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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-30-2020

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 30-AUGUST 5, 2020 CUMBERLAND / LINCOLN 19 There are also plans to revamp the Ruth Carpenter Memorial Garden near the Hayden Center, she added. Work at the Senior Center began earlier this spring, according to Teel. Updates so far have included a new heating system, new electrical sys- tem, completely redone bathrooms, new flooring, new ceilings, and improved lighting. Work is continuing this week on the kitchen after it was completely gutted to allow a new, fully updated commercial grade kitchen to take its place to improve the safety and aesthetics. Crews are expected to finish up the electrical work, move the appliances in and put the room back together, which "won't take too long," Teel said. Coletta Contracting Company was awarded a bid for the kitchen work. All new stainless steel appliances, including a refrigerator, freezer, stove, as well as new sinks and a new hood vent have all been deliv- ered to the Senior Center. According to Teel, it will be a Board of Health-approved kitchen facility and will include "all of the things that will create a professional kitchen that will serve that build- ing." There will be multiple sinks to wash different things including pro- duce, dishes, and hands. "We'll be 100 percent in compliance with the Department of Health," she said. A new heating system, which uses natural gas instead of oil, is safe and much more energy efficient, she said. "We were too much on a first- name basis with the oil repair com- pany," she said. "It's nice to have that fixed." Once the kitchen is complete, Teel said they'll move on to the exterior, which they hope to finish this fall. Town officials have been working with architecture firm Union Studio to see what they can do to improve the facade of the building and add a new front entrance that's ADA accessible and will make it easier for the seniors to get on and off the bus and be protected from the weather, she said. "We're in the process of looking at potential designs of what that might look like," she said. The town has written another CDBG grant requesting additional funds to spruce up the exterior of the building, Teel said, noting that they'd like to put in a proper gardening area with a shed and do some repaving to get parking straightened out. "We're hopeful we wrote another strong application and that we'll be funded again," she said, adding that they should know if they've received the grant in early fall. The roof at the facility, which has been patched over time, will also have to be replaced, Teel said, to ensure that the building is sound and won't leak into the facility. When asked if the project has stayed on budget, Teel said they have come within the numbers or better than what they thought they would be spending. "We're pretty happy with where we're at," she said. Given the extensive renovations, Teel said town officials are not currently considering moving the Senior Center to a new location in town but that could come up down the road. "I do know the seniors like to be in that space," she said. "It's convenient for them. They're emo- tionally attached to the building." "Our concern is it's going to be such a great space, enrollment will go up. That will be the problem," she added. The facility received other improvements in 2019, including new flooring, bathrooms, ceilings, fresh paint, updated lighting and a larger fitness studio, paid for by a $65,000 investment previously approved by the town. "We hope that (seniors) are happy with the space they'll have when this is all done," Teel said. "For many seniors, it's their second home." MIKE CRAWLEY, director of the Cumberland Senior Center, located at the Monastery, points to where a new stove will be installed as part of upgrades to the facility's kitchen this week. The whole kitchen was gutted to make way for a new, fully updated commercial grade kitchen. SENIOR CENTER From Page 8 BREEZE PHOTO BY MELANIE THIBEAULT Lincoln's Starnes promoted to COO at MOCingbird NORTH KINGSTOWN – MOCingbird announced today that Joe Starnes, of Lincoln, has been promoted to chief operating officer of the growing Rhode Island-based startup, which provides an online platform for healthcare professionals to monitor certification and educa- tional requirements. "Over the past six months, Joe has proven he has the skills and experi- ence to rapidly scale our business," said MOCingbird CEO Brad Artery. "I'm thrilled he will continue to be a core member of our team as we look to positively impact cli- nician burnout with our MOCingbird platform." "MOCingbird provides clarity for medical practices, administra- tors, and clinicians. Our platform simplifies and centralizes regula- tory requirements to give clinicians more time to focus on quality care and more time for themselves," said Starnes, who had previously served as the company's director of opera- tions. "I am honored and humbled, as COO, to be able to play a role in such an important venture that helps those who selflessly help so many of us." Starnes, who has a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Rhode Island College, currently resides in Manville with his family. He's previ- ously served as head of health and safety at Citizens Bank; senior man- ager of operations and quality assur- ance at Fidelity Investments; and former sales wholesaler for Iowa, at Fidelity Investments. STARNES Free COVID Tests All Immigration Statuses. All Ages. (401) 767-4100 30 Years In Cumberland! 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