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The Valley Breeze & Observer 1-9-14

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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JANUARY 9-15, 2014 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE Observer the valley breeze & Sentinels come out on Top Sounds of Sinatra Smithfield High School tops Burrillville, 3-1 in Division 1 action. PAGE 11 @ "Like" us on Chris Jason Sinatra Live band performs to benefit PHS. LIVING Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Fast track to fun in Scituate Recruiting now for basic training at LaPerche Elementary By GERRY GOLDSTEIN Valley Breeze & Observer Correspondent Valley Breeze & Observer photo by David Wuerth Scituate sliders: A group of parents and children took advantage of the snow on Friday at Esek Hopkins Field in Scituate. Kids ignored the cold weather to slide down the hill on sleds, saucers and tubes. Annalee Lorimer, 8, glides down the hill on her saucer. See more photos on page 9. Greenville water project delayed By GERRY GOLDSTEIN Valley Breeze & Observer Correspondent SMITHFIELD – Progress toward water pressure improvement in parts of Greenville is flowing a bit more slowly than anticipated, but the $3.2-million project should be completed and operational by April, according to latest estimates. Work was originally expected to be finished by late 2013, but was delayed when bids for renovation of a pumping station on Mapleville Road came in about $100,000 too high, according to David M. Powers Jr., general manager of the Greenville Water District. The issue has been resolved with design changes, he said, but with winter here it's now expected that work won't be finished until early spring. Powers said that construction has been completed on a new, See WATER, Page 5 SMITHFIELD – The "Marines" are recruiting here for a unit that requires weekly "boot camp" training, closeorder drill, camouflage uniforms, and self-discipline. If your kids are at least 8 years old, they can enlist. The unit commander and "drill sergeant," 58-year-old Ed Bermudez, himself a former Marine, will be at the LaPerche Elementary School Jan. 15, looking for youngsters through high school age who have the right stuff. And if they don't have it, he promises that they'll get it as members of the River Falls "Young Marines," an independent, military-style youth organization that has moved from Woonsocket to Smithfield. Next Tuesday's recruitment drive and informational meeting at LaPerche – which will be the base of operations – is scheduled from 1800 to 2030 hours (that's 6 to 8:30 p.m. for you civilians). Bermudez, a retired Chelsea, Mass., firefighter who now lives in Woonsocket, said that while his co-ed program is based on military training, it's not affiliated with the organization that deploys leathernecks from the halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli. But it is part of the Marine Corps League, a national organization of current and former Marines who promote the ideals of the Corps and who operate Young Marine units throughout the country. Bermudez said the goal is to encourage youngsters to become people of character and to lead "healthy, drug-free lifestyles," but that the organization is not a shill for the military even though its training mirrors the Marine Corps Manual. Despite that source, the Young Marines do not deal with weapons or with selfSee MARINES, Page 6 Looking to Sell Your Stuff? Let us help. NEW! Pay only $10 for ads for Items for Sale valued at $200 or less. 3 weeks, only $25. 401-429-6800 Visit, or call 334-9555 weekdays. Deadline, Tuesday at 3 p.m. Route 44 at Greenville Common Greenville, RI 02828 (401)949-0180 Expires 01/31/14. Expires 01/31/14. ©2014 Breeze Publications Inc.

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