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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 12-19-2019

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON JOHN SEQUEIRA holds his son JACOB, 7, so he can check out the winter village houses on display during the Old-Fashioned Christmas event at the Hearthside House and Museum in Lincoln on Dec. 8. See more photos on page 29. CUMBERLAND – These were far from the glad tidings town and school officials were hop- ing to receive in their pre- Christmas inbox. An email from the Rhode Island Department of Education informed school officials that Cumberland could lose another $815,000 in state aid in next year's budget, School Committee members said last week, and that doesn't account for additional money that could be lost if more students don't sign up for free or reduced-price meal plans. According to Chairman Paul DiModica, the lost money from fewer students receiving help with meals stands just shy of $300,000, More value in Cumberland means serious reduction in state aid By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See STATE AID, Page 4 High volume, low speed on Lakeview LINCOLN – Data col- lected by the Lincoln Police Department's new radar trailer has confirmed that Lakeview Avenue is used as a major cut-through, but that most drivers are abiding by the speed limit there. After residents complained about the high number of cars speeding through the area, the Town Council's Public Safety Committee asked the Lincoln Police Department to collect data near Lakeview and Olney Avenues. Police agreed to install one of their new radar traffic trail- ers on Lakeview, collecting data via Bluetooth technol- ogy. Information collected includes the speed limit and number of cars passing by. The data collected over a 15-day period confirmed that Lakeview has a lot of traffic as a cut-through street, with a total of 19,900 cars using the road during that period. The street connects Cobble Hill Road with Olney Avenue and Westwood Road. In the southbound direction coming from Westwood Road toward Cobble Hill Road, where the posted speed limit is 20 mph, the average speed By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com Radar post reveals most drivers comply with speed limit SULLIVAN See LAKEVIEW, Page 18 CUMBERLAND – Though some residents are speculating that the newly live truck toll gan- try between Cumberland exits 20 and 22 will lead to more traffic on side roads, including Angell Road, representatives from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation say they don't expect that scenario to play out. RIDOT's online map shows that the gantry over Leigh Road is the third most expensive for truck drivers out of 12 gantries planned in the state, includ- ing five now actively tolling passing traffic, at $7.50 per DOT not expecting diverted truck traffic due to new gantry By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See DOT, Page 16 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE DECEMBER 19-25, 2019 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. Call us for a "FREE market analysis" MEMBER 300 Front St., Lincoln 724-8660 WWW.LAMONTAGNEREALESTATE.COM Merry Christmas P roudly serving Northern Rhode Island

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