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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 08-16-2018

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 CHARLES LAWRENCE EVELYN REESE, 1 1/2, of Cumberland, plays the water gun squirt game Friday night at CumberlandFest. Assisting her is her grandfather, KEN REESE, who was visiting from Pennsylvania. There was plenty of water at last weekend's festival, as rain fell on both Saturday and Sunday. See more photos on pages 7-14. Watered down CUMBERLAND – On Sunday night, at 8:55 p.m., a local resident posted on the CumberlandFest Facebook page that she was giv- ing the annual festival one star, and would give it zero stars if allowed. "CumberlandFest was held all weekend this year in the pouring rain, just like the meteorologists predicted well in advance," she said, going on to criticize organiz- ers for still charging admission "to walk around for 15 minutes in the muddy puddles." There was water everywhere, she said, no one on the rides because they were soaked, and none of what transpired was a surprise. The event "absolutely should have been postponed," said the resident. CumberlandFest Chairman Joe Vela responded that an event of this magnitude requires more than a year of planning and numerous dedicated volunteers to properly execute. "As anyone who's volunteered in this magnitude is acutely aware, due to the inclement weather, we were forced to cancel the entertainment because we did not want to subject anyone to electrocution. We had to cancel the fireworks because they can't be shot in the rain or in low cloud cover," he said. "Several rides had to be stopped because their Vela uncertain of future after weekend washout muddies CumberlandFest By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor 'It is quite literally impossible for a group of volunteers to reschedule an event of this size.' JOE VELA Chairman of CumberlandFest See WASHOUT, Page 6 CUMBERLAND – Representatives from Durham School Services have no concrete plan in place yet on how they're going to deal with slowed traffic from the Diamond Hill roundabout project this fall. For a busing company that's had com- By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor BACK TO SCHOOL Speed bump ahead for buses No firm plan yet from bus company to deal with roundabout disruptions See BUS ROUTES, Page 17 Lincoln family's journey to health featured in film LINCOLN – For the DiChiara family of Lincoln, the path to good health was marked by uphill battles, setbacks and ultimately, triumphs. In other words, it was the recipe for By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See HEALTH, Page 4 ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE AUGUST 16-22, 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.

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