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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-20-2019

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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Tucker's 6-year-old turf field rapidly disintegrating CUMBERLAND – While it might seem like yesterday that Tucker Field's artificial turf field went in, the surface is already on its back nine when it comes to its expected lifespan, says Parks and Recreation Director Michael Crawley. He said a field on its "downside" is really showing its age. September will mark just six years since the $1 million field opened to great acclaim across from Cumberland High School on Mendon Road, but Crawley says the town should only expect three or four more years of use based on its current state of decline. The director said he was vigilant for the first two or three years of the field being open in making sure activ- ity on it was as "limited as much as possible," but he said that became a full-time job that was simply too dif- ficult to sustain. He said he's noticed the field deteriorating more quickly in the years since. Many young ath- letes do specialty sports and practice on their own in one particular spot, wearing those areas out more quick- ly, he said. Without that heightened vigilance early on helping to get at least a decade out of the field, said Crawley, he knew it would be a "hard sell" to convince town residents that the By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor PAULA O'NEILL reaches to high- five the race fans as she nears the finish line of the "Womantam 500" lawn trac- tor race held in her Diamond Hill neighborhood of Cumberland June 9. O'Neill won the women's competition. See more photos on page 12. BREEZE PHOTO BY TOM WARD Blade runner School board sends delinquent lunch bills to collections In separate move, dozens of layoff notices rescinded CUMBERLAND – With local families' cumulative delinquent lunch bill still hovering near $50,000, despite repeated attempts to collect the debts, the School Committee last week took the highly unusual step of sending over- due balances to an outside collection agency. Massachusetts- based F.H. Cann & Associates is now on board as school officials seek to collect some $47,000 in outstanding balances. School Committee member Steve Hess said this isn't something school officials wanted to do, but with such a large balance to end the 2018-2019 school year, combined with existing budgetary concerns, it has to be done. The committee voted unanimous- ly to have F.H. Cann handle past- due balances. The collections and loan resolution company promotes By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor DIMODICA See BILLS, Page 22 See FIELD, Page 16 See MCNAMARA, Page 14 LINCOLN – Kevin McNamara, principal of Lincoln High School, was appointed as the first assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the Lincoln School Department on Tuesday night. McNamara told The Valley Breeze LHS's McNamara promoted to assistant superintendent By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JUNE 20-26, 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 10 Gladding Dr., Cumberland: Large 5 bed, 3.5 bath Colonial set on cul-de-sac abutting Franklin Farm! This home boasts over 4,100 square feet above grade living space. Enormous great room with soaring fireplace, cathedrals and wet bar. Master suite with hot tub, sauna, and cathedrals. Customize and make this home yours! $589,900. 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! $659,900. 2374 Diamond Hill Road • Cumberland, RI 401-475-7570 • Michael Aragao President/Portfolio Manager Money Questions on Your Mind? Get started today with a complimentary consultation from an experienced registered investment advisor. How much is enough for retirement? Is now a good time to invest? Roth or Traditional IRA? How can I save more?

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