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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 01-07-2021

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LINCOLN – Over Christmas break, a ceiling tile in the newly com- pleted copy room/mail center off the main office at Lincoln High School came crashing down in a sopping mess. Elsewhere in the school, mois- ture seeped in after the heavy holiday rainfall, leaving brown water stains on the newly installed ceiling tiles and freshly painted walls. School Committee member John Picozzi, who walked through the school last week, said he was disap- pointed by the water damage and other faults in the recently completed areas, such as floors that aren't level, cracks in cement, and buckling tiles and rusty partitions in student bath- rooms. "It's unacceptable," he said. Picozzi said his criticism isn't per- sonal, though he sparred with mem- bers of the Building Committee last week in comments on a Breeze story reporting on issues with the recently renovated gym floor. In a lengthy comment on the initial story, Picozzi accused members of the Building Committee of drinking before meetings, "coming out for Picozzi on water damage, cracking at LHS: 'It's unacceptable' By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See LHS, Page 13 BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE MICHAEL BABBITT, a member of the Lincoln Budget Board, helps unload the pickup trucks filled with clothing while helping during the drive-through cloth- ing collection on Sunday at Lincoln Town Hall. Babbitt was one of many Lincoln fire, police, and rescue personnel, Lincoln town officials and volunteers who helped collect clothing and personal hygiene items donated by area residents to help victims of the fire in Manville. CUMBERLAND – Making s'mores in the backyard is set to become a legal activity in Cumberland, after officials reached some compromises on a revised ver- sion of a fire pit ordinance. The Town Council's ordinance sub- committee last week debated a num- ber of issues and ended up forward- ing the measure to the full council for a public hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 6. That proposal to allow fire pits and other open flames, according to coun- cil members, was expected to pass. Ordinance Chairman Scott Schmitt, the biggest critic of earlier versions, said the committee forwarded the revisions to the full council without recommendation so various aspects can be debated and implemented. He estimated that there were about five or six issues to iron out Wednesday night. "Nothing major, I think it'll pass," he told The Breeze prior to the meeting. Schmitt said he was happy to see Councilor Bob Shaw present lan- guage giving the fire chief or his designee more leeway when it comes to enforcement, calling it "a good compromise and saying he felt earlier versions were too intrusive. "I don't want to legislate what hap- pens on your own personal prop- erty," he said. This ordinance was "tamed down" a good deal after what he felt were Cumberland legalizing fire pits By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See FIRE PITS, Page 15 LINCOLN – Cars lined Old River Road throughout the day on Sunday, waiting patiently to donate items to the 11 Lincoln families who lost their homes after an early morning fire on New Year's Day. Lincoln residents and mem- bers of surrounding communities flocked to Lincoln Town Hall to give what they could to help the Manville fire survivors get back on their feet, donating new and gently used clothes, blankets and towels, baskets of toiletries and diapers, children's toys and books, and money and gift cards. Lincoln Police Capt. Philip Gould, who helped spearhead the drive, said the support from the community was literally over- whelming. Members of the town's fire, rescue and police departments worked to collect the donations, with volunteers from Town Hall Town overwhelmed with donations for fire victims By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See DONATIONS, Page 15 ©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JANUARY 7-13, 2021 144 Broad Street Cumberland, RI 02864 401-724-8650 RI Reg. 12291 144 Broad Street "Floors You Love, Service You Expect" Family owned & operated since 1986 Special Financing available* for qualified buyers, see store for details Buy now, pay over time! Finance your floors with us! 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.

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