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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 03-26-2020

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MARCH 26-APRIL 1, 2020 THE VALLEY 5 5 LINCOLN – With Lincoln Town Hall closed to the public and increasing restrictions on public gatherings amid the coronavirus outbreak, a long list of major con- struction projects on the docket for potential approval this month have been temporarily halted. Before the shutdown, the Lincoln Planning Board was preparing to hear from a number of develop- ers concerning residential and commercial projects at the end of March. One of those projects, which calls for a pair of 22-unit apart- ment buildings called Breakneck Hollow, was up against its dead- line for approval when everything came to a grinding stop last week. Town Planner Al Ranaldi was prepared to ask the Planning Board to vote on the project on March 25, the last possible day it could be approved. In addition to Breakneck Hollow, the Planning Board was scheduled to hear from the developer behind the 55-and-older condominium complex proposed for land across from Town Hall. The Whipple-Cullen Farm development off Old River Road had been denied by the Planning Board in 2016, but the deci- sion was overturned by the State Housing Appeals Board three years later. The project, which was sched- uled for a public informational hearing, calls for 150 age-restricted units made up of 75 duplexes along a private road. According to project plans, a total of 38 units will be designated as affordable. The development would be accessible via Old River Road and George Washington Highway. The two existing fields running along Old River Road would be pre- served as open space. Another significant development delayed due to the coronavirus is Walker Lofts, the redevelop- ment of former mill buildings in Saylesville. That project calls for a total of 128 apartment units, with 32 restricted as low and moderate- income housing. The complex by Walker Lofts L.P. is proposed to have 99 one-bedroom units, 22 two-bedroom units and seven three-bedroom units. Other projects up for discus- sion included an addition to Bank Rhode Island's Lincoln headquar- ters, two new commercial build- ings on Wellington Road and a minor subdivision on Boulevard Avenue. It's unclear how long Town Hall functions will be limited to help slow the spread of coronavirus. So far, Ranaldi said the state has given officials an extension of one month, until April 30, to review the projects. "I don't know whether this will be over by (April 30), but we will see how things go over the next couple of weeks," he said. Construction projects delayed amid shutdown By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY SUK TETREAULT, a resident of Cumberland for 40 years, takes a walk with her Yorkshire Terrier Rose on the Monastery trails last Saturday. HUD awards funding to R.I. Homeless programs BOSTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Regional Administrator David Tille has announced $355,666 in grants to support Rhode Island homeless assistance programs. This funding is part of $118 mil- lion being awarded across the country to 630 local programs. This round of HUD's Continuum of Care grants will provide criti- cally needed support to five Rhode Island local programs on the front lines, serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Earlier this year, HUD announced $2.2 billion in grants to support thousands of local programs work- ing toward addressing the needs of homeless individuals and families. View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects award- ed funding. Residents encouraged to clean up litter PAWTUCKET – While find- ing ways to stay active at home, Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful encourages residents to spend some time outside doing a litter cleanup. In a press release the organiza- tion stated "You may find that there are so many roads right outside our homes that need atten- tion. Now is a perfect chance to gather your children ... and walk, run or jog around your streets to gather the litter we always see but are usually too busy to remove." KBVB challenges everyone to pick up at least one piece of litter. "If all our 1 million Rhode Island residents do that small bit, we will remove 1 million pieces of litter from our communities today." Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful encourages residents to take photos and share with #RIMillionPieces2020 and #DoBeautifulThings. NOTICE OF FILING OF BANK MERGER APPLICATION Notice is hereby given that Bristol County Savings Bank, a Massachusetts savings bank headquartered at 29 Broadway, Taunton, Massachusetts 02780, has filed a Bank Merger Act Application (the "Application") with the Boston Area Office of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the "FDIC") to acquire, by merger, Freedom National Bank, a national banking association headquartered at 584 Putnam Pike, Greenville, Rhode Island 02828. Bristol County Savings Bank will be the institution resulting from the merger. It is contemplated that all branch offices of the above-named institutions will continue to be operated by Bristol County Savings Bank following consummation of the merger. Any person wishing to comment on the Application may file his or her comments in writing with the Deputy Regional Director of the FDIC at its Boston Area Office, 15 Braintree Hill Office Park, Suite 200, Braintree, Massachusetts 02184, no later than April 5, 2020. e comment period may be extended or reopened by the Regional Director for good cause. e non-confidential portions of the Application are on file at the FDIC's Boston Area Office and are available for public inspection during regular business hours. Photocopies of the non-confidential portion of the Application file will be made available upon request. The last day to register to vote to be eligible to attend the Town of Lincoln Financial Town Meeting is April 10, 2020. Town of Lincoln Financial Town Meeting May 11, 2020 One can register to vote in person during normal business hours in the Town Clerk's Office in Town Hall or the voter registration form can be found on the Town's website, www.LincolnRI.org. Voters can also register online at www.vote.ri.gov . If you have any questions about registering to vote, please contact the Board of Canvassers office at 333-1140. Town of Lincoln Voter Registration TOWN OF CUMBERLAND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Town Council of the Town of Cumberland, pursuant to the provisions of Article IV, Section 409 of the Home Rule Charter of the Town of Cumberland will consider for adoption the following ordinanc- es entitled: 1. #20-06 – An ordinance amending the Salaries of the Executive Staff and Other Positions Notice is further given that said Ordinance will be considered at a public hear- ing of said Town Council at the Cumberland Town Hall, Council Chambers, 45 Broad Street, Cumberland, Rhode Island on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 7:30 p.m., at which time and place all persons may be heard. Individuals Requesting Interpreter Services For The Hearing Impaired Must Notify The Town Clerk At 728-2400, Ext. 138, 48 Hours In Advance Of Hearing Date. PER ORDER CUMBERLAND TOWN COUNCIL Sandra M. Giovanelli, Town Clerk

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