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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-30-2020

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12 CUMBERLAND / LINCOLN JULY 30-AUGUST 5, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION LINCOLN – Lincoln will be one of the last communities in the state to begin changing each of its streetlights into energy-efficient LED lights as town officials have been reviewing a menu of options to guide its streetlight turnover. Town Administrator Joseph Almond said converting from tradi- tional high-pressure sodium lights to LEDs would reduce the town's elec- tricity bill after the initial installment, saving millions in the long run. Rhode Island communities were granted permission to purchase and maintain their own street lights in 2014. Replacing the lights has been on Lincoln's to-do list for the last sev- eral years, but Almond has been cautious about committing to a cer- tain plan. He said one reason Lincoln took longer than other towns to begin their LED streetlight conversion is that they were waiting to see how certain legal battles in neighbor- ing communities would unfold. In Johnston, Mayor Joseph Polisena reached an agreement with National Grid, which determined the town did not have to pay to light state roads. Almond said this precedent would be beneficial to Lincoln, where state roads make up roughly 66 percent of the town's National Grid bill. When the conversion is finalized, Lincoln will only pay to light town- owned roads. Lincoln teamed up with Woonsocket and Smithfield earlier this year, putting out a request for proposals for the LED conversion. Almond said the communities are currently reviewing a menu of offer- ings to select their plans. "The bid includes many options for what we might want to do, espe- cially for technology," he said. Once they decide on a final package, the town will receive a savings estimate. "We'll have to look at our annual budget then. We do not have a final purchase plan in place yet," he said. Lincoln finalizing LED streetlight package By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com Lincoln Housing Authority receives Award of Merit LINCOLN – The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials recently selected Lincoln Housing Authority as a recipient of a 2020 Award of Merit in the Administrative Innovation category. The program honored, Public Housing Applicant Group Information Sessions, aims to decrease unit vacancy time while expediting the lease up process and decreasing administrative burden by creating a streamlined and uniform approach. Many applicants struggle with the thought of moving. These innovative information sessions work to create a streamlined process that highlights the requirements and history of the public housing program, while also educating potential applicants about how to best prepare themselves for such a significant life-changing event like a move. Applicants are given the information they need, given time to ask questions, process this informa- tion and mentally prepare to under- take the moving process. The NAHRO Awards of Merit program was created more than 20 years ago to recognize agencies who found innovative ways of making a difference in their communities and in the lives of the people they serve by creating affordable hous- ing, revitalizing their neighborhoods, and developing initiatives such as job readiness programs, public-private partnerships, disaster prevention proj- ects and more. Wonderbooks now available at Cumberland Public Library CUMBERLAND – Wonderbooks, a print book with a ready-to-play audiobook inside, are the newest items available for checkout at the Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Road. They are now available thanks to a legislative grant sponsored by state Sen. Ryan Pearson. Just press play to hear a favorite story and there is an audio jack for independent listening. Follow along using the tones that tell you when to turn the page, then switch to learn- ing mode to hear the narrator ask open-ended questions. Research shows that hearing and seeing words at the same time can improve reading success rates, so Wonderbooks can give kids an edge with vocabulary development, phonics, and comprehension while encouraging deeper engagement with every book. For more information, visit www. cumberlandlibrary.org , contact the Children's Room at 401-333-2552, ext. 3, or email read@cumberlandli- brary.org . Dial-a-story offered 24/7 by Cumberland library CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Public Library is offering a Tele-Story, a dial-a-story program, that enables children and adults alike to call the library from any phone and listen to a new story each week by calling 401-333-2552, ext. 8. This service makes story time avail- able 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The story changes each week on Wednesday. For more information, visit www. cumberlandlibrary.org, contact the Children's Room at 401-333-2552, ext. 3, or email read@cumberlandli- brary.org . Mike Lambrese 401-447-3232 Cell Town & Country • Past President of Northern Rhode Island Board of Realtors • Northern Rhode Island Board of Realtors, 2020 Realtor of the Year • Member of the Board of Directors for Northern Rhode Island Board of Realtors & Rhode Island Association of Realtors. Thinking of SELLING Your Home? Get a Reliable, Honest and Experienced Real Estate Expert on your side. FREE HOME COMPARATIVE MARKET ANALYSIS! FIND OUT WHAT YOUR HOME IS REALLY WORTH Call me to get started

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