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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 12-13-2018

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE MEGHAN MCDONALD and ABRAM BROWN join the rest of the Cumberland Clef Singers in "Baby It's Cold Outside," as the group performs at a Holiday Concert at the Rhode Island Statehouse last Tuesday. More than 3,000 students and musicians from 57 schools are scheduled to perform at the Statehouse throughout the holiday season. See more photos on page 20. CUMBERLAND – A 5-acre par- cel of property in the middle of the town's newly acquired open space Mercy Woods property in the north- east corner of town is now up for sale for $500,000, promoted as a "rare opportunity to build in north Cumberland." Current and former Town Council members are expressing some con- cern about the new listing for the property off Sumner Brown Road, saying the last thing the town needs is for new homes to be built in the middle of the town's preserved open space. But Mayor Bill Murray contends that the town, clear and in writing under its purchase agreement with the Sisters of Mercy this year for 229 acres of open space, has the right of first refusal on the property if the owners find a buyer. A listing from Coldwell Banker promotes 5 acres of "pristine open land with beautiful sweeping views." Surrounded by conservation land, it states that it could be a 5-acre private estate or could be divided into two Property within Mercy Woods up for sale By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See MERCY WOODS, Page 26 LINCOLN – A Facebook post made by a Lincoln Animal Shelter volunteer last week prompted con- cern from members of the commu- nity over a situation involving two dogs up for adoption at the shelter at 25 Wellington Road. The post, which was shared more than 800 times, accused the Lincoln town administrator and police chief of using "kill shelter tactics" by suggesting two shelter dogs be adopted "by the end of the month or else." Town Administrator Joseph Almond told The Breeze this week that there are "no immediate plans to euthanize the dogs, however, we need to get them out of this shel- ter. We need to find an alternative. You can't keep the dog in a three-by- eight cage for months." Kyle Edward, who has volunteered for the shelter for the past five years, said, "for probably the fourth time in the past few months, we were told the dogs have a month before they'd be euthanized if they aren't moved out. We all want them out of the shelter too, but some cases are more complicated than others. You're punishing the most abused of all by Almond says 'kill shelter' accusations unfounded By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com ALMOND See SHELTER, Page 13 CUMBERLAND – Town Council members said they still had too many questions related to proposed first-of-their-kind hydro- electric facilities on the Blackstone River, even after hearing from representatives of New England Hydropower Company for hours last Wednesday, Dec. 5. Councilor Scott Schmitt had the most questions, reminding an attor- ney for New England Hydro that despite the fact that the company has been working on the project for the past four years, the council only had it under review for the previous two weeks. He's not against the concept here, said Schmitt, but other com- munities have passed measures allowing green energy projects too quickly and many have come to regret it. It's important to get this Council has concerns about hydro power on the river By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Sounds of the season See HYDRO, Page 19 ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE DECEMBER 13-19, 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. 1985 Mendon Rd. Cumberland, RI Dave Serpa (401) 639-2351 Cell Dave.Serpa@NEMoves.com RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE Season's Greetings to All & Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!

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