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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-18-2019

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE A few of the many kids who took part in TIE-DYE DAY at Albion Park in Lincoln show off their creations. The event was hosted by the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department on Monday, July 15, at several locations around town and gave children the opportunity to create their own colorful shirts. See more photos on page 29. LINCOLN – The new owners of the Lincoln Mall say they're looking to identify the property's current success stories to develop a strategy for continued improve- ment after purchasing the mall for roughly $56 million last month. New York-based Acadia Realty Trust, listed in property records as "Lincoln Mall Owner LLC," bought the property from MB Lincoln Mall LLC, a subsidiary of Highlands REIT Inc., which had owned it since 2006. The mall has undergone a signifi- cant transformation since then, with many smaller interior tenants clos- ing up shop and less traditional ten- ants such as CW Lanes and Games moving in to replace them. Acadia Executive Vice President and COO Christopher Conlon told The Valley Breeze that his company "tracked the mall property for a while and felt very fortunate that we were able to buy it," calling it a "solid asset in what seems to be a bit of its own trade area." Conlon said the mall does not compete with many other retail centers in the sub-market, further noting the property's "well-estab- lished shopping patterns." New Lincoln Mall owner seeks continued improvement By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See LINCOLN MALL, Page 21 LINCOLN – The Lincoln School Committee has accepted the appoint- ment of Robert Mezzanotte as Lincoln High School's new principal. Mezzanotte replaces Kevin McNamara, who led the school as its top administrator from 2008 to June when he was hired as the district's first assistant superintendent for cur- LHS names Mezzanotte new principal By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See MEZZANOTTE, Page 23 DiModica: 'Nightmare' scenario for school field trips CUMBERLAND – Local schools are about out of options when it comes to dealing with new state guidance prohibiting charging stu- dents for field trips, putting those trips for the 2019-2020 school year in grave jeopardy. School Committee Chairman Paul DiModica said the School Committee was set to discuss this "serious subject" at a meeting last Thursday, July 11, but had to post- pone it to tonight, July 18, after only three members showed up, mean- ing the board lacked the required quorum of four members. It now appears that most field trips won't be able to happen next school year, DiModica said. "This is a nightmare, especially for the high school," he told The Valley Breeze. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See FIELD TRIPS, Page 17 DIMODICA ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JULY 18-24, 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. Oil | Propane | Bioheat | Generator | Boiler Service 401.333.0665 Visit our website: thmalloy.com T.H. Malloy is now delivering propane throughout Rhode Island Anastasia Kaufman ABR, SFR, GRI, CDPE, SRS 401-338-2749 (cell) www.anastasiakaufman.com anastasia@anastasiakaufman.com 5 JOYCE ANNE DRIVE LINCOLN: Sprawling Ranch in Lincoln, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, beautiful hardwood floors, corner lot, newer roof, AC and heating system. Make this property your own! $389,900. open house Tuesday 7/23 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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