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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-05-2018

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LINCOLN – A year and nine months have passed since a structur- al fire leveled the Albion Post Office on School Street in February 2017. Since the residents of Albion have never been afforded the luxury of home mail delivery, they've been traveling to Manville to retrieve their mail as they await the con- struction of a new post office in Albion. Town Councilor Jim Jahnz, who represents Albion, said he's disap- pointed the construction is taking this long to complete. Overall, Jahnz says, "the mood is one of frustra- tion." "The people in the village have been inconvenienced for nearly two years, with almost no sympathy from U.S. Mail," he said. "The most difficult part about this is that (the timeline) is really up in the air. It's one thing to be inconvenienced for Concrete, chain-link in place for at least five years at Arnold Mills Bridge Resident seeks inspection reports CUMBERLAND – The 1886 Arnold Mills Bridge is in such rough shape it can't even be trusted to hold up under pedestrians. When the Rhode Island Department of Transportation shut down the Sneech Pond Road bridge to traffic in 2009, workers placed con- crete barriers to keep cars off, said Charles St. Martin, of RIDOT. After neighbors held a rally to have those blockades replaced with something more aesthetically pleasing, the con- crete was replaced by wooden posts, fencing and planters. This month, after the latest inspec- tion of the steel and wood-plank bridge, it was shut down again due to further deterioration in its structural steel components, with chain-link fencing put up to keep all users off, said St. Martin. Concrete barriers have also now been added in front of the fencing. "The reason the concrete barriers are being installed is for safety," said St. Martin. "The wooden bollards/ posts that were installed when the pedestrian features were added have been knocked over by vehicles in the past. The concrete barriers will be used to make sure an errant vehicle By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See BRIDGE, Page 14 USPS: No timeline for Albion Post Office completion Residents talking home delivery By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See ALBION, Page 12 CUMBERLAND – Incumbent Democrats Sen. Ryan Pearson and Rep. Alex Marszalkowski handily defeated Bill "BJ" Charette and GOP Chairman Brandon Bell in a pair of General Assembly races Tuesday, the challengers coming up well short of victory. The Rhode Island Republican Party had high hopes for Cumberland heading into Tuesday's election, but Charette, Bell and Michael Veri all stumbled on their way to substantial losses. Pearson, in Senate District 19, and Marszalkowski, in House District 52, ran as a team promoting their record of success advocating for their com- munities. The two celebrated with many of the same people who were part of Jeff Mutter's winning mayoral prima- ry election team at Angelo's Palace Pearson, Marszalkowski overwhelm GOP challengers By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON Newly-elected Town Councilor STEPHANIE GEMSKI and State Sen. RYAN PEARSON congratulate each other at a Democratic victory party at Angelo's Palace Pizza on Tuesday night. See ASSEMBLY, Page 8 ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE NOVEMBER 8-14, 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. Oil | Propane | Bioheat | Generator | Boiler Service 401.333.0665 Visit our new website: Maryellen Malloy Photography T.H. Malloy is now DELIVERING PROPANE throughout Rhode Island AUTO BODY 725 7725 Locally Owned & Operated David Bourdeau & Bruce Martins Falamos Portugues Since 1963 All Work Guaranteed WALKER ST., LINCOLN Collision Specialists

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