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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-14-2019

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 TOM WARD Cumberland Mayor JEFF MUTTER lays a wreath in its place on the monument at the Monastery's entrance as part of Monday's Veterans Day ceremony there. See more photos on page 9. LINCOLN – A stretch of Route 146 in Lincoln bears the name "Eddie Dowling Highway," while a shopping center in North Smithfield is called "Dowling Village," but who in the world was Eddie Dowling? To most, Dowling was a small- town boy from Lincoln who made it big as an actor, screenwriter, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, director, producer, songwriter and composer. To Cumberland resident Bea Whitman, he was simply her Uncle Eddie. "The first time I realized he was Who was Eddie Dowling? By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See DOWLING, Page 21 Niece shares memories of local legend CUMBERLAND – The Town Council will not pursue approval of the door-to-door sales ordinance members have been discussing for the past several months. At a July 17 meeting, the council sent the matter of whether such an ordinance should be drafted to its ordinance subcommittee for debate. That was done at the request of Council President Peter Bradley based on an email request and the fact that it's been a "constant com- plaint." Other council members also said they've received plenty of com- plaints about unsolicited sales pitches at residents' front doors, particularly from salespeople representing solar companies. Ordinance Committee Chairman Scott Schmitt said at the Nov. 6 meeting that research by members found that no ordi- nance can prohibit religious organi- zations or politicians from coming knocking. The only thing such a law can do is stop the actual solicitation of a product or a good, he said, and certain companies have found a way around that. In the case of solar companies, said Schmitt, representatives come knock- ing and immediately say they're Cumberland council won't pursue law on door-to-door sales By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See COUNCIL, Page 10 SCHMITT CUMBERLAND – Town offi- cials say they made no changes to the way tax bills were delivered this year and say their actions had nothing to do with many residents' monthly mortgage payments bal- looning by as much as $200 or $300. Mayor Jeff Mutter said he was scheduled to take part in another conference call at mid-week on an issue that's been rankling residents who've seen a "dramatic increase" on their mortgage payments. Some have seen higher payments for the first time this month. The mysterious change appears to center on some banks choosing for the first time this year to pay Officials dig for answers on mortgage payments By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See MORTGAGE, Page 15 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE NOVEMBER 14-20, 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. 1985 Mendon Rd. Cumberland, RI Call Dave Serpa (401) 639-2351 Cell RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE The Perfect New Home for the Holidays! 80 Cedar Forest, Smithfield: This brand new construction, high quality home has everything you're looking for. Located on a beautiful cul-de-sac backing up to woods. Designed for today's living, this home features a large, open floor plan with beautiful detailing. Chef's kitchen boasts high-end appliances and quartz countertops. Second floor includes huge master suite, large laundry room, 3 additional bedrooms and another gorgeous bath. Call today for your private showing! $674,900 INSIDE Look for our annual Holiday Gift Guide INSIDE Look for our annual Holiday Gift Guide Holiday Gift Guide d i Published by f id NOV-13-2019-GIFT-NPS-Mel.indd 1 11/4/19 10:13 AM

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