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The Valley Breeze & Observer 02-11-2021

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 CHARLES LAWRENCE JESSE HUMES, of South Kingstown, says he prefers skating outdoors because of the fresh air, which he got plenty of on Jan. 30 at Smithfield's new outdoor skating rink. Located behind the Smithfield Plaza at 115 Pleasant View Ave., the rink was purchased using funds from the state's Take It Outside initiative. Fresh ice in Smithfield 'Golden ticket' Easement unlocks Smithfield's development potential SMITHFIELD – Town Engineer Kevin Cleary anticipates increased development in Smithfield's Economic Growth Overlay District after local landowner Ronald Caniglia agreed to an easement allowing the extension of sewer and water lines on his property at 167 George Washington Highway. The Town Council last week approved an easement agreement where Caniglia will pay for the exten- sion of sewer and water lines on his property to Route 7. Cleary said the town will see sav- ings of more than $250,000, paying only administrative fees and sharing impact fees from future developments until the project cost is reimbursed. Cleary said the "planets aligned" for the deal, which will cost the town "very little" in staff time at Town Hall and the Smithfield Water Supply Board. "It's a windfall for the community," Cleary said. The corridor between Route 7 south to John Mowry Road has no water and sewer lines, and has long posed a burden to potential developers who hope to move into the EGO district, said Cleary. By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See EASEMENT, Page 11 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Smithfield leaders last week unani- mously voted to sign on with North Providence for the design phase of a new North Providence Animal Control facility after deciding to bring an end to their partnership on animal shelter services with Lincoln. The move represents a return to the table of a town that North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi had previ- ously courted to be part of a tri-town shelter with his town and neighboring Johnston. Lombardi had expressed some surprise when Smithfield pre- viously chose to join Lincoln at the Blackstone Valley Municipal Animal Shelter. "I'm excited. I've been wanting this to become a tri-town shelter for some time," said Lombardi this week. "I think it's going to be great." The mayor said he is also in the pro- cess of evaluating more potential efforts at regionalizing services with other communities. As for whether Smithfield will pay the same $1,000-per-month fee it's paid to Lincoln is still to be seen, as Lombardi said the sides haven't decided exactly how the arrangement will go. North Providence is in the process of planning a new animal shelter near its existing deteriorated one on Smithfield Road, and both Smithfield and Johnston are expected to con- Smithfield officials sign on for animal shelter partnership in North Providence By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See SHELTER, Page 11 SCITUATE – Final pieces are coming together at the Scituate Police Department, where the 100 Club of Rhode Island has donated a plaque in honor of the station's namesake, former Chief William J.G. Lawton, as well as a $1,000 donation. A glass plaque naming the station Chief Lawton honored at Scituate Police Station By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See LAWTON, Page 6 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE FEBRUARY 11-17, 2021 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Call today for your appointment 7 Smith Avenue, Greenville Dr. Scott B. Klimaj 949-3200 Barbara A. Scanlon Broker Associate ABR, CPDE, CRS, e-PRO, PMN, SRES (401) 480-8282 Licensed Since 1985 RE/MAX Town & Country GLOCESTER! Lake Washington! Enjoy the waterfront year round in nicely maintained 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath home. Master bedroom has sliders to water view deck, lower level features kitchen, dining room, double fam- ily room with wood stove, half bath and laundry and walkout to waterfront deck. Updated well and septic. $329,900 NEW WATERFRONT LISTING!

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