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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-25-2019

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON After a busy morning of egg hunting, EDWINNA KELLY, 5, of Pawtucket, proudly shows her collection of plastic eggs during the Easter Egg Hunt and Bunny Breakfast at Wesley United Methodist Church in Lincoln last Saturday morning. See more photos on page 28. Eggs-cellent finds in Lincoln CUMBERLAND – Decades-old lease agreements between the town and the Pawtucket Water Supply Board are partially upending plans to incorporate regular care of some local athletic fields into a newly approved field maintenance plan. Jim DeCelles, chief engineer and general manager at the PWSB, con- firmed to The Valley Breeze this week that the agency has met with town officials and informed them that no chemicals can be used on either Razee Field, located near the Arnold Mills Reservoir behind the Lafayette Masonic Lodge on Nate Whipple Highway, or Bentley Field, located just around the corner off Diamond Hill Road. The PWSB owns the rights to both of the fields located within water supply boundaries and leases the facilities to the town. Town Councilor Bob Shaw, the key advocate for a new field maintenance plan and a board member for the Cumberland Youth Soccer Association, which uses the Diamond Hill Park fields, said dis- cussions are ongoing about care of other sports fields at Diamond Hill Park and behind St. John Vianney Church on Diamond Hill Road. The news will also likely impact future care of planned new athletic fields at the Mercy Woods preserve, Water lease agreements throw roadblock in field plan By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See FIELDS, Page 16 LHS updating GPA system in response to parent's concerns LINCOLN – Questions raised by the parent of a Lincoln High School student on the school's policy for calculating grade point averages have prompted a change in the system. Principal Kevin McNamara said he hopes the new system, which will take effect next school year, will help level the playing field for students. He said the school's current GPA system punishes students because it takes points away from students who take general and college prep courses while adding points to those in honors and advanced place- ment courses. By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See GPA, Page 11 MCNAMARA CUMBERLAND – The days of debating whether the bottom of shorts meet a student's fingertips or a shoulder strap measures the width of three fingers appear to be num- bered, as school officials are close to finalizing a new gender-neutral student dress code policy. Mark Fiorillo, head of the Cumberland School Committee's policy and procedures subcommittee, told The Valley Breeze his proposed dress code is intended to erase any need to ever discuss rules again, as has hap- pened too often in recent years. It avoids all references to gender and removes the ever-controversial reference to cleavage, among other unpopular items. This policy, adds Fiorillo, does away with the idea of blaming cer- tain students for the actions of oth- ers. It is in keeping with research he did on policies and legal cases across the country, incorporating advice from all kinds of groups and other school boards. The subcommittee on Tuesday reviewed and nearly finalized numerous aspects of the new dress code. The pending policy accomplishes Cumberland's new gender- neutral dress code advances By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See DRESS CODE, Page 14 FIORILLO ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE APRIL 25-MAY 1, 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, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. • Complete Heating Systems • Remodeling • Repairs • Water Heaters • Complete Sewage Ejector Systems for Basement Baths • Senior Citizen Discounts C. J. Nemes, Inc. Plumbing & Heating 24-Hour Emergency Service 769-4776 Master Plumber, R.I. #1911 Mass. #25011 Member of The Better Business Bureau Drain & Sewer Cleaning Our local guide to the signs of spring INSIDE Our local guide to the signs of spring INSIDE from your friends at Inside: S pring S pring in the Valley S pring Signs of • Born on the farm Learn about the life of calves at Wright's Dairy Farm • Reviving tired spaces Refresh your surroundings with new paint trends • Eat what you grow Flowers that are pleasing to the eye, and taste buds • Turn trash into treasure The thrill of the yard sale chase • Get out and move Revamp your spring fitness goals ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC.

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