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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-07-2018

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 7-13, 2018 CUMBERLAND / LINCOLN 3 Council fills Cumberland's remaining school budget gap Also adds to field maintenance budget CUMBERLAND – The Town Council's vote last Thursday to increase funding to local schools by $659,000 wasn't all that sur- prising to observers, but the fact that Republican Scott Schmitt was the source of the amendment left several of his col- leagues in shock. Schmitt said he felt filling all but about $25,000 of the school budget shortfall for 2018- 2019 was the right thing to do, par- ticularly in light of the goals school officials want to accomplish with the new funding. The proposal followed lengthy discussion over whether filling $300,000 of the shortfall in antici- pation of a rebate of that same amount coming from National Grid would become part of the schools' bottom line going forward. The final outcome was that both the $300,000 and another $359,000 will become part of the town's minimum appropriation to education, or maintenance of effort, from here on out. The $359,000 represents an increase in property taxes. The 6-1 vote in favor of Schmitt's amendment was about the most unified the council would be at the May 31 budget hearing, a meeting lasting more than five hours that was rife with tension. A final vote was set for Wednesday, June 6. Mayor Bill Murray said he hadn't decided as By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com New convent dedicated in Lincoln LINCOLN – For the first time in more than 30 years, a convent will serve St. James Church on Division Street in Manville. The news was made official last week with the rededication and bless- ing of a new chapel in the former rec- tory building. Bishop Thomas Tobin, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, partook in the chapel's first Mass last Thursday, May 31, wel- coming three women from the Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, a Catholic Religious Women Congregation founded in Kerala, India, in 1908. The Rev. Thomas Ferland presides over both St. James and St. Ambrose Churches, choosing to live at the lat- ter rather than renovate the large St. James rectory for his own use. Though he couldn't imagine doing the work for himself to live there, he said he was happy to do it for the sisters. The three-story building stood vacant for more than two years before renovations began, which took five to six months of daily work replacing carpets, painting walls and doing other repairs. "I know the sisters are going to feel at home here, and that they are going to inspire and encourage our commu- nity to be a more faithful following of our lord Jesus Christ," he said. "It's perfect," Sister Jessin Madathikkunnel, 35, said of the home she will share with Mother Superior Tizy Androth, 58, and Sister Linsa Neendukunnel, 30. While the house is large, she said she looks forward to monthly gatherings with sisters from her congregation from By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTOS BY NICOLE DOTZENROD BISHOP THOMAS J. TOBIN, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, sprinkles holy water as he blesses a new chapel at the convent at St. James Church on Division Street in Lincoln. The new convent will be home to three women from the Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, founded in Kerala, India. SISTER JESSIN MADATHIK- KUNNEL does a reading dur- ing the first Mass at the new chapel at St. James Church. She will live in the convent at the church with two other reli- gious sisters. See CONVENT, Page 19 See BUDGET, Page 27 SCHMITT GREAT VALUE QUALITY SERVICE 36 BLACKSTONE STREET WOONSOCKET 401-766-3270 WWW.TERRYAUTOLTD.COM Gil & Meika RI State Inspection $55 2014 FORD ESCAPE SE Loaded, 1 owner, 18K .......................................$17,495 2011 HYUNDAI SONATA HYBRID LOADED! 70K miles, hands-free device .............$10,495 2011 NISSAN ROGUE AWD, 89K ..............................................................$9,999 2011 FORD FOCUS Hands-free device..................................................$7,295

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