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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 12-06-2018

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON HAILEY KUNCZ, left, and HANNAH FULLE perform at the Statehouse rotunda on Friday morning with the North Cumberland Middle School Chorus, under the direction of Thomas Alger, as part of the Holiday Concert Series sponsored by the R.I. State Council on the Arts. Here they were singing "Believe," from "The Polar Express." See more photos on page 28. CUMBERLAND – Opening the coop door to chickens at the Chimney Hill Apartments, 2065 Mendon Road, could set a new precedent elsewhere, say some town officials. They're now seeking a way to accommodate the wishes of the senior citizens at the complex while also having consistent rules that are fair to everyone in town. Chimney Hill resident Gladys Reid, speaking to the Town Council Nov. 21, said the four chickens previously kept outside the apartment complex were therapeutic for residents. Many of the elderly residents who don't have pets of their own loved these chickens, she said, and derived great pleasure taking their grandchildren to visit the creatures. "These are considered our pets, and all of a sudden they're gone," she said. The chickens were taken away, said Reid, and residents would like to have them back. The birds were con- fined and let out only once or twice each day, and were not in plain view, she added. School Committee member Ray Salvatore said his mother lives at Council wary about allowing chickens at apartments By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See CHICKENS, Page 10 Cumberland fared far better than the state average on the Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System, or "RICAS," the state's newly adopted standardized test format, leading school officials to hail the results as a victory. In Lincoln, students also bested the state average, but were more Cumberland near the top, Lincoln middle of the pack on RICAS By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See RICAS, Page 22 Town seeks control after clearing of trees at McKee development Attorney Kelly says everything within rules CUMBERLAND – Town officials say developer Jim McKee's recent clearing of 15 acres of land violates both town rules and restrictions laid out during the approval process for his Hidden Meadows housing devel- opment. They contend McKee is act- ing without proper authorization as he prepares to build 20 new homes near the Diamond Hill Reservoir. Michael Kelly, attorney for McKee and his Terrapin Development, coun- ters that cutting these trees as part of phase two of the development in this outlying area of town, off Torrey Road and Hidden Meadows Drive, is in compliance with state and local permits obtained by McKee. The Breeze has learned the town is planning a special Planning Board meeting on this matter and other issues related to McKee develop- ments on Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See DEVELOPMENT, Page 14 ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE DECEMBER 6-12, 2018 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 www.GeorgeMPrescottLaw.com No fee for initial consultation. In memory of Thomas J. Malloy Applications for the Thomas J. Malloy Memorial Scholarship are now being accepted. Applications are available at LHS & CHS Guidance Offices MICHAEL W. ARAGAO President/Portfolio Manager 2374 Diamond Hill Road, Suite 3B Cumberland, RI 02864 (1/4 mile north of I-295, Exit 22) MICHAEL W. ARAGAO President/Portfolio Manager 2374 Diamond Hill Road, Suite 3B Cumberland, RI 02864 (1/4 mile north of I-295, Exit 22) We wish all of you a most joyous holiday season with many happy returns. 401-475-7570 investor@mwaragao.com 401-475-7570 investor@mwaragao.com With Our Thanks for your Trust & Goodwill With Our Thanks for your Trust & Goodwill Don't miss our Christmas Coloring Book inside! Breeze DECEMBER 6-12, 2018 CHRISTMAS © ADOBE STOCK Happy Holidays from The Lincoln Mall Happy Holidays from The Lincoln Mall LINCOLN MALL 622 GEORGE WASHINGTON HIGHWAY LINCOLN, RI 02865 discoverlincolnmall.com ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. from your friends at

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