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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-25-2019

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Up and over JASON JACKMAN, of Scituate, hurtles over one of the obstacles at the F.I.T. Challenge held at Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland last Saturday. While many tried to escape the near 100-degree temperatures, fitness diehards took part in the chal- lenge that featured a 5K, 1,000-foot elevation course complete with 33 obstacles. See more photos on page 26. CUMBERLAND – In January of last year, Crestwood Court resident Marian Champagne said she saw water rush into her finished base- ment for the first time in 53 years living there. Two months later, it happened again. From January 2018 to January 2019, Champagne told The Valley Breeze, she spent some $40,000 cleaning up damage and installing four pumping systems as each one failed to do the job. Champagne now goes to the laundromat instead of buying another washing machine. The fin- ished basement is long gone. As many of her neighbors saw basement flooding for the first time during a wet April of this year, Champagne's latest elite double pump system barely kept ahead of the water to keep her basement dry. "I don't know if I can totally keep up with the water," she said of the possibility of the next big rain event. "In 53 years, I never needed a pump. Why didn't the water come through all those years?" When the nearby industrial park fails to drain and floods, as it's known to do, Champagne is happy, Residents worry as flooding erupts in their neighborhood By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See FLOODING, Page 25 CUMBERLAND – Fire Chief Kenneth Finlay has been placed on paid administrative leave, and The Valley Breeze has learned it's related to multiple ongoing investigations. According to a high-level source within the department, Finlay cleaned out his office late last week. That source stated that there are two serious issues relat- ed to the chief that are being investi- gated. Finlay could not be reached on his cell phone this week. According to a July 19 memo obtained by The Breeze, Finlay noti- fied fire officials in advance of his departure. "Effective Sunday, July 21, 2019, the Fire Chief Kenneth Finlay is placed on administrative leave," he wrote. "Deputy Chief Nicholas Fire Chief Finlay on leave, under investigation By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com FINLAY See FINLAY, Page 20 LINCOLN – They call it the "washboard" section of the Blackstone River Bikeway, a stretch of pathway where tree roots have raised the pavement, creating a roller coaster for cyclists and rollerbladers. Fortunately for those users, the state is planning to repair areas of the bikeway running through Cumberland and Lincoln this fall. In a letter to Public Works Director Michael Gagnon detailing the work, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation announced its inten- tion to fix parts of "segments five and six" of the Blackstone River Bikeway along the Cumberland/Lincoln line, starting at the Willow Way Bridge in Lincoln and ending at Maple Street, off Broad Street. These segments of the bike path, which is maintained by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental State plans to repair bike path this fall By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See BIKE PATH, Page 16 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JULY 25-31, 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. Town & Country BURRILLVILLE: 45 ANNE LANE. Country Estate located on cul de sac bordered by 35 plus acres of open land trust usable space Stunning Contemporary Colonial custom built with exquisite detail. Very deep 2 car garage along with custom shed. Front wrap around porch and much more. $664,000. Please call me for a private showing or further information Deb Hackett Cell: (401) 744-4891 debhackett@verizon.net "Your One Stop Automotive Center" North Smithfield Auto Body, iNc. 1-401-762-3866 WWW.RIAUTOBODY.COM 1-401-762-3866 WWW.RIAUTOBODY.COM Our Pledge To You… YOU WILL BE SATISFIED! 770 EDDIE DOWLIng hWY. RT. 146 nORTh, nORTh SMIThFIELD RhODE ISLAnD 02896

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