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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-30-2020

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BILL DENNEN, of Cumberland, watches his dog MAISY leap into the swimming pool in an effort to beat the heat on Sunday. LINCOLN – For the first time in its history, members of the Lincoln Council of the Knights of Columbus say they've been denied help on the basis of their group's name. Criticism surrounding the legacy of Christopher Columbus has been on the rise across the nation, coming to a head locally with the removal of a Providence Columbus statue after protestors vandalized it. Members of the Lincoln Council, founded with a mission of charity, said the Columbus name has been problematic for would-be donors and media organizations over the last several months. Thomas Rossi, who helps run the Lincoln Council's food drive, said he recently sought a grant from a local nonprofit that has helped fund the council's charitable endeavors in the past. "To my chagrin, the answer came back a polite 'no, not this year.' The administrators thought that funding a Columbus-named organization was not in their best interest," he said. He went on to write to six other Lincoln Knights of Columbus: We've been denied help due to name By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See COLUMBUS, Page 15 Dog days of summer CUMBERLAND – Consistent complaints about brown water this year are being attributed to the town's decision not to conduct regular line-flushing activities in the spring. Water Supt. Chris Champi said what he's seeing is "definitely related to not flushing," with people who don't normally have issues with brown water impacted. As with many other water systems this year, Cumberland Water held off on flushing due to concerns over manpower and a potential lack of available chemicals for replenishment during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Champi. The Pawtucket Water Supply Board, which services the Valley Falls area, has seen similar brown water issues after also forego- ing standard flushing operations. Champi said he's often seeing spot complaints, "not necessarily a whole neighborhood," and often near the center of a main as sedi- ment is picked up. Two individual service line cleanings he scheduled on Monday of this week were on Pound Road and Millers Brook Drive, "totally opposite ends of the spectrum." Champi: Brown water issues due to lack of flushing By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See WATER, Page 22 Cumberland seeks to hold developers accountable on landscaping Temporary stop signs get a nod CUMBERLAND – Too often, says Planning and Community Development Director Jonathan Stevens, the word "should" is taken as a suggestion by develop- ers when it comes to maintaining and restoring the town's land- scape. Stevens is recommending changes to Cumberland's zoning ordinance mostly centered on changing "should" to "shall," cre- By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See DEVELOPERS, Page 14 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JULY 30-AUGUST 5, 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. 2374 Diamond Hill Road • Cumberland, RI 401-475-7570 investor@mwaragao.com • www.mwaragao.com Michael Aragao President/Portfolio Manager Money Questions on Your Mind? Get started today with a complimentary consultation from an experienced registered investment advisor. How much is enough for retirement? Is now a good time to invest? Roth or Traditional IRA? How can I save more? 1985 Mendon Rd. Cumberland, RI Call Dave Serpa (401) 639-2351 Cell RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE 43 Sophia Lane, Smithfield: One level living at its finest in desirable Greenville! This young Executive Ranch features impressive details throughout and open concept living with volume cathedral ceilings. The chef's kitchen with high end appliances including a Miele double electric oven, Miele warming drawer, Wolf five burner gas stove with Bosch downdraft blower system, Sub Zero wine refrigerator, Panasonic microwave, Fisher + Paykel double draw dishwasher and French door refrigerator. The adjoining breakfast/informal dining area leads to an expansive Trex deck. The enormous fireplaced family room is perfect for entertaining. This home also boasts a sun-splashed formal living and gracious dining room. $729,900 Dave.Serpa@NEMoves.com Custom Executive Ranch

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