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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-20-2017

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE It was Scituate Foster Little League's Opening Day last Saturday at Gorham Field. Coach JOHN LICKERT, of the WellOne Primary Medical Care team, reminds his players that if they hit the ball they need to run to first base. See more photos on page 23. Today's Little Leaguers, tomorrow's stars SCITUATE – Two weeks after a slim majority at the April 4 Financial Town Meeting sent the proposed town operating budget back for revi- sion, two lengthy Budget Committee meetings have yielded no changes. It will be déjà vu for voters when they walk in the Scituate High School doors on Tuesday, April 25, for take two. Despite the Budget Committee's attempts to understand why 291 vot- ers opted to delay the FTM three weeks, meetings on April 11 and 18 failed to result in any alterations to the first rejected budget in Scituate's history. Meanwhile, Scituate's budget expired on March 31 and officials have been running the town accord- ing to last year's line item appropria- tions. While the extra budget meet- ings provided an opportunity for both the committee and residents to present suggestions for why the budget was rejected and how it could be improved, the bulk of time was spent reviewing topics that the Budget Committee and School No budget changes ahead of April 25 FTM By JACKIE ROMAN Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See BUDGET, Page 10 SMITHFIELD – Inside the Anderson Winfield Funeral Home on Church Street in Greenville one can find the standard comforts for grieving – dozens of chairs, scat- tered boxes of tissues, a dignified ambiance ... and a dog. This is the first funeral home in Rhode Island to employ a therapy dog and owner Thomas Winfield, also a state representative, says the pairing makes perfect sense. "Coming into the funeral home is, for a lot of people, something you don't want to do," Winfield said. But his 18-month-old golden retriever named Buddy can make the process a little easier for visitors. "It takes away some of that angst ... it makes it bearable," Winfield said. Buddy is a friendly dog with sand colored hair and a light-blonde tail that bounces as he walks. He is gen- erous with head nudges and hand licks and especially loves having his head scratched. In short, he's an undeniable source of joy. "He thrives on it," Winfield said. Therapy dog comforts mourners at Smithfield funeral home By JACKIE ROMAN Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY JACKIE ROMAN BUDDY, a golden retriever, is the first funeral home therapy dog in Rhode Island. See BUDDY, Page 6 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE valleybreeze.com @ APRIL 20-26, 2017 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Boneless Country Ribs $22.00 /10- lbs. Boneless Chicken Breast $18.00 /10- lbs. Tenderloin Choice $9.99 lb. 80/20 Ground Beef $1.99 lb./10-lbs. RI Beef & V e al RI Beef & V e al RI Beef & V e al 60 Armento St., Johnston, RI 401-232-7220 rhodeislandbeef.com Hours: Mon. 7 a.m.-1 p.m.; Tues.-Sat. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. BIG GAME ESSENTIALS HOT BUYS FOR GAME DAY! Straight from the farm to your grill!

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