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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 02-27-2020

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 ETHAN LIU, 8, right, of Lincoln, lets his ball fly during Bowling with First Responders at CW Lanes & Games at the Lincoln Mall on Feb. 8. Looking on is ALEX RIVET, of the Albion Fire Department. Local first responders joined a group of special needs children for a morning of bowling. The event was sponsored by the Public Safety Special Needs Coalition. The PSSNC grew from a sensory friendly safety day, held at the Albion Fire Department over the summer. See more photos on page 9. State's new car inspection system is much more strict LINCOLN – Before driving to the local shop for your next vehicle inspection, it would be smart to read up on the list of rules now being enforced by the state. Local auto shop owners are warn- ing drivers that the state's new inspection system is much stricter than it was in the past, targeting, among other things, license plates and window tinting. Eddie Fox, owner of Larry's Lincoln Auto Repair on Great Road, said the state's emissions and safety testing division delivered a digital camera to his shop a few weeks ago to be used during inspections. The person inspecting the vehicle is now required to snap five photos By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See INSPECTIONS, Page 6 FOX CUMBERLAND – The town's revaluation is nearly complete, and residents should be learning by mail this week just how much their prop- erty values have gone up or down. Once again, Tax Assessor Ken Mallette told the Town Council last week, those with starter homes are seeing the largest increase in taxable value, but properties in general are seeing a boost to their value due to a market that's much stronger than it was during the last revaluation of 2016. Residents now have the chance to appeal their new values. Mallette emphasized that a revalua- tion doesn't bring additional revenue to the town. The purpose is to equi- tably distribute the tax burden, he said, meaning some property values will go up and some down. The town is required to equalize its tax rate to account for growth, meaning some- one with a more valuable property might still pay the same or less in overall taxes. Someone who sees a Cumberland sending out new property values By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See VALUES, Page 14 Cumberland's forgotten park Leaders seek new focus on Heritage Park near Town Hall CUMBERLAND – The Valley Falls Heritage Park looks like it's seen little or no maintenance in decades, its rail- ings chipped, graffiti everywhere, and the only signs of use being a grill and some belongings left by local homeless people. What some describe as a hidden gem, with winding walkways and bridges crossing various waterways, is obscured by ever-advancing tree limbs and brush. The Town Council last week for- mally adopted the detailed Valley Falls Heritage Park Conservation and Management Plan, a nonbinding agreement setting the framework for the renewed care and preservation of the park along the river off Broad Street near Town Hall. Conservation and management will be a partnership between many stakeholders, explained Planning and By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor Fun with first responders See PARK, Page 20 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE FEBRUARY 27-MARCH 4, 2020 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 Privacy & Proximity 55 Serman Ave., Lincoln: The perfect mix of privacy and proximity. Nestled on 9 private acres with a babbling brook in the sought-after section of Limerock and abutting conservation land, this spacious, well cared for custom home has the privacy of rural living with the convenience of everything just minutes way. This over- sized Colonial offers four bedrooms and three full baths. The large upgraded kitchen with granite counters, new appliances including a double oven, has island seating and is bright and cheerful with lots of natural light. $539,900

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