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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-16-2020

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CUMBERLAND – Full-scale res- toration of the 1720 Walcott House, also known as the Colonial Cottage in the Arnold Mills Historic District, has commenced, allowing local historic preservationists to breathe a sigh of relief. Owner Ryan Lipson says he's "optimistically hopeful" that he can have the home at 735 Nate Whipple Highway buttoned up by the end of the summer and that it will be move-in ready by next January. "Virtually everything," inside and out, needs to be redone. There have been questions about the future of the Colonial Cottage since large trees fell on it in a storm back in 2018, leading Lipson to wonder whether a full restoration was worth it. Lipson, speaking to the Historic District Commission on June 9 prior to the start of reconstruction, said that while this is a "remark- able structure," it has sustained heavy damage from weather and pests over the years. Issues abound throughout, he said. Restoration of 1720 Walcott House underway By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com VALLEY BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY THE 1720 WALCOTT HOUSE on Nate Whipple Highway, also known as the Colonial Cottage, is now undergoing an extensive renovation. Local preservationists thrilled to see building saved See WALCOTT HOUSE, Page 10 'Any little bit helps' Restaurant owners support petition for grant program to help R.I. small businesses When the pandemic first struck Rhode Island in the middle of March, like many restaurant owners Brad Aubin had to close his Tumblesalts Cafe on Morgan Avenue in North Providence as he and his team figured out how to pivot to takeout and deliv- ery. After eight weeks of being closed, the cafe opened back up on May 15, and while Aubin is doing about 50 percent of his normal business, he said the cost of his utility bills and property taxes has not changed. In an effort to help local small businesses impacted financially by the ongoing coro- navirus crisis, Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee and members of Rhode Island's small busi- nesses community launched an online petition requesting that the state use at least 10 percent of its $1.25 billion of federal CARES Act funds to create a grant program. Last Friday, McKee and members of the newly formed Rhode Island Small Business Coalition delivered the peti- tion, which had more than 3,400 sig- By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com See PETITION, Page 14 MCKEE LINCOLN – This time last year, parts of the Blackstone Valley Bikeway were being described as a "washboard," where cyclists' scenic rides through the valley ended in injury. Decades after the bike path was created, tree roots growing under the pavement have caused areas of the path in Cumberland and Lincoln to rise up and crack. After years of temporary repairs, including painting the raised bumps white, and residents pleading with the state to repair the path, funds were allocated last year to fix the damaged areas and refurbish a 6.3- mile section of the bikeway running through Cumberland and Lincoln. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation and Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management announced the $1.4 million project last October, com- mitting to repairing the areas of the path where tree roots pushed the pavement up. Improvements focused on the segment of the path running from Willow Way Bridge (near the Front Street bike path parking area in Lincoln) to Maple Street (near the Manville bike path parking lot off New River Road in Lincoln). This is one of the oldest parts of the Bike path bumps get smoothed in $1.4M project By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See BIKEWAY, Page 16 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JULY 16-22, 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. Inventy is Low! Town & Country Summer is a Great Time to Sell! Call for a FREE Consultation. Let my experience guide you home! Deb Hackett Cell: (401) 744-4891 debhackett@verizon.net 401.333.0665 Visit our website: thmalloy.com Since 1935 Oil | Propane | Bioheat | Motor Fuels Generators | Complete Heating Service Air Conditioning Sales, Installation & Maintenance Propane for your Home Heating & Cooking Together we make a difference

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