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The Valley Breeze & Observer 01-04-2018

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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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY Even with only a small amount of snow on the ground, NATHANIEL REILLY, 8, of Smithfield, found a small space to try some sledding last Saturday. A walking trail in Deerfield Park in Smithfield did the trick. See more photos on page 12. JOHNSTON – The road is still bumpy, but the journey is nearing completion, as the Narragansett Bay Commission puts finishing touches on its water and sewer pipe project along Greenville Avenue near the Smithfield line. The good news is that crews last week completed installation of the lines, and detours have been eliminated, said representatives for the commission. The bad news is that a final layer of curb- to-curb pavement won't be laid until spring. The Bay Commission is waiting for the ground to settle over the winter. Though original completion dates were slated for November 2017, crews encountered unanticipated delays when dealing with ledge that, at points, reached up to 25 feet in depth. Jamie Samons, the commission's public affairs manager, said the original plan to blast the ledge changed due to its proximity to gas lines. Crews used the more labor-intensive and time- consuming method of hand hammering out the ledge. "It took longer than anticipated; there was a lot of ledge," Samons said, add- ing that crews finished the majority of construction last week. A final cleaning, air testing of sewer Construction complete on Greenville Ave., but still a bumpy ride By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See CONSTRUCTION, Page 4 SMITHFIELD – Freshman Smithfield Town Manager Randy Rossi says his plans for the New Year include a "big push" for eco- nomic development and continued plans for an elementary school reconfiguration. Also on Rossi's agenda is work- ing with the Department of Public Works to boost usefulness in parks and recreation, as well as making the office handier when it comes to town repairs. Speaking with The Valley Breeze & Observer, Rossi said he will use his nine years of experience as Smithfield's finance director to draft the town's financial budget. "This will be the first budget that will be my budget," he said, and the first he had the chance to work on from start to finish. "I want this to be a responsible budget that minimizes the effect to residents of the town." Additionally, Rossi is looking Town Manager Rossi has far-reaching goals for 2018 By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See ROSSI, Page 6 Having a cold blast Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE JANUARY 4-10, 2018 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Happy New Year! (401) 949-0180 May your troubles be less and blessings be more and nothing but happiness come through your door.

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