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The Valley Breeze & Observer 09-14-2017

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY OLIVIA KEENE, 8, left, of the Seasons Corner Market Team, and ETHAN MAC GREGOR, 7, of the Dick's Sporting Goods Team, pass the time practicing before their games start on opening day for Smithfield Youth Soccer. The festivities were held at Deerfield Park last Saturday. See more photos on page 6. Complaints against Smithfield officials mounting Despres pulls property off the market in response SMITHFIELD – Smithfield has new leaders in Town Council President Paul Santucci and Town Manager Randy Rossi, but accusa- tions of questionable dealings and ethics violations continue to plague town officials. Outspoken local businessman Jackson Despres compiled all of his previous complaints with the council, ranging from alleged ethics violations to inaction, and is also presenting new concerns suggesting excessive billing and breaches of contract. In response to these allegations, Despres also made an announcement. "Unfortunately, the Route 7 and 116 corridor is the key to the future in this town, and I own the largest piece, the controlling piece, and I just took it off the market," Despres said, referring to his sprawling 81 acres in the economic growth overlay district. Council President Santucci said he had reached out to Despres follow- ing the council meeting last Tuesday, By JACKIE ROMAN Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See COMPLAINTS, Page 12 Kick start to soccer season SCITUATE – In a unanimous vote, the Scituate Zoning Board has grant- ed Reservoir Dogs LLC, connected to The Perfect Puppy chain, a special use permit for a kennel license at the company's 1265 Chopmist Hill Road location. The special use permit brings Reservoir Dogs one step closer to operating its own breeding business in the basement of The Perfect Puppy store. It is unclear whether this request will be shot down at the council level, as it was in March of 2015. Nearly three years ago, then Council President Charles Collins Jr. and council members John Winfield Jr., Kathleen Knight-Bianchi, Brenda Frederickson and David Campbell voted against the application. One key reason council members mentioned for the denial was owner Scott Bergantino's plan to keep dogs in the basement of the Chopmist Hill Road site. Winfield, a firefighter for some time, said "the worst thing" you face is "to go down cellar" to fight a fire, only to find dogs that must be saved add to the danger. "For safety rea- sons, I would reject it," Winfield said. The most recent Zoning Board approval on Aug. 22 was granted The Perfect Puppy once again in spotlight By JACKIE ROMAN Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See PERFECT PUPPY, Page 23 See our Money Saving Coupon Book Inside! Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE SEPTEMBER 14-20, 2017 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 . APPLES Fresh Picked Or Pick Your Own • Our Own Fresh Pressed & Pasteurized Apple Cider • Our Own Candy, Caramel, Chocolate & Caramel, And Gourmet Apples Featured On Food Network • Fresh Baked Pies, Pastries, AND MUCH MORE!! APPLE CIDER DONUTS! Weekend Concessions available: Hot Apple Crisp, Apple Cider Donuts, Doughboys & More! Assorted Fall Decorations Pick Your Own Pumpkins Starting Soon 50 Swan Road, Smithfield 231-9043 949-3200 949-3200 949-3200 www.drscottri.com Accepting New Patients We Keep Kids Smiling We Keep Kids Smiling We Keep Kids Smiling Dr. Scott B. Klimaj Dr. Scott B. Klimaj Dr. Scott B. Klimaj 7 Smith Avenue, Greenville, RI See our Coupon ©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. 393 Putnam Pike, Sm ithfield, RI Sunday - Thursday 10 a.m . - 11 p.m .; Friday & Saturday 10 a.m . - M idnight I COUPS .COM RI Local Money-Saving COUPONS S E L E C T P u b l i c a t i o n S E L E C T P u b l i c a t i o n Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE &

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