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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 05-02-2019

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 CAITLYN CORREIA, of Cumberland, watches as BILL THIBODEAU explains the process of restringing her guitar at Rick's Musical Instruments in Cumberland during a restringing and recycling event on April 24. See more photos on page 23. LINCOLN – "Overwhelmed," "grateful" and "humbled" were the words Kevin McNamara used to describe the way he felt walking into Lincoln High School last week to a sur- prise celebration announcing he'd been named Rhode Island High School Principal of the Year by the Rhode Island Association of School Principals. The title makes McNamara a con- McNamara grateful to be High School Principal of the Year By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See PRINCIPAL, Page 30 A reinforced state prohibition on school districts charging students for field trips is causing concern locally, where administrators worry that it might severely limit an important aspect of students' edu- cational experience. In an April 10 memo to the East Greenwich School Department, outgoing Commissioner of Education Ken Wagner offered the official opinion that districts can't charge students to go on field trips. "For all intents and purposes, it eliminates field trips in a district the size of ours," said Pawtucket School Committee Chairman Jay Charbonneau, who added that school officials in that city have had only preliminary conversations about how they'll handle the situ- ation. That sentiment was echoed else- where in northern Rhode Island. In North Providence, Supt. Joe Goho said he thinks the guidance from the Rhode Island Department of Education has good intentions behind it, "but may also have unin- tended consequences." "The commissioner's edict might actually have the reverse effect of reducing valuable field trip oppor- tunities for all students because Officials warn that field trips could be on chopping block By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See FIELD TRIPS, Page 22 LINCOLN – A controver- sial plan by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation would require property owners along Route 116 from Cumberland through Lincoln and Smithfield to either purchase land located between their buildings and state roadway or move their signs and parking lots out of the zone. Properties up and down the cor- ridor would be impacted, from the Lincoln Mall to numerous proper- ties in neighboring Smithfield. The exact size of the state right of way varies by property, according to RIDOT. Though some are suggest- ing required buffer zones of 100 feet, RIDOT is saying it appears to be closer to 50 feet for many prop- erties. A RIDOT spokeswoman said this week that the process happening now goes back eight years and is being required by the federal gov- ernment. The Rhode Island Department of Administration has expressed support for RIDOT enforcing the State looks to take back land along Route 116 By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See RIDOT, Page 16 ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MAY 2-8, 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. AUTO BODY 725 7725 Locally Owned & Operated David Bourdeau & Bruce Martins Falamos Portugues Since 1963 All Work Guaranteed WALKER ST., LINCOLN Collision Specialists

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