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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 10-01-2020

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ED VENDITELLI forges a red-hot piece of iron in the Hannaway Blacksmith Shop in Lincoln, which was built circa 1880, during last Saturday's Great Road Day. During the annual event, several historic sites open their doors and visitors are invited to tour at their own pace, stopping at all the sites or just a few. See more photos on page 14. CUMBERLAND – In the House of Representatives District 52 race to represent Cumberland, incum- bent Democrat Alex Marszalkowski faces a challenge from two oppo- nents in a three-way race on Nov. 3: Republican Christopher Hogan and independent Daniel Baglini. Marszalkowski, 33, of 20 Waumsett Ave., who works his day job at his family's Adams Farm, says he appreciates that Hogan is "trying to run a relatively positive campaign," saying civil dialogue is always preferable to throwing hay- makers. When he first got into politics, he said his top goal was to make peo- ple feel comfortable enough to run for office and not feel like they're going to be attacked or have their families attacked, Marszalkowski said. "That might be why I've got a bunch of people running against me," he joked. "It's great that more folks want to step up and serve." Hogan, 37, of 5 Hayfield Lane, says the race is starting to pick up steam. Though he doesn't know Marszalkowski personally, he said, Three-way race in Cumberland's House District 52 By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See DISTRICT 52, Page 18 'I beg you, don't let this happen' Local residents against Western Oil expansion LINCOLN – Neighbors are speaking out against plans to add nine 30,000-gallon storage tanks at Western Oil on the border of Central Falls and Lincoln, saying they fear the likely outcome of new noxious odors and the potential for a major spill. Western Oil appeared before the Central Falls Planning Board last week seeking permission to build the above-ground tanks at 1 Duchess Way in Lincoln, where the property spills into Central Falls, to accommodate additional environ- mental and hazardous waste man- agement services. This was the third time Western Oil has appeared before the board to apply for tanks, according to the company's legal representative William Delaney. In 2008, the town permitted four above-ground stor- age tanks, with an additional four approved in 2012. Jared Rafferty, vice president of Western Oil, said adding nine tanks would allow the company to "store additional oils at different times of the year," which he said was made more necessary when COVID-19 hit early this year. "We've had a harder time moving By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See WESTERN OIL, Page 40 More uncertainty than ever for Happy Baskets program Drive-thru donation drives happening at middle schools CUMBERLAND – Now set to enter its 29th holiday season, the Cumberland Happy Baskets program is facing perhaps its biggest obstacles in 2020, with all sorts of logistical hurdles to overcome, says organizer By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See BASKETS, Page 19 BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE OCTOBER 1-7, 2020 NORTH SMITHFIELD AUTO BODY, INC. 1-401-762-3866 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: www.RIAUTOBODY.com 1-401-762-3866 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: 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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