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The Valley Breeze & Observer 01-14-2021

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE Town Council President SUZY ALBA, left, said she is proud of Smithfield native Gov. GINA RAIMONDO for her nomination from president-elect Joe Biden to work in his cabinet as commerce secretary. SMITHFIELD – For many Smithfield residents and town offi- cials, having one of their own move forward to work in the White House with President-elect Joe Biden proved a source of pride this week. Last week, Biden nominated Smithfield native and Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo, 49, for secre- tary of commerce. Her appointment, which requires Senate approval, will leave former Cumberland Mayor and Lieutenant Gov. Dan McKee to serve out the remaining two years of Raimondo's term. Though she previously served as state treasurer and has a background in venture capitalism, Raimondo got Hometown Smithfield proud of Raimondo's appointment By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See RAIMONDO, Page 8 SMITHFIELD– The majority of proposed zoning changes for 53 areas in Smithfield are meant to fix incon- sistencies between the future land use map and the zoning map to better match the reality of what's in place, says Town Planner Michael Phillips. The proposed changes will go before the Town Council for approval at a public hearing on Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. Speaking with The Valley Breeze & Observer, Phillips explained that most of the proposed changes will either increase or decrease density zoning throughout the town, but that does not necessarily mean there will be an influx of new houses. He said zoning changes are not all associated with future land use, which shows areas where densities can be increased, decreased, or land can be conserved. "We want the zoning and land use to match what is really on the ground there," he said. Phillips said residents have expressed concerns that the changes may create in-fill development from property owners who are now able to split lots and make money off the land. In-fill development can be healthy, Phillips noted. He said the goal is to have a balance between develop- Phillips: Zoning changes are about responsible growth By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See ZONING, Page 13 GLOCESTER – Newly appointed Town Council President Julian "Jay" Forgue says he's "sat with English lords, sat with presidents. I've met very influential people. It's a worldly experience that I have." On Jan. 4, the Glocester Town Council voted 4-1 to elect Forgue, 69, as president, with Republican Walter M. O. Steere against the appointment. Steere was the top earner in the general election with 3,266 votes. Forgue, a Republican, earned second in the race, with 3,211 votes, and was the top- earning endorsed Republican. Newly elected coun- cil members William Worthy and Stephen Arnold are also endorsed by the Republican party, and Steere is not. Forgue said he believes the coun- cil appointed him after his good work on his first term in office. "I have led a pretty intriguing life if you ask me," he said. Born in Providence, Forgue has lived in Glocester since 1977, long after he began his life traveling across continents selling horses. He said he started out buying and selling saddle horses, then moved on to thoroughbreds with such suc- cess that he met the president of Forgue brings life experience to council presidency By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer FORGUE See FORGUE, Page 6 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE JANUARY 14-20, 2021 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & (401) 480-8282 (401)944-2450 Our uplifting environment and special approach to Alzheimer's and dementia care have created a quality of life you simply can't get anywhere else. MEMORY CARE ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENCE Visit our website or call to book a Virtual Tour from the Comfort of Home Convenient to US Hwy 6 and I-95 in Johnston, RI 49 OLD POCASSET ROAD

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