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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 02-18-2021

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE NORA JACQUES, who turned 99 on Monday, and her son, WALTER DAVIS, wave to well-wishers as they pass by in a 20-vehicle birthday parade for Jacques last Saturday. CUMBERLAND – Plans to cre- ate a community resource center in the long-vacant former Valley Falls Post Office/Valley Falls Free Library next to Town Hall are cen- tered on an innovative new initia- tive that would tackle some of the deeper issues many town residents face that have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Mayor Jeff Mutter said the ideas surrounding the old building are largely focused on the issues that Community Outreach Coordinator Sarah King has a strong interest in, includ- ing services on mental health, homelessness, vet- eran services, and others. Cumberland is not immune to these types of issues, said Mutter, and the town isn't always doing everything it can to address them. A community center would be a sort of one-stop shop for someone to come, get warm, have a bite to eat, and talk to people who care about their problems, he said, Plan for old post office: A vital link to community By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor MUTTER See COMMUNITY, Page 20 CUMBERLAND – Longtime Cumberland resident Nora Jacques beat breast cancer in her 70s, then cervical cancer at age 94. "She is a fighter, for sure," said her granddaughter, Kimberly English. The family celebrated Jacques with a surprise drive-by parade last Saturday, part of a plan to give her the best birthday celebration she's ever had, said English, who organized Family celebrates 'fighter' Jacques as she turns 99 By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See JACQUES, Page 21 LINCOLN – Last February, Lincoln was still in a state of relative normalcy before COVID-19's full arrival in Rhode Island. That month, Lincoln public safety responded to 1,801 calls and police made 60 arrests. The number of arrests made in town began to plummet soon after, as the pandemic shut down business as usual. Last March, there were 187 inci- dents reported to police and 23 arrests made. During the same month in 2019, Lincoln police reported 235 incidents and 56 arrests, with 27 of those occurring at local liquor estab- lishments. The closure of liquor establish- ments helped to subdue crime in Lincoln, according to officials, par- ticularly the March 15 temporary closure of Twin River Casino, which accounts for a large portion of arrests made each year in Lincoln according to police data. During April 2020, the first full month of pandemic restrictions, there were seven arrests made in town, while there were 33 made the year prior. Arrests were up to 24 in May and 23 in June, compared to 40 in both May and June of 2019. July was the busiest month for crime in Lincoln last year, with 39 arrests made, five fewer than July 2019, and 1,936 calls for service reported. August brought 24 arrests, with another 30 occurring in September and 25 each the following two months. The town closed out the year with 15 arrests in December, and 20 arrests were made last month. In 2019, police made 43 arrests in August, 34 in September, 39 in October, 35 in November, and 38 that December, so numbers were down substantially across all of those months. All told, Lincoln police made a total of 255 arrests from March Arrests down in Lincoln during pandemic By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See ARRESTS, Page 11 ©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE FEBRUARY 18-24, 2021 North Smithfield Auto Body, iNc. 1-401-762-3866 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: 1-401-762-3866 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: • 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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