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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-04-2020

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CUMBERLAND – After a two- year break, Cumberland Democratic Town Committee Chairman Tom Kane is seeking a return to public office, announcing this week his intention to run for the District 2 Town Council seat. The former at-large council mem- ber, who helped Mayor Jeff Mutter win office two years ago, is running to replace Council President Craig Dwyer, who has told numerous people in town that he's not running again. Kane is launching his campaign as the town shifts from two-year terms to four-year terms, a raising of the stakes that's led to a debate about whether the town will see more or fewer candidates. Also this week, Mutter confirmed that he'll be "throwing my hat in the ring" for a second term as mayor. It'll be a strange election year for everyone, said Mutter, given how life has changed so dramatically and how the impacts of the pandemic have consumed everyone's thoughts. The mayor said he'll make a more formal announcement as the June 22-24 filing period comes closer. The town has five council districts, running from south to north. Kane is the direc- tor of taxation for the town of North Providence and is a Realtor. He served on the council from 2016 to 2018 as one of two at-large members represent- ing the whole town. "With uncertain financial times looming, Cumberland is in dire need of strong leadership on the Town Council," he said in a release. "We must support our residents and businesses to ensure Cumberland remains a desirable community for all that live and work in our town." During his prior term on the coun- cil, Kane spearheaded several initia- tives that he said effectively reduced the town's structural deficit through strategic budget cuts. He said he suc- cessfully passed a modification of the town's tax classification plan to pre- vent utility companies from receiv- ing more than a $1 million tax break at the expense of the town's proper- ty owners. He said he also fought to prevent harmful mass zone/property use changes and pushed to have ser- vice contracts go out to bid, resulting in significant savings. He sparred frequently with former Mayor Bill Murray on a number of issues. Kane said driving the success of Cumberland schools is one of his passions and during his last term he worked to create the Cumberland Education Development and Funding Committee, a partnership of various community stakeholders working to address how to better fund the school district while focus- ing on continued development for the district. Kane was promoted to director of taxation in North Providence in 2018. He was elected secretary for the Rhode Island Association of Democratic City and Town Chairs, reappointed to the state's Vehicle Value Commission and elected chairman by the members of the commission, chairman of the Rhode Island Association of Assessing Officers' Business Tangible Personal Property Committee, elected as an executive officer of the Rhode Island Tax Collectors Association and helped implement the first tax collector's certification program for the state. Kane said he is the first person in the state to hold both a tax assessor and collector certification. Locally, Kane was appointed by the current Cumberland Town Council to the Tax Assessment Board of Review and was then elected chairman of the board. "I look forward to the opportunity to speak with and seek the support of District 2 voters ahead of the upcoming election." Kane, 35, is a resident of 76 Countryside Drive. He's married to Allison and he has a son, Liam, who attends North Cumberland Middle School. He confirmed that Dwyer has told him and others that he's not running again. 6 CUMBERLAND JUNE 4-10, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION Kane announces run for District 2 council seat Mutter will also run again By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor KANE JUNE 1 Fred Bisordi, Happy 90th Birthday! Love, your sons, daughters-in-law and grandkids Nicole and Natalia Noviello, Happy 10th Birthday! Love, Daddy Al, Mom, Gia, Grandma GaGo, and Auntie Lorraine JUNE 2 Derek Ducharme, Happy Birthday! Bet you're sitting on the toilet doing a deuce while reading this. From Beer Man JUNE 4 Jacob Deacon, Happy 11th Birthday to our wonderful grandson! Love, Grandma and Grandpa Jacob Deacon, Happy 11th Birthday, Jake! Love, Auntie JUNE 5 Chris O'Neill, happy birthday to the best foxtree papa. We love you! From Trisha T, Firelord, and Hazy J JUNE 10 Allison Grieve, to our beautiful grandniece: You've become a beautiful woman. We're wishing you the happi- est of birthdays – party to follow. Love, Aunt Nell and Uncle Tony Breyannie Davis, Happy 13th Birthday! We love you! Mom, Dad, Anthony Jr. JUNE 12 Kara Lukasiewicz, to the oldest of our two precious daughters: so glad you're in R.I. Have a wonderful birthday and we'll party on when we can. Love, Mom and Dad JUNE 13 Landon Weld, Happy 7th Birthday! Love, Mom, Dad and Dylan JUNE 18 Sam Kiley, enjoy that birthday Guinness! S.L.A.P. JUNE 20 Rosemary Guerin, happy birthday to our favorite sister! Hope you have a great day! Love, Jon, Joe and Susan Nasif JUNE 29 Roy R. Souza, Happy Birthday! From your beloved kitchen angel THE BIRTHDAY CLUB EMS will provide COVID-19 testing for homebound residents CUMBERLAND – Cumberland Emergency Medical Services will be providing COVID-19 diagnostic testing for homebound Cumberland residents who require testing as ordered by their health care pro- vider. Homebound residents may arrange to be tested in their home by calling 401-692-1708, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by emailing EMS@cumber- Residents will be required to provide the name of the health care provider who ordered the test. Residents who are experiencing symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 related illness who do not have a health care provider's order for test- ing may also request testing. Testing requested without an order from a health care provider will be evalu- ated by a Cumberland EMS physi- cian medical director. HEALTH NEWS TOWN OF LINCOLN Board of License Commissioners PUBLIC HEARING June 16, 2020 at 7 pm *!is meeting will only be live-streamed* !is meeting will be held utilizing Zoom Meeting, and the Town Council members will be participating remotely. *Pursuant to Governor Gina Raimondo's Executive Order 20-15, no more than "ve (5) people may be present at this meeting. !e Lincoln Board of License Commissioners hereby gives notice that the following corporation has made application to keep for sale and to sell Alcoholic Beverages in the Town of Lincoln from December 1, 2020, to November 30, 2021, inclusive under the provisions of Section 3-5 and 3-7 of RIGL. CLASS BT ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE Brandt Hospitality Group, Inc. d/b/a Residence Inn 632 George Washington Hwy., Lincoln, RI 02865 Remonstrants are entitled to be heard before the granting of such license at a public hearing of the Lincoln Board of License Commissioners to be held via Zoom Meeting on June 16, 2020 at 7:00pm. All persons interested may view or join the Zoom Webinar at under Current Meetings. Individuals requesting interpreter services for the hearing impaired must notify the Town Clerk at 333-8453, seventy-two (72) hours prior to the hearing date. Monique L. Clauson Town Clerk UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION New England Hydro Power Company, LLC Project No. 14634-002 NOTICE OF CONFERENCE CALL (May 27, 2020) a. Date and Time of Meeting: June 3, 2020 at 10:00 am Eastern Standard Time b. FERC Contact: John Baummer at or (202) 502- 6837 c. Purpose of Meeting: On May 14, 2020, New England Hydropower Company, LLC (NEHC) filed a letter requesting a meeting with Commission staff to discuss amendments to its pending license application for the Ashton Dam Hydroelectric Project (P-14634-002). The project would be located on the Blackstone River, near the Towns of Cumberland and Lincoln, Providence County, Rhode Island. NEHC states that it is now proposing to install submersible Kaplan turbine-generator units instead of the Archimedes Screw turbine-generator units proposed in the license application. NEHC also states that it is proposing to convert its pending license application to an application for a small hydroelectric (10 megawatt or less) exemption from licensing. NEHC is requesting a conference call with Commission staff to "lay out a process and schedule" for these changes. d. Proposed Agenda: (1) Introduction of participants; (2) NEHC presentation on purpose of meeting; (3) Discussion on NEHC's proposed changes and schedule; and (4) Meeting conclusion. e. A summary of the meeting will be prepared and filed in the Commission's public file for the project. f. All local, state, and federal agencies, Indian tribes, and other interested parties are invited to participate by phone. If interested, please contact John Baummer at or (202) 502-6837, by June 01, 2020, to receive the conference call number and access code. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary

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