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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-21-2019

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY From left, MELISSA RANCOURT, MAY RANCOURT and KAREN RODERICK, rep- resenting three generations of the Anderson family, stand in front of the Breakneck Hill Road home that will host its 119th Thanksgiving dinner next week. LINCOLN – The old farm is long gone, the house on it moved with the early 1950s construction of Route 146, but to a family that first started having Thanksgiving dinner here back in 1901, it will always be "home on the farm" at this time of year. May Rancourt, now 83 and a mother of nine children, said her fam- ily will be together again for its 119th Thanksgiving dinner in the same house off Breakneck Hill Road. And though some family members have This will be 119th Thanksgiving in one local house By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See THANKSGIVING, Page 20 CUMBERLAND – Members of the Cumberland Historic District Commission say they're going to the Rhode Island General Assembly seeking permission to place all 200 or so properties listed in Cumberland's survey of historical properties under some form of protection. The survey, one of 60 such publi- cations in the state, was completed by the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission in partnership with the Cumberland Historic District Commission. This move, initi- ated by the Historic District Commission on Nov. 12, is des- perately needed, says HDC member Joyce Hindle Koutsogiane, after at least four properties with historical significance have been torn down in the past five years. "We've always had this problem," Hindle Koutsogiane told The Valley Breeze. The way the request to the state is formatted, HDC members want to at least require owners of properties with historical significance to come to someone in an official capacity before seeking demolition. Similar to what happens in Pawtucket, she said, the group would be able to institute a demolition delay in hopes of poten- tially changing the outcome for a building. These properties don't have offi- Commission: Protect everything in resource booklet By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com HINDLE KOUTSOGIANE See COMMISSION, Page 21 Advocate files complaint on roundabout sidewalks RIDOT concedes there's an issue, but denies the extent CUMBERLAND – A local woman with expertise in the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act says the Rhode Island Department of Transportation has badly missed the mark with the width of some sidewalks at two in-progress Cumberland roundabouts on Diamond Hill Road. Maryan Amaral, whose fam- ily lives on Angell Road near the roundabouts and who works as director of advocacy at Boston- based Citizens for Access Inc., said she couldn't believe her eyes when she drove through the area and saw telephone poles protruding from the center of sidewalks, particularly due to the proximity of the side- walk to an assisted living center and the lack of barriers between the sidewalk and roadway. Amaral has filed a complaint with the Federal Highway Administration for the U.S Department of Transportation, including pictures with a wheelchair on what is currently a dirt sidewalk. "It's totally unacceptable," she said. "They're not compliant." By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See SIDEWALKS, Page 9 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE NOVEMBER 21-27, 2019 Supreme Auto Body AUTO BODY 725 7725 Locally Owned & Operated David Bourdeau & Bruce Martins Falamos Portugues Since 1963 All Work Guaranteed WALKER ST., LINCOLN Collision Specialists 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. • Complete Tree Removal • Tree & Shrub Pruning • 24-Hour Emergency Service • Hazardous Tree Assessment • Stump Grinding 401.320.4455 www.WhyMonster.com/NRI COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL TREE EXPERTS ARE YOUR TREES STORM READY? LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED | FULLY INSURED Not to be combined with any other offer. Maximum value of $100 below competitor price. Some restrictions may apply. Expires 1/31/2020 10% OFF

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