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The Valley Breeze & Observer 02-11-2021

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | FEBRUARY 11-17, 2021 OBITUARIES 11 Caniglia purchased the prop- erty at 167 George Washington Highway in January 2020 for $135,000. Last July, he received a zoning variance from the Smithfield Zoning Board of Review to build a home in an industrial zone, proposing an ease- ment with the town for utilities. Cleary said the town did not have success negotiating an ease- ment on the property with previ- ous owners, and he is grateful to strike a deal with Caniglia. He said a utility corridor extends up to Caniglia's lot, which is south of Hanton City Trail, but does not connect to Route 7. "This is a unique opportunity for the community to expand util- ity services within the Economic Growth Overlay zone," Cleary said. "To do so will free up quite a bit of growth opportunity to the town," Cleary said. Cleary said there is a map of targeted properties for develop- ment near the Caniglia property that will be able to connect and funnel down through the utility corridor and into existing water and sewer systems. He said Smithfield Diesel and other businesses have expressed interest in acquiring utilities in the area, with varying complaints about well water issues or failing septic systems. "It's a complex matter but also a unique opportunity," he said. In addition to cost savings, Cleary said the utility lines will eliminate the need for pump sta- tions along the EGO corridor. He said loops in the system can be created, enabling services to the EGO zone to pan out more with- out costing the town much money. "That's the best part of this deal. It's a golden ticket offered up in town," Cleary said. Town Manager Randy Rossi said that if growth in the EGO district is successful, the town may attract attention from the state. He said if substantial enough, the state may put an additional ramp onto Route 295 at the intersection of Routes 7 and 116. Resident and business owner Al Costantino said that after attend- ing meetings for more than 45 years, the agenda item to allow the utility easement on Caniglia's property was the best he's ever seen. 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/support. Thank you as always for reading. EASEMENT From Page One Julie C. Eva Julie C. Eva, 52, died Friday, Oct. 9, at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, following a courageous battle with lung cancer. She was the wife of Brenton Eva. They had been mar- ried for 25 years. She was born in Cranston, a daughter of Albert and Lois Jean (Avery) Marz of Glocester. She graduated from Smithfield High School, Penn State and received her master's degree from Providence College. She loved teaching and had taught in Glocester at one time. Besides her husband and parents, she is survived by her children: Nathaniel and Ren; her siblings: Melinda Ragosta and her husband, Peter, and Jonathan Marz and his wife, Suzanne, as well as the Eva family of Scituate and other extend- ed family members. Funeral services were held in October in Fayette, Maine. For mes- sages of condolence, please visit www.andersonwinfield.net . EVA Margaret Marandola Margaret Marandola, of Scituate, age 92, passed away peace- fully on Feb. 6 with her loving son, Thom, by her side. She was the devoted wife of Cosmo "George" Marandola, and proud mother of Thomas, David, and Jeff Marandola. She had six successful grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was born on July 12, 1928, to her parents, Earl and Cora Barden, and sister to Doris DuClau, Evelyn Dolbey, Elisabeth Fisk, and Earl Barden. Margaret was a 2nd-grade school teacher in Foster for 27 years, and had three of her grandchildren as students. She was a good Christian woman, the backbone of the fam- ily, and the brains of the opera- tion. Tough as nails and sharp as a tack, she was thoughtful and kind and loved to share with family and friends. She endured the loss of both her son David and husband, George. Unfortunately, she couldn't live with the recent loss of her son, Jeff. Margaret truly died of a broken heart. She will be remembered fondly by all who knew her. You were one of a kind, Midge; a rare beauty inside and out. We'll miss you and keep your legacy alive. For information and condolences, visit www. TuckerQuinnFuneralChapel.com . MARANDOLA Frances D. O'Connell Frances D. (Knight) O'Connell, 85, a longtime resident of North Scituate, passed away Jan. 31, with her husband and family by her side. She was the wife of retired Major Peter J. O'Connell of the R.I. State Police. She is survived by a sister- in-law, Mary Lou O'Neil, and neph- ews Joseph O'Neil Jr. and James O'Neil, and niece Nancy Oliveira, and many O'Connell and Newman nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Joseph O'Neil. She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Scituate. Her funeral and burial are private. A community Memorial Mass will be said after COVID restrictions are lifted. In lieu of flowers, dona- tions in her memory may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are by Winfield & Sons Funeral Home. tribute toward its construction. North Providence is expected to use a remain- ing portion of its police department's $60 million settlement with Google nine years ago to help pay for the new shelter. The Smithfield Town Council, at its Feb. 2 meeting, voted to enter the design phase of the North Providence/ Johnston shelter project after a two-year partnership with Lincoln. That relation- ship with Lincoln seemed destined to fail when Smithfield was forced to continue operating its old shelter head- quarters to quarantine animals when Lincoln failed to expand its shelter. Smithfield is looking to give its shelter space to the Department of Public Works for an expansion. Smithfield Town Manager Randy Rossi said the town will have a seat at the table during the design of the new facility in North Providence to ensure there will be enough runs, office space and any other amenities needed for Smithfield Animal Control. Once design plans are completed, Rossi said the town will have a better idea of pricing. The Smithfield Town Council may vote to join the lease agreement with the North Providence/Johnston tri- county animal shelter at a later date. "With this move, we'll finally be able to close the current animal shelter used for office space and for quarantining animals," he said. Rossi said North Providence intends on breaking ground at the location, which borders on the Smithfield line in North Providence near its existing shel- ter, in mid-May. "They want this as quickly as pos- sible, as do we," he said. Smithfield will remain on a month- to-month lease with Lincoln, and Rossi thanked that town for its partnership. Smithfield Town Council President Suzy Alba said both partnerships with Lincoln and North Providence are great examples of how towns can work together. Lombardi said he received calls from both the town manager and police chief in Smithfield after last week's vote, both saying they're excited about the partnership. "As I've said from the beginning, their guys get along great with ours," he said. "Our shelter is something like 200 feet from the town line. It makes no sense for them not to want to be part of this." Lombardi said he assured Smithfield officials that their staff won't be work- ing for North Providence and they will have a seat at the table during the entire planning process to make sure all their needs are met. SHELTER From Page One Smithfield's call to action is in response to a Jan. 15 com- plaint by Smithfield resident Kim Ziegelmayer, who discovered racist, hateful and offensive graffiti sprayed across numerous pilings under the Route 116 overpass. Smithfield quickly responded, cov- ering the graffiti in gray paint over the weekend and the Smithfield Police Department immediately began an investigation. The town arrested three juveniles in connection with the graffiti, who were charged with malicious dam- age and conspiracy in the days following the report. According to Smithfield Police Chief Richard St. Sauveur, all three will be referred to the Juvenile Hearing Board. Each of the columns had racial slurs and hate speech including "f--- Black people," "f--- ni--ers," "f--- George Floyd," "$5 slaves," "c--n," "anti-LGBT" and "BLDM," among others. Ziegelmayer pushed that the town move to use restorative justice, where perpetrators face victims and the community to educate and break down barriers between perpetrators and victims, on the youth. Criminal justice, where the perpetrators are punished, does not include educational aspects. FORUMS From Page 3 3rd Generation Family Owned and Operated Geoffrey Greene ~ LfD Jennifer Greene faGan ~ LfD 2251 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 231-9307 • www.robbinsfuneralhome.com RobeRt Poliquin 5th Anniversary 4/10/32 – 2/14/16 You are forever in our hearts Audrey, Timothy, Scott and Suzanne

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