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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-09-2020

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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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON Organizers JOYCE HINDLE-KOUTSOGIANE, left, and MIKE TUSONI attach an American flag to a car as they prepare for the start of Cumberland's 94th annual Arnold Mills Fourth of July Parade and Road Race last Saturday morning along Nate Whipple Highway. The traditional parade was replaced with a motorcade along the major roadways in town and a virtual road race. See more photos on pages 8-11. Cumberland police hear 126 complaints on fireworks One arrest in Cumberland, none in Lincoln CUMBERLAND – Police in Cumberland responded to 126 calls of complaint related to fire- works during the month of June and through Monday, July 6. They made one arrest for possession and lighting off fireworks. Chief John Desmarais and Capt. Christopher Iozzi distilled the data Monday, going over information showing that most of the calls were either "unfound," 65, or unable to locate where they were coming from, 25. There is no real differ- ence between those two catego- ries, said Desmarais, and it simply relates to how officers close out the call in the department system. There were eight incidents where officers spoke to residents in the area of the reported fireworks and warned them about the law against aerial displays, but found no fire- works. "During this time, we had proac- By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See FIREWORKS, Page 20 CUMBERLAND – Heartbroken was the word several people used to describe hearing the news of Ann & Hope's impending closure later this summer. As folks lined up outside and shopped inside the store in Cumberland last Thursday morn- ing, many remembered shopping with their families when they were children, reminiscing about visits with Santa Claus, watching carriages be transported between the first and second floors on an escalator, and snacking on pizza and ice cream at the snack bar of years ago. "I'm going to miss it terribly," said Joyce Morin, a Pawtucket native who now lives in Cumberland. "It's going to really, really hurt this com- munity … My heart is broken." Owners of retailer Ann & Hope, which is dubbed "the first depart- ment store in America," announced last week that they plan to close Residents share favorite memories of Ann & Hope By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer See ANN & HOPE, Page 16 LINCOLN – Longtime residents of Lincoln's Carriage Heights neighbor- hood were greeted by a familiar sight this month: a historic horse-drawn carriage prominently displayed at the entrance to the community. For years, a covered horse-drawn carriage, complete with a full-sized horse statue, sat in the same spot on Long-lost sight returns to Carriage Heights By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See CARRIAGE, Page 15 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JULY 9-15, 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. 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

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