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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 02-13-2020

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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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE As part of a celebration of the 100th day of school, LILYANA SOARES, KENLI GILLES, and AMELIA LYNES, all 6 and 1st-grade students at Garvin Elementary School in Cumberland, are dressed up and pre- tending that they are 100 years old. See more photos on page 18. CUMBERLAND – What better way to open up dialogue (or a can of worms) than to bring up the idea of restoring February vacation? In an informal poll this week, the Cumberland School Committee offered four options they're con- sidering as they plan the 2020-2021 school calendar, including two that would bring back February vaca- tion. As could be predicted, the responses to the options and reasons behind them were plentiful and varied dramatically. School Committee Chairman Paul DiModica said the decision could be made tonight, Thursday, Feb. 13, or when the school board meets in two weeks if members feel they need more time. School officials consider reviving February vacation By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See VACATION, Page 11 Saving history: Cumberland seeks demolition delay, tax incentives CUMBERLAND – Town officials have put the state on notice that certain proper- ties here are worthy of being saved, asking for permission to implement both a demoli- tion delay and tax incentives to back that goal. A resolution approved last week asks the General Assembly for enabling legisla- tion allowing the town to craft ordinances establishing local historic tax credits and institut- ing a demolition delay. Ordinances under the new Preserve Cumberland initiative would: • Permit a tax reduction to owners of properties within local historic districts who undertake substantial exterior maintenance or rehabilita- tion projects in keeping with the Cumberland Historic District Commission's Property Owners Guide and the Secretary of Interior's Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties. Once the legislation is passed by the General Assembly, the administration will propose an ordinance setting forth the parameters of the historic resi- By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See HISTORY, Page 10 LINCOLN – Situated between two homes on Great Road, it can be easy to miss Lincoln Historical Cemetery No. 79. While nine or more people are said to be bur- ied there, only three headstones stand on the tiny incline two houses down from the Saylesville Friends Meetinghouse. The wall containing these burial grounds has par- tially succumbed to time and is beginning to buckle Lincoln family hopes to restore burial grounds By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See GRAVES, Page 22 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE FEBRUARY 13-19, 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. Johnston, RI 1764 Mendon Road (McDonald's Plaza) Cumberland RI 02864 401-334-7317 R.I. Reg. # 41460 Let us help you find a home you'll love! Call us for a "FREE market analysis" MeMber 300 Front St., Lincoln 724-8660 WWW.LAMONTAGNEREALESTATE.COM

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