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The Valley Breeze & Observer 03-01-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON LaPerche Elementary School 5th-grader HOLLY GIRARD seems to take great pleasure in placing a whipped cream "pie" in the face of physical education teacher JAMES CONNELL last Friday. LaPerche students earned the right to throw the pies after they surpassed a $12,000 fundraising goal, (raising nearly $16,000) during a fun run to raise money to purchase a rock wall for the school's gym. See more photos on page 8. SMITHFIELD – Rep. Thomas Winfield says he will not hold a General Assembly hearing on his proposed bill to disband the Smithfield Land Trust until after he's had a meeting with the Smithfield Town Council. Winfield: Land Trust disband bill will wait for meeting By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com SMITHFIELD – Local schools are not seeking new money from local taxpayers for the 2018-2019 year. The School Committee on Smithfield schools not asking for an increase from town By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See LAND TRUST, Page 9 Ponaganset wins it all! Wrestling team captures program's first state championship; Joyce, McGill, Riggs claim individual titles PROVIDENCE – Mission accom- plished. After taking second place at last season's RIIL Championships, the members of the Ponaganset High wrestling team returned to the two- day state meet last Friday night at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house with their sights set squarely on the grand prize – the Chieftains' first state championship in their program's history. And Ponaganset didn't disap- point. The Chieftains went 3-for-5 in last Saturday night's title matches and saw three other grapplers place third in their weight classes, and that helped them capture the cham- pionship with 196 points and top a competitive field that included runner-up Bishop Hendricken (180), Cumberland (153), and Coventry (151). By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze & Observer Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com See BUDGET, Page 16 See WRESTLING, Page 6 Sweet reward Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE MARCH 1-7, 2018 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & MEMORY CARE ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENCE CALL 401-944-2450 FOR A PERSONAL TOUR Conveniently located off Central Avenue, near US 5 in Johnston, RI 49 Old Pocasset Rd. www.briarcliffegardens.com Our uplifting environment and special approach to Alzheimer's and Dementia Care have created a quality of life you simply can't get any place else Check out our Local Restaurant Guide INSIDE LET'S EAT OUT Sweet Check out our Local Restaurant Guide INSIDE LET'S EAT OUT Spring 2018 LOCAL RESTAURANT GUIDE EAT OUT EAT OUT Let's FEB-28-2018-EAT-NPO.indd 1 2/21/18 10:21 AM

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