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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-27-2019

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EVA FRANCO, of Cumberland, gives her skirt a test spin as she waits to perform at the St. John's Feast held last Sunday, June 23, at the Club Juventude Lusitana on Chase Street in Cumberland. See more photos on page 19. BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON CUMBERLAND – Town leaders are slamming an unauthorized plan by school officials to spend $1.2 million to replace 25-year-old boil- ers at Cumberland High School, saying they can't sign off on the spending since the schools did not follow required processes. This latest conflict between the town and schools joins a list of recent issues, including questions about whether the schools violated bidding laws when they amended a contract with Torrado architects last year and didn't put the job of managing $83 million of school improvements back out to bid. That matter is still under review. On the replacement plan for the 25-year-old boilers, Councilor Bob Shaw, head of the Town Council's finance subcommittee, ripped school officials at last week's coun- cil meeting for: • Not going through the council- appointed Building Committee to review the work. • Not properly putting the work Council won't sign off on $1.2 million for CHS boiler work By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See BOILER, Page 17 CUMBERLAND – Town offi- cials said they were surprised last week to learn from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation that the agency has no plans to connect a repaved Diamond Hill Road with its side streets and driveways. Water Supt. Chris Champi said it was unfortunate that the state didn't include that portion of the project, particularly because the town first started discussing the project with the state back in the summer of 2017 and the project wasn't bid until February of this year. "The fact that there was that much of a disconnect, it's unfortu- nate," he said. "It's last minute." Council President Peter Bradley said the state's refusal to pave the State won't connect side roads, driveways on Diamond Hill By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See DIAMOND HILL, Page 11 LINCOLN – A Rhode Island developer has purchased the former Highridge Swim & Tennis Club prop- erty and has submitted plans for a 55-and-older condominium complex. The swim club shut down operations in February, posting on Facebook that they were no longer in business and thanking patrons for their years of service. The club, which operated on 5.5 acres of land, celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2018. According to the nonprofit's 990s form, Highland ended the fiscal year 2016 with a net income of -$31,659 and the previous year with a net income of -$55,891. Proposed condos will replace former Highridge Club By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See CONDOS, Page 13 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JUNE 27-JULY 3, 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.

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