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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 10-22-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON Six-year-old twins ARABELLA and LUC CALARE lead their dad, ANTHONY, down the Blackstone River Bikeway in Lincoln last Saturday. It was a busy afternoon on the bike path as people took advantage of the gorgeous fall weather. Traffic group recommends more changes on local roads Permanent stop signs on Hines; striping expected on Abbott Run CUMBERLAND – The newly formed Cumberland Traffic Management Group isn't sitting idle, tackling more traffic issues by setting the wheels in motion on a number of initiatives at its most recent meeting. Two members of the three-mem- ber group, Community Outreach Coordinator Sarah King and Officer Stephen Bannister were in attendance for last Friday's meeting, making several recommendations to the Town Council on changes. With the period for temporary stop signs on Hines Road coming to an end, King and Bannister rec- ommended to the council to make the signs permanent. After crunching the data collected on the targeted curved and danger- ous section of roadway, Bannister discovered that the average speed of 25 mph found during a June study dropped by 1 mph in a more recent study, while the 85th percen- tile speed, or "the speed at or below which 85 percent of all vehicles are observed to travel under free- By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See TRAFFIC, Page 12 LINCOLN – Three candidates are ramping up their campaigns as they compete for the District 46 seat in the state House of Representatives, in what is shap- ing up to be a rematch of the 2018 race in this district that covers parts of Pawtucket and Lincoln. Incumbent John "Jack" Lyle Jr., elected in 2018 as a Republican, will appear on this year's ballot as an independent. He faces the same two challengers as the last election: Democrat Mary Ann Shallcross Smith, and indepen- dent-turned-Republican John Cullen. Lyle said the hallmark of his campaign and his term at the Statehouse is his willingness to build bridges, "working with col- leagues on the Republican side and Democrat side to achieve some very positive results." Lyle said he's proud to have enacted legislation to raise educa- tion standards; fighting a "hard fought battle" to codify the right to a legal abortion into law; sup- porting front-line health care workers; and addressing some of the ongoing safety issues on Route 146. Overall, he said he's proudest to have worked with colleagues on both sides of the aisle and voting in the best interest of his constitu- ents. "I'm certainly not a pawn in the hand of (Speaker Mattiello)," Three-way race heats up in District 46 By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See DISTRICT 46, Page 11 CUMBERLAND – Early plans for the redevelopment of the Ann & Hope mill complex on Ann & Hope Way call for mostly residential units with a bit of commercial sprinkled in, town officials have revealed. The Town Council's ordinance sub- committee on Monday heard some preliminary information on the plan as they began to consider ordinances making way for the project. Town Solicitor Kelley Morris Salvatore said the town remains sup- portive of the mill's redevelopment, but wants to get it right. The changes proposed by the owners need to be more focused to zero in on the uses they want, she said, as council members generally want to see what Ann & Hope plan calls for mostly residential units By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See ANN & HOPE, Page 13 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE OCTOBER 22-28, 2020 401.333.0665 Visit our website: thmalloy.com Since 1935 Oil | Propane | Bioheat | Motor Fuels Generators | Complete Heating Service Emergency Generators Sales & Installation Propane for your Home Heating & Cooking Together we make a difference 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. 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

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