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The Valley Breeze & Observer 7-25-13

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 JULY 25-31, 2013 FREE Observer the valley breeze & Designs in silk Nature's bounty Create your own unique scarf designs at Cumberland studio. LIVING Scituate Farmers Market is in full swing. PAGE 5 @ "Like" us on Foster veterans reach out for help with old photo Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Discrimination allegation against Scituate heading to U.S. District Court Summer swinging 'Welcome home' clambake of 1946 captured 72 of the town's greatest Snow-plow driver says he was dismissed after complaint to Breeze & Observer By DENISE PERREAULT By DENISE PERREAULT Valley Breeze & Observer Correspondent Valley Breeze & Observer Correspondent FOSTER – Town veterans of World War II need your help. Three of them – George Newman, George Brayton and Maurice Dunbar – have been working to identify every last one of a group of 72 veterans of World War II, all Foster residents, whose photo was taken in August, 1946, when they gathered at Moosup Valley Grange for a "welcome home" clambake. The picture, reproduced with this story, will be on display at two sites during Foster Old Home Days this coming weekend – at the Town House and at the American Legion Post 101 booth. Old Home Days runs from Friday through Sunday, July 26-28, at the fairground behind Town Hall. Newman, a decorated World SCITUATE – A former snowplow driver is suing the town in federal court for at least $80,000 in back wages and benefits because, he claims, he was the victim of age discrimination and retaliation when he was not hired for a full-time position and complained to the local newspaper about it. John N. Sousa Jr. maintains the town terminated his parttime services after he went to The Valley Breeze & Observer to publicize the fact that he had filed a complaint with the state Commission on Human Rights about the town's alleged discriminatory practices when he, at the age of 59, was passed up for a job that went to someone in his 30s. "Within hours" of the publication of The Valley Breeze & Observer story Oct. 13, 2011, about his age discrimination See PHOTO, Page 3 Valley Breeze & Observer photo by Elise Manahan Avri-Mae Delossantos, 9, of Johnston, smiles as she swings around in a circle at the Smithfield YMCA playground. She and other children, participating in the summer camp, were playing in the morning before the weather became too hot to stay outside last Friday. See more photos on page 6. Brus h • Flos s • S m ile NORTH PROVIDENCE SM ITH FIELD/ GREENVILLE 6 54-410 0 2 33-8 96 6 1818 M i neralSpri Ave. ng claim, Sousa was informed he would no longer be called to work in Scituate, according to court documents. Both sides have demanded a jury trial. No date has been set but those close to the case say a trial can be expected in early 2014 in U.S. District Court, Providence. The town denies the allegations. "The town's position is that the town did not discriminate and did not retaliate against Mr. Sousa in any way, shape or fashion," said David M. D'Agostino, town solicitor with Gorham & Gorham Inc. of North Scituate. According to court documents, here are the relevant facts of the case: Sousa was working as a parttime snow-plow operator and had made it known "on more than one occasion" to his supervisor, Dale Langlais who was See SOUSA, Page 11 Anderson Winfield Funeral Home 375 Putnam Pi ke Sun.- Thurs., 11AM - 12AM ;Fri & Sat.11AM - 1AM . Dr. Scott B. Klimaj GREENVILLE MEDICAL CENTER 7 Smith Avenue, Greenville Call for an appointment 949-3200 7 $ 99 ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. CARRYOUT ONLY Route 44 at Greenville Common Greenville, RI 02828 (401)949-0180

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