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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-14-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 14-20, 2019 CUMBERLAND 5 CUMBERLAND – Cumberland Happy Baskets, celebrating its 28th year of distributing food baskets and toys this upcoming holiday season, is again staring down heavy demand in 2019. John Johnson, of Happy Baskets, said the group is expecting between 350 and 400 baskets to be donated to local families for Thanksgiving, and about the same number for Christmas. After he gets official tallies back based on recommenda- tions from local school officials, that number has the potential to reach 500 for Thanksgiving, he said. Baskets for the Thanksgiving giveaway will be put together on Thursday, Nov. 21, starting at 6 p.m. at the Cumberland Senior Center at the Monastery. The work typically lasts for about an hour. Happy Baskets is still based at the Cumberland Senior Center after major renovations there, but Johnson said he's still working out how the operation will function based on the changes there. Despite a strong economy, there are still plenty of families strug- gling, and it's why this volunteer organization depends on the schools to make recommendations based on the families they're aware of who are barely getting by, said Johnson. Organizers never question rec- ommendations from the schools or local churches, but if someone comes directly to Johnson say- ing they're in need, he asks them to prove their need, such as evi- dence of some other sort of assis- tance, and show that they live in Cumberland. Johnson told The Breeze he's always found it odd that the food basket total at Christmas is lower. "It makes no sense to me," he said, because those who receive a bas- ket at Thanksgiving automatically receive a coupon for another one at Christmas. "I've never been able to put my finger on it," he said. "From where I'm sitting, it should be the exact opposite." Volunteers are needed for the planned pre-Thanksgiving distribu- tion effort, but they aren't asked to sign up on a final list. The reason- ing for that, said Johnson, is that if he has a sign-up list of 150 people saying they're coming, and then some drop out, there won't be enough volunteers. If there are too many volunteers at the Nov. 21 distribution event, those who come don't have to stay, said Johnson. They can just have some cookies and leave. Anyone wishing to volunteer a few hours of their time in sort- ing donations, wrapping gifts and assembling baskets is asked to call Johnson at 401-487-1282 or email . Volunteers can also just show up. Cumberland Happy Baskets is banding together again with busi- nesses, community leaders, school- children, seniors and local parishio- ners to assist local families in need. The program, which delivered its first basket in 1992, has distrib- uted close to 15,000 baskets over the past 27 years. The operation of today has become "a well-oiled machine," according to Johnson. Donations of all kinds are wel- come. Items that are needed include fresh vegetables, canned or jarred gravy, dressing mix, canned goods of all kinds and bread and rolls. These items can be dropped off at the Cumberland Senior Center located at the Monastery, 1464 Diamond Hill Road. Financial contributions are also being sought for the purchase of turkeys, fresh vegetables, dry goods and bread. Checks should be made payable to "The Happy Basket Program" and mailed to PO Box 7611, Cumberland, RI 02864. For a complete schedule of activi- ties on Nov. 21, visit www.happy- . Volunteers invited to help with big Happy Baskets effort By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE MELINDA ACOSTA and JOHN JOHNSON, of Cumberland Happy Baskets, with goods delivered during last year's Thanksgiving food distribution event. TOWN OF LINCOLN • PLANNING BOARD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing at the Lincoln Town Hall, 100 Old River Road, Lincoln, RI 02865 at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, on the Preliminary Plan for a Comprehensive Permit Application known as Mill Conversion by applicant Dakota Partners, Inc. and Owner JKG Enterprises, LLC – AP 2 Lot 74 located at 60 Industrial Circle, Lincoln, RI. Plans are available for review in the Engineering office at Town Hall 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. All interested parties are invited to attend said meeting and be heard. Those individuals requesting interpreter services must call the Town Clerk's office, 333-1100, 72 hours in advance of said meeting. Kenneth Bostic, Chairman Lincoln Planning Board Town of Cumberland, rhode Island PlannIng board Town hall - 45 broad street, Cumberland, rhode Island 02864 (401) 728-2400 notice of Public meeting Notice is hereby given that the Cumberland Planning Department will hold a Public Meeting on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 6:00 p.m., at the cafeteria of the Cumberland Hill Elementary School, 205 Manville Hill Rd. The purpose of the meeting is to review a landscape architect's conceptual design plan for a new neighborhood park area at the northeast corner of Epheta Park, located at the end of Branch Avenue. A RIDEM recreational development grant is helping to fund this project, which is scheduled for construction in the spring of 2020. The public is encouraged to attend and offer comments. Respectfully Submitted, Jonathan Stevens Planning Director TOWN OF CUMBERLAND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE OF PETITION TO ABANDON A PORTION OF HICKORY ROAD IN THE TOWN OF CUMBERLAND A petition has been filed with the Cumberland Town Council to declare a portion of Hickory Road has ceased to be useful to the public and that the Town Council therefore abandon said street. A plan of the proposed abandonment is on file in the office of the Cumberland Town Clerk and on the town's website, for review by any interested parties. Remonstrant(s) are entitled to be heard before the adoption of the proposed abandonment and the Town Council will give such remon- strant(s) a fair opportunity to make their objections before acting upon such abandonment. The public hearing will take place on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cumberland Town Hall in the Town Council Chambers, 45 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI 02864 at which time and place all persons may be heard. Individuals requesting interpreter services for the hearing impaired must noti- fy the Town Clerk at 728-2400 ext. 138, 48 hours in advance of hearing date. PER ORDER OF CUMBERLAND TOWN COUNCIL Sandra M. Giovanelli, Town Clerk TOWN OF CUMBERLAND Office of Planning and Community Development REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: "Development Impact Fee Report And Recommended Updated Fee Schedule" Bid # 2019-1206-21 e Town of Cumberland, through the Office of Planning and Community Development, is seeking proposals from qualified firms to prepare a Development Impact Fee Report and Recommended Updated Fee Schedule. Sealed proposals clearly marked "Development Impact Fee Report and Recommended Updated Fee Schedule– Bid #2019-1206-21" are due on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at the Town of Cumberland Finance Department, Town Hall, 45 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI 02864. At that time, all bids received will be publicly opened and read aloud in Town Hall Chambers. Include one (1) original and two (2) copies of your proposal. e Request for Proposals (RFP) is available in the Finance Department, and electronic copies can be downloaded from the Finance Department's webpage at A pre-proposal meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at Cumberland Town Hall. is meeting is not mandatory but is highly recommended. Any questions concerning this RFP must be submitted in writing by 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 to: Mr. Jonathan Stevens, Planning Director, 45 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI 02864; or by email to jstevens@ Any addenda issued will be posted on the Finance Department's web page and sent via email to all bidders requesting the RFP. Jonathan Stevens Director of Planning and Community Development

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