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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-26-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. SMITHFIELD – Not in favor of my bill? Don't use my driveway. After the Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission made arguments against Rep. Thomas Winfield's proposed bill to disband the Smithfield Land Trust and hand control of it over to the Town Council, he sent a cease and desist letter to the group, demanding that it stop using his driveway at 605 Putnam Pike to access the Waterman Tavern. Winfield's letter, dated April 16 and addressed to Robert Leach, chairman of the commission, said members were "unlawfully using Mr. Winfield's driveway," and demanded that they stop using it immediately. Winfield owns a brick building at 605 Putnam Pike, formerly Brodeur's Market, which now houses an apart- ment on the second floor and a business on the ground floor. On the southern side of the structure is a short, sloping driveway providing tenants access to the back parking lot. His business, Anderson Winfield Winfield to Historic Preservation Commission: Stop using my driveway By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Rep. THOMAS WINFIELD sent a cease and desist letter to the Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission demanding members stop using his driveway after the commission spoke against his bill at a Statehouse hearing. Smithfield's zero-increase budget includes cut to paving But new pavement management program set to go into effect SMITHFIELD – Town Manager Randy Rossi is proposing a "no tax increase" budget this year, finish- ing a draft of the budget working as both finance director and town manager. The next step for the budget is to bring it to a public budget hearing on Tuesday, May 8, at the Smithfield High School audi- torium, 90 Pleasant View Ave., at 7 p.m. Cutbacks were made to achieve no tax increase, includ- ing $100,000 from the budgeted $600,000 for paving. Rossi said there are still leftover funds from last year's budget left for spring paving, which will begin soon. "In my mind it's a great product as a no tax increase budget while we maintain the same level of ser- vice," he said. Though the Department of Public Works is responsible for paving, Rossi plans to "enhance and improve" the town's pavement By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com SCITUATE – The Scituate Police Department made its first arrest using DNA evidence on April 17, with assistance from the Combined DNA Index System, said Chief Donald Delaere, who collected the DNA at a 2016 crime scene. Delaere was still a sergeant on Sept. 28, 2016, when he was dis- patched to a Hartford Pike home following a call reporting a break- ing and entering. Delaere col- lected a partial fingerprint, swabs of blood and a discarded cigarette butt from the scene, and forwarded the evidence to the Rhode Island Department of Health Forensic Biology Unit in Providence. On Feb. 6, the Forensic Unit notified the SPD that the match from both the swabs and the ciga- rette butt linked to a single source, and on March 28 revealed Aaron Scituate police make first DNA-matched arrest By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See PAVING, Page 20 See ARREST, Page 11 Funeral Home, 2 Church St., is across the street from the driveway, which can be seen from his office window. Winfield said that when the Preservation Commission argued against his proposed bill to disband See WINFIELD, Page 13 ROSSI Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE APRIL 26-MAY 2, 2018 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & NORTH PROVIDENCE 654-4100 1744 Mineral Spring Ave. SMITHFIELD/ GREENVILLE 233-8966 375 Putnam Pike Sun. - Thurs., 11 a.m.-12 a.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 am.-1 a.m. (401)949-0180 www.andersonwinfield.net FOR UNCOMPROMISED QUALITY & VALUE Josh's Roofing & Siding Inc. RI Reg. #20208 RI Comm. #182R MA Reg. #16296 In & Around The Business for Over 30 Years! www.JoshsConstruction.com • RESIDENTIAL / COMMERCIAL ROOFING • SIDING OF ALL TYPES Unmatched Quality Attention to Detail Because You Have to Trust Who You Hire – WHY TAKE A CHANCE? Old School Values! 401-597-5660 or 508-922-3574 Our local guide to spring simplicity INSIDE Our local guide to spring simplicity INSIDE Keep it simple Spring for Spring in the Valley 2018

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