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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-01-2021

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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BREEZE PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Workers for DiFilippo Construction paint final coats at the Manning Field concession stand in Scituate free of charge. Owner Chris DiFilippo said he did it as a way to give back to the community where he grew up and lives and raises his family. From left are JARED PARILLO, CHRIS DIFILIPPO and DUSTIN HARRINGTON. SMITHFIELD – One can't be both a first responder and someone who participates in illegal drug use and distribution, says labor attorney Vincent Ragosta, who is represent- ing Smithfield in its labor arbitration case against former Smithfield fire- fighter Thomas Mulcahey. Fired over criminal activity that later was pleaded down to a lesser charge, former Smithfield firefighter Mulcahey is suing the town for his job and pension back. "It's been the town's view that drug use, drug dealing, and affilia- tion with drug dealers, gun runners, are completely incompatible of a position of public trust as a firefight- er," Ragosta said. Discussions continued in execu- tive session on Tuesday, a process that will likely see the town enter a deal with Mulcahey, said Ragosta. Smithfield firefighter who was caught dealing cocaine seeks job back By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See MULCAHEY, Page 21 Newly formed review board will hear Smithfield budget Worst-case scenario budget proposes 2.44 percent tax increase SMITHFIELD – The newly formed Smithfield Budget and Financial Review Board will hold its first public hearing on April 14 at 5:30 p.m., giving Smithfield resi- dents a look at the 2021-2022 town budget. As proposed, the fiscal year 2021- 2022 budget will total $85,764,818, including enterprise items such as water, sewer and the ice rink that are self-funded. That figure also includes the schools' budget of $40,579,679. Town Manager Randy Rossi told The Valley Breeze & Observer he worked with all town departments to create a solid budget that straight- funded the School Department's requested town appropriation, resulting in a possible 2.44 percent increase in the tax levy. If approved as is, the residential tax rate will increase by $0.41 for $1,000 of property from $16.81 to $17.22, and the commercial real estate tax will increase by $0.45 per $1,000 of property from $18.35 to $18.80. By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See BUDGET, Page 7 SCITUATE – The concession stand at Manning Field is now ready for a new season thanks to the gener- osity of two Scituate business owners, according to Scituate Boosters mem- ber Danielle Fians. Fians said the 10-year-old Booster "shack," which has sat unused since 2019, was in a state of disrepair and hadn't been deep cleaned in at least five years. Inside, she said, soda cans had exploded, food had expired and mice got into the items, leaving it in a poor state. Last month, Fians put out a request on Facebook for quotes to fix up the shack. Kevin Lang of Clean Works Restoration and Christopher DiFilippo of DiFilippo Construction Local business owners renovate Manning Field concession stand By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See MANNING, Page 21 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE APRIL 1-7, 2021 ©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & — CELEBRATING OUR 25 TH ANNIVERSARY — Josh's Roofing Josh was born into the business 40 years ago. He is a second generation roofer. RESIDENTIAL/ COMMERCIAL ROOFING AND SIDING Unmatched Quality Attention to Detail Because You Have to Trust Who You Hire – WHY TAKE A CHANCE? Old School Values! 401-597-5660 or 508-922-3574 generation roofer. RI Reg. #20208 RI Comm. #182R MA Reg. #16296 2017 & 2018 Financing Available! 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.

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