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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 08-13-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE AMELIA MACBETH, a 7-year-old amateur naturalist from Cumberland, holds one of 10 Monarch butterflies she is about to release last Saturday at her family's home. She has raised and studied butterflies for three years, releasing more than 100 last year. See story on page 14. CUMBERLAND – A visit to Hines Road this week found that the large majority of drivers there are coming to at least a rolling stop at two new sets of temporary stop signs, and that traffic in the area has slowed significantly. The stop signs are part of the first major initiative approved under the town's new program for analyzing and implementing traffic-calming measures. Of 42 drivers passing through new stop signs at Hines Road and Pequot Avenue over 23 minutes on Monday afternoon, from 1:11 p.m. to 1:34 p.m., all but three of them came to at least a rolling stop. A total of 20 drivers came to a complete stop or close to it, and 19 completed rolling stops. For purposes of this story, cars with wheels moving only ever so slightly, with the seeming intent to stop, were considered full stops. Rolling stops were counted when the momentum of the car was never truly halted. Majority of motorists stopping at new 'temporary' stop signs By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See STOP SIGNS, Page 17 As gyms struggle with the finan- cial realities of COVID-19, some people are finding it easier to can- cel their memberships than others. In North Smithfield, Myles Briggs said he was dumbfounded back in July when he went into the Dowling Village Planet Fitness and was told both he and his wife would have to pay a $58 fee to cancel their mem- berships. Briggs said he hadn't used his membership since February and was canceling due to concerns over COVID-19. As gyms take COVID-19 hit, some pushing back against cancellations By VALLEY BREEZE STAFF See GYMS, Page 6 With the clock counting down until the first day of school, Rhode Island students and their parents are grow- ing anxious. The state is not expected to announce its exact plans for reopen- ing schools until next week, leaving families scrambling to prepare for the unknown while grappling with the anxiety of safely educating their chil- dren in the midst of a pandemic. As of Wednesday morning, Gov. Gina Raimondo was expected to announce a likely delay of the start of the school year by a couple weeks during her afternoon press confer- ence. Amidst the uncertainty, the list of parents' questions and concerns con- tinues to grow. Will students return to school full time, under a hybrid plan or not at all? How will we arrange child care on virtual learning days? Is it safe to send children back to school? With so much uncertainty, some local parents have begun to discuss the option of setting up grassroots learning pods, where caregivers could coordinate childcare and over- see virtual learning for a small group of students depending on schedules and strengths. Some have taken to social media sites to seek potential "managers" to facilitate the pods. The manager would act as a teacher for a small group of students, helping to keep Parents begin grassroots efforts to educate children By VALLEY BREEZE STAFF See EDUCATION, Page 8 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE AUGUST 13-19, 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. Dave Boisvert dboisvert@KW.com 401-533-2976 Thinking of Buying or Selling? Call Us Today!

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