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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 05-23-2019

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6 CUMBERLAND MAY 23-29, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION CUMBERLAND – Members of the Lynch family have asked that a proposal to rename the North Cumberland Middle School as the Richard B. Lynch Middle School, in honor of the school's first principal, be taken out of consideration for now. The request was made based on the recency of Lynch's death in March. "Since it's so close to their father's passing, the Lynch family has asked to hold off on renaming NCMS after him at this time," said former school board member Amy Goggin. "They are honoring him privately for all he has done for everyone." School Committee Chairman Paul DiModica confirmed that Supt. Bob Mitchell told him that the request has been withdrawn. The school board had been prepared to hear testimony on the proposal. Joyce Koutsogiane, former McCourt Middle School principal, and assistant principal under Lynch when he was principal of what was then known as Cumberland Middle School (McCourt), first brought the proposal to the School Committee. Koutsogiane said she felt this would be an appropriate honor. She and NCMS Principal Bethany Coughlin both spoke in favor of the name change at a May 9 school board meeting, emphasizing Lynch's long record of supporting local stu- dents through multiple positions in the schools. The proposal had drawn some questions from some in the local school community over Lynch's involvement with the 1980 Fricke vs. Lynch case, where Cumberland High School student Aaron Fricke was denied his request to bring a male friend to prom before ulti- mately pursuing a successful legal challenge. Lynch was said to have denied the request based on safety concerns and existing district rules at the time. After Fricke was allowed to attend, Lynch gave a speech to students urging them to behave appropriately. Lynch family asks that renaming of NCMS be put on hold By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor CUMBERLAND – Though it might not appear that much work is currently happening on Diamond Hill Road's double roundabout proj- ect, a representative from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation says that's not the case. "Work is happening," said spokes- man Charles St. Martin last week. Spring utility work is underway, he said, with Verizon doing service installations. At the conclusion of that work, likely in the next week or so, "our contractor will ramp up their operations," he said. The work by Cardi Corp. to install two new roundabouts on either side of the overpass at Diamond Hill Road and Route 295 is still expected to last into next year. RIDOT representatives aren't offering timetables on the different portions of the work, including the realignment of nearby Chapel Four Corners. A year after the roundabout work is done, likely in the summer of 2022, RIDOT is scheduled to start the replacement of the highway overpass running between the two round- abouts. Home Avenue resident Jennifer Brousseau has become a spokes- woman of sorts for the neighborhood impacted the most by the round- about project. She's been collecting concerns from residents and relaying them to RIDOT, including questions about traffic, road conditions, and construction timing. The roundabout work is separate from a water line project starting near the roundabouts and running to Nate Whipple Highway. That work is drawing to a close, with a 30-day settling period expected to put repav- ing work around the first week of July, according to Water Supt. Chris Champi. More visible work on roundabout project set to restart soon By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor Crafternoon at the Cumberland Library Saturday CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Road, will bring back its Crafternoon program on Saturday, May 25, at 1:30 p.m. This month participants will be upcycling T-shirts to create fab- ric necklaces. This project uses T-shirt yarn and turns it into a creation that is part scarf and part necklace. The library will provide all of the materials. Space is limited so registration is required. Call 401-333-2552, ext. 2, or stop by to reserve a spot. For more information, visit . NOTICE OF PUBLIC INPUT SESSIONS RE: RHODE ISLAND'S WIOA WAIVER REQUEST The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training will be conducting a series of pub- lic information gathering and input sessions about its proposed WIOA Waiver Request pursuant to Section 189(i)(3)(A)(i) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Written comments may be emailed to or sent to: RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING c/o: Sarah Blusiewicz 1511 Pontiac Avenue Cranston, Rhode Island 02920 Public comment will also be taken at a Public Input Session to be held on Friday, May 31, 2019 at 5 p.m. at the Community College of Rhode Island Flanagan Campus located at 1762 Louisquisset Pike, Lincoln, RI 02865-4585. The Community College of Rhode Island meeting room is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Accommodations will be provided upon request to the Department of Labor and Training, Division of Workforce Development Services at (401) 462-8813 at least two (2) days in advance of the meeting. RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING Scott Jensen Director FRESH SEAFOOD SPECIALS FROM THE MEAT DEPARTMENT Marinated Shrimp Skewers ......................$2.99 ea. Yellow Fin Tuna Steaks ..............................$9.99 lb. Fresh Canadian Salmon Fillets ..................$9.99 lb. Fresh Maine Steamers ...............................$2.99 lb. Live Lobsters 1 -1.25 lbs .............................$8.99 lb. Center Cut Boneless Pork Chops ..................$2.99 lb. Marinated Chicken Breasts or Wings .........$3.99 lb. All Types of Sausage ...................................$4.99 lb. USDA Choice Boneless Strip Steaks .......$11.99 lb. Whole Butt Tenderloins (as is) ..................$13.99 lb. 463 East Washington St., North Attleboro, MA 508-695-7087 • Sale ends 5/26/2019 FROM THE CAFE – Dine-in SPECIALS Fried Whole Belly Clam Plate $15.99 Jumbo Lobster Roll $14.99 with Fries Jumbo Bowl of Steamers with Corn $14.99 Twin Lobster with Corn & drawn butter. $19.99 Café Hours: Tuesday 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday & Thursday 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday & Saturday 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Closed Sunday & Monday Beer & Wine Served Happy Memorial Day Weekend! It's officially Grilling Season TOWN OF CUMBERLAND – HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT REQUEST FOR BIDS FOR PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF GARAGE DOORS AND AUTOMATIC GARAGE DOOR OPENERS FOR THE PASCALE BUILDING BID # 2019-0530-13 Sealed Bids clearly marked "Purchase and Installation of Garage Doors and Automatic Garage Door Openers for the Pascale Building" Town of Cumberland Highway Department will be received at the Town of Cum- berland Finance Department, Cumberland Town Hall, 45 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI 02864 until May 30, 2019 at 2:00 PM; and then bids will be publicly opened and read aloud in Town Council Chambers, 2nd floor. Bid specifications will be available in the Town Finance Department. e Town of Cumberland reserves the right to accept or reject, without prejudice, any and all bids to waive any irregularities therein, or to accept the proposal deemed to be in the best interest of the Town of Cumberland. For further information please call Frank Stowik, Senior Foreman, Cumberland Highway Department at 401-723-7251 or email: Raymond Chauvin, Finance Director, Town of Cumberland

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