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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 4-4-13

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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Serving Cumberland and Lincoln APRIL 4-10, 2013 FREE Breeze The valley ROCK OF AGES POLICE TAKE NOTICE Blurred Vision musicians enjoy getting back in the rhythm. LIVING LHS students, commuters regularly ignore this sign. PAGE 13 @ "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Calvin, Emmanuel churches welcome new pastors By MEGHAN KAVANAUGH Valley Breeze Staff Writer CUMBERLAND – Two congregations in Cumberland have welcomed new pastors who were both ordained after working for decades in other careers. The Rev. Paulo de Tarso Rangel Ribeiro, the interim pastor at Calvin Presbyterian Church, was a law professor. Emmanuel Episcopal Church's new pastor, the Rev. Joan Testin, taught music, social studies, religion and drama for 23 years. The pastors, who were both raised Roman Catholic, support CHS thespians off to New England Drama Festival progressive thought. Calvin's divorce support group is the only of its kind in the area, Ribeiro said. And Testin, who has been in a relationship with her partner, Barbara Mooney, for 25 years, supports the Episcopalian church's ruling that "all relationships based on love and mutual fidelity are holy" and that civil unions can be blessed. See PASTORS, Page 22 No February school vacation in winter of 2014 Single March week off likely in 2015 By MARCIA GREEN Valley Breeze Editor Valley Breeze photo by Elise Manahan Cumberland High School's theater group is headed for the New England Drama Festival after their performance of "Apartment 259" at the state competition won them one of the two top spots. Cast and crew members are, in front from left, Alex Haupt, Kalli Mazzone, Abigail Pwyer, Alexander Diehl, and Odile Modesto; in center, Michaela Hastings, Alyssa Tetreault, Micaila Sheridan, Meaghan Corse and Jessica Zhong; and in rear, faculty adviser Robert DiMartino, director John Lincoln, Ben Emery and Stasha Medeiros. Missing from photo are Hannah Dubois, Liz Lux, Sabrina Fauteux, Lynn Nachampasak and Lauren Riley. See story on Page 11. Be g in n e r W e lc om e !N o Re g is t a t s r ion Fe e ! R hod e I la n d s Pilates Studio N EW LIST IN G 3 0 SU SAN CUMBERLAND – A long winter awaits the Cumberland school community next year. School Committee members voted last week to break with tradition and take away three of the usual five days of February vacation. And they didn't stop there. The following school year, 2014-15, they indicated, they hope to combine the February and April vacations into a single week off in March. DRIV E,C U M B ERLAN D 401-335-3099 622 George Washington Hwy. Lincoln, RI (Behind Lincoln Mall) 3 FREE GROUP CLASSES with the purchase of 3 group classes $42 VALUE! With this ad. Not to be combined with any other offer. Expires 5/31/2013. Voted "RI Best of Local Fitness Studio" Beauti bri front Col all ful ck oni ocated on qui cul et de-sac.Features m aster sui w i bonus room , te th bri open fl pl l fenced yard w i ght oor an, arge th w ooded buffer, very qui 3 bedroom s, 2.5 baths, et. 1st fl l oor aundry, 2 car garage.centralai central r, vac, al , w hi pooltub.$439,900. arm rl N a n c y C a sim iro AREP, CH M S, SRS Col el Banker , Resi dw l denti Brokerage al 198 5 M endo n R o ad, C um b erl R I0 2 8 6 4 and, Nancy. m io@ NEM oves. Casi r com w w w. oves. /nancy. m io. e NEM com casi r hom (4 0 1 ) 4 6 5 -20 7 3 ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. Buses for Cumberland students attending outside charter, parochial and private schools, will run as usual. Departures from traditional February and April vacations spring from concern raised by committee member Linda Teel who said she worried about lost classroom learning time every winter. That's especially true next year, she said, when students are scheduled for two full weeks off at Christmastime. School Committee members considered three different calendar options before choosing See VACATION, Page 17

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