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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-21-2018

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. SCITUATE – Sharp corners along a narrow, rock and boulder-lined road- way led to trucks and commercial vehi- cles being prohibited on Hope Furnace Road for more than 17 years, but that may change soon due to a new ordi- nance proposed by the "Independent Men" of the Town Council. The ordinance is contingent on the stipulation that Hope Furnace Road and the Burlingame Bridge be upgraded to Rhode Island Department of Transportation standards at the expense of JR Vinagro, which operates a stone crushing operation off Hope Furnace at 180 Colvintown Road. The cost of the project wasn't imme- diately known. Town Council President John Mahoney estimated costs to be betweent $100,000 to $120,000, but was not sure. In addition, Mahoney said Vinagro would agree to give up the landfill rights to the property in perpetuity if the town allows use of the road. "It's a pretty good trade-off, we are never going to be threatened by a landfill again," Mahoney said. Following an initial affirmative vote last Thursday, June 14, a second reading of the ordinance is necessary before it takes effect. If passed, trucks would be allowed on the road between JR Vinagro pledges to fix road in exchange for access By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See ACCESS, Page 4 BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE ALEXIS SMITH adjusts the cap of SHIVANI MEHTA as they get ready for the 57th annual com- mencement exercises at Ponaganset High School last Friday. See more photos pages 8-11. GLOCESTER – Dark clouds parted, revealing sunny blue skies moments before the Ponaganset High School Class of 2018 gathered outside the school's main entrance during a June 15 graduation com- mencement. As the PHS Wind Ensemble played "Pomp and Circumstance," family and friends rushed to get a view of the 2018 Chieftains as they marched in with their green and white robes. Intended universities, flowers and sequins topped the caps of graduates, who tossed around yellow inflatables between speeches. Principal Renee Palazzo wel- comed the crowd to the ceremony, opening with a message for the students to go out and change the world by dreaming small. "Your small moments have the greatest impact on the larger world," she said. For example, one raindrop nearly canceled the eve- ning, Palazzo said. The school and class motto, "I choose to include," was highlighted throughout the evening, and the first graduates receiving a diploma were special needs students at PHS followed by the remaining members of the class. "You've all shown the power of, and collectively you have created a culture of, inclusion, and we are very proud of that," Palazzo said. This year's class was "truly impressive," said Supt. Michael Barnes, whose daughter, Julia Barnes, graduated during the night's ceremony. Tonight, he said he was a proud superintendent and parent. Six students have higher grade- 'Truly impressive' Ponaganset Class of 2018 moves forward By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See PHS GRADUATION, Page 8 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE JUNE 21-27, 2018 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, RI 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. Offer expires 06/30/18 Barbara A. Scanlon Broker Associate ABR, CPDE, CRS, e-PRO, PMN, SRES Home Office: (401) 949-1689 Licensed Since 1985 RE/MAX Town & Country NORTH SMiTHfiELD: NEw LiSTiNg! High Rocks Condo. Mint condition 1500 s.f.+ one bedroom in Tupperware complex. Beautiful wood floors, open floor plan, laundry in unit, spacious closets, heat/electric included in fee, garage plus exterior parking. facility includes gym, rec room, library, roof top deck. $226,600 Check out our Summer Local Restaurant Guide INSIDE ALEXIS Check out our Summer Local Restaurant Guide INSIDE Summer 2018 LOCAL RESTAURANT GUIDE EAT OUT EAT OUT Let's

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