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The Valley Breeze & Observer 01-07-2021

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©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE MARK BOTELHO, of Greenville, walks his dog, RILEY, on a crisp early January day at Deerfield Park Monday. Botelho's New Year's resolution is to walk more. See more photos on page 4. Smithfield brings new ice rink outdoors Town also buys plenty of equipment for businesses SMITHFIELD – A new icy ameni- ty is coming to Smithfield in the com- ing weeks after Town Manager Randy Rossi used funds from the town's Take It Outside grants to purchase an out- door ice rink. Tucked behind the Smithfield Plaza at 115 Pleasant View Ave., the new outdoor rink is positioned closest to the doors of the Smithfield Municipal Ice Rink, 109 Pleasant View Ave., to allow for access to skate rentals. Rossi said the water in the rink is still freezing to ice, and the facility may not open for some time depend- ing on winter conditions overnight this week. Once the ice is frozen, Rossi said the town will have a better idea of the rink's hours of operation. "We're still kind of working through all the details depending on how much of a response we're going to get," he said. Rossi said the town's website, www. smithfieldri.com, will have more infor- mation on the rink's opening. Use of the rink is limited to Smithfield residents, who will enjoy skate rentals and skating free of charge, Rossi said. He said night skat- By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See ICE RINK, Page 10 Manlove: Senior tax freeze ordinance a mess SMITHFIELD – Finance Director Drew Manlove says he's ringing the alarm on the loopholes and conflicts he sees within the town's senior tax freeze ordinance, which he says is in dire need of updates. During a presentation to the Town Council on Tuesday, Manlove gave an overview of the details and sta- tistics of the property tax benefit program, encouraging the council to take action. He said the council needs to focus on the intent of the program and make amendments to the ordinance. Manlove said the complicated ordinance does not contemplate conflicts within it, and is complicat- ed to implement, leaving tax officials to sort through those conflicts. "Our office is administerial. We do not create policy for anything. It's a hard place to be in," he said. Manlove said he does not recom- mend abolishing the policy, but adjusting it. "Tax freezes are complicated. They're bad tax policy, to be quite frank with you," he said. During his presentation, Manlove explained that any property tax ben- efit program does not cost the town By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See TAX FREEZE, Page 11 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE JANUARY 7-13, 2021 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Family Dentistry Accepting New Patients 7 Smith Avenue, Greenville www.drscottri.com Dr. Scott B. Klimaj 949-3200 New Year's Resolutions for a Healthy Smile! Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation.

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