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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-11-13

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Serving Cumberland and Lincoln APRIL 11-17, 2013 Breeze The valley a stitch in time Uplift your season ���A Patchwork of Communities��� on display through April 27. LIVING FREE Uplift your season With our Sprin g & way a to Serving Cumb erland and Lincoln up, up @ in the Valley val ley bre eze .co m ���Like��� us on n APRI L 11-17 , 2013 fairy land New yard trend gardeners to ���thencourages ink small��� By MEGHAN Valley Breeze KAVANAUG staff Writer H meghan@vall eybreeze.com Consider addin whimsy to your g a little spring by creatingarden this the fairies who g a home for Fairy garden live among us. s have becom e something specia l for people any age, said of eral manager Gary Briggs, genand Home, of Briggs Garden 295 Kelley Blvd. in North Attleb oro, All you need Mass. are a few supplies, some creativity and imagination. your see FAIRIES, Page 22 With our Spring in the Valley special section. INSIDE @ special sectio ���Short on garden space? valleybreeze.com Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Make use of trees by fixing a door to the bark and a der to the side. ladA tree stump can also provide a foun dation from which to fairy commun start a ity. ��2013 Breez ��� e PuBlicatio ns inc. Revised plan for merging Cumberland���s fire districts bounces to Statehouse Schmitt charges officials bowed to ���union pressure��� By MARCIA GREEN Valley Breeze Editor mgreen@valleybreeze.com CUMBERLAND ��� This town���s struggle to consolidate its fire districts took an unexpected turn this week when state Sen. Ryan Pearson and others acknowledged they���re exploring whether the General Assembly alone, without further debate on the local level, can dissolve the four districts and create a new, overall governing board. In draft stage only, and unavailable to The Breeze, the bill apparently drops any attempt to set a maximum budget for a newly consolidated district nor Yellow Bag Day cleanup Saturday was the 9th annual Yellow Bag Day in Cumberland, a day when area volunteers grabbed yellow trash bags provided by The Valley Breeze and cleaned up litter along the town���s roadsides. Bailee Brown, out with her family cleaning up along Mendon Road, examines a paper bag before tossing it into her trash bag. does it dictate the number of firefighters it would employ. Those are key elements of the council���s subcommittee plan headed by Scott Schmitt working with Art Lambi and Bill See FIRE, Page 18 Town Council���s GOP alliance derails tax increase, then buckles By MARCIA GREEN Valley Breeze Editor mgreen@valleybreeze.com CUMBERLAND ��� The 1 percent property tax increase projected last May was made final Monday night lambi at a special meeting of the Town mckee Council, but not before the three Republican freshmen turned a rou- ���Do you have any tine levy vote into a short-lived coup d���etat with the support of Democrat freaking idea what Manuel DaCosta. you just did?��� Before it was over, a clearly flabbergasted Mayor Daniel McKee was Mayor Dan McKee accusing the instigator, Art Lambi, of making ���one of the most amateur ���The Town Council is moves I���ve ever seen on the countrying to send a message cil.��� Lambi said his idea was to alter that we���re looking for a the levy enough to force a zero tax rate increase of zero.��� increase in bills going out in May, even though spending for the year Councilor art lambi valley breeze photo by david wuerth See LEVY, Page 23 9 Murray. Instead, the plan is to replace the current four elected boards with a single committee of seven that takes responsibility for management of the stations until a townwide election replaces them O PEN Hole Championship Course Par 36 W EEK EN D SPECIAL 18 HOw LES ith C ART $ TWILIGHT RATES ��� 9 HOLES -$23 DAILY STARTING AT 5PM ��� NO CARTS 50 .0 0 Exp.5/31/13 Cannotbe com bined w ith any other offers. 30 Locust Street Bellingham 508-883-1600 www.bungaybrook.com 300 YARD ALL GRASS DRIVING RANGE ��2013 Breeze Publications Inc.

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