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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-15-2017

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Former teacher suing for discrimination O'Brien testimony shows lack of policies on catastrophic benefits SMITHFIELD – Copies of a May 2 deposition involving Supt. Robert O'Brien sheds light on the district's catastrophic benefit policy, or rather, lack thereof. O'Brien was deposed as part of a pending lawsuit from Mary Lurgio against the Smithfield School Department. The former 5th-grade teacher who suffers from primary sclerosing chol- angitis, a chronic liver disease, and Crohn's disease, an inflammatory gas- trointestinal illness, first filed suit in April of last year against the School Department for alleged discrimination after being denied catastrophic benefits. Lurgio is seeking $847,000 in dam- ages. The number represents the cost of life insurance as well as the loss of benefits and income, according to the suit. It does not include compensation for pain and suffering, or punitive dam- ages. Lurgio said the deposition shows the hurdles she was asked to go through, all while dealing with serious health issues. By JACKIE ROMAN Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer Class of 2017 KYLE WAGNER gets a hug from his mother, JODI WAGNER, during Smithfield High School's graduation ceremony, held Tuesday at Byrant University. BREEZE PHOTOS BY CHARLES LAWRENCE WILLIAM PETTERSON receives his diploma during Scituate High School's graduation last Friday, held at the gazebo on the Village Green. For more on Scituate's graduation, and Ponaganset High School's graduation, see pages 5-14. See LAWSUIT, Page 2 See SMITHFIELD, Page 12 SMITHFIELD – It was stand- ing room only at Smithfield High School's graduation on Tuesday at Seniors trade sentinel armor for cap and gown By JACKIE ROMAN Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE @ JUNE 15-21, 2017 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & 50 Swan Road, Smithfield 231-9043 J A S W E L L ' S F A R M S TA N D & B A K E R Y w w w. j a s w e l l s f a r m . c o m O P E N D A I LY 8 a . m . - 5 p . m . PLUS: OUR OWN Fresh Baked Pies, Pastries, Muffins, Cookies Gourmet Hot and I ced Coffees Farm Fresh Fruits & Vegetables! Our Own Cider Donuts Our Own Cider Donuts & New Strawberry Donuts!!! & New Strawberry Donuts!!! CELEBRATE FATHER'S DAY WITH A STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE CELEBRATING OUR 118 TH SEASON! Fresh Picked Fresh Picked Fresh Picked Strawberries Strawberries Strawberries Available Soon! Available Soon! Available Soon! Call For Info. Call For Info. Call For Info. Try Our Own All Natural Lemonade

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