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The Valley Breeze & Observer 12-07-2017

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. Council approves new police cars, cancels live-streaming at ice rink Members vote 3-2 to appoint new Planning Board member SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield Town Council on Tuesday authorized Chief Richard St. Sauveur Jr. to pur- chase four new police vehicles with a combined value of $158,400. The three cruisers and one pickup truck will be purchased through the Rhode Island master price agreement. The purchase includes three "new/ leftover" 2017 Ford SUVs from Colonial Ford through the Greater Boston Police Council bid, at a cost of $89,503. A 2018 Ford F250 pickup truck with an 8-foot Fisher plow from Tasca Ford was approved to be purchased for $31,325 through the Rhode Island master price agree- ment. The three SUVs replace: • A 2009 Crown Victoria with By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor Old Congregational Church bell comes down Bidder selected but funding from Scituate Art Festival in question SCITUATE – They'll hear the bells on Christmas Day. Or so town officials hope. Barring "any major catastrophes or holdups," the bell atop the Old Congregational Church on Greenville Road will be restored and ringing again by Christmas, says Town Council President John Mahoney. The town on Tuesday, Dec. 5, awarded the job of installing new electronic chimes in the bell to Vermont-based Church Specialties Inc. The bid for that piece of the res- toration came in at $7,100. Labor to restore timbers and trim will cost $5,000, paid to low bidder Aucoin Construction, of Scituate. Mahoney said actual restoration of the the bell's surface might be done for free, making his goal of coming in under the $25,000 the council previously allotted for the bell res- toration project well within reach. There are a number of smaller costs associated with the project, including rental of a crane and other equip- ment. Mahoney said he approached leaders of the Scituate Art Festival about paying for the bell's restora- tion, since the festival's original mis- sion was to use proceeds to maintain the historic church. He said he is planning to submit a grant applica- tion. The council president said he "really hopes" members of the com- mittee start focusing on the many projects needed at the church, By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor Milk, cookies, and a big hug for Santa BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE A special evening of "Milk and Cookies" was held at McCabe Elementary School last Friday. Giving SANTA a big hug is ARALYN JONES, 4, a pre-K student, who told Santa she wants a 3-foot Barbie doll. The event was planned by the school PTO. See more photos on page 31. See TOWN COUNCIL, Page 7 See BELL, Page 23 ST. SAUVEUR Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE DECEMBER 7-13, 2017 401-949-0180 Kids! Don't miss our pull-out coloring book inside! Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE &

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