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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 3-21-13

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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Serving Cumberland and Lincoln MARCH 21-27, 2013 FREE Breeze The valley ladies night SHARK TANK Indulge yourself in a womanly good time for a good cause. LIVING Local entrepreneurs get a boost from celebrity millionaires. PAGE 25 @ "Like" us on Lace up your sneakers: 5K, health fair this weekend Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Future law enforcer Events support middle school sports in Cumberland By MARCIA GREEN Valley Breeze Editor By MEGHAN KAVANAUGH Valley Breeze Staff Writer CUMBERLAND – Supporting middle school sports, and the town as a whole, residents will come together this weekend for a 5K race and health fair meant to foster community and raise money for athletics. The Townwide Learning Community and the Cumberland Middle School Sports Booster Club will host the Cumberland Townwide Learning 5K Road Race on Saturday, March 23, at Joseph L. McCourt Middle School, 45 Highland Ave. The 5K race, which loops around the neighborhood on mostly England Street and Curran Road, starts at 9 a.m. A mile-long fun run for kids under 10 takes off at 10:15 a.m. Then, everyone will head inside the school for a health fair that runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The booster club has been Supt. Thornton asks for $1.62 million hike in school budget Valley Breeze photo by Elise Manahan B. F. Norton Elementary School kindergarten student Emma Newberry checks out a pair of handcuffs that came with her police officer costume during a presentation of a class-written book about future career choices last Friday. Emma wrote in the book that she wanted to be a police officer when she grows up so she can help people by arresting the bad guys. After returning to their individual classrooms, the students had the opportunity to autograph the books for visitors. See more photos on Page 13. See 5K, Page 4 Spectacular Smithfield Colonial CUMBERLAND – Although still awaiting authorization for the final $290,000 of the $1 million increase to this year's school budget, Supt. Philip Thornton is proposing that Cumberland taxpayers contribute a new $1.62 million THORNTON to schools next year, or a 2.5 percent increase on the local tax levy. The tax bill for a home assessed at $300,000 would go up $117, or as Thornton puts it, $2.25 a week. Thornton launched an aggressive campaign for the added funds last week with a budget presentation to the School Committee. Noting that Cumberland's per-pupil continues to be the lowest in Rhode Island, he's calling for a longrange effort to "reduce the fiscal equity gap between Cumberland and the 52 other (school districts) in Rhode Island." The new taxpayer share would See BUDGET HIKE, Page 12 Lincoln Auto Wash Credit Cards Now Accepted on Self Service & Auto Bays! 278 STILLWATER ROAD, SMITHFIELD, RI: Gorgeous 4 bed, 2.5 bath Colonial on a private lot with direct water views. New granite kitchen, hardwoods throughout first floor, vaulted family room with fireplace and skylights. Huge master suite, central air, alarm, irrigation and much more! $439,900. If you're thinking of buying or selling, CALL DAVE (401) 639-2351 (cell) RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE 1985 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI best car wash in town! NO BRUSH TOUCHLESS & SOFT TOUCH BRUSH WASH BAYS Self service bays • Self Service Vacuums 1740 Lonsdale Ave., Lincoln, RI ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. But no way, McKee says; dollars needed for town too By MARCIA GREEN Valley Breeze Editor CUMBERLAND – Mayor Daniel McKee is promising to recommend as much of a school increase as possible, but warning this week that upping the town's commitment by $1.6 million MCKEE is too great a stretch. First off, he says, the proposed school increases alone would use up the entire amount Cumberland is permitted by town and state statutes to raise taxes, leaving nothing for increases on the municipal side. Cumberland faces a See MCKEE, Page 12

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