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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 03-18-2021

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LINCOLN – After 15 years as Lincoln Town Administrator, Joseph Almond is moving on to serve as Gov. Dan McKee's deputy chief of staff, set- ting up high-stakes drama over who will replace him. The decision to step down from his elected position was a difficult one to make, he said. The longtime town administrator has maintained for some time that this would be his last term in office, but his time in Lincoln will be wrapping up sooner than he anticipated. The governor's office announced Almond's appointment as deputy chief of staff on Monday evening. He will earn $154,198. "I feel privileged to have been offered the unique opportunity to work for the governor in a capacity like this. It's an honor to be asked," he said, adding that he has a great rela- tionship with Gov. McKee. Almond departs for McKee team, setting up battle to replace him By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com ALMOND See ALMOND, Page 12 BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON DAVE LANOUE, a volunteer at the Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry, receives a box of food donations from LILY STINNETT, a Cumberland youth commis- sioner. The food, collected by members of the Mayor's Office of Children, Youth and Learning's Youth Commission, was loaded into two trucks on March 5 to be delivered to the food pantry. McKee explores creating OCYL model across R.I. CUMBERLAND – Just as he created Cumberland's Office of Children, Youth & Learning when he was mayor here in 2007, Gov. Daniel McKee says he's interested in exploring how to bring similar education offices to communities across the state. McKee wants to explore how Rhode Island could leverage federal stimulus funds to allow communities to open their own municipal educa- tion offices similar to OCYL. "One of the governor's top priori- ties is getting teachers and students back into the classroom safely, but there is no denying that Rhode By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com See OCYL, Page 20 CUMBERLAND – New devel- opers are positioned to move forward with a similar project to the one proposed by the for- mer owner of the Naushon Mill in Valley Falls, says Planning and Community Development Director Jonathan Stevens. Massachusetts developer Bill Gately, who purchased the 1903 property at 32 Meeting St. back in 2016, died in February, said Stevens. New developers have indicated that they're positioned to move forward with the creation of 90 to 100 housing units plus a restaurant, he said, picking up where Gately left off. "It's early in the process, but this could be a really good thing for Cumberland and Valley Falls," Stevens recently told the Planning Board. The mill is tucked away off Broad Street across from Cumberland Town Hall, near the Lusitana Club. It is perched along the Blackstone River near Valley Falls Pond at the southernmost tip of town. Stevens wasn't exactly clear on who has control of the site Stevens: New entity prepared to redevelop Naushon Mill By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See MILL, Page 10 ©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MARCH 18-24, 2021 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 Let my experience guide you home! Town & Country Lic. RI & MA Deb Hackett Cell: (401) 744-4891 debhackett@verizon.net The Spring Market is Here and Inventy is Low! If you are thinking of Selling . . . Call me to Guide You Through. 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. OUR 2021 HEALTH & WELLNESS DIRECTORY INSIDE A Helpful Guide for Better Health 2021 Edition | Published by A Northern Rhode Island Guide of Physicians and Health & Wellness Professionals HEALTH & WELLNESS

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