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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 03-07-2019

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON FERDINARD GHANN sports starry glasses as he participates in the first Vocabulary Parade at the B.F. Norton Elementary School last Wednesday afternoon. Students were encouraged to dress in a costume that defined a vocabulary word they chose. See more photos on page 21. Committee brings back tougher policy on late lunch bills February vacation also appears set for a return CUMBERLAND – School offi- cials are fed up with parents taking advantage of more lax rules on pay- ment of school lunch bills over the past two years, and they're prepared to bring back alternative lunches done away with previously. Mark Fiorillo, head of the School Committee's policies and proce- dures subcommittee, told colleagues at last Thursday's meeting that this trend isn't about "people struggling financially," though there is some of that, but about a segment of the population that doesn't believe they By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See LUNCH BILLS, Page 12 All-new CumberlandFest about community first Get ready for beer, new games and activities CUMBERLAND – A new and reimagined CumberlandFest may or may not make enough money to make grants to local youth groups in 2019, say organizers, but that won't matter if this becomes the commu- nity event it's meant to be. The town's annual late-summer festival is being done a "totally dif- ferent way" from now on, say new leaders, including new attractions for adults and families with young children, an overhauled leadership team structure, and an expansion on the groups that can benefit from – and volunteer with – the festival. Showing just how serious they are about doing CumberlandFest differently, new leaders are already announcing some significant changes, including the planned addition of a beer and wine tent component. Longtime organizer Ernie Labbe is the new executive director in charge of a new CumberlandFest Executive Committee "doing business a totally different way," said Jerry Schimmel, who will be on that committee and serve as a chairman on it. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See CUMBERLANDFEST, Page 10 Starry-eyed school day LINCOLN – With a combined assessed tax value of more than $337 million, Lincoln's top 10 taxpayers in 2018 included a casino, headquarters for the oldest auto insurer in the U.S., shopping centers, and office com- plexes. Total taxable commercial property in town totaled $487 million in value last year, meaning the top 10 compa- nies account for nearly 70 percent of the value. The top 10 taxpayers paid a total of $9,566,936 on that combined value last year, according to data provided to The Breeze. That's nearly 72 percent of Lincoln's entire commercial tax levy, or amount collected in commer- cial taxes, of $13.3 million. Lincoln's top 10 commercial taxpayers pay most of the bill By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See TAXPAYERS, Page 23 SPRING FORWARD Don't forget to move your clocks forward to 3 a.m. on Sunday. ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MARCH 7-13, 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 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

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