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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-30-2020

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16 THE VALLEY JULY 30-AUGUST 5, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY The New China Super Buffet on Diamond Hill Road will soon be home to a new health center. CUMBERLAND – A redistricting plan necessitated by overcrowd- ing at North Cumberland Middle School would move 26 students entering grade 6 at that school this year to McCourt Middle School. Supt. Bob Mitchell told the School Committee at its July 21 meeting that there were some trends shown during a geographic study of where stu- dents live and go to school that simply weren't logical. NCMS currently has 631 students set to return next month, while McCourt on the other end of town has 439. The problem is especially pronounced in grade 6, where there are currently no spaces available for a student living within the NCMS home school area. Mitchell is asking the School Committee to make some room by moving the 26 students who should technically be attending McCourt anyway, as they're living south of Route 295. He said officials saw this particular situation as an opportunity to start the conversa- tion on further redistricting down the road. The students in question attend Garvin Elementary, and most stu- dents at Garvin go to McCourt. Mitchell is recommending that this process be done gradually. Those NCMS students in grades 7-8 who currently live south of 295 would be allowed to finish their middle school experience at that school. Those south of 295 who would have attended NCMS this fall would instead go to McCourt. School Committee Chairman Paul DiModica later explained that the students set to be moved live off Bear Hill Road in the area of Cargill Road, and all go to Garvin, he said. Years ago, the district had to move children from that area for elemen- tary school, he said, but the deal was that they would be allowed to go to NCMS. "It never changed," he said. School officials say any siblings of the 6th-graders being moved to McCourt are also allowed to go with them. DiModica said school officials have known this day would come, and he expects other changes to be voted on by the committee in the future. Committee member Denis Collins said it's a good option and he expects most parents will be fine with it, but he wants to give them an opportunity to share their thoughts. He made a successful motion to table a vote. Member Mark Fiorillo said the change will be an "easy approval" for him when it comes up for a vote. McCourt Principal Jay Masterson said the transition for the students is coming quickly, telling school board members to have anyone with ques- tions about the situation to contact him and he's happy to speak with families to address their comments and questions. Redistricting plan would move North Cumberland students to McCourt Middle By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com MITCHELL WOONSOCKET – A space once known for an overabundance of fried food will soon be a hub of health, with Oak Street Health set to fill the former New China Super Buffet in the Diamond Hill Plaza at 2000 Diamond Hill Road. Workers on scene confirmed that ongoing construction activity next to Subway is for a medical facil- ity, and Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt said that facility will be run by Oak Street Health, a company that's been in Rhode Island but will enter Woonsocket for the first time. Oak Street Health markets itself as offering personalized and accessible primary care for adults on Medicare. Baldelli-Hunt said she sees it as a cross between an urgent care, a doctor's office and a hospital, providing seniors with transportation to appointments and providing around-the-clock patient support as well as video visits and in-person visits. Baldelli-Hunt said she met with the company about six months ago and representatives expressed inter- est in coming to the city, noting their interest at that time in reno- vating the former buffet restaurant. Construction was held up somewhat due to COVID-19, she said, but "they're well on their way" now, with construction progressing and the company recently submitting signage plans. Despite some claims otherwise, there has been a "big uptick in occupancies" over the last few years in this area of the city, said the mayor. She also highlighted improvements to other proper- ties within the plaza, including to PriteRite and McDonald's. Landing the new DMV space on the other end of the plaza was important for the city, particularly since it's the second busiest after the Cranston headquarters, and the arrival of Olly's Bargain Outlet was also big. The mayor sees an interesting mix of business and medical uses in the area, including the new CSL Plasma coming to the Walnut Hill Plaza, the old Walmart across the street being purchased and turned into an Ocean State Job Lot and Tractor Supply, and Surplus Solutions buying the former Lowe's building and using it for its refur- bished medical supply business. Certainly all this investment is proof that people are looking at the city and thinking it's a good invest- ment and place to call home, said Baldelli-Hunt. Having a medical facility instead of vacant space is important, as it brings people to the area and helps other businesses in the area, she said. "Diamond Hill has come a long way in the last several years," she said. Waters Church also recently com- pleted upgrades and moved to a new home nearby. Several plazas on this stretch still have a high volume of vacancies. Oak Street Health coming to former New China Super Buffet By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com do you know? You're holding 1 newspaper, but we fill 5 every week! They're all at valleybreeze.com Brain Injury Association hosts Zoom Support group EAST PROVIDENCE – The Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island announces Zoom Support, a new tool to support survivors and caregivers. The group meets Tuesdays at 10 a.m., and Fridays at 7 p.m., and last for 40 minutes, followed by a 10-minute break, and resume for another half hour. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the association is invested in creative ways to continue support and offer resources to those affected by brain injury. 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