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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 08-27-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON MATTHIAS SANTOS, 6, of Lincoln, realizes that the water is dangerously close to the top of his boots as he tries to remove a plastic pail submerged in the water. He and his mom were taking part in a cleanup at Scotts Pond last Saturday morning. See more photos on page 18. CUMBERLAND – Four months after town officials expressed fear that the $83 million plan to upgrade local schools might be on hold due to concerns over the impacts of the COVID-19 pandem- ic, the project is full-speed ahead. The Town Council last week gave the nod to a resolution approving the financing of the construction, renovation, improvement, altera- tion, repair, furnishing and equip- ping of schools by the issuance of not more than $83 million in bor- rowing, subject to approval of state housing aid of at least 50 percent. Mayor Jeff Mutter told the coun- cil that after a "bit of a bumpy road" related to the project approved by 79 percent of town voters in 2018, the final piece of the puzzle came through in the form of a late July letter from the state indi- cating approval of 59 percent reim- bursement, meaning that hurdle has been met. Councilor Scott Schmitt had pre- viously put a stipulation on the $83 million bond vote requiring at least a 50 percent reimbursement for the multi-faceted project to move forward. Derek Osterman, director of Town's $83 million school plan is back By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See SCHOOL PLAN, Page 13 CUMBERLAND – Under newly approved rules from the Town Council, the council will continue to approve any events on town property based on existing rules surrounding the COVID-19 pan- demic at a given time, and a new event control committee will then follow up with the applicant if any changes in state restrictions are made. While social gatherings in Rhode Island are still limited to 15 people, larger gatherings are still allowed if done according to restrictions in place and if approvals are given, Town Solicitor Kelley Morris Salvatore told the council at its Aug. 19 meeting. The administration was seek- ing information from the council on how members wanted to pro- ceed, particularly on whether they wanted a process where the council would issue a license subject to the event control committee's review of the plan or where the committee would review the plan prior to the issuance of a license. COVID-19 rules are changing rapidly, she said, and Mayor Jeff Mutter wants to ensure that any Cumberland sets up process for approving large events By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See EVENTS, Page 16 LINCOLN - A Massachusetts-based developer is looking to build new apartment buildings on property cur- rently owned by St. James Parish in Manville. Before the parish is able to sell any land for development, a series of paper streets crossing over the St. James property will need to be formally abandoned. Paper streets are aban- doned streets found only on maps. Abandonments sought for apartments near St. James Church By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See STREETS, Page 12 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE AUGUST 27-SEPTEMBER 2, 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. 2374 Diamond Hill Road • Cumberland, RI 401-475-7570 investor@mwaragao.com • www.mwaragao.com Michael Aragao President/Portfolio Manager 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? Isabel , s & Gift Boutique s Independently owned and operated 565 Central Avenue Pawtucket, RI 02861 Email: isabelsavon@msn.com 401-727-2866 Tues.-Fri. 12-5 Sat. 12-4 ALL AVON PRODUCTS ARE IN-STOCK 20% OFF ANY ONE ITEM PLUS A FREE GIFT WITH THIS AD EXP. 10/31/2020 www.youravon.com/isabelvargas Falamos Portugues & Hablamos Espanol LHS PROGRESS REPORT STARTING ON PAGE 7

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