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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 03-21-2019

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON OLIVIA BARBOZA and NICHOLAS LIZOTTE, both senior members of the Cumberland High School Swim Team, are the first ones into the pool after the Bruce Calvert Aquatic Center reopened on Monday night. The Center was officially reopened after a brief ceremony in the school's lobby. See story on page 2. First ones in CUMBERLAND – The busy overpass taking Diamond Hill Road over Route 295 is structurally defi- cient and will need to be replaced shortly after new roundabouts at the two highway exits are completed next year, says the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. The Valley Breeze reached out to RIDOT last week to inquire about rumors that the roundabout project is being put off due to the need to repair the bridge, and was told by spokesman Charles St. Martin that the work will not be delayed but a recent inspection revealed the need for immediate temporary repairs. Those repairs will be done from underneath the bridge and will not Diamond Hill bridge will be replaced… after roundabouts By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeeze.com See BRIDGE, Page 19 CUMBERLAND – Joining a national trend of turning old dumps into modern energy producers, town officials are seeking to prepare the old Albion Landfill for future solar development. The town operated the "Cumberland Town Dump" off Albion Road from 1954 to 1983. About half of the 52-acre site has been disturbed, and in the 36 years since the landfill along the Blackstone River shut down, the town has not yet fulfilled its legal obligation to properly close and cap it, said Jonathan Stevens, direc- tor of planning and community develop- ment. Officials from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management requested permis- sion to walk the site in 2017, offered steps to bring it into compliance by closing it prop- erly. By cleaning it up and capping it according to federal standards, the town would be taking a necessary step toward solar development, said Stevens, who began putting a plan together about a year ago. "The thinking in Town Hall was, Cumberland officials pursuing solar at old town dump By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com STEVENS See SOLAR, Page 28 LINCOLN – Following questions about whether proper procedure was followed in issuing a liquor license to an Albion restaurant last month, Lincoln Town Clerk Karen Allen has resigned from her position she's held for more than 15 years. Town Administrator Joe Almond said he accepted the resignation on Tuesday when it was offered. Allen, who had been on leave since February, came to a severance agree- ment with the town. Though he Lincoln's clerk resigns after investigation By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See RESIGNATION, Page 18 ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MARCH 21-27, 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. AUTO BODY 725 7725 Locally Owned & Operated David Bourdeau & Bruce Martins Falamos Portugues Since 1963 All Work Guaranteed WALKER ST., LINCOLN Collision Specialists Town & Country Ski Valley Condo CUMBERLAND: Lovely unit in picturesque Ski Valley, situated on the Mass border, super location for a Prov or Boston commute. This unit has been well cared for with many recent updates. Please call me for more information and a private showing. Unit 31. $343,000 Please call me for a private showing or further information Deb Hackett Cell: (401) 744-4891 debhackett@verizon.net

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