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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-19-2020

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | NOVEMBER 19-25, 2020 SMITHFIELD 9 and the additional lamps will help keep people outside. Still, he said, he's noticed in the cooler temperatures that food is get- ting colder faster. "This will help a lot," he said. Like most local restaurants, Delos moved his dining room outdoors. With COVID-19 cases on the rise again, he said he fears restaurants will soon be forced to close a second time. "We're just going to keep moving forward no matter what happens," he said. Town Council President Suzy Alba applauded Delos for his adaptability in the face of adversity, saying being able to help businesses and individu- als succeed is why she is a public ser- vant. When closures first hit local busi- nesses, the Town Council hosted informational phone meetings with business owners to help through the pandemic and in reopening, she said. Pointing to concrete barriers sur- rounding the outdoor dining area at Kountry Kitchen that were bought at discount from a local supplier, Alba said she is proud of Smithfield's busi- ness community for pulling together. "Businesses were supportive of each other and helpful to keep everything moving. They all came together to make it work," she said. Town Manager Randy Rossi said each of the 18 local businesses that applied for the grant were awarded supplies, including 27 patio heaters, 20 sets of outdoor string lights, one outdoor wireless extender, 35 stand- alone hand sanitizer stations, 33 tents and sidewalls, 35 surgical masks in packs of 50, eight outdoor work lights, 40 gallons of hand sanitizer, 11 out- door dining sets, and outdoor audio equipment. Rossi pointed out that local tent and igloo retailers are out of stock, and he needed to search out west to find any- thing available. "It may be quicker to get an actual Eskimo to make them for us," he said, adding that the lack of supply to meet the demand shows that the pandemic is still everywhere in New England. With that in mind, Smithfield extended its state of emergency order to allow businesses to serve food and beverages outdoors in parking lots until the end of the year. "Hopefully the weather will hold up that long," Rossi said. Businesses awarded supplies include Bree's Deli, Condesa Restaurante Mexicano, Siena, Tavolo Wine Bar, Copperfield's, The Last Resort, Laura's Bar and Grille, Northern R.I. Strength and Conditioning, Terrazza, Thirsty Beaver Pub and Grub, Kountry Kitchen, Biagio's Pizzeria and Bar, Appleland Orchard, Lola's Lounge, Parente's Restaurant, Twin River Pizza, the East Smithfield Public Library, the Greenville Public Library, the Village at Waterman Lake, and the Grille on 5. Smithfield is a recipient of the state's $2.1 million Take It Outside grants aimed to relieve the costs to local businesses associated with moving businesses outdoors to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus. Smithfield received $75,000 in funding secured by grant writer Lisa Andoscia, and dispersed supplies purchased with funds. Rossi said he is hopeful about another round of grants from the state. The Valley Breeze is committed to keeping quality news stories like this one free to our readers. You can be a huge part of this local journalism success story by making a one-time or monthly contribution to what we do every week at valleybreeze.com/sup- port. Thank you as always for reading. GRANTS From Page One BREEZE PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Kountry Kitchen owner THEIRRY DELOS received several heat lamps to warm customers during the winter months while outdoor dining continues as a safe option for dining out. From left, Councilors SEAN KILDUFF and SUZY ALBA, DELOS, and Town Manager RANDY ROSSI during the first round of deliveries of supplies provided by the town using the state's $75,000 Take It Outside grant.

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