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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 03-26-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Living THE VALLEY BREEZE MARCH 26-APRIL 1, 2020 If social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak has you feel- ing cooped up in your home, you're not alone in finding ways to get outside and enjoy all that nature in Rhode Island has to offer. According to officials from the R.I. Land Trust Council, they've seen a recent increase in traffic on the trails with parking lots at some trailheads full. "Spending time in nature is good for anxiety, and these are anxious times," Rupert Friday, the council's executive director, told The Valley Breeze. "There's all kinds of research showing (physical and mental health) benefits of taking walks and spending time in nature." "A lot of people are nervous," Debbie Mitchell, board member for the Cumberland Land Trust and president of the board for the R.I. Land Trust Council, agreed. "Getting outside, hearing the birds, it just gives you another perspective to take a few minutes and not worry about what's going on." Get outside and check out new hiking trails in Cumberland or become a citizen scientist and help identify amphibians and reptiles for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Bike, jog, walk, look for birds, as long as you're following precautions from state officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to avoid groups of more than 10 and keep six feet between you and others. In a letter to the editor last week, Randy Tuomisto, president of the Cumberland Land Trust, pitched hiking as a great way to beat cabin fever while still participating in social distancing. "Hiking is out in the open, and honestly, it's one of the safer things you can be doing right now," he wrote. He also encouraged parents to take their children, who may be feeling "the negative aura of a quar- antine society," on a hike. One family-friendly hike, Mitchell said, is Burlingame Preserve off Nate Whipple Highway in Cumberland. This past month, the Cumberland Entertainment 2 Real Estate 3 QUICK INDEX valleybreeze.com @ My Life RHEA BOUCHARD POWERS Sheltering in place Where to even begin? Long story short, just to put it all in perspective, the first case of the coro- navirus in this country was diagnosed in January and brushed off as of little concern. "No worse than the flu already going around," they told us. Any voiced concerns to the contrary were dismissed or laughed down. Fast forward to the end of February, beginning of March as the cases multiplied and people died, and even then, as many of us began to worry out loud, we were still being assured against all evidence to the contrary that it was pretty much a tempest in a teapot being hyped by the Democrats and the fake news. Three weeks ago, on the advice of my daughter, I headed out first thing one morning and did some shopping. Not hoarding. Just stocking up against what was increasingly looking like a storm of possibly mammoth propor- tions approaching us from China. Medications that we depended heavily upon China for were first on my list, followed by what I referred to as survivalist foods, meaning non- perishables not normally found in my pantry. Things I might need to rely on should things get really bad. For See RHEA, Page 20 Nature's healing touch Spending time in nature is good for the mind and body By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com See NATURE, Page 18 Front Page BreezeNotes As chief, Martins plans to enhance neighborhood engagement BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE SUSAN PALUMBO, once a student at James L. McGuire Elementary School, in North Providence, was honored with a Book Nook in her memory at the school's library in a dedication cer- emony held there last Saturday. Susan died in 2017 at Brigham and Women's Hospital at the age of 54. She was the valedictorian of her high school class and an honors graduate from Harvard and Simmons Colleges. Attending the dedication were, from left, McGuire Principal BRUCE BUTLER, Susan's cousin, ANN FLANNERY, Susan's sister MARY PALUMBO, illustrator GINA TRIPODI, who worked on a children's book with Susan, and Susan's sister JANE SHEEHAN. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Last Saturday morning, members of the community and those closest to the late Susan Palumbo gathered at McGuire Elementary School's new library to dedicate a reading nook in her memory. Friends and family of Palumbo said they couldn't think of a better way to memorialize this "lifelong learner" who had a deep love of reading. Palumbo had attended McGuire, was North Providence High School's 1980 valedictorian, and went on to graduate with honors from Harvard and earn a master's degree from Simmons College. She stayed rooted to her home in North Providence, remaining strongly connected to her family and friends in the community. In 1999, she was diagnosed with polycythemia vera, a rare blood can- cer. After seven years, that turned into bone marrow cancer, or myelo- fibrosis. In January of 2017, Palumbo McGuire reading nook dedicated to former teacher By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See NOOK, Page 15 NP football team visits Smithfield in 49th annual Thanksgiving Day game NORTH PROVIDENCE – It's been a difficult season for the North Providence High football team, but the Cougars will look to wrap it up with back-to-back victories on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. when they take on neighboring Smithfield in the 49th meeting of their Thanksgiving Day rivalry at the Sentinels' Boyle Athletic Complex. The Cougars will enter this game with a 3-7 overall record that includes a 1-6 mark in Division III play. 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Martins is the perfect fit for the department," said Tikoian at that time. "He is an experienced, well respected law enforcement profes- sional sharing my leadership philoso- phy and vision for the department." And Tikoian hasn't changed that tune in the nearly two years since, telling The Breeze for a story last week that Martins will bring a seamless transition to a department that's made such strides, bringing com- By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com MARTINS See MARTINS, Page 4 NP football team visits Smithfield in 49th annual Thanksgiving Day game NORTH PROVIDENCE – It's been a difficult season for the North department at the start of 2018; he's a "good street cop" who earned his stripes on the to replace Tikoian, who is retiring. Martins will officially start his tenure as chief on Jan. 1. "From my perspective, Maj. 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