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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 01-05-2017

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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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Teachers' lounge gets surprise makeover B.F. Norton staff returns to newly furnished space CUMBERLAND – Teachers and staff members at B.F. Norton Elementary School thought they were heading to an emergency meeting early Tuesday morning. Instead, a surprise awaited them. During the holiday break, the teach- ers' lounge underwent a makeover, and returning faculty members were shocked Tuesday to see their break area redesigned, with all new furniture, décor and appliances. The makeover came about thanks to the efforts of PTO members, a few employees at the school, and dona- tions from Cumberland's JA Appliance & Kitchen Design and Cardi's Furniture. Until this week, the staff lounge was filled with a hodgepodge of leftover school furniture. Now, teachers and staff at B.F. Norton have a professional-looking space with new leather chairs, marble tables, side tables for laptops, a cabinet By BRITTANY BALLANTYNE Valley Breeze Staff Writer Local band takes to big screen in 'The Comedian' LINCOLN – The Free Downloads is accustomed to playing for wedding crowds, but actors like Robert De Niro and Danny DeVito aren't usu- ally among the guests. That changed when the local band was chosen to appear on the silver screen for the biggest "wedding gig" of their lives – the set of "The Comedian," a romantic comedy coming to theaters in February. The seven-member band appears in the movie starring De Niro, DeVito and Leslie Mann, and their tunes are heard both during the film and in a wedding scene, where the musicians take the stage. Lead singer Neil Letendre, of Lincoln, was also shocked to hear his own voice as the credits rolled at the end of the movie. By BRITTANY BALLANTYNE Valley Breeze Staff Writer Time for Lincoln to protect its history? LINCOLN – What can be done to save historic buildings in a town that has no preservation society, or formal protection for these struc- tures? Jeff Emidy of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission says there are many moves that can be made, but the most significant and surest way of protecting these areas is establish- ing historic district zoning in towns and cities. By BRITTANY BALLANTYNE Valley Breeze Staff Writer See HISTORIC HOUSE, Page 3 See MAKEOVER, Page 8 See BAND, Page 2 BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Lincoln Town Administrator JOSEPH ALMOND swears in members of the newly elected Town Council, from left, ARTHUR RUSSO, BRUCE OGNI, KEITH MACKSOUD, JAMES JAHNZ, and KENNETH PICHETTE at Tuesday night's inauguration ceremony at Lincoln Middle School. Members of the Lincoln High School Select Band look on. See more pho- tos and Almond's inauguration speech on Page 7. Fresh start Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE @ JANUARY 5-11, 2017 Celebrating 20 Years of Covering the Blackstone Valley Where there is good food – meet good friends. 3755 Mendon Rd. Cumberland, RI 3755 Mendon Rd. Cumberland, RI 401-658-1515 401-658-1515 Monday – Gentlemen's Night Wednesday – 50% Off Select Bottles of Wines Thursday – Ladies Night Visit our facebook page or website for details THE CHILL OF ICE FISHING Once the ponds freeze, there are new ways to cast a line. LIVING 12th annual Winter Cat Show is this weekend. LIVING, PAGE 2 FABULOUS FELINES

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