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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-30-2020

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CUMBERLAND – Monday's opening of local garden centers across the state represented another small step back toward normalcy in a local business landscape that seems to shift by the day. The opening this week of the Ann & Hope Garden Outlet, but not the store's curtain and bath center, had Cumberland residents talking, as did Tuesday's opening of one of Cumberland's closed pizza places, Cumberland House of Pizza, which was set to reopen with revised pro- cedures and no sit-down service. Business owners, including res- taurant owners, are starting to see a bit of a path forward as Gov. Gina Raimondo this week outlined her plans to begin reopening the state, though the governor warned that there will likely be new standards to get used to when people do start going out again. At restaurants, specifically, she mentioned the possibility of fewer seats and reservation requirements, among other changes. She also mentioned outdoor dining as a likely point of emphasis. Many local businesses have been modifying their practices every week as they try to weather the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic, Signs of hope and progress in Cumberland By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See PROGRESS, Page 10 BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON SUPPORTERS AND STUDENTS hold signs during a parade to honor Bianca Rossi, chief instructor at Mastery Martial Arts stu- dio in Cumberland, last Saturday afternoon in front of her home on Reservoir Avenue in Johnston. See more photos on page 12. LINCOLN – Lincoln Town Councilor Ken Pichette hadn't taken a sick day in nearly three decades when he contracted COVID-19 last month. "I'm a healthy guy. It knocked me on my back," Pichette said. He had been following protocols, wearing a mask and using hand sanitizer, when he began to notice something was off. "Around (March) 24th I started feeling tired. I'm a high-energy per- son … I went home that Tuesday and went to bed early. I told my wife I was exhausted," Pichette said. The next day, he had a headache, but brushed it off. Pichette, 54, who owns a design business special- izing in window treatment instal- lation, was preparing for work in Massachusetts when Gov. Charlie Baker shut down non-essential busi- nesses. Pichette canceled the day Recovered Lincoln councilor to donate positive plasma By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer PICHETTE See PLASMA, Page 9 WOONSOCKET – Mary Byrne had much to celebrate this week as she marked an important milestone. Earlier this month, Byrne was diag- nosed with COVID-19 amid the pan- demic that has impacted thousands across the state. Byrne, a Pawtucket native, lives at Oakland Grove Local woman survives COVID- 19 to celebrate 100th birthday By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See BYRNE, Page 11 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE APRIL 30-MAY 6, 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. Johnston, RI 1764 Mendon Road (McDonald's Plaza) Cumberland RI 02864 401-334-7317 R.I. Reg. # 41460 North Smithfield Auto Body, iNc. 1-401-762-3866 WWW.RIAUTOBODY.COM 1-401-762-3866 WWW.RIAUTOBODY.COM • FREE towing • FREE pick up and drop off OUR 2020 SPRINGTIME HOME & GARDEN BUSINESS DIRECTORY INSIDE OUR 2020 SPRINGTIME HOME & GARDEN BUSINESS DIRECTORY INSIDE 1 Springtime Home & Garden 2020 BUSINESS DIRECTORY Published by APRIL-30-2020-SHID.indd 1 4/20/20 9:07 AM

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