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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 02-07-2019

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2 CUMBERLAND FEBRUARY 7-13, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION CUMBERLAND – Cumberland High School students won't be forced to start using the pedestrian bridge over Mendon Road instead of the nearby crosswalks, but there will be new protocols for who is allowed to cross and how they're able to do it. Mayor Jeff Mutter said he's con- ferred with Chief of Police John Desmarais and school officials and all have agreed that a school resource officer or some other exist- ing staff member from the School Department will be posted at the crosswalk during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal times. "We're going to be changing some of the protocols," he said. "There needs to be somebody there." The School Department has to partner in the situation, said Mutter, adding that school officials will be responsible for any and all conse- quences for students. Police will not be ticketing students for jaywalking, a practice used at times in the past, as that only penalizes families by making them have to take time out of work to pay the fines, he said. The school staff member, he said, will make sure students bunch together in groups of 25 or more before stopping traffic to let them cross. Part of the issue over the years has been students walking two by two or in smaller groups to their parked cars, stopping traffic on the busy roadway for lengthy periods of time during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal times, he said. The idea in discussions with school officials, he said, is that students would lose their driving privileges at the Drop Zone lot across the street from CHS if they didn't follow the protocols of walking in groups and not running across the roadway out- side of the crosswalk. School officials have been asked to clearly delineate who is allowed and not allowed to park at the lot, he said. To help discourage jaywalking from the old Drop Zone parking lot to the high school property across Mendon Road, it's important to keep the path that goes from the crosswalk to the school clear, Mutter emphasized. The mayor said his top priority over any other concern is to make sure students get to school safely. "My number one thing, obviously, is the safety of the students parking, crossing and accessing the campus," he said. The 2016 deal where town and school officials got students to agree to use the crosswalks instead of jay- walking will be maintained, he said. Students will not be forced to use the 1970s pedestrian bridge, which many students say is in an inconvenient spot for getting to their cars from the high school. New protocols for CHS students crossing Mendon Road By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Correction In last week's column by Gregory Butler on our Opinion page, it was written that Gen. George S. Patton was alive in 1946. In fact, he died on Dec. 21, 1945. Arnold Mills parade theme will be 'Let Freedom Ring' CUMBERLAND – The volunteer members of the Arnold Mills Parade Association have announced the theme for the 93rd annual Fourth of July parade as 'Let Freedom Ring.' The Arnold Mills Parade Association is a not-for-profit organi- zation made up entirely of volunteers. Positions are open for assisting with the parade and road race on July 4th or prior to the events with fundrais- ing, publicity and/or float building. Ideally, two marshals are needed for each of the four divisions. Marshals assist with registration, line up their assigned division and walk the parade route with their division so as to make certain there are no gaps in the parade. The parade route is little more than one mile in length. Publicity positions include hang- ing posters at various establishments throughout the town and/or soliciting groups for the parade as walkers, cus- tom cars or floats. Contact the chairperson of the parade at 401-333-1381 or at arnold- millsparade.com . The next meeting of the Association will be on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m., at the Arnold Mills Methodist Church on Nate Whipple Highway. GREAT VALUE QUALITY SERVICE 36 BLACKSTONE STREET WOONSOCKET 401-766-3270 WWW.TERRYAUTOLTD.COM Gil & Meika Two & Four Wheel Alignments Cars and Trucks Starting at $ 69.95 (cars) 2011 NISSAN FRONTIER 4x4 2010 FORD EDGE Automatic! 108K miles ............ $ 11,519 AWD, Loaded 90K miles ........................ $ 8,419

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