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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 03-22-2018

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BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY LOHITH CHATRAGADDA, 13, an 8th-grader at Lincoln Middle School, right, is congratulated by judge MARTHA CORREIA, of Navigant Credit Union, as he wins the 2018 Rhode Island Spelling Bee on Saturday. He will go on to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 29-31 in Maryland. Fortunato will get $75,000 in 'severance' LINCOLN – Supt. Georgia Fortunato is set to leave the Lincoln School District in June, but the town will write her a one-time check of $75,000, over and above what she'll be paid through the end of the school year. A separation agreement between the Lincoln School Department and Fortunato, obtained by The Valley Breeze through a request under the Access to Public Records Act, states that the parties decided it was in their "mutual best interests to sever the working relationship effective By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com FORTUNATO See FORTUNATO, Page 6 Lincoln Middle School's Chatragadda wins R.I. Spelling Bee LINCOLN – After spelling more than 20 words over 2 1/2 hours, Lincoln Middle School 8th-grader Lohith Chatragadda won the Rhode Island State Spelling Bee on his home turf last Saturday, correctly spelling "cooperate" as his champi- onship word. Friends and family cheered from the audience, applauding the 25 student spellers in grades 4-8 from across Rhode Island competing on St. Patrick's Day morning. Going 27 rounds, Chatragadda and the second-place winner, Anna Costello, a 6th-grader at Gallagher Middle School in Smithfield, went By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com Sweet 'spell' of success LINCOLN – Less than a year ago, David Du and Austin Chea were complete strangers. When Du was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lym- phoma in September 2017, the Lincoln High School junior was forced to stop playing football and enter chemotherapy treatment. Du was declared cancer-free in late January and reached out to his former football coach, Lincoln Police Capt. Philip Gould, for help get- By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com DAVID DU, left, a junior at Lincoln High School, has found a new friend in AUSTIN CHEA, a Saylesville Elementary School student. Two Lincoln students unite in cancer fight See SPELLING, Page 20 See CANCER, Page 6 ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MARCH 22-28, 2018 AUTO BODY 725 7725 Locally Owned & Operated David Bourdeau & Bruce Martins Falamos Portugues Since 1963 All Work Guaranteed WALKER ST., LINCOLN Collision Specialists Let my experience guide you home! Town & Country The Spring Market is upon us! Please call for A Free Consultation. Licensed & experienced in MA & RI Deb Hackett Cell: (401) 744-4891 debhackett@verizon.net OUR 2018 HEALTH & WELLNESS DIRECTORY INSIDE OUR 2018 HEALTH & WELLNESS DIRECTORY INSIDE Health Wellness 2018 GUIDE A helpful guide… for better health & A Northern Rhode Island Guide of Physicians & Health & Wellness Professionals Published by MARCH-22-2018-HEALTH.indd 1 3/15/18 10:19 AM

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