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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 09-05-2019

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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2 LINCOLN SEPTEMBER 5-11, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION LINCOLN – After four months of detours, the pair of Albion bridges on School Street officially re-opened to traffic over the weekend. After the Rhode Island Department of Transportation announced its inten- tion to open the bridges last Friday, Aug. 30, drivers attempting to pass through that day were turned away by police. The bridges opened to the public close to midnight. The bridges, which carry School Street over the Blackstone River and Blackstone Canal between Main Street in Albion and Mendon Road in Cumberland, were closed for the summer while RIDOT rehabilitated pedestrian and safety railings for vehicles on the 130-year-old historic bridges. Though there was no work done on the surface of the bridges, they were closed to traffic due to their narrow- ness. The bridges were originally built in 1885, and rehabilitated in 1924, 1996 and 2015. Businesses and individuals have waited for the two-span pony truss bridge to re-open since April 15. Since the spring, people on both sides of the Blackstone River in Cumberland and Lincoln have been unable to use the major cut-through, instead detouring several miles through Lincoln. Shops on Mendon Road expressed frustration when sales dropped sig- nificantly thanks to the closure, with Depault Hardware losing business during its busiest season. Even larger stores such as Seabra Foods reported a loss in profits when the bridges closed, telling The Valley Breeze that the store's customer count dropped by at least 10 to 15 percent in a few months. Store manager Andrew Raposo said business has picked up again since Friday. "It looks like we've got- ten most, if not all, of our customers back. So far so good," he said. Richard Depault, owner of Depault Hardware, has rounded up the busi- nesses in the plaza at 2000 Mendon Road for a field day of sorts this September, an attempt to bring back some business. "We want to regenerate some spark, create a little buzz," Depault said. On Saturday, Sept. 21, the busi- nesses plan to team up to offer food and entertainment to the public. Relief for businesses, motorists as Albion bridges reopen in Lincoln By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com The ALBION BRIDGES, at top, in April prior to rehabilitation. Above, rusty guardrails and their rosette detailing have been replaced and given a bright coat of paint. Michael's Meats Family Owned and Operated Since 1972 This Week's Specials Good From Thursday, September 5 TH -Wednesday, September 11 TH , 2019 Find out what's on sale at www.Michaels-Meats.com CUMBERLAND 2130 Mendon Road, 401-305-5555 FResh PRODUce FROM OUR Deli HOURS: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; (Wed. closing at 6 p.m.); Saturday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday Special Saturday, September 7 tH , 2019 only. tueSday/WedneSday Special tueS. & Wed., September 10 tH & 11 tH , 2019 only. certified angus top round sandwich steak $ 4 .59 lb. fresh grade a, whole chickens centercut, bone-in pork chops $ 3 .99 lb. certified angus top round london broil or steak boar's head provolone cheese mild $ 6 .88 lb. hormel genoa salami $ 2 .59 lb. $ 4 .99 lb. $ 79 ¢ lb. fresh grade a chicken drumsticks cauliflower red or green seedless grapes large black plums fresh crisp iceburg lettuce 5 lb. bag idaho potatoes freshlY sliced, boar's head honeY maple turkeY breast $ 7 .99 lb. $ 4 .99 lb. certified angus sirloin tip rump oven roast babY back pork spare ribs $ 2 .99 lb. michael's italian sausage patties $ 2 .99 lb. $ 1 .99 ea. avg. wt. 3-31/2 99 ¢ ea. $ 1 .88 lb. $ 1 .99 ea. $ 1 .49 lb. 99 ¢ lb. loin end pork roast $ 1 .88 lb. avg. wt. 3-4 lb. extra lean sirloin pork cutlets $ 2 .49 lb. lean ground pork $ 2 .59 lb. GREAT VALUE QUALITY SERVICE 36 BLACKSTONE STREET WOONSOCKET 401-766-3270 WWW.TERRYAUTOLTD.COM Gil & Meika 2008 ToyoTa Rav 4 FWD, Loaded 80K miles ............................... $ 8,295 Now Offering On-Site Bank Financing Westlake Financial WE BUY CARS 2008 Chevy SilveRado 1500 PiCkuP 4x4, loaded, 122K miles .................... $ 11,999 2008 FoRd edge Loaded, 153K miles ........................... $ 4,495 505 Old River Road, (Rte. 126), Manville, RI, Open: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • Blueberries • Peaches Beets • Beans • Peppers • Cucumbers • Squash (Yellow & Green) • Raspberries • Carrots • Native Lettuce • Eggplant & more! Old Orchard Farm And Greenhouse Native Apples, Corn & Tomatoes EBT Local Eggs!

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