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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-01-2021

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4 SMITHFIELD APRIL 1-7, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION SMITHFIELD – Sgt. Jason Corser of the Smithfield Police Department is unveiling colorful new arm patches as a fundraiser program for Autism Awareness Month in April. Corser and Police Chief Richard St. Sauveur designed the patch together with the signature col- ored puzzle pieces representing autism behind the Smithfield Police Department seal. Corser said other departments began similar pro- grams designing patches, and he approached the chief with the idea. "I thought it was cool. I collect patches. Now we have a patch to help a good cause," he said. There are two patches available, one with a gold trim and details to match the chief and administrative staff's gold uniform embellishments and buttons, and a silver one to match sergeant and patrol officers' uniforms. Corser said the idea was to keep the patch recognizable as SPD, but also create a conversation starter. "We can help educate people and get the word out as to why we're doing it," he said. Corser said his children enjoyed seeing the new patches with their bright colors. "Not only adults are going to ask about it, the school resource officers can wear them and start the conver- sation in schools, too," he said. If it takes off, Corser and the SPD hope to continue the patch program to raise money for other causes, such as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October or various veteran pro- grams. Patches can be attached with Velcro and easily interchanged. "Hopefully, this is just the begin- ning. I'd like to follow in the foot- steps of other departments that have started these programs and keep it going," he said. Proceeds from the sale of the $10 patch will go toward the Autism Project in Johnston after production costs advanced by the Smithfield FOP are repaid. Patches will be sold through the Smithfield Fraternal Order of Police, and will be advertised on the Smithfield Police Department web- site, . Smithfield police design patches to raise money for autism awareness By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer Sgt. Jason Corser and Chief Richard St. Sauveur of the SMITHFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT designed colorful patches to raise money for Autism Awareness Month in April. Officers can purchase and wear the patches in April, while the public may also purchase and collect the patches, which come in a silver or gold outline to match officers' uniforms. Library offers free egg hunt kits SMITHFIELD – The Friends of the East Smithfield Library are offering free kits containing all the items needed (plastic eggs, candy and prize) to hold your own egg hunt at your home. The library will not be host- ing its usual spring egg hunt, due to COVID-19. The kits will be handed out at the library, 50 Esmond St., on Saturday, April 3, starting at 10 a.m., until supplies run out. Drive into the parking lot and receive a curbside pickup bag (mask/COVID-19 guidelines required). For more information, call the library at 401-231-5150. 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. Closed weekends and holidays. Call us: 401-334-9555 Fax: 401-334-9994 Online: READER SERVICES DO YOU HAVE A STORY IDEA? Contact Jacquelyn Moorehead at jackie@ or call 401-334-9555, ext. 125. 24-hour, 7-day voice mail. ADVERTISING – Call your sales representative, or Director of Sales Jack Birolini at 401-334-9555, ext. 141 or email: jack@ CLASSIFIEDS – Place ads at, or call 401-334-9555 during office hours. 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News aggregators that solicit advertising may not link Access Code: 833-024-773 Adopted General Fund Town Manager's Recommended Operations/Capital Operations/Capital 2020 - 2021 2020 - 2021 Expenditures - Function or Purpose 1. Education $39,307,843 $40,579,679 2. General Financial Administration $1,014,205 $1,018,071 3. Public Works $5,004,160 $5,090,068 4. Police Protection and Animal Control $9,776,805 $10,093,394 5. Fire Protection $8,997,815 $9,487,434 6. Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Center $759,884 $873,449 7. Municipal Debt Service $2,960,584 $2,712,177 8. General Government 3,149,493 $3,205,611 9. Town Wide Obligations $2,739,653 $3,056,121 10. Libraries $1,454,008 $1,471,571 11. Boards & Commissions $91,330 $58,830 12. Municipal Capital Improvements $1,444,803 $1,438,922 Total Expenditures $76,700,583 $79,085,327 Revenues 1. Local Property Taxes $59,833,860 $61,197,604$ 2. State Municipal State Aid $4,759,922 $5,479,468 School State Aid $6,149,279 $7,017,990 3. Federal $758,108 $311,173 4. Local (Non-Property) Miscellaneous Revenue and Interest $2,728,867 $2,703,246 Fund Balance Transfers $600,000 $600,000 Capital Expenditures and Operations Funds $1,870,547 $1,775,847 Total Revenues $76,700,583$ $79,085,328$ Enterprise Fund Budgets 1. Smithfield Sewer Authority $4,056,818 $4,097,465$ 2. Smithfield Water Supply Board $2,117,101 $1,844,003 3. Smithfield Ice Rink $706,585 $738,023 Total Enterprise Fund Budgets $6,880,504 $6,679,491 TOTAL ALL FUND BUDGETS $83,581,087 $85,764,819 For a link to submit questions for the meeting and for a link to the Fiscal Year 2022 Town Manager's Recommeneded Budget, please go to the Town's website: TOWN OF SMITHFIELD, R.I. BUDGET & FINANCIAL REVIEW BOARD - VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING ON THE TOWN MANAGER'S RECOMMENDED BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021-2022 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2021 AT 5:30 PM Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. You can also dial in using your phone. 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