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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-27-2019

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4 THE VALLEY NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 4, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION WOONSOCKET – Kris Wright, site coordinator for the Connecting for Children and Families after- school program at Woonsocket High School, was recently named an after- school director of the year by the Rhode Island Afterschool Network. Wright, who lives in Cumberland, has served as coordinator of the after-school program since 2011. Working with a team of three oth- ers, she oversees several after-school clubs and activities offered by CCF in partnership with Woonsocket High School. These include everything from a school newspaper, to a video game design club, to science clubs and a creative writing class. "I think people would be shocked to know how much there is here in the school," she said. While the program draws many of its instructors from the ranks of WHS teachers, the clubs are inde- pendent from those administered directly by the high school. Instead, they draw their funding from federal 21st-century learning grants over- seen by CCF. This means Wright's programs are not subject to potential budget cuts during the school bud- get process, nor do they depend on volunteers that could be affected by situations such as last year's work-to-rule protest. "We've been really lucky to have really supportive adminis- tration here, and the faculty and staff have been awesome," she said. Through the 21st-century learn- ing grants, CCF is also able to offer some additional funding to estab- lished school programs such as music department activities, she added. For high school students, having access to dependable after-school programs is an important part of their education, said Wright. The CCF program serves between 100 and 150 students every day. Teenagers can sign up for individual clubs and programs or drop in to the library for after-school help three days per week. As part of the grant requirements, said Wright, the pro- grams are designed to teach skills students can use later in life. "Even the fun things, they're always things that utilize skills they will be able to use beyond high school," she said. Wright is no stranger to after- school programs. Growing up in Cumberland, she said, she came from a family of educators that includes her dad and all of her sib- lings. With degrees in media studies and education from Fordham and Columbia Universities, she worked for after-school programs in New York before returning to the area nine years ago. Wright was one of five individu- als honored during the Lights On Afterschool Summit at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in late October. As part of the award, she received a $1,000 mini-grant to support supplies and stipends for the CCF program. Educator from Cumberland honored for work at WHS By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer WRIGHT Annual Christmas tree lighting Dec. 1 CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Fire Department Station 5, 50 Arnold Mills Road, will kick off the holiday season with its annual lighting of the Christmas tree on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. Kindness Elves Scavenger Hunt at Cumberland Library CUMBERLAND – The Children's Room of the Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Road, rings in the holiday season by invit- ing families to participate in a weekly Kindness Elves scavenger hunt start- ing on Sunday, Dec. 1. and running through Saturday, Dec. 21. There will be different clues and treats each week. For more information, call the Children's Room at 401-333-2552, ext. 3. IN BRIEF ABOUT US The Valley Breeze is a locally owned newspaper Office location: 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Closed weekends and holidays. 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The cost is $189 per year, or $4 per week. Phone 401-334-9555 for details. COPYRIGHTS – or its content may not be linked to any other Web site without the written permission of the publisher. News aggregators that solicit advertising may not link 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 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Town Council of the Town of Cumberland, pursu- ant to the provisions of Article IV, Section 409 of the Home Rule Charter of the Town of Cumberland will consider for adoption the following ordinances entitled: 1. #19-31 – An ordinance relating to Sewer Use Maintenance and Operation Fee Notice is further given that said Ordinance will be considered at a public hearing of said Town Council at the Cumberland Town Hall, Council Chambers, 45 Broad Street, Cumberland, Rhode Island on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., at which time and place all persons may be heard. INDIVIDUALS REQUESTING INTERPRETER SERVICES FOR THE HEARING IM- PAIRED MUST NOTIFY THE TOWN CLERK AT 728-2400, EXT. 138, 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF HEARING DATE. PER ORDER CUMBERLAND TOWN COUNCIL Sandra M. Giovanelli, Town Clerk North Providence School Department 2240 Mineral Spring Avenue North Providence, RI 02911 Office: 401-233-1100 is soliciting cost proposals for Middle School Spring Supplies and Equipment Requests for proposals will be issued on 12/03/2019 Proposals will be opened at North Providence Central Administration Office on 12/13/2019 @ 10 a.m. Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held by the CUMBERLAND ZONING BOARD OF REVIEW at the Town Council Chambers, Cumberland Town Hall, 45 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI on December 11, 2019 at 7:00 PM. New Matters: 19-10. omas Boland, of 10 Boardman Avenue, Cumberland, RI has petitioned this board for a Dimensional Variance for the placement of the shed. Articles 18-2, Section (a). Described as Assessor's Plat 033, Lot(s) 0082, and Designat- ed Zone R-1. Located at 10 Boardman Avenue, Cumberland, RI 02864. 19-11. Renewable Energy Services of New England, Inc, abv. Resne, Inc., of 32 Kearsarge Drive, Cranston, RI 02920 has petitioned this board for a Special Use Permit for "a proposed Roof mounted Medium Scale Solar energy system". Articles 18-3, Section (a) and 18-8, Section (1). Described as Assessor's Plat 033, Lot(s) 0394, and Designated Zone C-1. Located at 2352 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 02864. PER ORDER John P. McCoy - Chairman

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