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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-13-2019

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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JENNIFER DENNEN plays with the cer- emonial cords worn by fellow senior DAVID MOTTA, above, as they await the start of Lincoln High School's com- mencement at CCRI last Friday evening. They will attend College of the Holy Cross and the University of Rhode Island, respectively. At right, Cumberland High School senior SAMANTHA CHAKOUR helps her classmate PAIGE COOK with her cap before Monday night's graduation exercises at CCRI in Lincoln. Both gradu- ates will be attend- ing CCRI in the fall. BREEZE PHOTOS BY ROBERT EMERSON LINCOLN – Last Friday night, sup- porters gathered inside Community College of Rhode Island's Field House to celebrate a group of soon-to-be high school graduates who thrived despite their school being a construction zone their senior year, rising up to earn the highest AP proficiency rate in the state. That was one of a long list of accom- plishments by Lincoln High School this year that were cited at the com- mencement ceremony, coupled with the school being named a Special Olympics Unified Champion School Lincoln celebrates Class of 2019 By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See LINCOLN, Page 17 CUMBERLAND – Members of the Class of 2019 at Cumberland High School have been leaders in car- ing about others, said school officials at Monday's 125th commencement ceremonies. Now it's time to take what they've learned and show it to CHS Class of 2019 told to keep putting others first By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See CHS, Page 12 Albion bridge closure killing local business Questions about why it can't stay open LINCOLN – Business was boom- ing in Albion as winter weather brought warmer temperatures, but business owners and managers said the steady flow of customers slowed dramatically last month thanks to the closure of two bridges in the village. On April 15, the day the Albion bridges were closed by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, Depault Hardware owner Richard Depault said his Cumberland store was up $20,000 in profits over last year. "I thought, yahoo, we're doing great" Depault said, but his excite- ment quickly turned to disappoint- ment. "I'm now about $50,000 down from the previous year. For a small business, that is tremendous." Andrew Raposo, store manager of Seabra Foods, located in the same plaza at 2000 Mendon Road in Cumberland, said the closure of the bridges over School Street in Lincoln has "absolutely" had a negative impact on business. "It's killing us here, it really is. We're losing a significant amount every week," he said, estimating the store's customer count has dropped by at least 10 to 15 percent since the bridges closed in mid-April. By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See BRIDGE, Page 39 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JUNE 13-19, 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, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. Supreme Auto Body AUTO BODY 725 7725 Locally Owned & Operated David Bourdeau & Bruce Martins Falamos Portugues Since 1963 All Work Guaranteed WALKER ST., LINCOLN Collision Specialists Wishing You A Very Happy Father's Day! Call us for a "FREE market analysis" MeMber 300 Front St., Lincoln 724-8660 WWW.LAMONTAGNEREALESTATE.COM CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL 2019 GRADUATES!

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