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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-27-2019

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12 CUMBERLAND NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 4, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION Calvin Presbyterian Church announces upcoming programs CUMBERLAND – Calvin Presbyterian Church, 126 Angell Road, has holiday events coming up including its "O Come O Come" Advent Service on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. There will be a TAIZE Advent service of scripture, praise and prayer. All are welcome. The Family Christmas Breakfast will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m. It is a complimentary breakfast as an opportunity for church family and friends to start celebrating the Christmas season. Men, women and children of all denominations are welcome. Also on Saturday, Dec. 7, but at 7 p.m., Rhode Island's own SOS Big Band of RI will present a "Swinging into the Season Holiday Benefit Concert," for the Northern R.I. Food Pantry. Admission is canned goods/peanut butter or optional donation. For more information call 401-333-0355. CUMBERLAND – Town Council members last week unanimously elevated Craig Dwyer to the council presidency and elected Lisa Beaulieu as council president pro tempore to fill in case of absence. The vote came amid an ongoing legal challenge by Councilor Peter Bradley over his ouster as council president, which he says was improp- erly done. "We'll continue the business of the town," Dwyer told The Breeze after the vote, declining to comment further on the process. After the special meeting vote on Nov. 20, where the vote occurred with little discussion and no fanfare, council members took their new seats on the dais for the main council meet- ing. Prior to the vote, Bradley read some written comments to his colleagues, telling them he allowed Dwyer to pre- side over the council as vice president while the matter was still pending in Superior Court. A Rhode Island Supreme Court filing is now being prepared, he said. "As the Town Council president elected in conformance with the char- ter, it is my position that I should pre- side over meetings of this council," he said. "In the interest of the taxpayers, however, I will not cause town busi- ness to be frustrated while this debate plays out. I will defer to the town solicitors, who are clearly not keeping taxpayers in mind." He reiterated that there remains a question about the legality of all busi- ness being conducted. The Breeze previously reported that Bradley was removed from the coun- cil presidency over matters related to his involvement in the spreading of a rumor about two town employ- ees taking an after-hours tour of the new public safety complex together. An investigation found that the employees did go to the complex, but brought a third person along and were there just prior to 5 p.m. Bradley has said he never said any- thing about anything sexual happen- ing during the tour. He originally told School Committee member Ray Salvatore about the tour, and Salvatore then told his wife, Town Solicitor Kelley Morris, and an investigation was com- menced from there. Bradley contends that the investigation came about because he had voted against a pay raise for Morris. Other council members have gener- ally declined to comment on the situ- ation, though Dwyer did previously indicate that Bradley's removal as council president was due to serious concerns from the rest of the council about his behavior. Dwyer elected council president, Beaulieu president pro tempore By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor need to visit? The Valley Breeze offices are located at 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865 Next week: Meet the faces of Christmas Our annual Christmas in the Valley section will be hit- ting newsstands next week, and we're really excited about how it came out. In this year's edition, we've focused on some of the people who have delivered Christmas as we know it to the Blackstone Valley area for many years, giv- ing credit to the faces that make Christmas so special in these parts. Get a full rundown of the events and experi- ences these volunteers put on. Christmas in the Valley is one of our two main holiday editions, following our popular Gift Guide. Our great advertisers make these editions possible, so we hope you'll consider shopping with local merchants this year. As you prepare to share Thanksgiving with your family, we want to wish you all peace and blessings this holiday season. 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