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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-01-2018

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE SHEBA, an adoptable husky from the New England Humane Society, arrives at the Cumberland Howl-O-Ween Dog Walk and Fall Fair at Diamond Hill Park dressed with a lion's mane for her costume on Sunday. With her is TERRY BRITTELL, of Scituate, who is fostering Sheba until she is adopted. The event was sponsored by the New England Humane Society and featured food trucks, vendors, a dog costume contest and blessing of the dogs. See more photos on page 45. Howl-O-Ween CUMBERLAND – Brandon Bell, chairman of the Rhode Island GOP, is "challenging the status quo" as he looks to take down freshman state Rep. Alex Marszalkowski in House District 52, serving most of Cumberland. Marszalkowski, a Democrat, says he's gone against leadership before and would do it again if he feels something wrong is happening. If the status quo means someone who is accomplishing great things for his dis- trict, he said, then he'll gladly accept that designation. At the head of the status quo is House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, says Bell, a "corrupt disaster" whose year got even worse this week with news of more alleged misconduct by a member of his leadership team. Marszalkowski, he said, while "a nice guy," is "one of his flock," and while Marszalkowski shouldn't share any blame in the alleged sexual harassment state Rep. Cale Keable is accused of, the incumbent should at the very least put out a statement saying Keable should step down and address whether Mattiello should be elected speaker again. "We don't need any more of Mattiello's people up there," says Bell. "We don't need a yes man at the Statehouse." Marszalkowski on Tuesday said he's focused on the best interests of Cumberland, and he's reluctant to make any decisions on leadership It's Bell vs. Marszalkowski in House 52 By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See DISTRICT 52, Page 46 CUMBERLAND – School Committee member Mark Fiorillo says he's learned as a father of a 13-year-old daughter just how dif- ficult it is to find shorts that reach the ends of her fingertips. "Try to find them in the store and you're really up for a chal- lenge," he said. That shopping struggle for many students, along with concerns from Up for a change: Shorts at fingertip length By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See DRESS CODE, Page 6 The rematch in Senate District 19 between Republican Bill "BJ" Charette and Democratic Sen. Ryan Pearson is turning combative in its final days leading up to the Nov. 6 election. A political mailer from Charette, arriving in many mailboxes Tuesday, reminded voters of what he referred to as the "slanderous mailer scan- dal" of 2016 involving Pearson. A campaign piece sent out two years ago on behalf of the incumbent claimed to have been paid for by the Democratic Town Committee, with- out the entire committee's authoriza- tion, and it referred to Charette as an "empty suit" and accused him of not paying his fair share of taxes. The circumstances surrounding its distri- bution led to some members of the committee stepping down. Pearson, who beat Charette by a 55-45 percent margin two years ago, emphasizes that the mailer, which he had some involvement in, only came after four negative mailers on behalf of Charette, one from the Pearson, Charette rematch in Senate District 19 By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See DISTRICT 19, Page 24 FALL BACK Don't forget to set your clocks back to 2 a.m. on Sunday. ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE NOVEMBER 1-7, 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 www.GeorgeMPrescottLaw.com No fee for initial consultation.

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