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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 03-12-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY DARIEL NORRIS, of DN Traffic Consultants, sits for hours counting cars for projects she knows little or nothing about. Here she is at the intersection of Nate Whipple Highway and Diamond Hill Road last Saturday morning conducting traffic counts related to a planned bridge replacement nearby. In the know: She's counting the cars, watching the crazy CUMBERLAND – Theories about the woman sitting at some of the northern end of town's busiest inter- sections have included everything from her being an artist to a crack dealer. Her name is Dariel Norris, and with her husband Gary, they run DN Traffic Consultants in Washington state. She has been seen perched at the intersections of Nate Whipple Highway and Diamond Hill Road, Nate Whipple and Mendon Road, By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See COUNTING, Page 17 LINCOLN – Standing at the end of his driveway, Michael Conway watches cars exit Route 146 onto Breakneck Hill Road. Many driv- ers slow down at the end of the ramp, but never stop, turning right and zooming past Conway and the MacColl YMCA across the street. He points to a patch of land between the highway and the drive- way. "That's where they want to put a bus stop," he said, referencing developers who hope to build two apartment buildings near his prop- erty at 35 Breakneck Hill Road. Conway is one of many abutters who is concerned about safety if the development moves forward. The project by Women's Development Corp., marketed as Breakneck Hollow, calls for 44 units of low-income and moderate- income housing on a 12-acre parcel between Route 146 and the Stone Creek condo complex. The buildings would be accessed by an existing driveway off Neighbors push back on 44-unit Breakneck Hollow project By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See BREAKNECK, Page 7 CUMBERLAND – North and south, on public property and pri- vate, the town is seeing unusually aggressive dumping of bulky trash items, say local officials, who are looking at possible new steps to address the problem. Highway Supt. Frank Stowik said dumping has been especially bad over the past eight to 10 weeks with "a lot of trash calls." He said the combination of unusually warm weather and more people moving in and out of houses might be worsening the situation. "There's a lot more," he said. He said the worst times are around the first of the month when people are moving out. Asked about the seeming con- stant illegal disposal of items of late, Mayor Jeff Mutter said it is indeed correct that there doesn't seem to be any reprieve from the calls for cleanups. Officials: Cumberland's illegal dumping is a big problem By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com STOWIK See TRASH, Page 10 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MARCH 12-18, 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. Looking for a new home? You're in luck, we're here to help you! Happy St. Patrick's Day to All! Call us for a "FREE market analysis" MeMber 300 Front St., Lincoln 724-8660 WWW.LAMONTAGNEREALESTATE.COM "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 WE ARE hIRIng

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