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The Valley Breeze & Observer 02-18-2021

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©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE DANIEL PIAMPIANO, a 7th-grader at Scituate Middle School, wins the Scituate Spelling Bee by successfully spelling the word "cinnamon." The spell- ing bee was held at Scituate High School last Wednesday. See story on page 6. Scituate's spelling champ SCITUATE – Town Councilor Theresa Yeaw said she felt she and her neighbors on the 141 to 201 stretch of Danielson Pike were "being extorted" by the U.S. Postal Service as the agency refused them home mail delivery service. For years, residents along this stretch paid the North Scituate Post Office $80 per year to rent a post office box for mail service. This year, the price went to $103 for a box, Yeaw noted. Yeaw, who lives within the zone on Danielson Pike, said she questioned the validity of the refusal, and was told there was nothing that could be done. She said she began looking into home delivery service about a year and a half ago, long before she ran for Town Council. "It was the town who said we can- not have mailboxes on this stretch of the street. I thought it was funny because it was just this stretch, there were mailboxes all around," Yeaw said. Yeaw called consumer affairs in Boston, and received a handbook on mail delivery rules and guidelines. According to Yeaw, the handbook said everyone in the United States Yeaw wins fight to bring mail delivery to Danielson Pike By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See YEAW, Page 4 YEAW SCITUATE – Contrary to rumors, the Scituate Department of Public Works does not hand out free sand to residents, said DPW director Kirk Loiselle, who responded to requests with an e-blast on Feb. 9. Last week, Loiselle said a post on social media incorrectly advised Scituate residents to pick up the sand, used to protect road and DPW Director Loiselle: Our sand not for the taking By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See SAND, Page 22 SMITHFIELD – Five Smithfield restaurants have been given until April to be in good standing with the Rhode Island Division of Taxation before their liquor licenses are revoked or suspended. The Town Council on Tuesday heard the hardships each business has suffered during COVID-19. While restaurants have struggled to stay afloat during closures and limited dining, the R.I. Division of Taxation continued to collect sales taxes and penalties from them. Some restaurants failed to make tax payments on time, incurring penal- ties and fees. Those restaurants, includ- ing Parma Ristorante, Ichiraku Ramen and Fusion, Lola's Lounge, Bistecca Chop House and Yamato Steakhouse of Japan, need a letter of good standing from the Division of Taxation before renewing their Smithfield liquor licenses, which expired on Dec. 1, 2020, according to Town Manager Randy Rossi. During Tuesday night's public hearing, the council unanimously agreed to give each restaurant until April 6 to get those letters. "This is not to do anything harm- ful, it is so we're all on the same Smithfield gives restaurants more time By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See RESTAURANTS, Page 22 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE FEBRUARY 18-24, 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. Roofing by ROOFING SPECIAL GOING ON NOW! STAMPED CONCRETE and FLAT WORK WE HANDLE ALL INSURANCE CLAIMS • Siding • Decks • Dump Trailer Service • Unbeatable Prices • Fully Insured • No Job Too Small • FREE Roof Inspections (401) 225-9422 "Everything For Your Home" Please Call for a Free Estimate 100% FINANCING Free Estimates • RI Lic # 29424

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