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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 03-26-2020

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10 THE VALLEY MARCH 26-APRIL 1, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION 10 gest fan of decorating for Christmas, while Ryan is Mike's light assistant each holiday season. Cumberland Mayor Jeff Mutter gave the Griffin family this month's Unsung Hero award last Friday, saying there's a bigger need now more than ever to have a dedicated space for hope. The Griffins, like many other local parents, began their homeschooling journey on Monday, adjusting to life with children and parents working and learning from home. Mike said he expects this pandemic to take "longer than any of us want it to" to clear up, but said Gov. Gina Raimondo seems to be doing a great job leading the effort to combat it and his family has hope that it will end. Winfield told The Breeze this week he was inspired by the "sweet mind of" Liam Griffin and wanted to help cheer people up in uncertain times. He said to him, the lights traditionally repre- sent hope and the feeling of camarade- rie a few days before Christmas. "We're all in this together," he said. The lights are strung up on Greenville's main tree, owned by the Greenville Baptist Church next door to the Anderson-Winfield Funeral Home, by the Smithfield Fire Department. Current restrictions on people gath- ering in groups forced his funeral home to hold private services, said Winfield, a former state representative. "It's been difficult because we don't technically have a funeral," he said. With churches closing their doors and holding online services, Winfield said families can't gather, either, but many plan on holding memorial services at a later date. The lights, he said, are a sign of hope for families coping with loss. "We'll get through this," Winfield said. Town Council President Suzy Alba said she was excited to see the com- mon lit up. "The most important thing is that people are here for each other, offer- ing support and resources," she said. LIGHTS From Page One BREEZE PHOTO BY LAURA COLANTONIO In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the village of Greenville's Christmas tree has been lit to help spread a message of hope. Place your classified ad online at See Our Class Schedule Online at: 1280 Oaklawn Avenue Cranston, RI 02920 401-463-8824 sewing machine center Sales & Service Since 1950 Bernina • Babylock • Elna • Janome • Necchi • Juki Factory Trained Service Technicians provide on site repair for all makes & models INCOME TAX PREPARATION TAX PROFESSIONALS • INVESTMENT ADVISORS • IRAs Prompt, professional tax service. Call today! 2374 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland, RI 02864 (1/4 mile north of I-295, Exit 22) 401-475-7570 WE SELL • WE INSTALL • NO DISAPPOINTMENT KITCHEN AID • WHIRLPOOL LG • SONY • MAYTAG • AMANA Big Screen Specialists We offer specialty air conditioning for apartments & elderly complexes! New Location: 158 Central St., Millville, MA 01529 508-883-5862 Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Closed Fri.-Sun. 9 Powder Hill Road (Off Rt. 123) Lincoln, RI 401-728-5903 Open Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m. VISIT OUR FACTORY OUTLET STORE! Peter J. HoPkins ~ Attorney At LAw ~ DUI/RefUsal • CRImInal Defense TRaffIC VIolaTIons • JUVenIle CRImes PeRsonal InJURy • PRobaTe • DIVoRCe Admitted to the Practice of Law in Rhode Island and Massachusetts Retired Police Prosecution Officer CALL 401-356-1043 191 Social St., Suite 280, Woonsocket, RI Rhode Island does not have a procedure for certificate or recognition of specialization by lawyers. Proudly serving Northern Rhode Island 300 Front St., Lincoln 724-8660 WWW.LAMONTAGNEREALESTATE.COM To All Our Friends and Colleagues Our doors are always open. But during this time, please be safe, kind and responsible.

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