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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 08-17-2017

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BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY Sisters JORDYN, in the foreground, and KYLEE WRIGHT, of Cumberland, enjoy a ride on The Dragon during CumberlandFest at Diamond Hill Park Saturday night. The annual weekend-long festival offers late-summer fun before school starts in late August. See a collection of photos on pages 8-14. Results of the 27th annual CumberlandFest 5K are in Sports, Page 25. Rte. 295 roundabout project stalls Discovery of war monument puts brakes on fall start to realignment at Chapel Four Corners CUMBERLAND – The first phase of the double-roundabout project at Diamond Hill Road and Route 295 won't happen this fall. State and local officials announced in April that the Chapel Four Corners recon- struction part of the project would get going before the end of the year, but they now say the entire project has been put off to 2018. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com PEARSON Summer-lovin' fun! New rules penalize parents, not students, for late lunch payments CUMBERLAND – School officials say they'll no longer hold local chil- dren accountable for the shortcom- ings of their parents when it comes to failing to pay for meals. Mark Fiorillo, chairman of the Cumberland School Committee's policy subcommittee, presented a revised payment policy last Thursday designed to eliminate the practice of giving students with certain nega- tive balances in their breakfast and lunch accounts an alternative meal like a cold cheese sandwich. The new policy takes children "out of the equation," he said. Students will no longer be handed sheets of paper stat- ing balances owed, said Fiorillo, and school officials will work directly with parents to get accounts paid off. The process will include emails, phone calls, and, as a last resort, out- standing bills will be sent to a collec- tions agency, said Fiorillo. "I'm pretty happy with this policy. I think we all are," he said, calling it "a great step forward." School officials aren't trying to By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com FIORILLO See ROUNDABOUTS, Page 16 See SCHOOL LUNCHES, Page 15 ©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE AUGUST 17-23, 2017 Hole Championship Course – Par 36 9 9

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