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The Valley Breeze & Observer 03-04-2021

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4 SMITHFIELD MARCH 4-10, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION demic achievement at Ponaganset High School. Her nomination was made by her teachers at PHS, and she said her selection as a delegate came as a com- plete surprise to her when she received a letter in the mail last week. "I was so surprised. I had no idea they did that for me. I'm really excited for this," Hodgkins said. At PHS, Hodgkins is on the biomed- ical science pathway, saying she hopes to become an anesthesiologist. She said she is considering applying to Harvard University. "I've always been interested in the science and medical fields," she said. Hodgkins said she is most excited to see a surgery while attending the CFMD leaders conference in March, and said it is going to be "really excit- ing and informative." As an honors student, Hodgkins said she has little free time between study- ing, sports and artwork. She said it is usually difficult to find time for home- work, and said she is grateful for her family's support. Hodgkins said she is also an avid softball player, and is the catcher and plays third base for the travel softball team at PHS. She is an Academic All-American player for the Softball Factory and hopes to play softball in college. In her free time, Hodkins enjoys reading, drawing and painting, and her artwork was featured at the Rhode Island Statehouse as part of a Senate art exhibition when she was in the 8th grade. The Congress of Future Medical Leaders is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The annual event, held virtually this year, is meant to honor, inspire, moti- vate and direct students interested in pursuing medical careers. During the two-day event, Hodgkins will join stu- dents from across the country to hear from Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners about what to expect in medical school, and be inspired by fellow medical science teens. Hodgkins will attend virtually on March 20 and 21, and said she is excit- ed to hear from medical professionals. "Focused, bright and determined students like Kileigh Hodgkins are our future, and she deserves all the mentor- ing and guidance we can give her," stated a release. HODGKINS From Page 3 credited the increased participation on the effort to send more than 800 postcards to residents affected by the zoning changes. Discussions over the various pro- posals lasted more than two hours, with Phillips explaining the purpose of the changes along with a history behind current zoning. Phillips answered more than a dozen questions from the public. "The purpose is correcting incon- sistencies of the underlying devel- opment pattern in the overlying zoning," Phillips said. For example, he said there are several 1-acre lots with 2-acre zoning. Non-conforming lots create a bur- den on residents who wish to put in sheds or pools and need to go before the Zoning Board to make changes, Phillips said. "It's not efficient and a burden to the residents," he said. After a large development boom in the early 1980s that brought a drastic jump in the number of houses being built in Smithfield, the town reacted by creating zone changes in 1987 forming larger lots to help slow down development, said Phillips. He explained that the majority of zoning in Smithfield was drafted in the 1960s and 1970s, designat- ing large areas of land as R-30 zones, which allow development on 30,000-square-foot lots. After the zoning change in 1987, multiple R-30 lots switched to R-80, which allows for development on the minimum land area of 80,000 square feet per single-family dwell- ing, or nearly 2 acres. Proposed changes include mul- tiple low-density lots rezoned to medium-density lots, or lots allow- ing a single-family home with a minimum of 65,000 square feet on lots with sewer and water and 40,000 square feet without sewer and water. Other lots would switch from R-80 to R-200, a residential con- servation district allowing a single- family dwelling in an area with a minimum of 200,000 square feet, and allowing for limited agricultural pursuits. Some lots would switch from R-20, or a higher-density area allowing for a single-family dwell- ing on lots of 20,000 square feet, to R-20M, which allows for multi- family dwellings. Phillips said a majority of issues residents have brought up have been resolved over the phone, and several locations were excluded from proposed zone changes due to his conversations previously and during Tuesday's meeting. Zoning changes sent back to the Planning Board for review include areas 21 and 22, Jaswell's Farm at area 32, area 52 including Swan Road, Williams Road, and the Log Road area, and a portion of 198-218 Douglas Pike. At residents' request, the council at Tuesday's meeting added several areas to be excluded. 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 con- tribution to what we do every week at Thank you as always for reading. ZONING From Page One ABOUT US The Valley Breeze is a locally owned newspaper Office location: 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. 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News aggregators that solicit advertising may not link FOSTER-GLOCESTER REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 63rd Annual FINANCIAL TOWN MEETING March 16, 2021 7:00 p.m. Ponaganset High School Field House 137 Anan Wade Road, Glocester, Rhode Island To Adopt the 2021-2022 Budget FOSTER TOWN COUNCIL e Foster Town Council will conduct a Public Hearing on March 11, 2021 at 7 p.m. regarding proposed ordinance amendments to Chapter 16 Manufactured Homes and House Trailers Ordinance. e proposed changes will include the removal of Section 16-60 Temporary Permits; and the removal of Section 16-84 Hearing on issuance of initial trailer license; issuance or denial of license. e Foster Town Council will also hear proposed ordinance amendment regarding Chapter 10 Building Per- mits. e changes will include amendments to Section 10-71 Required, Application, Fees. e proposed ordinance amendments under consideration will be heard remotely via Zoom TM .us. Please see the agenda when posted for the Zoom TM link. A full copy of the proposed Ordinance amendment can obtained from the Foster Town Hall Public Hearing page on their website: https://www. hearings-notices Susan Dillon, Town Clerk GLOCESTER SCHOOL DEPARTMENT KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR Fogarty Memorial School West Glocester Elementary Monday, March 15, 2021 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. CHILDREN WHO WILL BE 5 YEARS OLD ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 2021 SHOULD REGISTER FOR KINDERGARTEN AT THIS TIME You must have the following to register: Birth certificate, immunization records, proof of residence, parent/guardian license

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