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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-23-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE VALENTINA JUAREZ, 6, of Woonsocket, celebrates National Ice Cream Day with a cup of ice cream at Josie's Ice Cream in Cumberland on Sunday. See more photos on page 20. LINCOLN – Lincoln residents cooped up in their homes during the coronavirus pandemic have been flocking to agricultural shops to purchase chickens, but officials say many are doing so without the proper permits. Zoning Official Russell Hervieux said nearly 10 residents legally own chickens, but there are roughly four times that num- ber of residents now doing so ille- gally, without proper permissions. "There has been a large inter- est in them over the last year or so with a lot of people question- ing how to get them, but in the last six months it has exploded," Hervieux said. He said he believes "COVID nervousness" has contributed to the spike in interest in raising chickens, with people looking to make their own food supply. While he appreciates that part of the appeal, Hervieux said, "I worry that many people don't understand how much goes into Zoning official: Interest in chickens has flown the coop By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See CHICKENS, Page 13 CUMBERLAND – A new ordi- nance formulated by Councilor Bob Shaw and Fire Chief Nick Anderson, making fire pits legal in Cumberland, is now with Police Chief John Desmarais for additional review. Shaw said Desmarais will bring "a second set of eyes" to an ordi- nance he says will accomplish a couple of important initiatives. "Fire pits are not going away," Shaw said. "The important thing is regulating them and educating on fire safety." This ordinance adds a layer of accountability while legalizing a common backyard feature that has long been technically prohib- ited in Cumberland, though rarely enforced. "I'm happy with it as a base foundation of discussion," said Shaw of the draft ordinance, add- ing that he hopes residents under- stand what point the town is try- ing to arrive at with this new law. Shaw said he and Anderson see this ordinance as the starting point of the discussion in getting the town to a place of common- Proposed rules would make fire pits legal in Cumberland By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See FIRE PITS, Page 16 LINCOLN – More than three years since a multi-alarm fire destroyed the Albion Post Office, a social club, private apartments and the Albion Food Mart, construction on the building's replacement is near- ing completion. The news comes after several con- struction delays and after bringing in a new contractor to finish the job. An exact date has not been set to reopen the facility to the public, but U.S. Postal Service officials confirmed that their goal is to open the doors at some point in August. "Customer notifications could be going out as early as this weekend for Albion Post Office slated for August opening nicole@valleybreeze.com By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See POST OFFICE, Page 8 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JULY 23-29, 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 Town & Country 401-334-3456 The Kathy Bain Farrell team is proud to add Patty Bain Healy to the Team!

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