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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-23-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY BROOKE- ASHLEY LEONHARD, left, and her fiancé JOSH MERLINO, both of Cumberland, walk their dog TATUM, at the Monastery in Cumberland last Saturday. After a nearly snowless winter, Rhode Islanders were treated to an after-Easter spring snow. CUMBERLAND – During a surprise virtual announcement last Friday, school officials named Jack Murphy valedictorian and Cassidy Cooper the salutatorian of the Cumberland High School Class of 2020. "You have certainly done some- thing that is exceptional," Supt. Bob Mitchell said, addressing the two seniors in a Google Meet video chat. "Congratulations to you for the Murphy, Cooper named top students at CHS By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer See STUDENTS, Page 8 LINCOLN – The planned closure of the Manville Hill Road Bridge on the border of Cumberland and Lincoln has residents and business owners concerned about the impact of the work by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. Electric signs announcing the upcoming bridge closure were installed this week, indicating that work will begin May 4. The extent of the work and timeline remain unclear, includ- ing whether the entire structure will remain closed to traffic for the duration of the project. Charles St. Martin, a RIDOT spokesperson, confirmed that the bridge is "ten- tatively scheduled to be closed for rehabilitation on May 4," with more information forthcoming. The bridge begins at the base of Manville Hill Road on the Cumberland/Lincoln line, carrying Main Street over the Blackstone River. It is a key connection point for drivers heading to numerous local destinations. Cumberland Town Councilor Bob Shaw said he and his wife were surprised to see the signs announc- ing the closure, thinking the bridge work was still a year out, but he said everyone knew this closure was coming at some point. Area residents fear impact of Manville Bridge closure By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See BRIDGE, Page 9 School officials fear $83 million project is off Council approves tax levy, rates CUMBERLAND – The long- planned $83 million upgrading of local schools, approved by voters two years ago, may be indefinitely on hold due to impacts from the coronavirus pan- demic. The School Committee was set to deliberate again Wednesday night, April 22, after deciding not to vote last week on whether to pro- ceed with some preliminary work to keep the project moving. Mayor Jeffrey Mutter had asked school officials what their thoughts were around possibly ceasing work after the town's Stage 2 applica- tion is approved until the town has the money to move forward, said Chairman Paul DiModica, and wanted to know whether they would want to proceed. Committee members, though, were reluctant to approve anything without first knowing whether the move would have support from the By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See BUDGET, Page 10 MUTTER ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE APRIL 23-29, 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. • Complete Heating Systems • Remodeling • Repairs • Water Heaters • Complete Sewage Ejector Systems for Basement Baths • Senior Citizen Discounts C. J. Nemes, Inc. Plumbing & Heating 24-Hour Emergency Service 769-4776 Master Plumber, R.I. #1911 Mass. #25011 Member of The Better Business Bureau Drain & Sewer Cleaning Hiring Licensed Plumbers call for Details!

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