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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-04-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY NICOLE DOTZENROD CHRISTINE ROBIN PAYNE, who has lived across the street from Scott Pond since 2004, said she was saddened to watch as trees were cleared along the embankment to make way for new houses. LINCOLN – Residents in a Lincoln neighborhood abut- ting Scott Pond said they were shocked to wake up to crews clearing trees along part of the pond two weeks ago, turning a strip of foliage on the banks of the water into a dirt construc- tion lot. Town officials say that while they're concerned about how the work to make way for new houses was conducted, it appears the developer was within his legal limits, though some town councilors say he appeared to clear more land than he was authorized to. "We did not know this is happening," said Lindsay D'Ambra of the develop- ment of the parcel, which sits between Boulevard Avenue and the pond. "No notices came through the mail at all for that property," she said. "At 7:15 a.m. on Monday morning (May 18) we were woken up to them clearing trees." Her concerns grew when she noted that trees seemed to have been cleared from the wetland buffer zone associated with the pond, which requires that crews measure 50 feet out from the pond and leave that entire zone undisturbed. No work is allowed within this 50-foot zone without a Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management permit. D'Ambra said representa- tives from RIDEM's Office of Compliance came out to visit the site after she alerted them to the clear-cutting. In addition to clearing land in the buffer zone, she said no barriers were put down at the bottom of the Residents shocked as Scott Pond land cleared By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See SCOTT POND, Page 14 CUMBERLAND – Town and school officials this week revived earlier plans to hold a Class of 2020 car parade for graduating seniors, planning it for this Friday, June 5, prior to the release of the graduation video that's been compiled over the past couple of weeks. In an email to parents, Cumberland High School Principal Adolfo Costa thanked School Committee member Karen Freedman, a parent of a 2020 gradu- ate, as well as Mayor Jeff Mutter and Chief of Police Cumberland will host parade, with rules, for graduating seniors By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See PARADE, Page 18 CUMBERLAND – Thirty-six employees, most in health, physical education, music and art, will retain their jobs after the School Committee narrowly voted last week to reject a secondary layoff list brought about by budget uncertainty. Only an original list of 20 positions was approved at the May 25 meeting, meaning school officials will now look for other ways to close an undefined budget gap Committee votes down deeper layoffs after outcry By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Hope is for give-backs by staff See LAYOFFS, Page 27 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JUNE 4-10, 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. ÓÎÇ{Ê>`ÊÊ,>`ÊÊUÊÊ ÕLiÀ>`]Ê, 401-475-7570 ÛiÃÌÀJÜ>À>}>°VÊUÊÜÜÜ°Ü>À>}>°V Michael Aragao *ÀiÃ`iÌÉ*ÀÌvÊ>>}iÀ Money Questions on Your Mind? Get started today with a complimentary consultation from an experienced registered investment advisor. How much is enough for retirement? Is now a good time to invest? Roth or Traditional IRA? How can I save more?

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