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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 05-09-2019

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CUMBERLAND – The 2019-2020 budget is perhaps the most important one the town has seen over the past two decades, says Mayor Jeff Mutter, particularly as his administration looks to get away from spend- ing surplus money to fill gaps. Mutter's goal as of now is to phase out current annual spend- ing of about $1.7 mil- lion in surplus money currently covering the budget over a two-year period. "We can't keep doing it," he said. The move will be painful, says Mutter, but it's clear the town should not continue to use money from its savings accounts to fund annual opera- tional expenses. Eliminating the $1.7 million in one year would simply be too much, Mutter said. "There might be a revolt anyway," he said. To shift strategy this dramatically, the town will need to make up that $1.7 million in new revenue or reduced expenses, he said, and with revenue limited and expenses obligated to go up, that scenario presents a significant challenge. Mutter says phasing out surplus spending will be painful By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See BUDGET, Page MUTTER CUMBERLAND – Last July, fam- ily and friends of Michael Mucci said they had to say goodbye to an amaz- ing young man taken too soon due to brain cancer. After the funeral, the family requested that the procession drive through Diamond Hill Park, past the scoreboard at the girls' soft- ball field. Nine years before, Michael Mucci learned there was a need for a new scoreboard. He decided he'd replace it for his Eagle Scout project. In 2009, he inspired people to work together to complete the project before his 18th birthday. "Here was a symbol of Michael's love of the community in which he grew up," said family friend Jill Beausoleil, the Mucci family's for- mer neighbor on Plantation Drive. "Today, Michael's inspiration lives on. Knowing how much this Eagle Scout Project meant to the family, I was inspired to make sure people in the Cumberland community remember this incredible young man." Now a decade later, the town will hold a ceremony dedicating a new scoreboard in Mucci's memory next Monday, May 13, at 6 p.m. at the girls' softball field in Diamond Hill Park. May 13th would have been Mucci's 28th birthday. Mucci touched many lives, said Beausoleil, and she's trying to invite Scoreboard to be dedicated in honor of Michael Mucci By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See SCOREBOARD, Page 6 LINCOLN – Town Administrator Joe Almond is encouraging registered voters in Lincoln to attend this year's Financial Town Meeting, to be held next Monday, May 13 in the Lincoln Middle School auditorium. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., with a start time of 7 p.m. Almond said this year's budget, to be approved by taxpayers at the meeting, was planned conserva- tively as with past budgets, starting with a "zero-based mentality and looking at every department, posi- tion and purchase." "There are a lot of positives, so the danger we face is people think- ing everything is all set so they Almond urges Lincoln residents to attend Monday's FTM By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com Judge PAT BUCHANAN of South Casco, Maine, exam- ines "ALEX" a 9-year-old housecat at the Swing Into Spring all-breed cat show. The show, spon- sored by the Cat Fanciers' Federation, in conjunc- tion with the Purrfect Feline Friends club, was held at the St. Joseph Church Parish Hall in Cumberland last Saturday. See more pho- tos on page 28. BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY See FTM, Page 24 ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MAY 9-15, 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. Call us for a "FREE market analysis" MeMber 300 Front St., Lincoln 724-8660 WWW.LAMONTAGNEREALESTATE.COM Happy Mother's Day from our home to yours! Cannot be combined with other offers. See our Senior Living Guide inside! See our Senior Living © ADOBE STOCK Senior Living ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. published by Senior Living Guide

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