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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 10-31-2019

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON LAURA THOMPSON has the critical job of pouring the 300-degree liquid candy onto slabs where it can harden, cool and be cut into squares and then sold at the Arnold Mills United Methodist Church's annual Harvest Fair on Sunday, Nov. 10. Thompson and others made candy last Saturday at the church. See more photos on page 17. LINCOLN – The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is urging Lincoln town officials to immediately repeal a zoning ordi- nance effectively banning residents from growing medical marijuana in the town for any reason. The Lincoln Town Council met in executive session on Oct. 15 to discuss "potential litigation regarding the ALCU challenge to marijuana zoning regulations." That closed-door meeting came as a response to a letter from the ACLU asking the Town Council to repeal ACLU challenges Lincoln on anti-pot ordinance By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See ACLU, Page 19 Despite a gap of nearly $4,000 in per-pupil spending between Cumberland and Lincoln, Cumberland continues to see strong improvement in state standardized testing, widening its margin on the neighboring town. • In 2015 on English language arts, Lincoln was showing a 51 percent proficiency rate, while Cumberland was at 42 percent. This year, Lincoln is at 47 per- cent and Cumberland has hit 61 percent, or a 19 percent gain for Cumberland. • In math, Lincoln's 2015 scores had the town at 35 percent and Cumberland was at 37 percent. This year, Lincoln achieved 47 percent proficiency in math and Cumberland hit 55 percent, or an 18 percent gain for Cumberland. Though different tests are being used than were in place four years ago, the same Common Core state standards are being assessed through the new Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System tests begun last year. Cumberland is dead-last on per- pupil spending, at $14,697, while Lincoln is around the top 10 for spending, at $18,468. The Valley Breeze reported last week that Cumberland was only behind Barrington on district Cumberland widens gap on Lincoln in state testing By ETHAN SHOREY and NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writers See RICAS, Page 28 Town faces possible legal action Company claims assessments on expected purchases illegal CUMBERLAND – The town is facing potential legal action from representatives for Douglas Vaughan Properties LLC over what the company says were illegal assessments on expected purchases of equipment that never transpired. The town contends that the company badly missed deadlines for appealing the assessments, with officials saying they still haven't received a formal appeal for tax years 2012-2019. Tax Assessor Ken Mallette Jr. said discussions are ongoing. "It's under review and we're working with the taxpayer," he said. Michael Kelly, attorney for Douglas Vaughan, went back and forth with The Valley Breeze sev- eral times by email over the past week about a call on the subject, then said by email Monday that he would have no comment on it. Asked if he's filed anything in court By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See LEGAL Page 15 KELLY ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 6, 2019 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. 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