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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 03-14-2019

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BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY Featured artist KERI KING, cen- ter, of Providence, leads a workshop at the Blackstone Valley Prep High School Art Show & Artisan Fair last Saturday. Children were creating cir- cus characters out of mixed media, and then making them perform in a three-ring circus. See more photos on page 27. Cumberland Animal Control finally moving to Lincoln Hours of operation still up for discussion LINCOLN – Seven months into a one-year contract to merge animal control services with neighboring Lincoln, Cumberland is making the By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com move this week. Mayor Jeff Mutter said despite some concerns from Cumberland res- idents about the agreement reached last August, where Cumberland pays $1,000 per month to share services at 25 Wellington Road in Lincoln, his town will honor the contract. He said he assumed even after coming into office in January that the services had already moved from Martin Street in Cumberland to Lincoln. Mutter said new Animal Control Officer Jason Stacki showed up in Lincoln on Monday and found the doors locked. There were staff mem- bers on the property who let the Cumberland workers in. Animals are also being moved over this week. See ANIMAL CONTROL, Page 21 LINCOLN – Longtime Town Clerk Karen Allen is on leave from her job and her name has been removed from the town's website as questions continue to swirl around how her office has handled sending out notic- es on business licensing applications. Though Town Administrator Joseph Almond would not confirm that Allen being placed on leave is a direct result of the issues related to those applications, sources in Town Hall say the matters are connected. Allen could not be reached for comment on her absence. The Town Council is expected to hear from the applicant behind 119 Main LLC, known as Vine & Tap, during its meeting next Tuesday, March 19, when the still unopened Albion eatery will be given a second Lincoln's clerk on leave amid questions about notices By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See ALLEN, Page 15 Ward will be inducted into R.I. Journalism Hall of Fame CUMBERLAND – Tom Ward, founder and publisher of The Valley Breeze Newspapers, will be inducted into the Rhode Island Journalism Hall of Fame this spring. Ward's honor comes two years after the Rhode Island Press Association announced the induc- tion of then-Breeze Editor Marcia Green, who was with Ward from when he started the local newspaper in 1996, and one year after the induction of Peter Connell, the late sports writer and editor for Observer Publications, Inc. and The Valley Breeze & Observer. "Tom Ward has been ingrained in northern Rhode Island for more than 20 years since establishing The Valley Breeze. In an era where news- papers across the country have gone See WARD, Page 15 WARD ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MARCH 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 www.GeorgeMPrescottLaw.com No fee for initial consultation. Looking for a new home? You're in luck, we're here to help you! Happy St. Patrick's Day to All! 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

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