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The Valley Breeze & Observer 03-15-2018

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 MARY KING, of Greenville, plays the Celtic harp at "Celebrating Ireland in Story and Song," at the Greenville Public Library last Saturday. The performers showcased Irish history and culture in story, song and even a joke or two. See more photos on page 8. SCITUATE – The wells at Rockland Oaks have long been called the building complex's Achilles heal, but recent turnover at the Scituate Housing Authority revealed what appears to be years of cutting corners and neglect. Carol Costa and Richard Finnegan of the SHA told The Valley Breeze & Observer of the problems they found when digging up paperwork regard- ing the wells at the 24-unit Rockland Oaks, 104 Rockland Road. Initially the residents, mostly seniors living in the low-income housing owned by the SHA, told Costa and Finnegan that the sink in the centrally located community room did not have run- ning water. Finnegan pointed to the sink to show the faucets had been removed and the sink basin covered. "The former housing authority removed access to the sink in an effort to avoid regulations to the Department of Health," Costa said. The problem was that RIDOH required expensive quarterly water testing for public water systems, which is any system supporting 25 or more people. Rockland Oaks applied to RIDOH to split the building water system in half, with 12 units on each water system in October of 1995. This occurred just months after Water woes plague Rockland Oaks By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See WELLS, Page 15 Sweet sounds of Ireland SMITHFIELD – Defining diversity as "America's Gift to My Generation," Isabella Garces, a 7th-grader from Gallagher Middle School, won third place in the national Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriot's Pen essay contest. Winning a $3,500 award while compet- ing with more than 132,000 students nationwide, and 52 finalists, Garces pre- viously won $500 when she placed first in the state essay competition in January. Open to students in grades 6-8, Garces said her social studies teacher, Carol Gonsalves, assigned the essay, and she decided to enter the contest. "My teacher is very supportive. She always inspires me and pushes us to do our very best," Isabella said. Gallagher Principal Laurie Beauvais announced the win dur- ing lunch last week, and Isabella Gallagher student takes third in national essay contest By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See GARCES, Page 4 GARCES Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE MARCH 15-21, 2018 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE &

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