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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-21-2018

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 BILL MURPHY SERENA LINCOLN, 17, of Cumberland, has her cap fashioned like the Statue of Liberty at the Blackstone Valley Prep High School's first-ever graduation, held at the school last Saturday. CUMBERLAND – The new building Blackstone Valley Prep High School calls home has seen classes taught and meals shared since its doors opened last November. Members of the inaugural group of BVP graduates were pleased – and very proud – to oblige one final mile- stone. Last Saturday, the Class of 2018 entered the Cumberland public charter school's gleaming gym as seniors and left as graduates, bound for colleges across New England and beyond. Delivering a hearty "bienvenidos and welcome," BVP CEO Jeremy Chiappetta told the 57-member group, "You've earned this one … You have laid the foundation on which graduating classes will stand BVP's first graduating class braves the unknown, finishes strong By DIANDRA MARKGRAF Valley Breeze Contributing Writer CUMBERLAND – The town's two top administrators have received rais- es, according to contracts released by the Cumberland School Department. Contracts show raises for top administrators By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor Assistant Supt. Antonio DiManna will receive a raise of $17,000 by the end of his newly signed three- year extension with the Cumberland schools, from $126,718 this year to $143,639 in the 2020-2021 year. Supt. Robert Mitchell will also see an increase in his new one-year deal with the district, going from a $160,471 base salary to $163,471 in the 2018-2019 year. Both men will also get one-time bonus payments in the 2018-2019 year equal to 1 percent of their base pay. For Mitchell, that's a $1,634 bonus, and for DiManna, that's a $1,387 bonus in year one of his deal, based on a first-year salary of $138,718. DiManna's salary in year two will jump to $140,136. The Breeze requested the contracts for the two top administrators nearly a month ago, after the School Committee approved them on May 24, but they were not released until See RAISES, Page 21 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Thomas "TJ" Mellen has announced his intent to remain principal of the Ricci Middle School in North Providence, resigning from his appointment as Lincoln Middle School's next princi- pal. After accepting the job in March, Mellen said his first goal was to establish a lead- ership team, "that would represent what I so dearly felt the school and students of Lincoln deserved." Mellen said he felt confi- dent at the time that he would "have a voice in the hiring process," or that Mellen turns down LMS principal job, returns to NP By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer MELLEN See MELLEN, Page 15 See BVP, Page 10 ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JUNE 21-27, 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. Is Your Nest Egg Shrinking? We'll help you get your investments and retirement back on track. Contact us to stop being sold investments, and to start investing. 2374 Diamond Hill Road • Cumberland, RI 401-475-7570 • Michael Aragao President/Portfolio Manager 1985 Mendon Rd. Cumberland, RI Call Dave Serpa (401) 639-2351 Cell RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE NORTH SMITHFIELD 796 Old Smithfield Road: Welcome home to this exquisitely designed colonial on 16 private acres. Beautiful custom builders residence is perfect for a growing family who appreciates luxury. 12 foot entry foyer with dentil crown moldings, formal dining room with wainscoting and inlaid border trim and tray ceiling. Living room with fireplace and and cathedral ceilings. Chefs gourmet kitchen with high-end appliances First floor master suite. Second level offers 3 spacious bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, and a playroom or office. Large game room on lower level with a wet bar, a full bath, radiant heat and walk-out to grounds. This home includes a four car heated garage. Shown by appointment. $989,000 Private Paradise on 16+ Acres Check out our Summer Local Restaurant Guide INSIDE Contracts show raises for top administrators Contracts show raises for top administrators Check out our Summer Local Restaurant Guide INSIDE Summer 2018 LOCAL RESTAURANT GUIDE EAT OUT EAT OUT Let's

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