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The Valley Breeze & Observer 01-21-2021

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 BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON JAMES KLOWAN, of Smithfield, takes advantage of a moderate January day to get some practice in while returning a Wiffle ball from his tennis ball machine. He was playing on the courts at Deerfield Park on Monday. See more photos on page 8. Practice in the park SMITHFIELD – A Martin Luther King, Jr. quote, "hatred cannot drive out hate; only love can do that," echoed through the airwaves over local radio Monday morning as Town Manager Randy Rossi observed the paint covering the racist and anti- tolerant hate speech graffiti that appeared on the support columns of the Route 116 overpass last week. Over the weekend, Rossi explained, the Department of Public Works, Smithfield Police, Town Council members and his office took mea- sures to remove the vulgar, offensive and hateful graffiti plastered across the columns supporting the overpass at the Stillwater Scenic Trail. Smithfield resident Kim Ziegelmayer, who frequently walks Smithfield trails, discovered the graffiti on a walk along the trail last Friday. Her initial response, she said, was one of shock and disbelief. "It was a pretty well organized effort," she said. "It was shocking. It feels personal to me." Scrawled in red and black spray paint on each of the columns were racial slurs and hate speech includ- ing "f--- Black people," "f--- ni--ers," Local mother says racist graffiti reflects larger issues in Smithfield By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See GRAFFITI, Page 12 SMITHFIELD – Toxic blue-green algae should be a thing of the past in Georgiaville Pond thanks to a dona- tion that will bring an aerating water fountain to a stagnant section of the pond. Last Friday, members of the Georgiaville Pond Association donat- ed $7,000 to Smithfield along with a design plan for an aerating water fountain to be placed approximately 200 feet from the public beach at the pond. Smithfield will pay the remaining $1,000 for the water fountain, which will cover installation and mainte- nance, said David Prairie, secretary of the Georgiaville Pond Association. Prairie said nothing has been able to combat the combination of beating sun onto stagnant parts of the water where bacteria from goose poop and rotting fallen leaves feed the algae. He described the "cul-de-sac" area of water near the public boat launch and surrounding the nearby islands as a place with little water flow. "The solution is to aerate the water and get it moving to stop the algae growth," he said. "In the winter, it always ices over first and in the summer, it gets direct sun and is hot. That's where the algae starts," Prairie said. Sometimes the algae stays in that area of the pond, Prairie said, but not always. Strong winds can push the Water fountain at Georgiaville Pond will tame blue-green algae By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See FOUNTAIN, Page 9 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE JANUARY 21-27, 2021 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & 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. STAMPED CONCRETE and FLAT WORK WE HANDLE ALL INSURANCE • Siding • Decks • Dump Trailer Service • Unbeatable Prices • Fully Insured • No Job Too Small ROOFING SPECIAL GOING ON NOW! 100% FINANCING Roofing by (401) 225-9422 Free Estimates • RI Lic # 29424 "Everything For Your Home" Please Call for a Free Estimate

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