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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 5-1-14

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©2014 Breeze PuBlications inc. By MEGHAN KAVANAUGH Valley Breeze staff Writer meghan@valleybreeze.com LINCOLN – The school's maintenance of effort – increases which become forever absorbed into the annual budget – stands to jump more than $1 million if taxpayers approve a hike in the municipal appropriation line along with a separate petition from residents at the upcoming Financial Town Meeting on May 12. Already included in the $78.9 million budget proposed by the Budget Board is a $579,335 increase in that MOE, which contributes to a $1.5 million increase in the overall school operating budget, bringing it to $51.11 million. But the residents who provid- ed enough signatures to turn the petition into a resolution filed April 25 with the Town Clerk believe that is not enough. They have requested $500,000 in addition to the $1.5 million increase to bring the school budget closer to the $52.18 mil- lion school officials originally requested. While the resolution says the money will be split Group petitions for more money in school budget – on top of 3 percent hike proposed by town DErEK CorDoVA, right, 6, a base- ball player for the Western Oil Twins, waves to a teammate dur- ing Lincoln Little League Opening Day ceremo- nies Sunday at Randy Hein Field. Although games began last week, the season offi- cially starts with the annual parade from St. Jude Church to the field, where music and family activities were followed by ballgames. See more photos on Page 6. Valley Breeze Photo By Bill MurPhy Little Leaguers celebrate Opening Day By MArCIA GrEEN Valley Breeze editor mgreen@valleybreeze.com CUMBERLAND – The house that Greg Hattoy and Gina Iaciofano of North Providence chose to build off Little Pond County Road, the one with three bedrooms, an open floor plan and filled with upgrades and special features, the one Greg described as "our dream forever house," is going on the auction block on May 8. The devastating loss to the newlyweds is threatened even though they and the bank are willing to close now and settle up with the builder, the Colucci Companies of Cranston. And it's looming even after they've sunk $140,000 into their Lot 24 of Great Woods Estates, including paying sub- contractors directly just to get the house finished. But theirs is just one piece of the Great Woods Estate story. Cumberland taxpayers may be on the hook to complete problems with roadways associ- ated with the project that backs up to Broadview Acres. Also unresolved is the sewer pumping station that services the subdivision and was sup- posed to be managed by a homeowners' association that was never formed. Neighbors are asking the town to take on its management. (See related story page 9.) The 30-lot Great Woods Estate was approved by the Cumberland Planning Board back in 2004 on property previ- ously owned by Muriel Jannell. It required building the new Bourque Road and side streets Vincent Way and Eric Court. Water lines came in from Diamond Hill Road along Little Pond County Road. Attorney Michael Kelly told the planners 10 years ago that the subdivision was Couple at risk of losing home, town may incur costs due to builder's defaults Almond, Budget Board: Vote 'no' at FTM see BUDGET, Page 10 see GrEAT WooDS, Page 8 breakfast tradition Rhode Islanders and foodies rediscover Johnnycakes. LIVING CHerrY bLossom fest This weekend's festival includes road races, entertainment. PAGE 25 Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEy FREE valleybreeze.com @ MAY 1-7, 2014 "Like" us on "Follow" us on 725 7725 725 7725 Locally Owned & Operated David Bourdeau & Bruce Martins Falamos Portugues Since 1963 All Work Guaranteed AUTO BODY WALKER ST., LINCOLN Collision Specialists R hod e Is la n d Pilates Studio BEGINNERS WELCOME • NO REGISTRATION FEE 401-335-3099 • www. RIP ilates S tudio.com BEHIND LINCOLN MALL (622 George Washington Hwy) in the rear right parking lot. Rhode Island Pilates Studio Group Classes Offered in: PILATES MAT PILATES MAT AND BALL SPIN • YOGA WUNDA CHAIR • PILOXING BAR SCULPT • VBARRE Private Lessons and Semi-Private Lessons in: Pilates Equipment • TRX Call Us About Our May Specials 10 Group Classes for $80 15 Group Classes for $105 (classes to be used in May)

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