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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 10-15-2020

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 ROBERT EMERSON ABEL HAWKINS, 9, of Burrillville, receives a Halloween treat bag from TYLER SEGEE of the Albion Fire Department, one of the departments that par- ticipated in the "Truck or Treat" event at Lincoln Mall last Sunday afternoon. The Public Safety Special Needs Coalition, based in Lincoln, and the Autism Society of Rhode Island invited individ- uals with autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays or other special needs to the drive-through trick-or treating event. Early treats in Lincoln CUMBERLAND – In four of the five months from April to August, more than half of all of all criminal charges in Cumberland were related to domestic incidents. There was only one month in the previous nine months when domestics represented even half of the total charges. In July of 2019, 15 of the total 39 charges were related to domes- tic incidents, or 38 percent of the total. In July of 2020, total domestic charges nearly doubled to 28, or 51 Cumberland's domestic incidents up, prompting effort for awareness By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See DOMESTIC, Page 15 LINCOLN – Facing an opponent in the general election for the first time next month, District 4 Town Councilor Pamela Azar said she's hop- ing for the opportu- nity to continue her work on Lincoln's Town Council. "I really love the job," said the Democrat. "To me, it's fun because I enjoy helping people. I've been on the council for about a year and three quarters now, and I've learned a lot about how the town runs and where to bring different issues. I really hope people like what I've done so far, and I'd love the opportu- nity to continue the work." Her opponent is political newcomer Robert Leahy Jr., a Republican, who says he's "worried about keeping Lincoln the place I love." "I'm worried about over-devel- opment. I'm worried about what's going on in this country right now, even in Woonsocket, where far-left, sometimes socialist people take over Azar, Leahy seek District 4 Council seat By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer LEAHY AZAR See DISTRICT 4, Page 6 'Poltergeist' Neighbors see major tech disruption amid pandemic LINCOLN – Just imagine, as this pandemic has dragged from weeks into months, being stuck at home with- out access to quality internet, phone or TV. That's what residents of Hannah Drive in the Arnold Mills section of Cumberland have experienced, telling The Breeze that less-than-ideal condi- tions of the past few years have dete- riorated terribly over the past month. The impacts, they say, have at times felt overwhelming, as they've been forced to bring their children to work just so they can properly attend vir- tual school, been repeatedly kicked off company phone calls and meet- ings, and missed large portions of TV shows, among many other significant inconveniences. "Think Poltergeist," said resident Julie Kaberry, of 6 Hanna Drive, describing the experience of watching TV some days. "It's very pixelated." The dread of their daily experi- ence is especially palpable, they say, when they've been on hold with Cox Communications for nearly an hour and they know they could get booted off the call at any moment. All six residents spoken to this week reported similar answers that they've gotten back from Cox. They said Cox representatives have made several vis- its to homes and determined that the issue isn't in anyone's home, but is a problem with the connection from the street. Several said they were told that the company's underground wires are By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See INTERNET, Page 12 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE OCTOBER 15-21, 2020 1985 Mendon Rd. Cumberland, RI Call Dave Serpa (401) 639-2351 Cell RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE 99 Cedar Forest Rd., Smithfield RI: Being built. Custom 4 bed, 2.5 bath Colonial set on the end of a cul-de-sac. Sewer and water. $689,900 UNDER CONSTRUCTION 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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