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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 05-23-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MAY 23-29, 2019 LETTERS / CUMBERLAND / SCOUTING 19 Artale: Patnaude impacts the community beyond dance Thank you to Amanda Patnaude and the Cumberland Rec Department for another wonderful year and recital at Stadium Theatre. My family has participated in this program for four years, and I feel obliged to express my apprecia- tion for what Amanda and her team accomplish every season. The effort and time they put forth never cease to amaze me. The dance environment always promotes fun, inclusion, and doing your best, which is what you would expect (and want) from a recreational program. Kids of all ages and abil- ity are encouraged to join, and each week the ski lodge is filled to capacity with aspiring, eager dancers, ready to have fun and enjoy their class. In the final recital at Stadium Theatre each spring, these students perform dozens of dances, all related to the musical theme of the evening. You might expect it to be slightly amateur and very chaotic. You would prob- ably expect it to be mediocre at best, an event intended only for family (and very devoted friends). But how wrong you would be. It is amazing. From the youngest ballerinas show- ing off their much-practiced pliés, to the inspired performances by the phenomenal competition team, the night is full of heart. The music is enjoyable for all ages, and the dances are always entertaining. The recital is an event that I truly look forward to and enjoy each year. In the words of my mom, it is "two hours of pure joy." And Miss Amanda makes it all happen. I am so proud of my daughters for learning their dances and hav- ing the confidence to go onstage and perform them. But I truly admire and thank Miss Amanda for getting them there. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and obvious love for her craft – such a passion is a rare gift. She not only generates a love of dance in these children, but she teaches commitment, drive, and focus as well. This is demonstrated by her amazing assistants and choreogra- phers who devote themselves to the program every Saturday for seven months of the year. I hope Miss Amanda realizes the impact that she has on this dance community. And I feel very fortunate that my children have the opportu- nity to be part of it. BETH ARTALE Cumberland Joly: School community is what makes LHS great Recently, the renovation project at Lincoln High School hit a milestone with the last steel beam being set in place. The achievement was marked with a posting by School Committee member Julie Zito using #makel- hsgreat. Mrs. Zito, a building does not define Lincoln High School. It is the dedication of the faculty, staff, parents and most importantly the students themselves that define LHS. Lincoln High School, was, is and always will be, great. LISA JOLY LHS Class of 1984 and parent of a 2015 graduate Lincoln budget process needs work Lincoln budget process needs work I tried not to write this letter but I am compelled to beat my head against the wall to bring some sanity to our town of Lincoln budget pro- cess. We can do better but we do not! Groundhog Day or Yogi Berra's déjà vu all over again. I thought that the results of the 2019 "Financial Town Meeting" would be on the front page of the Valley Breeze; it wasn't. OK, maybe the second or the third or fourth. No, it was buried on page nine, almost not newsworthy. One hundred and forty-four Lincoln voters passed on a $85 mil- lion town budget with little or no dis- cussion or opposition – why? That's about 1 percent of the Lincoln electorate acting on our town budget. This travesty has been going on for decades; when will it stop? I have been advocating for decades that our Town Council should show leadership in vetting the town budget after several hearings and voting on the budget since they are our elected representatives and not 1 percent of the Lincoln electorate. Oh well; as my Dad would say, "Just another hole in the ground." Can't wait until next 2020 Groundhog Day - aka: Lincoln Financial Town Fleecing. JOHN J. CULLEN Lincoln got a news tip? Call 401-334-9555, ext. 122 or e-mail it to Do you like to read The Valley Breeze? Then please shop with our advertisers, and tell them 'I saw it in The Breeze!' Rotary Pet Walk at Monastery June 1 Four local girls earn GSA Gold Award CUMBERLAND – The Rotary Club of Cumberland-Lincoln will be holding its 16th annual Pet Walk on Saturday, June 1, at the Monastery, Diamond Hill Road. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the gazebo, and the walk steps off at 10. Registration is $15, available online and on the day of the walk. All proceeds will go to the Lincoln Animal Shelter, which now hosts animals from Cumberland, and other Rotary charities. Animal shel- ter employees and volunteers will be on hand. Amica Insurance will again offer free photos of participants and their pets, and there will be refreshments and bandanas for the animals. A raffle will also be held with several gifts up for grabs. To register online, visit eventbrite. com, and search for Rotary Pet Walk. The Cumberland-Lincoln Rotary Club meets many Mondays at noon (but not holidays) at Amica, Building 100, Lincoln. For more information on Rotary, contact club President Joanne McManus at jmcmanus@lincolnri. org . WARWICK – The Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England will honor four local girls with Gold Awards on Thursday, May 23, at the Global Heritage Hall, Roger Williams University, Bristol. Local honorees include Molly Cabatingan and Olivia Barboza of Cumberland, Sydney Bienstock of Pawtucket, and Lillian Scribner of Lincoln. Senior Center Glee Club practices Tuesdays BVP Special Education Advisory Committee meeting set for May 28 CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Senior Center, 1464 Diamond Hill Road #1, has a Glee Club that practices Tuesdays at noon at the center. They are always looking for new members to join. No experience is necessary. If interested contact Choral Director Karen Kane at 401-334- 2555, email kkane@cumberlandri. org or visit the Senior Center. CUMBERLAND – The next Blackstone Valley Prep Special Education Advisory Committee meeting will be on Tuesday, May 28, at the high school, 65 Macondray St., from 6 to 7 p.m. This special presentation is pro- vided by one of the school's social workers and school psychologist on supporting children with anxiety. Discussions will take place on how schools and families can support and provide the best continuity of care for children experiencing anxi- ety in school, the community and at home. For more information, contact . 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