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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 09-17-2020

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE CHERYL GRAY, of Cumberland, completed a virtual Boston Marathon last Saturday by running on the Blackstone Valley Bikeway, crossing the finish line in a time of 4 hours and 33 minutes. See story on page 8. CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Department of Public Works has released the list of streets set to be repaved under the 2020- 2021 street pavement improve- ments program. More than 50 sections of road- Cumberland releases 2020-2021 paving list By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See PAVING, Page 19 CUMBERLAND – Losing District 2 Town Council candidate Tom Kane is largely crediting the work of for- mer Mayor Bill Murray in helping to secure the election win last week for opponent Tim Magill. Kane said he doesn't think the final results between the two Democrats, with Magill winning 62.4 percent of the vote in the district to his 37.6 percent, "had much to do with messaging or who had the better mailer or ads, it really turned into a get-the-voters- to-the-poll-type strat- egy," and Murray was central to that effort. Kane supported Mayor Jeff Mutter in his race against Murray in 2018, and the two had a com- bative relationship when Kane was previously on the council. "He did a pretty incredible job contacting people to come vote," said Kane, and with low in-person turn- out, he estimates the 100 to 150 votes that Murray helped land Magill easily put him over the top. Kane said he wasn't expecting a "full mayoral-like" Kane says get-out-the-vote effort sunk his chances By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor KANE MAGILL See ELECTION, Page 21 LINCOLN – During the fourth quarter of the past fiscal year in the spring, Lincoln took in just $107,000 in commissions from video lottery terminals at Twin River Casino. That number is compared to $1.55 million for the same quarter a year earlier. The end result was $4 mil- lion in VLT commissions, down from $6.24 million a year earlier. Table game commissions, at $1.96 million two years ago, dropped to zero from the third week in March through the end of the fiscal year on June 30. It has crawled back since, but the year starting July 1 has only generated $73,000 after a sharp drop to $676,000 in total revenue for 2019-2020. Table game revenue through August, compared with the first two fiscal year months of 2019, was down some 42 percent. "It's struggling," said Finance Director John Ward, but hopefully as more areas of the casino open, the town will come close to hitting its $5.2 million that goes toward its general fund from gambling rev- enues each year. The third quarter of the fiscal year, including March when the casino was first closed, was also down. Quarterly earnings in general had declined since the opening of the Tiverton casino. Ward said that Lincoln's decision years ago not to rely on excess gam- Despite drop-off in gambling money, Lincoln scores surplus By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See SURPLUS, Page 21 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE SEPTEMBER 17-23, 2020 1985 Mendon Rd. Cumberland, RI Call Dave Serpa (401) 639-2351 Cell RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE 99 Cedar Forest Rd., Smithfield RI: To be built. Custom 4 bed, 2.5 bath Colonial set on the end of a cul-de-sac. Sewer and water. $689,900 NEW CONSTRUCTION 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 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.

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