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The Valley Breeze & Observer 3-27-14

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©2014 Breeze PuBlications inc. Future CheFs Local elementary school students enter culinary competition. PAGE 11 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester Observer thE vAllEy brEEzE & FREE valleybreeze.com @ MARCH 27-APRIL 2, 2014 LaPerche Talent Ready to Shine! Students at LaPerche Elementary School rehearse recently for their upcoming variety show, which takes place this Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The show will feature singing, dancing and musical performances. Above, 1st-graders AlExis KozliK, left, and sofiA MEchlEr perform ballet to "Let It Go." At left, 3rd-grade student siMonE sEMErjiAn plays a Sonatina Etude. See additional photos on Page 7. Valley Breeze & oBserVer Photos By DaViD Wuerth by GErry GolDstEin Valley Breeze & observer correspondent gerryg76@verizon.net SMITHFIELD – In a new offer to Bryant University, the Town Council has sharply reduced the amount it seeks as compensation for public safety runs to the campus, but is sticking by its insistence on a fixed annual payment instead of billing for each individual response. At a work session Tuesday, the council unanimously approved asking Bryant for $175,000 a year, to be billed quarterly, instead of the $300,000 it originally sought. The offer eliminates a request for an additional $150,000 every four years and also drops a request for a vari- ety of scholarships and tuition remissions for town residents. In another major change, the council is seeking to reduce the term of the agree- ment from an originally pro- posed 20 years to five years, so that any first-time agree- ment can be re-negotiated sooner in light of changing economic circumstances and Bryant's growth. The new offer was drafted by Town Solicitor Edmund L. Council lowers dollars it seeks from Bryant to flat $175,000 see bryAnt, Page 8 by EthAn shorEy Valley Breeze staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com PROVIDENCE – They were the five days that shook the foundation of Rhode Island's political establishment, potentially reshaping the state's future, and most of the key players were from northern Rhode Island. "Millions of dol- lars and months of time will be spent on the (governor's) race and the past five days will have more impact on the state. Amazing," said Rep. Brian Newberry, the Republican House minority leader from District 48 in North Smithfield and Burrillville, in a tweet Tuesday evening. Newberry and his small caucus of Republicans, along with the three- member Woonsocket House del- egation, were the pivotal votes in an unexpected race for speaker of the house, helping Cranston Rep. Nicholas Mattiello beat out Scituate Rep. MArcEllo Scituate's Marcello: 'Treacherous process' opened my eyes hoUsE sPEAKEr rAcE see MArcEllo, Page 4 sPrING BLOOMs Wildflowers add a pop of color to the landscape. livinG "like" us on "follow" us on (401) 949-0180 www.andersonwinfield.net Congratulations PC Friars on a job well done! – Go Friars! – Let Us Help You Fall In Let Us Help You Fall In Let Us Help You Fall In Love with Your Smile Love with Your Smile Love with Your Smile Dr. Scott B. Klimaj GREENVILLE MEDICAL CENTER 7 Smith Avenue, Greenville www.drscottri.com Call for an appointment 949-3200 NORTH PROVIDENCE 6 54-410 0 1818 M ineral Spring Ave. Sun. - Thurs., 11AM - 12AM ; Fri. & Sat. 11AM - 1AM SM ITHFIELD/ GREENVILLE 2 33-8 96 6 375 Putnam Pike $ 7 99 CARRYOUT ONLY

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