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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-19-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON JESSICA TABER, of Blackstone, Mass., and CAITLIN HARTMAN, of Woonsocket, drop raffle tickets for the many sports-related items available during a "Road to Recovery" fundraiser for Kim Tanguay, of Woonsocket, last Saturday at the Friendly Pub in Cumberland. The fundraiser featured raffles on sports-related items, including a Tom Brady-autographed football, a flat-screen TV and golf bag. See more photos on page 10. CUMBERLAND – If history is an indicator, the proposed redevelopment of the Ann & Hope mill is in for a tough approval process. The single greatest hang-up, based on early concerns cited by town officials and council members, is the impact of a mostly residential development on local schools. Councilors are more leery than ever about the issue after approving past projects on promises of few additional schoolchildren, only to later see some of the town's busiest bus stops appear near those projects, including Ashton Mill and Cumberland Crossing. It was nearly three years ago when the council rejected relaxed zoning for Ann & Hope and other under-utilized properties in town based on those same concerns. But, other blighted properties have now been removed from the mix, and Ann & Hope is now almost entirely emptied of tenants after its outlet shop closed over the summer. With a more narrow focus on what many see as the pivotal redevelopment opportunity in Cumberland, councilors have expressed support for allowing the project to advance. Director of Planning Jonathan Stevens said he and his team met last week with the owners of the mill off Broad Street and offered to hold a special Planning Board meeting to review their plans, Officials urge caution on Ann & Hope transformation By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See ANN & HOPE, Page 11 CUMBERLAND – This town has shown through all of its challenges that nothing lifts up its residents more than each other, says Town Councilor Lisa Beaulieu. It's time, she says, to shine that neighborly light brightly for all to see. Beaulieu has organized the first Light up the Town Outdoor Holiday Decorating Contest, a holiday season event meant to spread some cheer and inspire hope at a time when many are feeling down. This contest is meant to be a simple endeavor, Beaulieu told The Breeze, designed for nothing more than enjoyment. She said she was reading about the importance of the outdoor light dis- plays at La Salette Shrine in this pan- demic year, as well as people putting up their own lights earlier than ever, and felt this could further inspire some hope and positivity. Residents are invited to register at bit.ly/cumberland-lights . All entries must be received no later than Saturday, Dec. 5. Maps will be made available online, marked with the participating addresses of homes Help 'Light up the Town' of Cumberland this holiday season By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See HOLIDAY LIGHTS, Page 5 LINCOLN – The Lincoln School Department has approved an official policy regarding face coverings dur- ing the COVID-19 pandemic, giving school officials the power to discipline those who do not comply. The first reading of the policy was done at last week's School Committee meeting, and the committee met again virtually on Monday for a special meeting to approve the policy for immediate implementation. According to the state-mandated policy, face coverings must be worn in Lincoln schools by all staff, students and visitors on school grounds or attending school activities. This marks a reversal of the Rhode Island Department of Education's early approach to face coverings, which was to require them except when students or staff were socially distanced or in a stable group setting. Face mask policy outlines rules for Lincoln schools By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See MASK POLICY, Page 12 BEAULIEU ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE NOVEMBER 19-25, 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. North Smithfield Auto Body, iNc. 1-401-762-3866 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: www.RIAUTOBODY.com 1-401-762-3866 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: www.RIAUTOBODY.com • FREE towing • FREE pick up and drop off 1985 Mendon Rd. Cumberland, RI Call Dave Serpa (401) 639-2351 Cell Dave.Serpa@NEMoves.com RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE Wishing You Blessings, Health, Happiness & Success on Thanksgiving & Always! INSIDE Look for our annual Holiday Gift Guide INSIDE Look for our annual Holiday Gift Guide

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