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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 01-02-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY AMBER MARTINS, 4, of Cumberland, watches bubbles being made at the Turtle Dance Music Show at the Cumberland Public Library last Saturday. The presentation of music, bubbles and comedy is an experience designed to engage children through song, movement, sto- ries, projections and interactive music technology. See more photos on page 15. Park plan, budget among priorities to start 2020 Mutter preaches more patience for this year CUMBERLAND – At some point in January, Mayor Jeff Mutter is planning to hold another com- munity forum on the future of Diamond Hill Park, this time to show how plans have changed since last year. Town officials now believe their goals for the park's troublesome man-made pond will be much more easily accomplished than they thought last year. Planning and Community Development Director Jonathan Stevens researched historical docu- ments and found that some rela- tively minor fixes to the flow of water into the pond will likely be enough to make it a more attrac- tive amenity, Mutter told The Valley Breeze. Three firms are in the process By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com MUTTER See 2020, Page 20 LINCOLN – Following what Lincoln Town Administrator Joseph Almond calls a very stable and uneventful 2019, Lincoln's top elect- ed official says the town will con- tinue to move in the right direction this year, which is slated to be filled with ongoing and new development projects. "I feel very positive where we are and where we're going to go," Almond told The Valley Breeze. Several projects have already begun or are being proposed and moving forward this year, he said, noting that "most of things we do are set in motion years in advance." The biggest con- struction project, Almond said, is the ongoing $60 million Lincoln High School renovation, which consists of approxi- mately 60 percent new construction and 40 percent renovations. Students and staff are expected to move into a new addition in February and new classrooms and laboratories in April, he said, with more new spaces coming online by the summer. "It's quite a feat," he said. The project has not been without some financial issues, running more than $2 million over budget at the end of 2019. Almond said he hopes a permanent solution will be reached by the spring. Other projects moving forward in 2020 include a big mill renovation in Saylesville, as well as mill conver- sions on Walker Street and Industrial Circle. The projects, in mill buildings that have sat empty for decades, are "great for revitalizing the area," Almond said. He said he also hopes the Whipple Cullen Farmland project will be started this year. The proposal, which will be before the Planning Board Lincoln focuses on developments in 2020 By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com ALMOND See LINCOLN, Page 10 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JANUARY 2-8, 2020 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. www.blaisinsurance.com 401-725-0070 One Walker Street, Lincoln Thank you to the generations of families and businesses who trust Blais Insurance to protect what matters most. Happy New Year! Where choice and service matter. 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