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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-14-13

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NOVEMBER 14-20, 2013 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE Observer the valley breeze & lights out BAH HUMBUG! Fancy lightposts toppled in Chepachet village. PAGE 5 Veteran actor takes on Scrooge in 'Christmas Carol.' LIVING @ "Like" us on Gallagher girls win state title valleybreeze.com Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Budding ballerinas By PAUL R. DUBOIS Valley Breeze Sports Editor pdubois@valleybreeze.com PROVIDENCE – In an epic stomach-knotting battle, the Gallagher Middle School girls soccer team pulled out a shootout win over Kickemuit Middle School Monday afternoon at Classical High School to win the state championship. It was the first Gallagher girls state title in more than a decade and first for coach Kate McCurdy, who has been at the helm eight seasons. "We've never made it past the round of eight before this," said McCurdy. "The girls really worked hard and deserved this. We're just so really excited. I'm just glad we were on the right end of the shoot out." Although each team had scoring chances, no one could find the back of the net through regulation and two overtimes, setting the stage for the shoot out, when each team selected five players to take a single penalty shot. Kickemuit began the shoot out with a score, but Gallagher's Zoie Allen matched it. Kickemuit moved ahead See CHAMPS, Page 17 The East Smithfield Public Library hosted dancers from the Heritage Ballet last Saturday. Children were invited to learn warm up exercises, view costumes and try ballet steps. Above, Vanessa Swanson, 6, of Smithfield takes in a reading of "The Nutcracker Doll." At left, ballerina Rebecca Plath, 14, puts on her point shoes. More on page 8. $70-million, 6-year spending plan includes school roofs, library expansion and public works facility Taxpayers may comment at Dec. 3 hearing By GERRY GOLDSTEIN Valley Breeze & Observer Correspondent gerryg76@verizon.net SMITHFIELD – Taxpayers will have a chance Dec. 3 to comment on a six-year, $69.9-million capital spending plan that for 2015 calls for $31.3 million in projects including $9.6 million for expansion of the Greenville Public Library, $7.5 million for school repairs, $6.4 million to expand the police station, and $4 million for construction of a north Valley Breeze & Observer Photos By Bill Murphy end fire station. Major items in the six-year plan submitted by Town Manager Dennis Finlay, covering the years 2015-2020, would be financed by a long-term bond issue if approved first by the Town Council and later by voters at the 2014 general election. In submitting his capital budget requests to the council, which he is required to do every other year, Finlay stressed that his capital improvements plan by itself does not authorize any spending or appropriate any money. However, he has warned from time to time that the town's physical plant has not kept up with the need for public services. In his "State of the Town" See SPENDING, Page 12 Glocester Little League field purchase proposal to go before FTM voters. See page 3. Let Us Help You Fall In Love with Your Smile Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Dr. Scott B. Klimaj In the Heart of Greenville 7 Smith Avenue, Greenville Route 44 at Greenville Common, Greenville, RI 02828 GREENVILLE MEDICAL CENTER www.drscottri.com Call for an appointment 949-3200 ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. (401)949-0180 www.andersonwinfield.net

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