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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 10-19-2017

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CUMBERLAND – The Sisters of Mercy were never planning to put their property up to the highest bidder, say representatives for the organization, and always wanted the land's natural beauty preserved. Scott Partington, attorney for the group, said the "Mercy Woods" plan was a long time in the making, and all sides will benefit from the purchase by the town. "It's really a good move for every- body," he said. The Town Council, on Wednesday, Oct. 18, was set to consider granting approval to purchase 229 acres that would make up a new municipal con- servation and recreation space in the northeast corner of town. The final purchase price negotiated by the sides last week was $1.5 million, with: • $405,000 coming from the town of Cumberland; • $300,000 from the Pawtucket Water Supply Board; • $400,000 from a Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management municipal open space grant. • $100,000 from the Cumberland Land Trust. • And a proposed $295,000 coming Sides agree on $1.5 million purchase of open space property By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor LINCOLN – The clock is ticking, but Lincoln High School renovation board members and others say in terms of school construction projects statewide, Lincoln is ahead of the field. As board members and taxpayers gear up for a special election for the Lincoln High School bond referen- dum on Nov. 7, the largest town construction project Lincoln has seen, residents had plenty of questions for the building committee at Monday night's presentation of the project. They wanted to know: • How this project impacts their taxes; • What construction phasing plans include; • What future enrollment projec- tions are and how the new school could accommodate those numbers. Residents also asked for more details about the expected statewide changes to school construction proj- ect funding, in light of the fact that a study is showing Rhode Island schools requiring about $3 billion in needed repairs. "Lincoln is ahead of the game" Representatives from Symmes Maini & McKee Associates, the firm that has worked on the project for a few years, said Lincoln was fortunate Lincoln 'ahead of the game' on high school renovation By BRITTANY BALLANTYNE Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE CHIRAG RATHOR, 6, of Cumberland, builds cabins with Lincoln Logs last Saturday morning at Cumberland Public Library. The library was a great spot for some rainy day activities. See more photos on page 33. LINCOLN – Lincoln High School's newly appointed baseball coach, Vincent Zibelli, is the edu- cator and coach that administra- tors and School Committee mem- bers say they were looking for. Zibelli, a Smithfield resident, was chosen to lead the team after the school board voted unani- mously to hire him at Monday night's School Committee meet- ing, following Supt. Georgia Fortunato's rec- ommendation to appoint him. Principal Kevin McNamara described Zibelli as a "well versed, respected offi- Zibelli named new LHS baseball coach By BRITTANY BALLANTYNE Valley Breeze Staff Writer ZIBELLI See RENOVATION, Page 34 See ZIBELLI, Page 14 See PROPERTY, Page 8 ©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE OCTOBER 19-25, 2017 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

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