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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-20-2016

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©2016 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester THE VALLEY BREEZE & FREE valleybreeze.com @ OCTOBER 20-26, 2016 SIX PACK Smithfi eld boys' soccer team extends win streak to six. PAGE 15 SMITHFIELD – In one of the most contentious campaign seasons in recent memory, Smithfield voters are seeing this year's Town Council race domi- nated by negative political advertising while current town issues seem to take a backseat. Smithfield Democratic Party Chairman Larry Mancini says tactics like negative ads are usually reserved later in the campaign season, but, "This is the earliest the negativity has come out in all my 14 years as chairman." Smithfield voters will be asked on Nov. 8 to select five Town Council members from among a field of 5 Democrats and 5 Republicans. Running are incumbent Democrats Bernie Hawkins and Suzy Alba; incum- bent Republicans are Maxine Cavanagh and Alberto LaGreca. Also on the ballot are Republicans John Yoakum, Paul Santucci, and Richard Poirier, and Democrats Matthew DeAngelis, Kenneth Orabona, and T. Michael Lawton. The negative ads first appeared prior to the Democratic primary on Sept. 13, when the Smithfield Republican Party took out an ad in August in the Valley Breeze & Observer stating Town Council candidate Matthew DeAngelis took Smithfield voters sorting through negative ads By MICHAEL SMITH Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer mike@valleybreeze.com See NEGATIVE ADS, Page 5 BREEZE PHOTO BY MICHAEL SMITH Scituate Land Trust member ROB BOWER leans on the new crossover bridge installed at the Lawton Farm Recreation Area on Friday. The bridge is to help avoid any disruptions to the Cranberry Brook that runs through the 54-acre parcel of land. SCITUATE – Walking along a path on a blustery Friday morning, Scituate Land Trust member Rob Bower points to damage on a sign indicating the Lawton Farm Recreation Area entrance. "Looks like a bullet hole," he said. Bower and fellow members of the Scituate Land Trust and Conservation Commission say they are trying through hard work and dedication to bring one of Scituate's treasured natu- ral landmarks as a viable recreation area for residents to enjoy. "Lawton Farm is a unique property, but we need help," said member Ruth Strach. "Without eyes and ears there, people feel they can let their dogs out there freely." "It's such a gem of a property to let it go to the dogs, so to speak," added Strach. Lawton Farm is one of four conser- vation areas the Scituate Land Trust and Conservation Commission over- see and maintain. The others are Tasca Field, Esek Hopkins, and Westconnaug Meadows. Lawton Farm came to the Land Trust in 1990 when the Lawton family, with the specific purpose of retaining its scenic and open lands for recre- ational, conservation, and educational use, donated the 54-acre parcel of land in the southwestern portion of Scituate to the town. Among the conditions in the agree- ment is to maintain its open fields in farm production and to provide a nest- ing habitat for birds. Bower gestures toward the open field of Lawton Farm viewable from drivers passing by on Seven Hill Road. "These fields are nesting grounds for the eastern meadowlark and the bobo- link," said Bower, as farming tractors mow down the tall grass into bales of construction hay. "After the nesting and migration season is over, the tractors mow down Scituate's Lawton Farm Recreation Area a challenge for land trust stewards By MICHAEL SMITH Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer mike@valleybreeze.com See LAWTON FARM, Page 4 LOCAL HAUNTS Check out our listing of Halloween fun and frights. LIVING THE VALLEY BREEZE & Observer Like us on Follow us on TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING A NOVEL BY DAVID J. AIELLO 2016/2017 candidate-Pulitzer Prize in fiction Kindle Version and books available at Amazon.

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