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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 5-23-13

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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Serving Cumberland and Lincoln MAY 23-29, 2013 FREE Breeze The valley Cooking 'AT HOME' Memorial day Jamie Oliver's home sales company makes a home in Pawtucket. LIVING A roundup of local ceremonies in honor of lives lost. LIVING @ "Like" us on Dubois to lead Lincoln's Memorial Day Parade Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Sweet pea in cumberland Fire consolidation legislation filed, but not all on board Event dedicated to late tree warden As Pearson's plan moves ahead, Rep. MacBeth, others voice opposition By MEGHAN KAVANAUGH Valley Breeze Staff Writer By MARCIA GREEN Valley Breeze Editor LINCOLN – Kevin Dubois grew up paying tribute to veterans as he watched the Memorial Day Parade proceed down Smithfield Avenue year after year. This year, he will be a part of the action DUBOIS as the parade's grand marshal. The Memorial Day Parade, put on rain or shine by the town and American Legion Post 33, starts on Monday, May 27, at 11 a.m. and roads will be closed at 10 a.m. The route has been permanently changed to bypass the former Senior Center on Chapel Street, which is currently for sale. The six-division parade starts at the intersection of Smithfield Avenue and Reservoir Avenue, continues a mile down See PARADE, Page 24 valley breeze photo by david wuerth On Saturday morning by the gazebo on the Monastery grounds in Cumberland, the Blackstone Valley Garden Club and the Apple Blossom Garden Club hosted their annual plant sale fundraiser. There were numerous varieties of annuals, perennials and vegetables for sale, many grown by club members. On the sunny morning, gardener Sue Landry used a big red wagon to carry the plants she had purchased, and to tow her 7-month-old daughter, Ava Landry, around the Monastery grounds. See more photos on Page 25. Lincoln Auto Wash CUMBERLAND – On Tuesday, state Sen. Ryan Pearson filed the long-awaited legislation that he says will legally unify the town's four fire districts, Valley Falls, Cumberland, North Cumberland and Cumberland Hill. The bill, in the works since a Town Council resolution of May 1, generally carries forward the council's direction by setting up the Cumberland Fire District managed by a seven-member elected committee that in September would take control of all funds, assets and property held by the four districts. Acting independently of Town Hall, it would manage and oversee the four existing budgets, three of which would have been adopted in June of 2013. It would adopt its first uni- Call today to schedule your pool opening. Credit Cards Now Accepted on Self Service & Auto Bays! best car wash in town! NO BRUSH TOUCHLESS & SOFT TOUCH BRUSH WASH BAYS Self service bays • Self Service Vacuums 1740 Lonsdale Ave., Lincoln, RI OPEN MON.-FRI. 10AM-6PM; SAT. 10AM-5PM; SUN. 10AM-4PM 126 PULASKI BLVD. (RTE. 126), BELLINGHAM, MA • 508-883-8777 • 508-883-9099 ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. pearson macbeth fied budget in June of 2014. Aspects of the bill include: • Grants the new district the power to borrow up to 50 percent of its operating budget – roughly $3.5 million based on an estimated $7 million budget – for capital improvements such as procuring real estate or fire apparatus or constructing buildings. • Retains every current contract and every current employee of all four districts. • Describes a process for electing an interim board in September followed by new balloting in November of 2014 and every subsequent regular town election, with one memSee FIRE, Page 26

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