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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 01-10-2019

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 ROBERT EMERSON Mayor-elect JEFF MUTTER repeats the oath of office as his wife JENNIFER holds the Bible during his inauguration ceremony last Sunday at McCourt Middle School. The oath was administered by the Rev. Thomas Conboy, retired pastor of Calvin Presbyterian Church, who administered the oath via Skype from Minnesota. See LINCOLN, Page 22 CUMBERLAND – Cumberland police have included Stanley "Stosh" Stowik Sr. in the state's new cold case playing card deck, but Chief John Desmarais insists this case hasn't gone cold. Desmarais said Cumberland police officials were approached by coun- terparts in Pawtucket about submis- sions for the deck, and they decided to include the case of Stowik, an 80-year-old Monastery Heights man who was killed in his home three years ago. Asked whether Stowik's inclusion means local police are no longer con- vinced they're pursuing the right per- son of interest in the case, Desmarais said that is "absolutely not" the case. He said they're still focusing on the same former neighbor of Stowik. Police remain intent on bringing charges against the man. Stowik case makes 'Cold Case' cards, but chief says it's not a cold case By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See STOWIK, Page 17 CUMBERLAND – Jeff Mutter, at his mayoral inauguration on Sunday, said it will take a collective effort to address the challenges facing the town, but he's confident in this com- munity's ability to come alongside him to make it happen. At an event highlighting Mutter's goals of including a greater diversity of voices in government and com- mon goals for Cumberland residents, the new mayor emphasized the importance of each person taking their "authentic swing" in making the town everything it can be. He spoke of one of his favorite movies, "The Legend of Bagger Vance," a film he often shares snip- pets of with fellow friends and run- ners. "We are all different, there are many conventional norms and all Mutter urges residents to take 'authentic swing' at betterment of town By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See CUMBERLAND, Page 6 Lincoln leaders take oath of office Goho is school board chairman, Macksoud council president LINCOLN – When Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond first raised his right hand and took the oath of office, he said he never imag- ined his public service would extend for more than a decade. Twelve years later, Almond returned to the stage on Tuesday evening to make the same simple pledge he made in 2007: to serve the people of Lincoln to the best of his abilities. Joining Almond on the stage of the Lincoln Middle School audito- rium were newcomers Pamela Azar, sworn in to the council, William McManus, taking the oath for School Committee, and Edward Sliney, sworn in to the Water Commission. After Tuesday's inauguration, the School Committee met for an orga- nizational meeting, the committee electing Joseph Goho as chairman. Kristine Donabedian passed leader- ship position off to Goho after serv- ing in the role for the past six years. Donabedian told The Breeze that she always believed the role of chairperson should "rotate amongst those committee members who are capable and willing to serve as such," nominating Goho "because he has demonstrated both the capability and By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JANUARY 10-16, 2019 AUTO BODY 725 7725 Locally Owned & Operated David Bourdeau & Bruce Martins Falamos Portugues Since 1963 All Work Guaranteed WALKER ST., LINCOLN Collision Specialists 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. Johnston, RI 1764 Mendon Road (McDonald's Plaza) Cumberland RI 02864 401-334-7317 Hours: Mon. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Tue.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. See our Best Photos of 2018 inside! Breeze JANUARY 10-16, 2019 BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY Woonsocket's Mardi Gras Ball is a whirlwind of music, color and light. Spinning the camera while using a slow shutter speed, I was able to make Madeleine Riendeau of Woonsocket the center of the action. Best pictures of the year ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Furniture Family Discount 401-597-5911 1081 Social Street Woonsocket, RI 02895 NO CREDIT NEEDED FREE LAYAWAY 2 PC SECTIONAL $ 777 DOUBLE RECLINING SOFA & DOUBLE RECLINING LOVESEAT $ 999.99 WITH CENTER CONSOLE 2 PC SET $ 777 SOFA & LOVESEAT DOUBLE RECLINING SOFA & DOUBLE RECLINING LOVESEAT $ 888 RECLINERS STARTING AT $ 199.99 ASHLEY FURNITURE - ANY COLOR 5 PC BEDROOM SET $ 799.99 DRESSER, MIRROR, QUEEN BED ADD MATCHING CHEST FOR ONLY $ 199.99 Breeze THE VALLEY

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