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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 12-14-2017

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 ROBERT EMERSON What better place for SANTA to catch up on a little reading between visitors than at the Family Literacy Center, in Lincoln, last Saturday morn- ing. The Literacy Center hosted a holiday event for children, bringing Santa in for visits and also provid- ing cookies, cocoa and crafts. See more photos on Pages 12-13. Santa's booked for the holidays Cumberland Land Trust raising funds to pay for Mercy Woods CUMBERLAND – Twenty-nine years after the Cumberland Land Trust was formed, the organization with a mission to protect the town's open spaces is launching its first capi- tal campaign. The fundraising campaign is designed, in part, to pay the Land Trust's $100,000 portion of the $1.5 million Mercy Woods Preserve deal, members told The Breeze. The 229-acre Mercy Woods pur- chase off Wrentham Road is one By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor National Grid bills skyrocket for some in Cumberland, Lincoln Some Cumberland and Lincoln residents were shocked when they opened their National Grid bills for November to find their bills had gone up $100 or more. Brittnee Capone, of Cumberland, commenting on a Breeze Facebook post, said her bill increased from $100 to $427. Tim Rondeau, a spokesman at National Grid, said the storm on Oct. 29, which knocked out power to some areas for days, threw off the meter readings for the next month's bills. Data for National Grid bills comes from automated meter read- ings taken from a van that remotely reads the meters in order to deter- mine the bills. However, when there By ASHLEY WOLF Valley Breeze Staff Writer Interim principal hired to finish the year at Lincoln Middle School LINCOLN – The Lincoln School Committee has hired Dennis Mullen as interim principal at Lincoln Middle School starting Jan. 2 and ending at the end of the school year. The school board made the appointment during a closed-door session on Monday, Dec. 11. After Adolfo Costa resigned Dec. 4, effective Dec. 31, Supt. Georgia Fortunato con- tacted the Rhode Island Association of Principals to see who could possibly fill the role of the middle school principal for the rest By ASHLEY WOLF Valley Breeze Staff Writer See LAND TRUST, Page 34 See NATIONAL GRID, Page 36 See PRINCIPAL, Page 2 MULLEN ©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE DECEMBER 14-20, 2017 MICHAEL W. ARAGAO President/Portfolio Manager 2374 Diamond Hill Road, Suite 3B Cumberland, RI 02864 (1/4 mile north of I-295, Exit 11) 401-475-7570 With Our Thanks for your Trust & Goodwill We wish all of you a most joyous holiday season with many happy returns.

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