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The Valley Breeze & Observer 09-21-2017

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Parents, students claim extensive bullying in Scituate School officials, committee members deny that it's a problem SCITUATE – Jessica Lamaroux was a 3rd-grader at North Scituate Elementary School when the bullying first started. She was punched by a classmate while riding the bus. When her mother, Susan, went to seek out disciplinary action against the offender, she said it was the first of many times she would be told, "there is no bullying in Scituate." Susan said the principal at the time, Brian Byerlee, did not suspend the student because he would be moving to Florida in two weeks anyway. So for two weeks, Jessica attended school in fear. Jessica said her experience with bullying worsened three years later. Classmates taunted her and ridiculed her appearance, her intelligence, and her personality. They called her fat, lazy, and stupid. They questioned her sexual orientation. Jessica was not guaranteed a reprieve from the bul- lying when she went home. Messages began flooding her phone, too. She tried to tell the school counsel- ors. "They just kind of consoled me," By JACKIE ROMAN Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See BULLYING, Page 11 BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Twin sisters AMBER and AUDREY ANGELL, 10, of Scituate, sit on a bale of hay with their brother, AUSTIN, at Lawton Farm in Scituate. There was a ceremony for a new entrance to the farm on Sept. 12. Lawton Farm was purchased by the town of Scituate in 1990 from Henry and Virginia Lawton and since the purchase, the town has focused on developing it as a grassland and bird nesting habitat. See more photos page 6. Scituate's Lawton Farm gets new entrance SMITHFIELD – Records show that Town Manager Randy Rossi was charged with driving while intoxicated in New York State in mid-June, prior to his selection as town manager. Records obtained from the New York State Park Police show that Rossi was arrested in Saratoga County on June 16 at 11:53 p.m. and charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with .08 of 1 percent or greater, and failure to keep right. It is his first such offense. Rossi was issued tickets to appear in Saratoga Springs Court on July 18. He was ordered to attend a victim impact panel through Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Information available on the MADD website states the panel is meant "to help drunk and drugged driving offenders to recognize and internalize the lasting and long- term effects of substance impaired driving." Rossi will also have to enroll in the Department of Motor Vehicles impaired driver program. His license was also suspended for 90 days in the state of New York, which prohibited him from driving in New York until this month. Rossi said he takes full responsi- bility for his actions. "I own up to the situation, I'm Smithfield town manager was arrested for DUI in June By JACKIE ROMAN Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com SMITHFIELD – Smithfield's longtime Solicitor Edmund Alves Jr., of the law firm Blish & Cavanagh, handed in his letter of resignation on Monday. In a letter to Town Council President Paul Santucci, Alves writes, "After enduring many months of unceasing personal attacks, I have reached the conclu- sion that my continued service as solicitor will make it impossible for all members of the Town Council to act cooperatively in the governance of the town." Until a replace- ment solicitor is appointed, Alves said his firm would continue to repre- sent Smithfield in court as required, including district court, municipal court prosecutions, and any emergency legal matter. He concludes: "It has been my privilege to serve as Smithfield's town solicitor for over 20 years. I sincerely wish the town good for- tune in the years to come." Alves was first appointed as the solicitor in 1984 and served in the Solicitor Alves resigns amid conflict By JACKIE ROMAN Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See ALVES, Page 6 See DUI, Page 9 ALVES Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE SEPTEMBER 21-27, 2017 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Our annual peek at this colorful season INSIDE ALL THAT'S FALL Our annual peek at this colorful season INSIDE ALL THAT'S FALL THE VALLEY BREEZE | SEPTEMBER 21-27, 2017 AUTUMN IN THE VALLEY 2017 1 Autumn Autumn Autumn Autumn Autumn Autumn Autumn Autumn Autumn In The In The In The In The In The In The Autumn Autumn Autumn In The Autumn Autumn Autumn In The Autumn Autumn Autumn In The Autumn Autumn Autumn In The In The In The In The In The In The Autumn Autumn Autumn In The Autumn Autumn Autumn In The Autumn Autumn Autumn In The Autumn Autumn Autumn Valley Valley Valley Valley Valley Valley In The In The In The Valley In The In The In The Valley In The In The In The Valley In The In The In The In The In The In The Valley In The In The In The Valley In The In The In The Valley In The In The In The Valley Valley Valley Valley Valley Valley In The In The In The Valley In The In The In The Valley In The In The In The Valley In The In The In The In The In The In The Valley In The In The In The Valley In The In The In The Valley In The In The In The Inside Inside Inside Inside Inside Inside Our go-to guide of fall events Traditional fall favorites Ideas for your home A fresh look at Halloween ©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. 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