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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 02-14-2019

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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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON All eyes are on Community Elementary School 2nd-graders SEBASTIAN IANNUCCILLI, pouring, and BRANDON DAUWER as they combine baking soda and vinegar to activate a "working" volcano as part of their science proj- ect for the school's science fair last Thursday night. See more photos on page 22. CUMBERLAND – Mayor Jeff Mutter says the town budget passed last May "is not a healthy budget," adding that the decision last year to wait to deal with a projected tax increase exceeding the town's tax cap is now coming due. While the town should be able to deal with the ramifi- cations of last year's decisions, he says, it is in precarious posi- tion going forward. The new mayor estimates that the town will need to cut between $500,000 and $800,000 in expenses over the next few months to get down under a 3 per- cent tax increase for the fiscal year. Cumberland is one of the few communities where tax rates are set at the end of the fiscal year instead of at the beginning, when projec- tions are made but not solidified. The current projected 3.36 percent tax increase this year for tax bills sent out in May would equate to: • A $130 tax increase for the owner of a Cumberland home val- ued at $250,000. • A $182 tax increase for a home valued at $350,000. • And a $208 increase for a home valued at $400,000. Mutter, in presenting his analysis on the budget 30 days after taking office last Wednesday, Feb. 6, again questioned the town's recent practice of drawing down its reserve funds to Mutter: 'Unhealthy budget' puts town in tough position By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor MUTTER See BUDGET, Page 23 CUMBERLAND – Charles "Chuck" Moreau, a Pawtucket native and former disgraced mayor of Central Falls, is getting ready to open a new ice cream shop in Cumberland. Chucky's Creamery, at 48 West Wrentham Road, will have exte- rior walk-up service and an interior service counter when it opens at the former Dancing Pig bar, said Moreau, hopefully by March 1, but "as soon as possible" this spring. The only seating would be outside, said Moreau. Moreau, now a resident of Louisquisset Pike in Lincoln, told The Breeze he thinks this is a good Chuck Moreau opening Chucky's Creamery By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See MOREAU, Page 21 LINCOLN – Before Supt. Larry Filippelli called for a two-hour early dismissal of school on Tuesday, he connected with Precision Weather Forecasting Inc., a New England- based team of meteorologists pro- viding on-demand, location-specific weather updates. The Lincoln School Department was recently awarded a 90-day free trial of the PWF service, which was founded in 1991 by meteorologists Rob Gilman and Bill Gile. During Monday's School Committee meet- ing, Filippelli recommended that the district pay $1,295 to continue using the service. Filippelli said the service updates him on the forecast three to four times daily and also provides 24/7 access to a local meteorologist who can answer his questions. Watching Lincoln schools purchase weather forecasting service By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See FORECASTING, Page 21 ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE FEBRUARY 14-20, 2019 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. Let us help you find a home you'll love! Lisa LaMontagne Beausoleil, Carol LaMontagne & Keri LaMontagne-Croteau Call us for a "FREE market analysis" MeMber 300 Front St., Lincoln 724-8660 WWW.LAMONTAGNEREALESTATE.COM CALL TODAY FOR NEW PATIENTS SPECIALS Providing High Quality Dental Care • Client Centered Customer Service and Convenience • Evening & Saturday Appointments • Network Provider for Most Dental Insurances • Senior Citizens Discount • Payment Plans Available Clear Braces – Bridges – Root Canals – Crowns – Veneers Implant Restoration – Partials – Dentures – GIO Whitening – Digital X-Ray 490 High Street, Suite One, Cumberland, RI 02864 • 401-722-2699 • Nos Falamos Portugues | Se Habla Español Dr. Paulo J. DaRosa D.D.S

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