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The Valley Breeze & Observer 03-23-2017

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Still a path to move forward on Hope Mill project SCITUATE – The Hope Mill proj- ect, while delayed by several years, is not dead, according to a memo compiled by the West Warwick Town Planner Mark Carruolo. Since Scituate does not have a town planner or town manager of its own, Carruolo was asked to review files related to Hope Mill and provide an analysis of the project's past, present, and future. The 1844 former textile mill is on a 20-acre site located on an elbow of the Pawtuxet River and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Richard Derosas, president of Paramount Development Group, the current developer, stated in previous interviews with The Valley Breeze & Observer that he plans to re-develop the Hope Mill property while main- taining its historic character. In the past, developers have not been able to fulfill that promise. The original developer most closely identified with the One Main Street mill is Vincent R. Coccoli Sr., who has said in 2007 he bought the mill. For more than a decade, the prop- erty sat vacant. For various reasons, including the withdrawal of Coccoli's then- partner, Belfonti Companies LLC, of Hamden, Conn., from the project, the mill went into receivership. Then, with Rhode Island Superior Court approval of the purchase, in 2016 Paramount proposed a $56 mil- lion plan that, according to previous reports, called for approximately 118 "workforce" apartment units plus an additional 75 "market rate" units on the 38-acre property. But as months have come and gone, construction has yet to begin. By JACKIE ROMAN Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer Town Council's budget relies on surplus funds Greenville and Smithfield water boards restart talks to merge Scituate residents get their say on April 4 SCITUATE – In a split vote and over the strong objection of the town's elected treasurer, the Scituate Town Council last week adopted a recommended budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year budget that relies on taking more than $200,000 SMITHFIELD – Representatives of the Greenville Water District and the Smithfield Town Council, which sits as the Smithfield Water Supply Board, agreed during a meeting March 16 to fund a study assessing both systems in entirety as the first step toward a possible merging of the two water districts. "If it makes sense for the rate payers then we'll take the action that's appropriate," Town Council President Paul Santucci said in an interview with The Valley Breeze & Observer following the meeting. The cost of the study would be less than $10,000 and would be split between the two water boards, according to Greenville district superintendent David Powers Jr. By JACKIE ROMAN Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer By JACKIE ROMAN Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer LaPerche students are 'Broadway Bound' BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE MAYA KOPIJA, as Peggy, center, finds a dime on the street right before the cast of "42nd Street" begins dancing to "We're in the Money." Rehearsal for LaPerche Elementary School's production of "2017 Broadway Bound" took place at the Woonsocket High School Auditorium, March 15. The show, made up of three separate musicals, was put on by LaPerche Elementary School, in Smithfield, on March 16. See WATER, Page 12 See BUDGET, Page 4 See HOPE MILL, Page 3 Check out impact on schools, page 5. Pork Chops $20.00 /10- lbs. Boneless Chicken Breast $18.00 /10- lbs. Sirloin Tips $5.99 lb. 80/20 Ground Beef $1.99 lb./10-lbs. RI Beef & V e al RI Beef & V e al RI Beef & V e al 60 Armento St., Johnston, RI 401-232-7220 Hours: Mon. 7 a.m.-1 p.m.; Tues.-Sat. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. BIG GAME ESSENTIALS HOT BUYS FOR GAME DAY! Straight from the farm to your grill! NORTH PROVIDENCE 6 54-410 0 1744 M ineral Spring Ave. Sun. - Thurs., 11 a.m . - 12 a.m . ; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m . - 1 a.m . SM ITHFIELD/ GREENVILLE 2 33-8 96 6 375 Putnam Pike (401) 949-0180 Welcome S pring Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE @ MARCH 23-29, 2017

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