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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 8-22-13

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 AUGUST 22-28, 2013 FREE Breeze The valley meet the new ARCADE A GROWING PROBLEM Historic mall re-opening with new retailers, restaurants, more. LIVING Harvest not looking so good for farmers in the Northeast. PAGE 5 @ "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Hallway exploration Should schools write off cursive? Yes, in Lincoln – time's too short By MEGHAN KAVANAUGH Valley Breeze Staff Writer Valley Breeze photo by Bruce McCabe Lincoln Middle School 7th-grader and volunteer tour guide Jillian Hayden, right, leads a group of incoming 6th-graders into their classrooms Monday evening during an orientation and ice cream social for the new LMS students and their parents. The students, who will be the Lincoln High School Class of 2020, had an opportunity to meet the staff and tour the classrooms they will use during the fall term. School starts on Wednesday, Aug. 28, for students in Grades Pre-K-9, and Thursday, Aug. 29, for grades 10-12, in Lincoln and Cumberland. See more photos on Page 23. As school curriculums get more packed with standards to meet, and student learning trends toward more technology, cursive writing has been left hanging in the balance, and up to individual districts to determine whether its instruction warrants time in the school day. Feelings on script, and penmanship in general, are mixed among area school officials. Lincoln Curriculum Director Caroline Frey said that handwriting has FREY been swapped for technology instruction and not taught in town for the past two years, save for a few teachers who may choose to incorporate it into other lessons. See CURSIVE, Page 21 Town leaders envision arts community in Valley Falls; grants available By MARCIA GREEN Valley Breeze Editor CUMBERLAND – The town is offering a rental deal on its biggest white elephant – the old Neves building at 12 Mill St., right next to Town Hall. This former post office and one-time grocery has been vacant and deteriorating since the town began renting it for $900 a month in 2002, later purchasing it for $90,000 in 2007. Now Director of Planning and Community Development Kelley Morris is mentioning the two-story brick building as one option for someone who might consider it in conjunction with some or all of the $75,000 newly available in business start-up 9 funds. Morris says town officials are hoping to attract someone in the Hole Championship Course Par 36 FALL RATES Effective 9/9/13 - Cart Extra $ WEEKDAYS Mon-Thurs 32 $23 18 Holes $23 Play until dark ~ Daily Starting at 5pm ~ No Carts artistic community who might use the space to provide music lessons, perhaps, or as a studio. But she stresses that all ideas are welcome. Moreover, applicants for the funds aren't required to use that building. She's noting there are other vacant storefronts on and near Broad Street in Valley Falls, an area town leaders have targeted $ 9 Holes WEEKDAYS Fri-Sun 42 $29 18 Holes 9 Holes 30 Locust Street Bellingham • 508-883-1600 ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. for economic revival. Morris is also saying an applicant might be able to tap up to $15,000 in micro-business grants that the town has made available for several years. This year, the town is expecting to make some $80,000 in grants available to business owners whose income is 80 percent of the low- to moderate income See ARTS, Page 16

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