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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 08-01-2019

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LINCOLN – The Lincoln School Department's special education services are in the midst of a major revolution. It began last June with the hiring of Student Services Director Allynn Grantham. That hire marked the Lincoln overhauling special education By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See EDUCATION, Page 4 CUMBERLAND – Sure, someone could just cut a big check to the R.I. Community Food Bank, but what would happen to the sense of com- munity and shared purpose? Back in 2007, in the first year of Franklin Farm's relationship with the nonprofit, the farm donated 2,813 pounds of produce to feed the hun- gry. On Monday, volunteers past and present loaded up the last 1,345 pounds needed to reach and exceed 10,000 pounds in 2019. If you're counting, and Harvest Weight and Distribution Coordinator Chip Thurlow certainly is, that's 100 tons, or 200,000 pounds, of produce donated to the Community Food Bank. "This is so important to us," said Andrew Schiff, CEO of the organiza- tion that feeds 53,000 people across the state each month and wants to give them the most nutritious food possible. The Community Food Bank is only able to feed so many people because of generous donations of fresh food, said Schiff at a celebration marking the 100-ton achievement Monday. Franklin Farm, as its largest contribu- tor, plays a huge role. Schiff called what's happened at Franklin Farm in the past 13 years "such an unusual and remarkable community effort." It doesn't get any better than locally grown and fresh vegetables grown and gathered with care by such a dedicated team of vol- unteers and farm leaders, he said. Many smaller farms want to donate to the Community Food Bank, said Schiff, and that's wonderful, but when you have a group like this, including the entire community of people feeling great about what they're accomplishing, it creates a system and efficiencies that simply can't be duplicated. Mayor Jeff Mutter, who along with Executive Assistant Sarah King and Town Councilor Lisa Beaulieu jumped in to pick veg- etables Monday, also congratulated volunteers, saying people often take for granted the food that is on their Franklin Farm donates 100 tons to Food Bank By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor CONNOR ENESTVEDT, a volunteer trac- tor driver at Cumberland's Franklin Farm and a rising sophomore at Cumberland High School, delivers the load of vegetables that helped volunteers eclipse 100 tons of produce donated to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank dur- ing a celebration and harvesting event Monday evening. BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY See FRANKLIN FARM, Page 7 CUMBERLAND – Kenneth Finlay's days as Cumberland's fire chief appear to be over. The Cumberland Fire Committee talked behind closed doors for nearly two hours Tuesday night, but members later said no votes were taken related to the chief 's Finlay appears to be done in Cumberland By NICOLE DOTZENROD and ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Staff Writers See FINLAY, Page 17 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE AUGUST 1-7, 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 CUSTOM COLONIAL 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! Reduced $649,000.

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