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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-25-2020

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LINCOLN – Valedictorian Rida Jawed said she pictured her gradu- ation day spent "in a room full of people, hundreds of eyes, jitters and chills." Instead, "I am in an auditorium … a completely empty auditorium, giving my speech. This is the Lincoln High School Class of 2020 graduation," she said. Lincoln held its first-ever virtual graduation celebration on June 17, stringing together pre-recorded speeches and clips of graduates cross- ing the stage after COVID-19 pre- vented the district from hosting a large gathering. For a class of students born just after the start of the century, Jawed said she and her classmates are no strangers to challenges and change, and yet, "still have to learn so much more and fail so many more times." The achievement of finishing at the top of her class "feels thrilling," she said, but she values her failures as much as her successes. "We all entered the LHS building as freshmen and those failures broke us here and there, but you are all here, graduating. Think about those failures. You must be thinking, 'dang, I really did mess up on that one important thing.' Just remember, you have a whole life in front of you that you haven't messed up," she said. She thanked her teachers for their dedication, as well as her parents, who moved to the U.S. from Pakistan and made "immense sacrifices" for her education. Salutatorian Karan Shah also thanked his teachers and his family. "Mom, your battle through ovarian cancer has taught me how to become resilient. How life can punch you in the face at any moment and it is those moments where we must remain the strongest," he said. When their class was faced with LHS Class of 2020 praised for resilience By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Lincoln High School graduates gathered in cars and trucks in a parking lot on Higginson Avenue in Lincoln for their Graduation Car Parade to Manville Park last Wednesday, June 17. Pictured, left front, is graduate COLBY ACCIARDO, right rear is gradu- ate ANTHONY CUNHA, and right front is CHRISTOPHER ACCARDI. See more graduation coverage on pages 11-14. See GRADUATION, Page 11 Mutter says town will enforce noise ordinance on fireworks CUMBERLAND – The fireworks situation in town over the past 10 days has exploded, resident Ted Vecchio told officials last week, and he would like to see allowable fines used as a deterrent. Vecchio said there's a "serious amount of fireworks being lit off at all hours of the night," and they're both- By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor CUMBERLAND – The idea of evicting an already homeless person is never any easy one, local officials acknowledge, but it will be necessary to make sure taxpayer dollars don't go to waste. Officials' task: Stop Valley Falls bus shelter from being a home By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See FIREWORKS, Page 8 See BUS SHELTER, Page 7 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JUNE 25-JULY 1, 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. Jalette Contracting Proudly Built in America JC ROOFING/GUTTER INSTALLS CALL FOR YOUR FREE ROOF INSPECTION TODAY! ALL MILITARY & SENIOR DISCOUNTS Roger Jalette Jr. - U.S. War Veteran - Roof Inspector - Quonset ANG Base - Over 30 years experience - College Certified Roofing Education Fully Licensed and Insured (Inc. Workman's Comp.) 401-692-6545 • 508-954-5602 RI REG. #25429 MA LICENSE #162179 WWW.JALETTECONTRACTING.COM KNOWLEDGE & INTEGRITY are what it takes to get the job done right! SOAK UP THE SUMMER SEASON! INSIDE Published by Summer Summer Summer Summer Summer Summer It's Summer Summer Summer Summer Summer Summer Time! SUMMER-CL-2020-Laura.indd 1 6/15/20 10:00 AM

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