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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-09-2017

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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BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY MIA NIGHTINGALE, 3, of Lincoln, gets a close look at pointe shoes in action, as a dancer from the Heritage Ballet of Lincoln performs during Nutcracker Storytime at the Lincoln Public Library on Oct. 28. See more photos on page 16. LHS bond vote passes in a landslide LINCOLN – Voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed the $60 million Lincoln High School bond referendum, approving a project to update the building structure and create a more modern educational space for Lincoln students. This represents the largest construction project and most significant financial investment the town has ever been involved in, according to offi- cials. A total of 2,132 Lincoln residents voted on the bond referendum, or about 12 percent of all town voters. There were 1,658 voters in favor of the bond, or about 78 percent, while 474 voters opposed it. The following are the results from the four polling places: • Lincoln Manor – 360 for, 98 against; • Father Brouillette Center at St. James Church – 421 for, 94 against; • Knights of Columbus – 588 for, 184 against; • And St. Basil Church, 271 for, 83 against. By ASHLEY WOLF Valley Breeze Staff Writer See BOND, Page 23 ALMOND CUMBERLAND – There's no excuse for not getting students to school on time, say local education officials. Cumberland isn't about to see a decline in traffic, they emphasize, so its incumbent upon the local school bus company to figure out how to get all students to class on time. Representatives from Durham School Services now say they've Cumberland school officials fed up with buses being late By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See LATE BUSES, Page 13 Happy Baskets seeing highest demand ever CUMBERLAND – Organizers of Happy Baskets, a Cumberland com- munity program that receives dona- tions from the Cumberland School District, local businesses and resi- dents, say demand for Thanksgiving meals is greater than ever. John Johnson, director of Happy Baskets, has projected that this Thanksgiving holiday, the program will provide more than 350 baskets to needy families. The average number of baskets given out in the past has been 250 baskets each Thanksgiving, Johnson said. "Some years, when the economy is not doing very well, I'm expecting really big numbers, and I get sur- prised by numbers that are 20 to 50 families lower than what I anticipate," he said. "This year, I wasn't expecting this type of number. I was thinking maybe 250 to 300 at the tops, but we passed that a long time ago." Even as partner schools and church- es are projecting a greater need than ever, Johnson said, there is a shortage of supplies. He said a look inside the pantry showed not enough food to meet the demand. "We're really in need of food right now," Johnson said. "That's a huge number for us. Even with our food drive, I'm going to have to buy quite a bit of food to get through Thanksgiving. That's unusual." Johnson gives the Cumberland School Department Happy Baskets By ASHLEY WOLF Valley Breeze Staff Writer See HAPPY BASKETS, Page 29 'We're really in need of food right now. ... Even with our food drive, I'm going to have to buy quite a bit of food to get through Thanksgiving.' JOHN JOHNSON Director of Happy Baskets program ©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE NOVEMBER 9-15, 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 T.H. MALLOY Oil | Propane | Bioheat | Generator | Boiler Service 401.333.0665 Visit our new website: T o geth er W e T o geth er W e M ak e A D ifferen ce M ak e A D ifferen ce

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