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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-03-2019

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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CUMBERLAND – The remain- der of the 2.2-mile Diamond Hill repaving project, concealing months of water line work, is set to begin next week, with grinding down of the bumpy asphalt con- cluding this week. Repaving work by D'Ambra Construction is due to happen at night. Motorists who have bumped along for much of the past year should see mostly smooth pave- ment a few days after paving begins, according to officials. Rhode Island Department of Transportation spokesman Charles St. Martin said the contractor was milling down pavement on Diamond Hill during overnight hours early this week, through early Tuesday morning, but would not work Wednesday due to the Thursday holiday. Milling work will resume this Sunday night, July 7, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., and "pav- ing operations will follow the mill- ing," said St. Martin. Rest of Diamond Hill repaving to start next week By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See REPAVING, Page 11 CUMBERLAND – The new owner of the Henry A. Bishop House property on Nate Whipple Highway says his decision to tear it down last week was the correct one, and one approved through all appro- priate town channels. Those on the Arnold Mills July 4th Parade route this week might notice that the 1825 home previously locat- ed at 705 Nate Whipple Highway is now gone. Anthony Silva, chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Dan McKee and former police chief in town, among other roles, recently purchased the home with his son and said they determined quickly, in consultation with town officials, that the home was in such "deplorable condition," including being so full of mold that one had to wear a mask just to go in, that it made no sense to keep it up. "We went through all necessary requirements," Silva said. "We would not have purchased that property had we not done our due diligence." Local historic preservationist Craig Johnson, in a letter to the editor this week, is criticizing the town pro- cesses that allowed the home to be taken down so quickly, calling it "a Bishop House demolition sparks conversation on preservation By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See DEMOLITION, Page 12 LINCOLN – Lincoln resident Eloise Ricci was recently recognized during Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island's 25th anniversary chari- table giving program for opening her home to more than 60 foster children. Mother honored for fostering 60 children By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See FOSTER, Page 9 BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Students at Ocean State School of Gymnastics, in Lincoln, received personal- ized coaching and training from Olympians June 25-28. WENDY BRUCE, a 1992 Olympic Bronze Medal winner, coaches GRACE LESPERANTE, 7, of Lincoln, on her gymnastic skills. See more photos on page 10. Olympic-sized dreams ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JULY 3-10, 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. Call us for a "FREE market analysis" MeMber 300 Front St., Lincoln 724-8660 WWW.LAMONTAGNEREALESTATE.COM Making the Amican eam Yours!

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