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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 05-21-2020

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 RACHEL MEDRANO, of Cumberland, accompanied by her dog, Roman, a Great Dane, says it's nice to see everyone coming together during a time of crisis. The two walked the paths at the Monastery in Cumberland earlier this month. CUMBERLAND – Officials this week criticized Monday's deci- sion by the board of directors at Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy to keep a Paycheck Protection Program loan of more than $4 million based on "econom- ic uncertainty." One of those officials was Mayor Jeffrey Mutter, who is on the board for BVP and was one of three members, along with the school's founder, former mayor and cur- rent Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee, and Lincoln Town Administrator Joseph Almond to vote in favor of sending the money back. McKee and Mutter were part of a unanimous vote at an April 4 meet- ing to apply for a PPP loan of up to $10 million through the CARES Act, a move Mutter this week said was "almost perfunctory" in getting the school in line for possible avail- able aid. At that April meeting, he said, there was a brief mention that one of the sending districts hadn't made its third quarter payment. He said he learned afterward that the send- ing district was Cumberland. A late payment such as that one should never have been used as part of the case to say that BVP's finances are uncertain, he said, adding that the BVP board keeps PPP loan; officials blast move By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See LOAN, Page 14 CUMBERLAND – Work on the next phase of Diamond Hill Road's water line replacement, taking new pipes more than a mile from the post office at 2055 Diamond Hill Road to Garvin School at 1364 Diamond Hill Road, has begun. The Town Council, at its May 8 meeting, approved a $2.28 million contract with Boyle and Fogarty for the water line replacement, as well as $142,900 to have Pare Corp. do inspections and administrative ser- vices on the project. Water Supt. Chris Champi said the contract addresses some of the items that caused issues during phase one of the project between Nate Whipple Highway and Route 295 last year, including contingen- cies for flaggers if officials aren't able to get enough police details and money to complete the aprons between driveways and the road. "It should be pretty good," he said. Getting the project started now puts it on target for a November substantial completion, well in advance of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation's target date of early summer of 2021 for scheduled repaving of the road- way, said Champi. The council passed an ordinance last September increasing residents' Next phase of Diamond Hill water main work begins By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See WATER, Page 14 People talk often about combining passions, but Peter Loiselle is taking a unique approach in that pursuit. Loiselle, who grew up in Lincoln and today lives in Germany, has released his first novel, "Chase to the Encore," combining it with its own music album, with him on drums/ percussion and vocals. The book is set in northern Rhode Island and along the Blackstone River in the 1980s. The accompanying album rep- resents a soundtrack of 11 original songs for the novel. "I think someone's got to be the first one," says Loiselle, laughing about his idea for combining a book with an album. "Music is one of my Lincoln native tells local story with 'Chase to the Encore' By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See ENCORE, Page 12 THANKS & WELL WISHES to Publisher Tom Ward INSIDE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MAY 21-27, 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. 401.333.0665 Visit our website: Since 1935 Oil | Propane | Bioheat | Motor Fuels Generators | Complete Heating Service Air Conditioning Sales, Installation & Maintenance Propane for your Home Heating & Cooking Together we make a difference North Smithfield Auto Body, iNc. 1-401-762-3866 WWW.RIAUTOBODY.COM 1-401-762-3866 WWW.RIAUTOBODY.COM • FREE towing • FREE pick up and drop off

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