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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 08-08-2019

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16 CUMBERLAND / LINCOLN AUGUST 8-14, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION CUMBERLAND – There's cer- tainly a blockage in Crestwood Court's drainage pipe, says Mayor Jeff Mutter, but after a Breeze story two weeks ago on flooding problems there, the mayor has now asked Sewer Supt. David Carr to expand the scope of an original inspection. A pipe camera inspection last month was originally limited to the straightaway area of the street near residents Marian Champagne and Arlene Smith, but after reading in the story that Eni and Donald Desmond, around the circular portion of the road at 108 Crestwood, had experienced the flooding for the first time, a company will now come back to inspect the pipe in that section of the road. Mutter said he watched the video of the first inspection and "there's definitely something there," though it's not clear what the obstructions are. Carr had previously speculated that roots grew through the drainage pipe under the road, collapsing it. "We're going to end up having to dig up that road, we might as well get the full story on that," said Mutter. The mayor's brother, Fred Mutter, lives two doors down and across the street from the Desmonds, at 115 Crestwood. In a story two weeks ago, residents who said they'd never been flooded before told stories of spring basement floods causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage. They blamed numerous factors, including blocked drainage pipes, increasing construc- tion around them, and the Diamond Hill roundabout construction work. The blockage found in the first inspection was to the right of Smith's home at 56 Crestwood Court. "There's definitely something there. What it is, I don't know," said Mutter. "I don't see how that would have affected the other side." Mutter: Town expanding scope of probe on Crestwood Court flooding By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor MUTTER Cumberland Housing Authority receives High Performer designation CUMBERLAND – The Department of Housing and Urban Development has informed the Cumberland Housing Authority that it has been designated as a high performer on the Public Housing Assessment System and the Section 8 Management Assessment Program for fiscal year ending 2019. These reviews and audits are conducted annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD's PHAS and SEMAP rating systems measure performance and define acceptable public housing standards for key areas of public housing and Section 8 manage- ment. The PHAS rating system is based on four major indicators: physical condition, financial condi- tion, management operations and capital funds. The SEMAP rating system examines 14 key indicators of CHA's performance that include unit and quality control inspections, accurate verifications and calcula- tions of income, tenant's rent, hous- ing assistance payments and utility costs. To learn more about the CHA and its programs visit www.cumber- . CHA also earns award of merit in Resident and Client Services CUMBERLAND – The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials recently honored the Cumberland Housing Authority with the 2019 Award of Merit in the Resident and Client Services Category for "Easy Gardening for Senior and Disabled Tenants." Accessible and environmen- tally friendly elevated planter beds were introduced to the tenants at Cumberland Manor, which are helpful for tenants in wheelchairs and for other tenants who want to avoid bending, stooping, squatting and kneeling for long periods of time. Tenants grew a variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. A scarecrow, made by the tenants, protected their produce and flowers from unwanted guests. In addition, water barrels were placed close to the planters to make watering easy. The NAHRO Awards of Merit program recognizes agencies who found innovative ways of making a difference in their communities and in the lives of the people they serve. IN BRIEF Children's Stories shown on screen Aug. 15 LINCOLN – Families are invited to join the Lincoln Public Library, 145 Old River Road, on Thursday, Aug. 15, for this monthly program in the Children's Programming Room when there will be a show- ing of stories on the large wall- mounted television screen. Each month a playlist focusing on a particular author or theme is cho- sen. The stories will play and repeat so viewers can come in any time from 3 to 7 p.m. and watch at any time while the program is running. STEM Time Aug. 20 at Lincoln library LINCOLN – Kids ages 8 and up are invited to the Lincoln Public Library, 145 Old River Road, on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m. to have fun with Ozobots. Ozobots are miniature robots that participants will "program" with markers. The library will supply the Ozobots and materials, and partici- pants supply the thinking skills. Registration is limited. Register online at and click on Events. The Valley Breeze offices are located at 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865 Call us at 334-9555 Our fax is 334-9994. Thanks for your support! do you know? 401-737-4581 Go online today! Warwick • East Greenwich • Coventry • Providence • Cranston • North Smithfield • Lincoln • Neck & Back Pain • Whiplash • Surgical Rehabilitation • Sciatica • Aqua Therapy • Shoulder, Knee & Foot Pain • Work & Sports Injuries • Arthritis, and more… In Pain? We Can Help. Not all places are the same. We get you results. 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