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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 01-11-2018

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BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY ELENA PEARSON, of Cumberland, shows off her cat KOBIE at the Ragdoll Fanciers Club's 12th annual Winter Cat Show, held last Saturday in the ski lodge at Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland. Kobie, a rescue cat, was named Best Household Pet at last year's show. See more photos on page 7. Cat's cradle BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY Outgoing school Supt. GEORGIA FORTUNATO carries flowers presented to her by Rosemary Stein, Lonsdale Elementary School's' principal, following Monday's School Committee meeting in Lincoln. Fortunato is retir- ing in June after 37 years of working in local schools. Supt. Fortunato saying goodbye to Lincoln LINCOLN – Just as Elvis, Prince, Oprah and Rambo need no last name to prompt a response, "in Lincoln, there's Georgia," said School Committee member Joe Goho on Monday. "You are well known because you're everywhere," Goho told Fortunato, who officially announced her pending retirement after a 37-year career in the district, the past 11 as the schools' top administrator. Remarkably, said school board Chairwoman Kristine Donabedian, the woman who needed no intro- duction locally always took the time to know everyone else's names, including the more than 3,000 stu- dents in the district. "I don't know that there's any other superintendent in the history By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See FORTUNATO, Page 13 RIDOT plows contribute to sidewalk mess in Cumberland CUMBERLAND – Town work- ers cleared the snow from side- walks along school walking routes on Monday, but plows from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation undid much of that work on Tuesday, said Frank Stowik, head of the Cumberland Highway Department. Stowik said the surprise visit from state plows was one of the biggest frustrations to come out of last Thursday's major snowstorm and its aftermath. Piles of snow from last week's storm were pushed back onto the cleared sidewalks along Mendon Road, from Manville Hill Road to Albion Road, a route used by students walk- ing to Cumberland High School. Many other sidewalks in town were also left covered in snow in the days after the storm, leading Stowik to decide that he needs to go back before the Town Council at its next meeting to again discuss the possibility of a new sidewalk shoveling ordinance and better enforcement of existing By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com STOWIK See SIDEWALKS, Page 17 ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JANUARY 11-17, 2018 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: thmalloy.com Thank You to All Our Customers! Thank You to All Our Customers! All Our Customers! Happy New Year! – The Malloy Family

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