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The Valley Breeze & Observer 02-18-2021

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22 NORTH COUNTY FEBRUARY 18-24, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER walkways from slippery situations, at the DPW on Trimtown Road. Since the post, Loiselle said the DPW is bombarded with ques- tions from residents ranging from how much sand can be picked up, when, and where. Loiselle said the DPW never handed out the sand in the past. "My phone is ringing off the hook about this post," Loiselle said to The Valley Breeze & Observer last Friday. Loiselle said the DPW usually fields 50 calls daily from residents with questions about trash collec- tion, recycling, and other similar issues. The additional calls are unwanted, Loiselle said. "You cannot get sand and salt from the DPW. We don't give it away," Loiselle said, exacerbated. Loiselle said the DPW is sensi- tive to incorrect information being spread to residents since the situa- tion last year when former Council President John Mahoney dumped trash in the DPW bins illegally, causing minimal damage to a dumpster lock. His major concern is residents walking around the DPW site while workers are operating heavy machinery. "We cannot have someone riding or walking up into the salt barn," Loiselle said. Loiselle added that there are signs at the DPW warning resi- dents to not trespass into the salt barn. Loiselle said someone may have walked through the DPW and found the sand and grabbed a cou- ple of buckets without any workers noticing. It is not valid or safe to do so, Loiselle said. "I'm worried that while you're trying to load your truck you may get hurt. I can't have someone around that area. It's for your safe- ty. You cannot go riding up there," Loiselle said. Scituate residents reacted to the news that they could no longer pick up sand from the DPW with disbelief and shock. Bryan Toro posted on Facebook that he called the DPW just before the e-blast was sent out. "I guess because 'we just don't have it' and 'we can't do it any- more' is the reason why they no longer will allow it," Toro posted. Nick Amore responded, "That's why you don't ask … just walk in like you own the joint … because you do." Others responded that sand was always available from the DPW, and Scituate resident tax dollars pay for it, so it should be available. Resident Mike Houle suggested the change is a result of the post announcing its availability at the DPW. "So, instead of 17 people com- ing this winter, there's 144 people wanting sand and now it's a job," Houle said. 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. SAND From Page One Well-wishers can also donate to a GoFundMe account set up by Flynn's daughter, Sherry Anderson, which had surpassed its $1,000 goal as of this week. Anderson said her father is not one to ask for help, so she decided to set up the fund- raiser with a small goal to allow the community to use its discretion on donating. According to Anderson, Flynn lived in Glocester for more than 40 years, and served the town on the council and as director of the West Glocester Fire Department. "Even after his three children grew up and moved out on their own, he continued to be a big part of the community," she wrote. Anderson said even at a young age, she saw her father's dedica- tion to the town, and grew up with respect to how things worked in town government. Arriving at her family home after receiving the news of the house fire, she said, she saw that the house was reduced to debris. "I watched as 40 years of memo- ries went up in flames," she said. The West Glocester Fire Department at 2410 Putnam Pike is also accepting donations of money, necessities and gift cards. Worthy said ice fishing season is decent this year after a few years of unsafe ice. He said 2020 had about a week of safe ice fishing where ice was at least six inches thick. He anticipates the season, which began last week, to run for several more weeks. ICE FISHING From Page 5 BREEZE PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Councilman WILL WORTHY, right, set up the Big Bear Tip-Up Classic ice fishing competition last Saturday, raising $500 for former Councilman Bill Flynn. Also pictured are contestants RYAN, left, and NEAL HARRINGTON. page and so we can all make it work together," Rossi said. David Ashworth of Parma Ristorante said it's been quite a ride going through the pandemic. He is now waiting on a letter of good standing from the state. Ashworth said he needs another four or five weeks to get everything straightened out with the state. He said Smithfield is his second home and he is confident the restaurant can get everything together by then. "Obviously, we're getting stran- gled right now. Half dining is half dining," he said. Leonard Mello, of Bistecca Chop House, recommended to other restaurant owners to request a tax penalty waiver for COVID-19 hard- ships with a form on the Division of Taxation's website. He said all the businesses will need to pay taxes and license fees, but penalties may be waived. Mello said Bistecca is still not open after COVID-19 stopped progress at the new restaurant, and there is also no tax liability for the same reason. Mello said things are picking up in the restaurant industry, and he hopes to open Bistecca in the com- ing weeks or as soon as the spring. Michael Mota, of Lola's Lounge, said he is in the same boat as other restaurant owners waiting on a let- ter of good standing. He said his Providence-based restaurant Skyline lost about $2 million while Lola's lost about $250,000 in revenue. In addition, Lola's suffered signifi- cant damage from a flood caused by tenants on upper floors and is closed while it is being cleaned and rebuilt. "I'm shocked they could even consider charging anyone penalties and interest they want to collect after forcing us to close," Mota said. Mota said he did not realize the time to file for a license had passed, especially after being forced to close, and he is working hard at addressing the situation. Lola's also needs to pass a fire inspection, and Mota asked the town for another two to three weeks to get in good standing with the town and state. "We won't be open during that time anyway," he said. Mota said the paperwork was the last thing on his plate after being hit by so many negative circumstances. "I hope you have a good recov- ery and we wish you well," said Councilor Sean Kilduff. Council President Suzy Alba con- tinued the hearing until the April 6 meeting to give restaurants and businesses enough time to obtain good standing with the state. "Six weeks gives them enough time to deal with the Division of Taxation," Councilor David Tikoian said. Earlier in the evening, the Town Council also gave out a citation to Tony's Pizza recognizing 45 years of operation in the town of Smithfield. Helen Connor said 45 years is a long time, and this anniversary is a particularly sweet one due to overcoming COVID-19. She said she appreciates what the town is doing to support small businesses, and said the community is part of her family. She said that is probably why Tony's has stayed in business so long. "This is really very much appreci- ated. Thank you for you and your family," Connor said. 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 suc- cess 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. RESTAURANTS From Page One Place your classified ad online at classifieds.valleybreeze.com

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