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The Valley Breeze & Observer 6-20-13

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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JUNE 20-26, 2013 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE Observer the valley breeze & Honor and Respect Summer starts here Local groups gather for Flag Day ceremonies. PAGE 9 Solstice Festival offers music, dance, crafts and more on Saturday. LIVING @ "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Lawsuit filed over embargoed school funds By GERRY GOLDSTEIN Valley Breeze & Observer Correspondent Valley Breeze & Observer photo by David Wuerth SMITHFIELD – After a closed-door discussion Monday night, the School Committee instructed its lawyer to mount a legal challenge to the Town Council's embargo of a $450,000 school budget increase. And in another matter, the committee, also by unanimous consensus without a formal vote, agreed to extend the Iannitelli contracts of Supt. Robert O'Brien and Asst. Supt. Bridget Morisseau an extra year See FUNDS, Page 19 Scituate High School graduated 112 seniors at a ceremony on the village green on Friday evening. Hundreds of family members and friends enjoyed a warm summer night honoring their students. Katharine Donnelly cheers for fellow grads as their names are called to receive their diplomas. Scituate couple wins Village green provides picturesque OK for a backyard burial backdrop for 2013 Scituate grads Memories of 'animated' Ali Mink linger for this Class of 2013 By DENISE PERREAULT Valley Breeze & Observer Correspondent SCITUATE – Albert Mink is an elderly gentleman, a former longtime Scituate resident and retired Providence educa- tor who now lives in Florida. Friday night, he was at the Scituate High School graduation for a very special reason. "They're going to honor my granddaughter," he told The Valley Breeze & Observer in a whisper. "She was a member of this class. She was the most beautiful girl in the world, so bright, so pleasant, a beautiful girl, I'll tell you." Judging from their remarks at graduation, her friends See SCITUATE, Page 10 Awarded as Smithfield's #1 Hearing Practice ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. Though healthy now, the Gordons look ahead to remaining at home forever By DENISE PERREAULT Valley Breeze & Observer Correspondent SCITUATE – Richard and Debra Gordon have won Town Council approval to be buried in their own backyard at 563 Trimtown Road when they die, a personal choice rare for Rhode Island but reportedly on the rise elsewhere. The Gordons join what experts suggest is an increasing number of people choosing home burials over traditional See BACKYARD, Page 8

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