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The Valley Breeze & Observer 02-11-2021

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4 SMITHFIELD FEBRUARY 11-17, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER Relax, feeding the birds is fun Don't worry! Be happy! You probably associate those reas- suring words with a song by Bobby McFerrin. It was very popular in 1988. However, the phrase could also be the advice Kim Calcagno gives when it comes to feeding birds in your back- yard. Calcagno, who celebrated 16 years working for the Rhode Island Audubon Society last week, is the ref- uge manager for two of the organiza- tion's sites, including the headquarters in Smithfield. She reassures bird lovers that it is OK to just enjoy their hobby. It isn't necessary to grow anxious about the dietary impact or lack thereof on the feathered consumers they attract. For example, she points out that the notion you must continue putting out bird food for the entire winter once you begin supplying it to the winged visitors is something of a myth. "Birds don't depend on it. They have been feeding themselves for eons. They retain their instinct. They will find food. You can feed them regularly, but you don't have to. Birds will find things to eat. Running a bird restaurant with a never-ending source of food is not necessary. No matter what you do, birds only get about one quarter of their diet from feeders, so it's OK to relax." A sigh of relief is perfectly all right here, readers. Calcagno, 49, knows what she is talking about. Her interest in birds and wildlife management began early in life. "What spurred me on as a kid was volunteering at the Massachusetts Audubon Society's Blue Hills nature center." In fact, it led to her choice of career. At Tufts University, she earned her bachelor's degree in biology and environmental science and followed that with a master's in environmental studies and environmental education One More Thing LAURENCE J. SASSO, JR. Continues on next page TOWN OF SMITHFIELD VOTER INFORMATION SPECIAL STATE REFERENDA ELECTION TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2021 e Smithfield Board of Canvassers will use the following polling location for the Special Referenda Election: Smithfield High School 90 Pleasant View Avenue is polling location will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. You may view a sample ballot by visiting www.sec.state.ri.us, which is the electronic RI Secretary of State Voter Information Center, visiting www.smithfieldri.com, or by calling the Town Clerk's Office at 233-1000 x 116 for further informa- tion. Per order of the Board of Canvassers Lyn Antonuccio, MPA, CMC, Acting Town Clerk TOWN OF SMITHFIELD, RHODE ISLAND - PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Smithfield Planning Board will hold a virtual Public Hearing on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 6:00 PM. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to consider and obtain public input on a proposed amendment to the Housing chapter of the Comprehensive Community Plan. This amendment is proposed in accordance with the provisions of Section 45-22.2-8 of the General Laws of Rhode Island. VIRTUAL MEETING* Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/454530925 You can also dial in using your phone. United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073 Access Code: 454-530-925 For Technical Support, please call 401-233-1010 *Provided, however, that the meeting is allowed to be held virtually. If virtual meetings are prohibited on this date, then the Planning Board may convene the meeting at the Smithfield Town Hall, 2nd Floor, Crepeau Hall, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI, pursuant to compliance with the latest Executive Order dealing with public meetings. Comprehensive Plan Amendment Summary: The proposed amendment involves a complete rewrite of the Housing section including the Introduction; Data and Trends Snapshot; Types of Housing Development; Housing Costs; Housing Trends; Special Needs; Housing Problems and Needs; Zoning for Residential Uses; Smithfield's Housing Agencies and Programs; Rehabilitation of Existing Building Stock for Residential Purposes; Low-Moderate Income Housing Data and Trends; Low and Moderate Income Housing Strategies, including the removal of Table H-25 which lists selected properties for LMI housing development; Implementing the Strategies; Goals, Policies; and, Actions; and, Implementation. At said Hearing opportunity will be given to all interested persons to be heard upon the proposed amendments. The proposed amendment may be altered or amended prior to the close of the Public Hearing, without further advertising, as a result of further study or because of the views expressed at the Public Hearing. Any alteration or amendment must be presented for comment in the course of the Hearing. A complete copy of the proposed amendments are available on the Town Planner's page of the Town's website at www.smithfieldri.com. The public is welcome to any meeting of the Planning Board. If communication assistance (readers/interpreters/captions) or any other accommodation to ensure equal participation is needed, please contact the Smithfield Town Manager's office at 401-233-1010 at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the meeting. Please call (401) 233-1017 with any Technical difficulties during the meeting. By order of the Smithfield Planning Board Albert S. Gizzarelli, Jr., Chairman THE DEADLINE TO FILE FOR A TAX EXEMPTION IS MARCH 15, 2021. IF YOU DO NOT FILE BY MARCH 15, 2021, YOU WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE UNTIL THE 2022 TAX ROLL. PLEASE CONTACT THE TAX ASSESSOR'S OFFICE AT (401) 568-6206 EXT. 3 FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS. TO ALL GLOCESTER RESIDENTS: Volunteers Needed!!!!!! If you would like to get involved in your community and can spare at least one night a month please consider joining a Board or Commission for the Town of Glocester. Requirements: You must be a registered voter in Glocester (with the exception of the Parade Committee) and have an interest in your community. Please stop at the Town Clerk's Office to fill out a talent bank application for any or all boards & commissions, or go on line to: http://www.glocesterri.org/volunteer.htm Please note!!! We currently have openings on the: Parade Committee Budget Board Local Board of Appeals for Building Code Your participation is important, your Town needs you. For more information about any of our Boards, please, contact the Town Clerk's office at 568-6206 ext. 0 Jean M. Fecteau, CMC, Town Clerk TOWN OF GLOCESTER ZONING BOARD OF REVIEW PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held by the Zoning Board of Review on ursday, February 25, 2021, via virtual meeting at 7:00 p.m. Pursuant to R.I. Executive Orders #20-05 executed by Governor Gina Riamondo, this meeting will be teleconferenced via Zoom: Via Computer: https://zoom.us/j/94518552859?pwd=d2xmWW5rb0tFZ2ttQkt3ME44a3RrQT09 Via Telephone: 877 853 5247 US Toll-free or 888 788 0099 US Toll-free or 833 548 0276 US Toll-free or 833 548 0282 US Toll-free Meeting ID: 945 1855 2859 Meeting Password: 509072 All persons interested will be heard for or against the granting of the following application(s): Judi Rix, applicant and owner, property located at 12 Glasko Way, further described as Assessor's Plat 13, Lot 5 in an A-4 zone. Applicant/owner seeks a Dimensional Variance in accordance to the Glocester Code, Chapter 350, Article III, ยง350-13 - Table of Dimensional Regulations, Building Coverage required in an A-4Zone. e maximum building coverage permitted to an A-4 zone is 4%. e applicant proposes to build a 640 sq. foot attached garage addition on the property which is 22,215 sq. feet in size (.510 acres) with an existing home that is 1, 096 sq. feet. Applicant/owner is seeking approval of 640 feet of relief from the required 889 feet of lot coverage. Gregory Meinertz Chairman of the Zoning Board If communication assistance or any other accommodation to ensure equal par- ticipation is needed, please contact the Glocester Town Clerk's office at (401) 568- 6206 at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the meeting date. Meeting materials are available at http://www.glocesterri.org/boards-commissions.htm#zoning.

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