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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 02-18-2021

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | FEBRUARY 18-24, 2021 THE VALLEY 13 Morgan Watson, of Cumberland, has been named to the fall dean's list at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where she is majoring in chemical engineering. Kathleen Maya, of Cumberland, has been named to the fall semester dean's list at Nazareth College. Eliza Costa, of Cumberland, has been named to the Plymouth State University dean's list for the fall semester. Costa is an elementary education major at Plymouth State. Shannon Little, of Cumberland, has been named to the Plymouth State University president's list for the fall semester. Evan Beretta, of Lincoln, has been named to the fall semester dean's list at the University of Vermont. Gretchen Gilbert, Morgan Hancock, Laurel Houle, and Anna Vitkinersity of Vermont. Michael Wojcikiewicz, son of Michael and Elaine Wojcikiewicz of Cumberland, graduated summa cum laude from Bryant University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a con- centration in accounting. Michael was also a member of the Honors Program during his 3 1/2 years at Bryant. Luke Colomey, Brianna Frankina, Ryan Gaboury and Matthew Remavich, all of Cumberland, have been named to the fall semester dean's list at the University of New England. Senior Sydney Rose Gauthier, daughter of Jane and Marc Gauthier of Albion, has been named to the fall semester dean's list at Monsterrat College of Art. Josh Jahnz, of Lincoln, has been named to the fall semester dean's list at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. COLLEGE NEWS LINCOLN – Town employees will now receive cost of living pay increas- es, following a delay of salary negotia- tions last year due to the pandemic. The Town Council was asked on Tuesday night to approve three con- tracts between the town and Local 1033 union, representing retroactive wage increases of 2.5 percent. They voted unanimously to approve all three. The three contracts ratified include union employees from Town Hall, the Lincoln Public Library and the Department of Public Works. All three contracts are effective from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Town Administrator Joe Almond said con- tract negotiations had been stalled due to COVID-19. When the contracts expire in June, Almond said they'll return to the table about a new con- tract while evaluating the economic situation. Almond is also due for a 2.5 per- cent cost of living increase under the town charter, which would need to be approved via an updated ordinance. The town's personnel department recently put in a request for the town administrator, whose base salary of $91,710 would increase to $94,003 if approved. Additionally, the administration has requested that base salaries for non- union town employees receive a 2.5 percent cost of living increase, which would be retroactive to July 1, 2020. The town's salary ranges for each department would also increase by 2.5 percent. The salary ordinance for non-union employees was referred to the ordi- nance committee for further consider- ation. Lincoln council approves some town employee raises By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com Butler joins BBBSRI board of directors NORTH SMITHFIELD – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island welcomes Patrick Butler to its Board of Directors. Butler joined the BBBSRI board in October of 2020. Butler is the director of operations at North Smithfield-based Banneker Supply Chain Solutions, one of the largest warehousing, logistics, and sup- ply chain companies in New England. 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