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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 01-18-2018

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Head coach STEVE GORDON, left, and his wife, Judi, have been synonymous with the Cumberland High wres- tling team since it was formed in 1968. Gordon's final round CHS wrestling coach's 50th season will be his last CUMBERLAND – It was Dec. 30, 2014, nearly 15 minutes after his wrestling team topped Narragansett High for the 500th victory of his coaching career, when Cumberland High head coach Steve Gordon hint- ed to a small group of friends about when his long run with the Clippers would cross the finish line. Looking across the gymnasium, still packed with fans and wrestlers abuzz over Gordon's milestone, he noticed his granddaughter, freshman student manager Alli Mowry, tidy- ing up the area next to the scorer's table. Gordon quietly told the group that when Alli graduated from high school, so, too, would he "graduate" and call it a career. Well, time does indeed fly when you're having fun, and for the 76-year-old Gordon, it's 2018, Alli's a senior, and the fun he's treasured for five decades will come to an end in less than two months, most likely at the New England Championships that will be held during the first weekend of March at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house. "When I think about it, yeah, I'm surprised," Gordon said when asked, before his team's workout last Thursday afternoon, about his half- century of coaching. "I say to myself, 'Where does the time go?' But every year is different. Every year is fun. I get excited every year, and I like to see what we can do." To some folks in the wrestling community, it has to be tough for Gordon to go, not just because of his everlasting love for the sport, but also because he has a talented senior-less team that some believe is still among the best in the state, and one that could capture a state championship or two down the road. Gordon, who has seen his Clippers capture five state championships, including last season's title, knows this very well, but that's not going to change his mind. "I feel very comfortable that I'm leaving this program very healthy," he said. "It's not like I'm walking out By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor 'I say to myself, "Where does the time go?" But every year is different. Every year is fun. I get excited every year.' STEVE GORDON Wrestling coach at Cumberland High School See GORDON, Page 17 Officials balk at BVP's waiver request CUMBERLAND – Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academies shouldn't get to play by "a different set of rules" than other town schools, say Cumberland educa- tion officials. During last Thursday's School Committee meet- ing, Vice Chairman Bill Dennen said that he received an email with meeting minutes from a BVP board meeting last October By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor CUMBERLAND – Residents are noticing a new kind of light and shift- ing shadows in their neighborhoods as the town starts flipping the switch on an LED conversion program. Representatives for the Partnership for Rhode Island Streetlight Coming to Cumberland: More light at night By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See BVP, Page 6 See LIGHTS, Page 10 DENNEN ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JANUARY 18-24, 2018 Johnston, RI 1764 Mendon Road (McDonald's Plaza) Cumberland RI 02864 401-334-7317 Hours: Mon. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Tue.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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