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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-18-2020

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CUMBERLAND – Despite a downsizing of the Ann & Hope chain regionally, there are no plans to shut down the landmark Cumberland store, said a representative for the Cumberland-based company on Tuesday. Asked at corporate headquarters on Ann & Hope Way about ram- pant rumors among employees and residents about a possible closure, 44-year employee and Operations Manager Cindy Boulet said there is no truth to them. She said the Cumberland store is not closing and there are no plans to close it. Three of the company's 11 stores overall have been closed, said Boulet, including locations in Weymouth, Raynham and Westborough, all in Massachusetts. Eight stores remain open for business, she said. Rumors about a closing of the Cumberland store of late appear to be fueled by the closing of other stores and major sales going on at the store currently. Bill Dennen, a former manager of the store, was there buy- ing a carpet runner Tuesday and said Ann & Hope official says store not closing Larger changes at old mill still in the works By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY The ANN & HOPE OUTLET SHOPS on Ann & Hope Way are not closing, says a representative for the company, despite rumors otherwise and closings of other company stores. R1 Indoor Karting follows Twin River, opens to members Concerns about getting people to return to work LINCOLN – Lincoln's R1 Indoor Karting has reopened to members, following the same protocol as Twin River Casino. Founder and owner Mike Hezemens said he's following "the exact same" protocol as Twin River, opening the facility by invite only and screening members before they're admitted. Hezemens said he studied the casino's plans to reopen, and noti- fied town officials of his intent to do the same at the go-karting track and entertainment facility on Higginson Avenue. Hezemens said the town indicat- ed he did not need further approval from them to reopen, and that advice for businesses on reopenin- gri.com does not expressly prohibit his business from reopening. "If the state decides to shut us down, that's fine, but I'd like for them to explain the difference between what I'm doing and what the casino is doing … why Twin River can open, but I can't under the same protocols," he said. "I By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See ANN & HOPE, Page 10 See KARTING, Page 16 CUMBERLAND – Repaving of the Diamond Hill Road double roundabout project, including the Chapel Four Corners intersec- tion, is now complete, according to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, and painting of tem- porary and permanent striping will take place over the next two or three weeks. At least the start of new traffic light phasing appeared to be in place Tuesday morning as workers contin- ued to do electrical work at Chapel, with drivers coming from Bear Hill Road and Angell Road getting green lights at the same time and having to yield to each other. RIDOT spokesman Charles St. Martin said workers are activating new signals as they are switching them over. The phasing won't be finalized until they fully connect the system over the next few weeks. By allowing more cars to move through in multiple directions, wait times at Roundabout paving done; new light phasing beginning By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See ROUNDABOUT, Page 12 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JUNE 18-24, 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. Wishing You A Very Happy Father's Day! Call us for a "FREE market analysis" MeMber 300 Front St., Lincoln 724-8660 WWW.LAMONTAGNEREALESTATE.COM CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL 2020 GRADUATES! 1985 Mendon Rd. Cumberland, RI Call Dave Serpa (401) 639-2351 Cell RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE Dave.Serpa@NEMoves.com Now is the time to sell . . . low inventory, low rates, and higher values! People have been quarantined and are spending more time at home. They are ready to buy. Call me today, to set up a free home market analysis and share my effective Covid selling protocols.

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