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The Valley Breeze & Observer 05-18-2017

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON JAYNA BARRETTE, as Dorothy, KATIE LEHANE, as Toto, and JACKY MARTIN, as one of the flying monkeys, rehearse for "The Wizard of Oz" with the Gallagher Middle School Drama Club, also known as "The Wolfpack Players," last Thursday. Above, Martin swoops in to steal Toto from Dorothy. The group will perform "The Wizard of Oz," this Friday, May 19, and Saturday, May 20, at the school. See more photos on page 8. SMITHFIELD – Residents will be tasked with voting on a $72.3 million budget during the June 8 Financial Town Meeting after a 5-2 Town Council vote pushed through the Fiscal Year 2018 plan. The budget includes a 3.52 percent tax levy increase, which could change if residents make changes at the annual meeting. Several residents and council mem- bers tried to make changes of their own at the May 9 public hearing, but only one motion was approved by the Town Council. The first motion of the night was brought by Town Council President Paul Santucci, who proposed an $85,000 cut to the fire department's overtime. "As I told the town manager since I came here five years ago, I work with whatever I'm given to work with, but quite frankly I don't understand the cut," said Chief Robert Seltzer. Seltzer added that he attended two previous workshops and had not been consulted before the cut was proposed. "I just feel this is not being handled in what I would call a professional Smithfield presents budget for FTM By JACKIE ROMAN Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See BUDGET, Page 9 SCITUATE – On May 5, the Career and Technical Board of Trustees and the Department of Education approved Scituate High School's computer science and pre- engineering programs. The school's biomedical program is expected to go before the board on June 27 and another yes vote is expected. The approval of the career tech- nical education (CTE) programs, which usually takes a year, comes after months of Town Hall debates over whether the community should fund the creation of its own CTE curriculum. Scituate High School Principal Mike Hassell, in an interview with The Valley Breeze & Observer, said he Scituate High gets green light for CTE program By JACKIE ROMAN Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com Middle school drama – the good kind See CTE, Page 4 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE valleybreeze.com @ MAY 18-24, 2017 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & NORTH PROVIDENCE 6 54-410 0 1744 M ineral Spring Ave. Sun. - Thurs., 11 a.m . - 12 a.m . ; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m . - 1 a.m . SM ITHFIELD/ GREENVILLE 2 33-8 96 6 375 Putnam Pike

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