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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 5-2-13

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Serving Cumberland and Lincoln MAY 2-8, 2013 FREE Breeze The valley Musical comedy as if! LHS drama students present 'Lend me a Tenor'. PAGE 15 Laugh it up this weekend with 'Legally Blonde.' LIVING valleybreeze.com @ "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers School board: CHS is eight buses shy of academic gains Farm hands On Saturday morning, volunteers gathered at the town-owned Franklin Farm on Abbott Run Valley Road in Cumberland to rake and pull weeds in preparation for the spring planting season. Produce raised here – planted, tended to and picked by volunteers – gets donated to area food banks and charities. At right, Heather Crump and her daughter Masilyn, 1, from Cumberland, help pull weeds on the warm and sunny spring morning. See more photos on Page 40. Starting Cumberland High an hour later would break the budget at $424,000 By MARCIA GREEN Valley Breeze Editor mgreen@valleybreeze.com valley breeze photo by david wuerth Residents support a new safety complex, but reject tax increase to get it By MARCIA GREEN Valley Breeze Editor mgreen@valleybreeze.com CUMBERLAND – A majority of registered voters in Cumberland would favor building a $12-million safety com- plex on Monastery Grounds – provided taxes don't go up to pay it, a survey of 400 households in early April is showing. Mayor Daniel McKee commissioned the eight-question survey, he says, to get a sense of taxpayers' willingness to support the venture in advance of the work needed for a formal proposal. Cumberland resident Joseph Fleming, of Fleming and Associates, handled the work for the "hometown discount," said Fleming, of $4,800. McKee says Cumberland is retiring its debt payments See SAFETY, Page 26 CUMBERLAND – For School Committee member Linda Teel, giving up the "great bus service" to invest instead in "great academics" is an easy decision. And given the dilemma facing the committee, she suggests many parents may feel the same way. Teel's comments came during an emotional School Committee meeting last Thursday when members seemed to agree they can't afford the extra buses needed to allow for a later start to the high school day, even though research suggests the change would have an immediate and long-lasting impact on student achievement. The shift, to accommodate teen biology, would keep the kids in bed an extra hour in the morning, summoning them to school at 8:15 a.m. instead of the difficult 7:15 a.m. start to their day. It's been said CHS bells Flute Extravaganza! For flutists of ALL ages AUTO BODY ollisionists C cial Spe WALKER ST., LINCOLN 725 7725 Locally Owned & Operated David Bourdeau & Bruce Martins Falamos Portugues Since 1963 All Work Guaranteed Sat., June 1st 12-3 p.m. An Exclusive event you will not find anywhere else • 10 prominent flute manufacturers and representatives on site with intermediate and professional flutes to look at, inquire about test out and purchase! Alto Flutes, Bass Flutes, Piccolos and more on site. One day only. Meet PAMELA RYAN-LANDRY Professional Flutist/Educator Shop Competitive Shop Local • Shop Smart Ask about our Summer Band Program for beginner and intermediate level students! (401) 658-3404 www.ricksmusicalinstruments.com 2352 Mendon Road • Cumberland, RI 02864 SUMMER LESSONS Buy 7 private lessons and get the 8th lesson FREE! New students only, non-refundable, must sign up by 7/1/2013. ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. have been ringing earlier than anywhere else in the state since the Mendon Road reconstruction around 1986. TEEL This committee is sold on the research that comes from school districts nationwide reporting nothing but positives when their high schoolers got a little extra shut-eye: Test scores and attendance went up, conflict with parents and even car accidents went down. The stumbling block, of course, is money – $424,000 to cover the cost of eight new buses to handle runs to more than one school at the same time. School Committee members last week were already acknowledging the Town Council won't be approving their full $1.7 million ask this year. Adding a half-million more seems fruitless, several were indicating. See BUSES, Page 26

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