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The Valley Breeze & Observer 6-27-13

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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Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester JUNE 27-JULY 3, 2013 FREE Observer the valley breeze & Get out and Celebrate Fresh taste of summer Check out our roundup of local Fourth of July activities. SEE LIVING Strawberries are ripe for the picking at local farms. PAGE 11 @ "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers 'Excellence is not a skill, but an attitude' Bryant U negotiations: No-show Machtley, low-ball offer anger Town Council BY GERRY GOLDSTEIN Valley Breeze & Observer Correspondent Valley Breeze & Observer photos by Elise Manahan Standing with their hands over their hearts for the national anthem during commencement last Friday, are, from left, Ponaganset High School graduates Jesse Bernardin, Andrew Berthiaume and Jacqueline Blanchard. Ponaganset names 'Ideal Chieftains,' sends 179 seniors into the world By DENISE PERREAULT Valley Breeze & Observer Correspondent FOSTER-GLOCESTER – With pomp and circumstance and plenty of music, 179 members of the Class of 2013 at Ponaganset High School – a Ponaganset graduate Rebecca Read receives a hug from Principal Sandra Nolan after receiving her diploma. See PONAGANSET, Page 7 JFA S W E L L ' SY & A R M S TA N D BAKER SMITHFIELD – The problematic relationship between community leaders and Bryant University eroded further last Thursday when Bryant President Ronald K. Machtley was a no-show at a Town Council meeting called to negotiate a university payment to the town in lieu of taxes. Council members, and the town's legislative delegation, were further angered when a Machtley aide said the president would also be unable to attend a special session the council held this past Tuesday, even though the General Assembly was poised to act on proposed legislation forcing Bryant to pay up. Instead, Machtley sent the council a proposed 10-year agreement offering a $35,000 annual payment and an enhancement of in-kind services, but local officials dismissed 'We're not asking for anything more than other colleges and universities are doing for their host communities.' Ronald Manni Town Council member it as grossly inadequate and said Machtley by his absence was showing disdain for Smithfield's taxpayers. At the Tuesday meeting, with Bryant representatives present but Machtley again absent, the council agreed to make a counterproposal – a 20-year agreement seeking a voluntary, $300,000 annual payment from the university that would rise 1.5 percent a year, plus a payment once every five years of $150,000 for the purchase of police and fire equipment. The plan, proposed by Councilor Ronald Manni, also asks Bryant to donate land See BRYANT, Page 6 NORTH PROVIDENCE 8 a.m.-5 p.m. STRAWBERRIES FRESH PICKED now available CALL FOR INFO. ON PICK YOUR OWN SM ITH FIELD/ GREENVILLE 6 54-410 0 OPEN DAILY 2 33-8 96 6 1818 M i neralSpri Ave. ng 375 Putnam Pi ke Sun.- Thurs., 11AM - 12AM ;Fri & Sat.11AM - 1AM . Now Offering even MORE Local Flavor! PLUS: OUR OWN ~ WRIGHT'S DAIRY: Fresh Baked Pies, Pastries, Milk, Cheese & Ice Cream Muffins, Cookies ~ Fresh STAMP FARM Eggs Gourmet Hot and ~ YACHT CLUB Soda Iced Coffees ~ NETTIE'S Kettle Corn Farm Fresh Fruits & Vegetables! 7 $ 99 50 Swan Road, Smithfield 231-9043 ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. CARRYOUT ONLY

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