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The Valley Breeze & Observer 5-1-14

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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©2014 Breeze PuBlications inc. Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester Observer the valley breeze & FREE @ MAY 1-MAY 7, 2014 Students from Gallagher Middle School were rehearsing for their produc- tion of "Beauty and the Beast," which debuts on May 16 and 17 at the school. Jules Pereira, as "Babette," left, watches as the"Book seller" Devin O'brien jumps after get- ting a hot seat from DaviD alexanDer, as Lumiere. See more photos on page 8. Valley Breeze & oBserVer Photo By DaViD Wuerth Students act up at Gallagher Middle School by Gerry GOlDstein Valley Breeze & observer correspondent SMITHFIELD – A local development firm and Cumberland Farms Inc. have sued the town's Zoning Board of Review over its refusal to allow construction of a Cumberland Farms gas sta- tion and convenience store in front of the Hampton Inn on Douglas Pike. In its written decision the board cited two major reasons for the denial: That the .92- acre site owned by the Clyde Development Co. is smaller than required by the town's zoning ordinance, and that the business would pose a safety risk because some customers at peak commuter times would make left turns into heavy oncoming traffic. Both contentions were dis- puted at a January public hear- ing by one of the developers, Alfred Costantino, who says Cumberland Farms was will- ing to invest $3.5 million in the project and that the town's Planning Board recommended approval. He argued that the property is divided into condominium parcels, and that taken as a whole, the 17-plus acres there more than meets zoning by Denise Perreault Valley Breeze & observer correspondent SMITHFIELD – The School Committee wants to hear from parents before deciding if the February vacation week should be eliminated next year, an idea that has won unanimous support from the leaders of the Rhode Island School Superintendents Association. The local committee made no decision at its meeting April 28, choosing instead to wait for feedback from parents before taking up the matter again in the future. No date was set for the continued discussion. To obtain that feedback, Supt. Robert M. O'Brien said he and the district's technical director, Paul Barrette, will prepare an online survey for parents in the coming weeks. He could not say when the survey will be ready, but noted it will take a while to get it ready. O'Brien raised the issue after the executive board of the RISSA voted unanimously in favor of eliminating the February vacation for the 2015- 16 school year. The association vote is non-binding and is a recommendation rather than a mandate. O'Brien, who is treasurer of the association, said it was "the first time" the executive board had a unanimous vote. Other local members of the executive Local developer, Cumberland Farms sue Zoning Board over Douglas Pike site Smithfield school officials seek parent input on fate of February vacation see zOninG, Page 10 see vaCatiOn, Page 11 City in Bloom Check out Pawtucket's Cherry Blossom Festival this weekend. PaGe 7 A stAte trAdition Rhode Islanders and foodies rediscover johnnycakes. livinG "like" us on "Follow" us on

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