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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 05-23-2019

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 BILL MURPHY Dr. JOSEPH TUCCI, of Cumberland, uses a wagon to get his purchases to the car at the Blackstone Valley Garden Club plant sale at the Monastery in Cumberland last Saturday. See more photos on page 28. CUMBERLAND – There it was, hidden in plain sight. Charles Tramontana spotted it one Fourth of July while passing the North Cumberland Fire Department on his way to the Arnold Mills annu- al parade. Down near the fire station pond, tucked under a tree and so aged that it was nearly camouflaged, a small monument caught his eye. "In memory of Lt. Russell Falconer Stearns" reads a plaque attached to a gray boulder. The brass marker notes his World War I involvement with the Lafayette Flying Corps in France and later his membership with the U.S. Marine Flying Corps. He'd been born in 1896 and died in 1938, just 42 years old. What it doesn't reveal are the exploits of this American flyboy from Pawtucket who was so eager to help with "The Great War" that he quit the University of Virginia to enlist over- seas months before the U.S. gave up its neutral stance and joined the allies. Monument to Russell Falconer Stearns brought out of the shadows By MARCIA GREEN Valley Breeze Contributing Writer See STEARNS, Page 8 Lincoln's Reeve, Li named top students By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer STEARNS LINCOLN – Lincoln High School has announced Bethany Autumn Reeve as valedictorian of the Class of 2019 and Yiru Li as salutatorian. Ranking at the top of her class was not Reeve's goal, though she said she was excited to learn she'd end her high school career as vale- dictorian after she closed out her See STUDENTS, Page 17 CUMBERLAND – Members of a newly formed committee are holding internal discussions about whether school officials violated bidding laws when they amended a contract with Torrado Architects and didn't go out to bid for ser- vices related to major school improvement spending. Mayor Jeff Mutter, a self- described stickler for follow- ing proper processes, declined to address what was discussed behind closed doors during an executive session of the newly formed Cumberland Public Schools Renovations Building Committee he heads up last Thursday, May 16, but did discuss the issue more broadly. He said he's waiting on additional infor- mation, and there was no vote at the meeting. "For me it's not 100 percent clear that it's a valid contract, but it might be," he told The Valley Breeze. An initial contract with Torrado was approved by the School Committee in 2015, and an Contract on $83 million school bond may not be valid By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See CONTRACT, Page 4 ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MAY 23-29, 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. 1985 Mendon Rd. Cumberland, RI Call Dave Serpa (401) 639-2351 Cell RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE 35 Cullen Hill Rd., Lincoln: Beautiful, young 4 bed, 2.5 bath Colonial set on over a 1/2 acre lot! Fireplaced living room, dining room and family room. Gorgeous hardwood floors throughout. Granite kitchen. Master suite with bath and walk-in closet. Large deck overlooking private backyard. Walk-out lower level, central air, and much more! $469,900. CUSTOM COLONIALS 1 Grundys Way, Cumberland: Custom built, spacious 4 bed Colonial in Frederick/Arnold Mills location. Elegant vaulted foyer entry with formal dining and living rooms, home office, expansive great room with built-ins that opens to large center isle kitchen. Impeccable finishes and detailing throughout. Gleaming hardwoods, C/A, VAC, alarm, sprinklers & 3 car garage on a beautifully landscaped yard in the community school district! $685,000.

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