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The Valley Breeze & Observer 7-18-13

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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JULY 18-24, 2013 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE Observer the valley breeze & Turn up the heat Count on Nature See the work of local glass artist Neal Drobnis. PAGE 17 Residents chase beauty in annual butterfly count. PAGE 11 @ "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Gov. Chafee signs Bryant bill, prodding Machtley-Town Council meeting Take your pick By GERRY GOLDSTEIN Valley Breeze & Observer Correspondent Valley Breeze & Observer photo by Elise Manahan Fruit doesn't get fresher than this. Collin Aguiar Riel, 4, of Cumberland, reaches up to pull a blueberry off a bush at Harmony Farms last Saturday, where he was picking berries with his family and friends. The farm is open from 8 a.m. to noon and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon on Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. See more photos on page 8. Even before new program starts, some predict the trash will overflow By GERRY GOLDSTEIN Valley Breeze & Observer Correspondent SMITHFIELD – One man's trash may be another man's treasure, but getting rid of the stuff is still a topic of conversation here as the town prepares to change how it's done. The latest discussion came at the Town Council's July 9 meeting, when Councilor Ronald Manni said some con- stituents have called with worries over how the new system, to debut Oct. 1, will work. The town's contractor is changing to an automated pickup service in which garSee TRASH, Page 12 SMITHFIELD – When Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the controversial Bryant University bill July 11, he gave municipal leaders what they wanted: A chance to meet Bryant President Ronald K. Machtley across the table to negotiate payments for municipal services to the tax-exempt university. The Town Council had complained for months that Machtley would not negotiate short of being forced to do so. He, in turn, denied that but said the town was seeking to squeeze Bryant despite what he termed the school's extensive and positive effect on the town's economy. Differences between the two sides aren't nearly resolved. But in a statement released after the bill became law, Machtley said that while he was disappointed the governor didn't veto it, "We will meet with the town in the hope that amicable and fair agreements can be reached to avoid expensive and time con- Call today for your free trial of The Invisible Intigai from Oticon. Dr. Mary Kay Uchmanowicz Licensed Audiologist, 30 Years 151 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917 401-349-0456 ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. suming litigation." While he said also that the university will review its options, "including litigation," it appeared that the two sides will indeed sit down and talk – 'We will meet with the town in the hope that amicable and fair agreements can be reached to avoid expensive and time consuming litigation.' Ronald K. Machtley Bryant University president which the council has said was its ultimate goal in seeking the legislation. It allows the town to begin charging Bryant starting next March unless the two sides negotiate a different arrangement beforehand. The council is drafting a "memorandum of understanding" that would ask Bryant for an annual payment of $300,000 in compensation for public safety runs to the campus, plus See BRYANT, Page 2

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