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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-12-2018

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 LIAM MONAHAN, one of four students to portray Captain Hook, performs in Community Elementary School's production of "Peter Pan - A Musical Adventure" at Cumberland High School last weekend. See more photos on page 7. Aye, Cap'n Filippelli picked to lead Lincoln schools LINCOLN – Veteran educator Lawrence Filippelli was named superintendent of the Lincoln School District at a meeting Monday. The School Committee voted unanimously in favor of appoint- ing Filippelli, who currently serves as superintendent in Scituate. He will take over for Supt. Georgia Fortunato when she retires in June. Addressing attendees at Monday's School Committee meet- ing, Filippelli said he comes from a long line of educators, including both parents and all but one of his siblings. "It is in my blood," he said. "I truly see it as an honor to be here and to take over as the next super- intendent. I really look for a fit. … I truly believe that my leadership style will be a good fit for the dis- trict, so I can't thank you enough." Filippelli has worked in Scituate schools in various capacities since 1999 when he became a history/ social studies teacher at Scituate Middle School and Scituate High School. He served as assistant prin- By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer FILIPPELLI See FILIPPELLI, Page 16 Council rejects lighted signs for J's Deli, Saki's plazas CUMBERLAND – Two-tenths of a mile is a step too far in potentially jeopardizing the character of the town, say some community leaders. Owners of the plaza housing popular sandwich shop J's Deli and other businesses, at 2364 Diamond Hill Road, lobbied the Town Council last Wednesday, April 14, to extend the cutoff line for allow- ing internally illuminated signs, but the council, by a 4-3 vote, rejected the request. Councilor Scott Schmitt expressed reservations from the beginning of the conversation, saying he fears Diamond Hill Road becoming the next Mendon Road in Cumberland or Mineral Spring Avenue in North Providence. "It's definitely going to change the character," said Schmitt, saying he counts at least six properties that could have been impacted by the change. Schmitt suggested that businesses in these commercial complexes knew the restrictions on internally illuminated lights when they moved in. "I don't feel the compelling reason to approve it," he said. Cumberland's existing zoning By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See SIGNS, Page 17 ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE APRIL 12-18, 2018 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, RI 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. T.H. MALLOY Thank you Glenn Rodenbaugh for your many years of dedicated service to the Malloy family. Happy Retirement! 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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