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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-02-2020

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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CUMBERLAND – First Building #19, then Benny's, now Ann & Hope. More than one observer stated this week that perhaps the Chase family shouldn't have shared its secrets with Walmart decades ago, but owners of landmark retailer Ann & Hope say the planned closure of their 11 stories was not a thought prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, they said, it hadn't yet been decided for sure when a rep- resentative from the store declared two weeks ago that the chain would remain open. The Breeze was first to report Monday on the plans to close all 11 outlet stores, with no chance of reviv- al, according to the owners. Ron Dore, corporate vice president at Ann & Hope, told The Breeze that the plan to close the curtain and bath outlets hadn't been in the works prior to COVID. "It really did take a worldwide pan- demic to take down Ann & Hope," he said. The shutdowns were far more impactful at Massachusetts stores, he said. CUMBERLAND – The best way to ensure that a restoration project is done the right way is to do it your- self, say the owners of the historic Lewis Tower House on Mendon Road. Paula Keefe and Jeff Polucha, who currently live in a home they restored on Fiske Avenue, said they decided after careful consideration to do the intensive and expensive restoration of the 1825 home on their own instead of trying to entice some- one else who might do the work the wrong way. "We didn't want someone to put lipstick on it," said Keefe. Neither of them works in real estate for their job – Polucha works in insurance and Keefe is a retired Cumberland educator – but they both have an interest in restoration work and have done several projects. "Every time we do a project it seems like we end up living there," said Polucha, laughing though he said they're not sure yet whether they'll live in this one or try to sell it when the work is done. This is easily their most difficult project, said the couple, as the house Owners take on Tower House restoration By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY JEFF POLUCHA and PAULA KEEFE stand in front of the Lewis Tower House on Mendon Road, which they've decided to restore themselves. See RESTORATION, Page 20 Owners: Closure of Ann & Hope all about COVID What's next for Cumberland mill? By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See ANN & HOPE, Page 40 LINCOLN – Driving past a school bus filled with goats is enough to make anyone do a dou- ble take, but Wayne Pitman is used to the expressions of surprise. His bright red and green bus garners a lot of attention, especially when passersby realize his passen- gers aren't rowdy students, but a rambunctious crew of four-legged friends. They're Pitman's coworkers, together traversing the state to various job sites, where the nearly two-dozen goats of various breeds and sizes are hired to help clear overgrown land. Lincoln resident Paula Carmichael hired the Goatscapers to help remove some invasive plants on her Southwick Drive property this week. Her roughly 2.5-acre property has some steep slopes where she said invasive plants tend to get out of control. Rather than attempt- ing to wade through the poison ivy and thick brambles with power tools, Carmichael called on the Goatscapers for their professional help. The "Goat Tote" rolled up on Monday with 22 workers eager to start eating. By the next morn- ing, Carmichael said the team had already made significant headway, Goatscapers get the job done in Lincoln By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See GOATS, Page 22 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JULY 2-8, 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. Call us for a "FREE market analysis" MeMber 300 Front St., Lincoln 724-8660 WWW.LAMONTAGNEREALESTATE.COM Making the Amican eam Yours!

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