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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 01-31-2019

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 MELANIE THIBEAULT ALINA DEPIPPO, who lives on Mendon Road in Cumberland, watches her pet Muscovy ducks, which her grandchildren have named THE OLD MAN and GRONK. Eight other ducks, named after members of the New England Patriots, have gone miss- ing since the start of the new year. DePippo, who said she doesn't think an animal took them, believes that somebody stole them from her property and is asking for their safe return. Tom and Gisele among missing Cumberland ducks CUMBERLAND – Gronk and The Old Man, two domesti- cated Muscovy ducks, have been a little skittish after eight other ducks owned by Alina and Joseph DePippo went missing earlier this month, according to their owners. The DePippos, who live on Mendon Road in Cumberland, are asking for the community's help, saying they believe someone entered their yard and stole the ducks, which are black and white with distinctive red, warty faces. "I swear somebody took them … They wouldn't take off," Alina DePippo, who owns Alina's House of Beauty in Cumberland, told The Breeze. "I feed them. They like it here." DePippo's grandchildren, who are upset about the ducks' disappear- ance, named the birds after mem- bers of the New England Patriots. "Tom and Gisele are gone," as is Edelman, DePippo said. The Cumberland resident said she doesn't believe that an animal, such as a coyote or fox, took the ducks because there is no evidence of such a crime in her yard. Coyotes have attacked other ducks she's owned in the past, but they left evidence behind. "If an animal catches them, we see feathers. They don't eat beaks or feet," she said. DePippo has had pet ducks for more than four decades but said she has never had any disappear like Local couple asks for pets' safe return By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer See DUCKS, Page 12 LINCOLN – Residents passing Lincoln High School have noticed that the pile of dirt associated with the LHS construction project has been growing increasingly larger as it creeps closer to Route 116. LHS Project Manager Charlie LHS dirt piles impacting sports programs By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See DIRT, Page 17 CUMBERLAND – The town's bid to hold Jim McKee more account- able for issues with his developments has hit a few snags but is moving forward with the "long view" in mind, said Planning and Community Reset: Town lays out new requirements for developer McKee By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See MCKEE, Page 22 ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JANUARY 31-FEBRUARY 6, 2019 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. Northern RI Board of REALTORS Diamond Award Winners 2011-2016 Lou & Kim Barrows Barrows Team Realty Lou(c): 401-640-3520 Realtor ® licensed in RI & MA, ABR ® , SRS ® 14 Breakneck Hill Road, Suite 101, Lincoln, RI 02865 13 Eddy Street Cumberland RI $299,900 92 Phillip Avenue Cumberland RI $314,900 Get a Head Start Preparing Your Home for a Spring Sale! Now scheduling free Home Preparation and Market Analysis meetings. We are a no hassle, here when you need us team! Contact us today! 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. INSIDE: Patriots superfans share secrets of team's success

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