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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-22-2017

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. BREEZE PHOTOS BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Smithfield firefighter Pvt. JOSEPH NOTORANTONIO gets ready, at top, to drop 500 golf balls onto a target below. The Snowball Drop Raffle event was held last Saturday at Deerfield Park. Every golf ball was purchased through a raffle to raise money for Smithfield's Dec. 2 All-Lit-Up Christmas Parade. Any funds left over go to local charities. See more photos on page 21. JOHNSTON – A hand-drawn picture of a chicken just inside the front door of Stamp Farms offers a sarcastic take on a classic joke: "Why did the chicken cross the road?" Answer? "To try to get away from the construction." The truth is that incessant and often unpredictable construction along Greenville Avenue has been no joke for the family-owned egg farm, which traces its roots back to the 1930s, nor can the people and chickens on the property get away from it. Though most of Greenville Avenue is residential, Stamp Farms, at 816 Greenville Ave. on the Smithfield town line, has the unfor- tunate task of doing business just a few feet inside the road's construc- tion zone. That zone is going to last a bit longer than originally thought, say officials. Work that began in early April will be extended at least another month due to: • The depth and amount of ledge workers have encountered under- ground. • And the close proximity of resi- dential gas hookups. "Originally, we planned to blast Stamp Farms coping as Greenville Ave. project hits ledge By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See STAMP, Page 6 Rao makes it official, signs with Penn State Four-time All-American track and field thrower highlights Ponaganset's NLI ceremony GLOCESTER – After looking at different colleges throughout the country, including a few Ivy League schools, Ponaganset High senior Gianna Rao has decided to continue her exceptional track and field career at Penn State, and she recently made her decision official by signing a National Letter of Intent to the Big Ten Conference university during a ceremony at the high school. During her col- legiate search, Rao, who is regarded as one of the premier weight and ham- mer throwers in the nation, focused on each school's track and field programs, as well as academics. Originally, Rao wanted to attend an Ivy League school, but she said that in addition to visiting Harvard and Brown, she went to Duke, North Carolina, and Iowa. She was supposed to visit Miami, but the night before her trip, she commit- ted to Penn State. "I just really like the feel of it," said Rao, who was joined at the ceremony by three classmates who also finalized their college decisions – Billy Butler, Abby Remick, and By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze & Observer Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com See RAO, Page 8 RAO Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE NOVEMBER 22-28, 2017 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & 949-3200 949-3200 949-3200 www.drscottri.com Accepting New Patients FAMILY DENTISTRY FAMILY DENTISTRY FAMILY DENTISTRY Dr. Scott B. Klimaj Dr. Scott B. Klimaj Dr. Scott B. Klimaj 7 Smith Avenue, Greenville, RI Caring & Professional Caring & Professional Our Patients' smiles say it all! 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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