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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 10-24-2019

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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BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY ALBERT CONCA, left, and his grandson ANDRES SANCHEZ, 6, both of North Smithfield, chat with Capt. BRANDON AGLIO, of Newport, in the American Soldiers' encampment before "The Battle of Chase Farm" last Saturday. Many activ- ities were available to the public during "Revolutionary War Weekend" hosted by the Hearthside House Museum. See more photos on page 19. First of town's new speed humps installed CUMBERLAND – When Sonny Drive resident Dave Blanchette recently saw a driver speeding by his home, he yelled at her to slow down. He says she yelled back that she was only going 30 mph. He responded, "The speed limit is 15, a--hole." She responded back that he's an "a--hole for playing in the front yard" with his grandson. Dave and his wife Denise have been perhaps the loudest voices on the cut-through Sonny Drive in calling for greater traffic-calming measures here in Cumberland Hill. They've created signs asking motor- ists to slow down and telling them that children are playing here. On Monday, the couple stood in their driveway with smiles on their faces as town highway work- ers installed one of the town's two new "traffic cushions," rubberized humps designed to travel over safe- ly at 15 mph. The other hump was installed on Rawson Road. "This is a blessing, really," said Blanchette. "It is going to slow them down." Denise said neighbors up the street, where drivers tend to go even faster, expressed frustration that they didn't also receive the devices. According to town highway work- By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See TRAFFIC, Page 16 LINCOLN – After three years of construction, Cobble Hill Road resi- dents have had enough. Joanmarie O'Neill says her peace- ful patio was once her happy place, but the sound of birds has long since been replaced with beeping, jackhammering and blasting that shakes her home. "No one should be subjected to that noise at 7 a.m.," said O'Neill, who lives across from the 27-home residential development near Hunters Road. "It's one thing if it's for a month, but three years of this is ridiculous." O'Neill and her neighbors were perplexed when construction began on 27 single-family homes off Cobble Hill Road in early 2016, without the project going before any town boards. The Cobble Hill project had been approved through Rhode Island Superior Court pro- ceedings dating back to 2005. About five years ago, the trees across from O'Neill's house were cleared to make way for construc- tion. For the last three years, O'Neill said crews have been slowly drill- Cobble Hill construction rattles Lincoln residents By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See CONSTRUCTION, Page 25 LINCOLN – A new contractor is taking over construction of the Albion Post Office, and village resi- dents are hoping the end of construc- tion is now finally in sight. The project has been marred with delays since work began in the fall of 2017, several months after the origi- nal structure was lost to a fire. This week, North Smithfield- Albion Post Office gets new contractor By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See POST OFFICE, Page 17 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE OCTOBER 24-30, 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. Oil | Propane | Bioheat | Generator | Boiler Service 401.333.0665 Visit our website: T.H. Malloy is now delivering propane throughout Rhode Island "Your One Stop Automotive Center" NORTH SMITHFIELD AUTO BODY, INC. 1-401-762-3866 WWW.RIAUTOBODY.COM 1-401-762-3866 WWW.RIAUTOBODY.COM 770 EDDIE DOWLING HWY. RT. 146 NORTH NORTH SMITHFIELD RHODE ISLAND 02896

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