidays. Call us: 401-334-9555 Fax: 401-334-9994 Online: www.valleybreeze.com READER SERVICES DO YOU HAVE A STORY IDEA? Contact Jacquelyn Moorehead at jackie@ valleybreeze.com or call 401-334-9555, ext. 125. 24-hour, 7-day voice mail. ADVERTISING – Call your sales representative, or Director of Sales Jack Birolini at 401-334-9555, ext. 141 or email: jack@ valleybreeze.com CLASSIFIEDS – Place ads at valleybreeze.com, or call 401-334-9555 during office hours. NEWS BRIEFS AND CALENDAR EVENTS Let others know about events sponsored by your non-profit organization, church or school. • Deadline: Entertainment news is Friday at noon. 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TOWN OF SMITHFIELD EXTENDED HOURS VIRTUAL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA ADVERTISED ON WEBSITE: WWW.SMITHFIELDRI.COM NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, by the Town Council of Smithfield acting as the Board of License Commissioners in said Town, that in accordance with the Smith- field Town Ordinances, Chapter 236: Licensing, Business §263-3 Hours Generally, and RI General Laws §5-24-1, an application for permission to extend the opening hours Monday through Sunday for: DKS Coffee, Inc. d/b/a "Dunkin' Donuts", located at 970 Douglas Pike, 4:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. e above named application will be in order for a virtual hearing of the Town Council on December 1, 2020, at 5:00 p.m., 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI 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 Request for Elevator Services e Woonsocket Housing Authority, Woonsocket, RI will receive proposals for "Elevator Services" for all five properties for up to a five-year period. e submission date is Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 2:00 pm. at the Woonsocket Housing Authority at 679 Social Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895. e RFP package will be available on line at www.woonsockethousing.org in Bid Opportunities under the Procurement heading. Questions regarding this proposal may be directed to Susan Castrataro at 401-767-8062 or Scastrataro@woonsockethousing.org. Robert Moreau Executive Director "An Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer" TDD 1-800-745-6575

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