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Serving Cumberland and Lincoln APRIL 25-MAY 1, 2013 Breeze FREE The valley merry-go-round earth day Historic Looff Carousel in Slater Park opens for the season. LIVING Volunteers pitch in to clean up along the Blackstone. PAGE 9 @ valleybreeze.com "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Little leaguers on parade at the statehouse You elected them, now check out the bills they filed his hope to increase the estate tax exemption to $2 million. In District 20, state Sen. Roger Picard suggests that email@example.com school scheduling could be more flexible. Instead of manPROVIDENCE – Most dating 180 days in a school of their ideas will never year, he suggests a minimum find their way out of com1,080 hours split up as School mittee, but the state repreCommittees choose, including sentatives and senators that Cumberland and Lincoln sent longer but fewer school days. State Sen. to Providence in Ryan Pearson, January have District 19, may filed 73 bills Want more details on be a freshman to date and a particular bill? Go to but his Senate more are comhttp://status.rilin.state. Bill No. 188 ing, they told ri.us/ . would accelerThe Breeze this Type in the sponsorate school aid week. ing legislator's name funding and be Among the and check the "prime worth millions headline-grabsponsor" box. to suburban bers: In District Use this website, too, districts that 52, Rep. Karen to track a bill's progress have been MacBeth's conthrough the House or short-changed tention that taxSenate. for years. payers should And Rep. feel no moral Mia Ackerman of District 45, obligation toward 38 Studios a freshman, too, proposed bond holders. the fewest number of bills, In District 57, Rep. James but she filed the companion McLaughlin's third-year's-acharm bill to cap independent school aid acceleration bill, House Bill. No. 5359, and fire district taxes. will see it heard next Tuesday, And in District 17, Sen. Edward O'Neill's push for See BILLS Page 15 term limits on legislators, and By MARCIA GREEN Valley Breeze Editor valley breeze photo by paul r. dubois Members of Team Orange in the Cumberland Youth Baseball/Softball League's instructional program join hands and march down Nate Whipple Highway during last Saturday morning's parade of players and opening day ceremonies. See more photos on Page 33. Look for May opening of Lincoln library addition By MEGHAN KAVANAUGH Valley Breeze Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org LINCOLN – The grand opening of the new Lincoln Public Library may be less than a month away, Director Becky Boragine said last week. The library's construction that has been going on since last spring is in the "final, finishing stage," she said, and is set to be done sometime in May. A $620,000, 2,300-squarefoot addition will soon be open, along with interior renovations, including a family bathroom. The construction itself is expected to be done by the end of April, Boragine said, but then library employees must set up the space, arranging desks and putting books back on shelves. "That's not going to be the quick part," she said. Rugs are now being installed, Boragine said. The new family bathroom floor has been tiled, and the new entrance is in place, though not usable yet. Once the doors finally open there, the existing entrance will become a reading space, Boragine said, adding that the glass walls will allow for much natural light. The circulation desk will also move from the existing front entrance to the new one. Up until recently, library visiSee LIBRARY, Page 20 USA Karate LEARN TO: • BE FIT • RISE ABOVE THE BULLY • BE A LEADER CALL FOR A FREE INTRODUCTORY CLASS Also offering: • Children's Karate Ages 4 & up • Adult & Teen Kenpo/Jiu Jitsu/MMA • Women's Self Defense • Muay Thai Kickboxing Adult/Teen Fitness + Discipline + Self Defense = SUCCESS 246 Front Street, Lincoln, RI 728-1972 www.usakaratelincolnri.com NO OBLIGATION WITH FREE TRIALS ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc.