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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 4-3-14

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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©2014 Breeze PuBlications inc. Valley Breeze Photo By Bill MurPhy Racers take off from the start line for the townwide 5K Road Race at McCourt Middle School in Cumberland on Saturday. The race was followed by a health fair. At front left is eventual winner AbdullAh KAbA, #122, 17, a junior at Cumberland High School. There were 170 runners that took part in the race. See more photos on Page 2. Running for health by MEGhAN KAVANAuGh Valley Breeze staff Writer LINCOLN – Business is booming in Lincoln as inter- est in the town's commer- cial properties is on the rise, Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond said last week in his State of the Town address. Speaking to members of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce in a room at MacColl YMCA – one of the town's success stories, he noted – Almond talked about development on Route 116 and the reclaiming of existing build- ings. One new business coming to town in April is Hope Valley Industries, he said, to add jobs at a facility on Powder Hill Road as it expands to meet the floor mat and accessories manu- facturing demands of major automobile companies. The town may also transfer ownership of the old H&H Screw build- ing next month should a deal work out with the interested party and earn approval from the Town Council. "There has been tremen- dous interest in just about every commercial property we have," he said, reporting an uptick in commercial and tangible real estate values. "It's been positive news." Except when he tried to get a seat for dinner, he joked, saying that he and his family bounced between three different Lincoln restaurants the other night before finding one without a wait for tables. "These places were all com- pletely full," he said. Almond explained that the town would probably break $1 million this year in food and State of the Town: Commercial business interest booms in Lincoln Town gets boost from new enterprise along Route 116 'There has been tremendous interest in just about every commercial property we have.' T. JOSEPH ALMOND Licnoln town administrator AlMoNd by MEGhAN KAVANAuGh Valley Breeze staff Writer LINCOLN – To help fellow Lincoln families eat well when money is tight, students at Lincoln High School have col- lected a ton of canned goods this year. Literally, as in 2,000 pounds. But this isn't the first time they have hit that mark. Led by humanities teacher Lisa Cardarelli, the students col- lected 2,000 pounds of food last year, and they are on track to collect another ton by this summer. Canned goods collected – each counted as one pound – are stored in a food closet next to social worker Mary Ann McComiskey's office, so she can discreetly give out food to families in need, usually after school to keep the process con- fidential. No documentation or proof of need is required, McComiskey explained, so as to help families who perhaps do not otherwise qualify for assistance. She works with Dave Sale, who runs the town's Holiday Basket pro- gram, as well as other Lincoln schools to make sure the food is made available to everyone who needs it. Maybe an oil bill is higher than normal one month, Cardarelli said, or mom or dad lost their job. "It was important to us that LHS students stock food pantry by the ton see PANTRY, Page 12 see AlMoNd, Page 18 Game on Choose your adventure at 5 Wits at Patriot Place. lIVING BaGGeD IT! Local folks pitch in to clean up the town's roadsides. PAGES 14-15 Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze ThE VAllEY FREE @ APRIL 3-9, 2014 "like" us on "Follow" us on 401-529-4903 • Fully Insured & Licensed • Owner Run & Operated • 24/7 Emergency Service • 20 Years Experience Licensed Arborist #535 • Tree Pruning & Removal • Stump Grinding & Chipping • Seasoned Firewood Owner Operator: Geoff Mongeon Proudly serving local communities New List – Sm ithfield – Custom 4-bed Colonial - Natural sunlight pours into this gorgeous open floor plan - granite kitchen - hardw oods - huge rear deck to enjoy the privacy of alm ost 2 acres on quiet dead end street. $459,900. 110 W illiam s Road N a n c y C a sim iro AREP, CHM S, SRS Coldw ell Banker , Residential Brokerage 198 5 M e ndo n R o a d, C um b e rla nd, R I 0 2 8 6 4 Nancy.Casim iro@ NEM w w w. NEM /nancy.casim iro.hom e (4 0 1 ) 4 6 5 -20 7 3 O PEN HO USE SAT URDAY 1 -3

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