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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 02-18-2021

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | FEBRUARY 18-24, 2021 CUMBERLAND / LINCOLN 11 2020 to January 2021. In 2019, the town had reached that number by August. During the same period the previous year (March 2019 to January 2020), before COVID-19 reached the state, Lincoln police arrested a total of 402 people. Breaking down the data further, arrests for larceny, robbery and theft are down, but the numbers have fluctuated in other areas. Comparing, again, the period of March 2020 to January 2021 with the period of March 2019 to January 2020: • Lincoln police reported 125 larceny arrests in 2020, down from 304 in 2019. • On the flip side, there was one reported burglary in Lincoln between March 2020 and January 2021, while 12 were reported the year prior. • Similarly, robberies were down from eight to three, and arrests for disorderly conduct were down from 54 to 19. • Domestic assaults/offenses resulted in 38 arrests last year, com- pared to 44 the year prior. • While there were 29 drug-relat- ed arrests in 2019, Lincoln police made six such arrests in 2020. The number of arrests made for driving while intoxicated/operating under the influence was also slashed in half from 23 to 10. • There were 91 assaults reported in Lincoln over the past year, compared to 84 in 2019. Eighteen people were caught breaking and entering last year, while 23 were arrested for the same offense the previous year. • The number of arrests for motor vehicle theft also remained relative- ly the same, with 22 last year and 19 the year before. • Two homicides occurred last year, compared to one a year ear- lier There was one more reported sexual assault last year over the previous year. ARRESTS From Page One LINCOLN – Lincoln's Memorial Day Parade was one of countless events canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but parade planners say they are hopeful that the beloved local tradition will return this year. The discussion over whether or not the parade will go on this year has been a continuous one, with the parade committee meeting last week. For now, the general consensus seems to be that there will probably be a parade, but it might not take place on Memorial Day. The committee is exploring other options to commemorate the holiday, including a possible dedication held at each of the town's war memorials. A Facebook group has been created, called Veterans of Lincoln R.I., to connect with the community's active and retired servicemen and women and identify different memorials throughout town. Depending on the pandemic and the state of the vaccination rollout, there may be a parade later in the summer, according to Co-Director Phil Gould. Lincoln is also celebrat- ing its 150th anniversary as a town- ship in 2021. Gould said the goal is to be able to host some kind of celebra- tion, if it's safe to do so. The committee has big plans for its next parade, he said, including the addition of a sensory-friendly area, where sirens and loud noises will be silenced so that children with sensory processing issues can still enjoy the event. He said more information on the Memorial Day observation and parade will be provided when plans are solidified. Gould hopeful for Memorial Day Parade in Lincoln By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com MacColl YMCA names Isom as health and wellness director LINCOLN – The MacColl YMCA announces that it has hired Brandy Isom as its new health and wellness director. Isom served as a health and well- ness manager for five years prior to assuming her new position. "We are excited to welcome Brandy to the MacColl Y," said Jeanine Achin, chief operations officer at the YMCA of Pawtucket. "With her 20 years of fitness experience, she will be a great addition to our strong team of dedicated Y professionals. She has already hit the ground run- ning with some great new member experience enhancements." Isom has experience in managing over 50 employees and handling department budgets and payroll. She also is an experienced kickboxer, an Anusara yoga certi- fied teacher, aerobics instructor, personal trainer, and aerobics coordinator. Before joining the Y she worked as a substi- tute K-12 teacher in all subjects, special- izing in math and science. "I am committed and deeply pas- sionate about helping others improve their overall quality of life through fitness," Isom said. "I have 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, where I have built a strong customer rapport. In this new position, I will continue to build relationships, moti- vate staff, and work hard to serve our members and the local community." ISOM Residents invited to plan PBS documentary 'Our Town: Cumberland' CUMBERLAND – Do you have a great story about Cumberland's people, places, or events? Rhode Island PBS wants to hear your ideas at a virtual town meeting on Wednesday, March 31, at 6 p.m. As part of the station's ongoing effort to provide local communi- ties with a storytelling platform, Rhode Island PBS invites resi- dents and friends to learn about the upcoming production of "Our Town: Cumberland." The infor- mational meeting will be held online, and interested residents are asked to register in advance. "Our Town" is a Rhode Island PBS documentary project in which neighbors become film- makers to capture the unique experiences, untold stories, and hidden gems of their own com- munity. Part community-builder, part culture catalog, part fund- raiser, and part "day-in-the-life" scrapbook, each edition shares the local legends, historical events, and neighborly anecdotes of a Rhode Island town and its villages. For this 12th installment in the series, town residents are invited to contribute their own minia- ture films to the documentary compilation. At the virtual town meeting, participants will learn more about the production, and then discuss their own topics and ideas. The project's director and producer will outline the time- table and submission deadlines. Local business owners are also invited to attend for promotion and sponsorship opportunities. Throughout the presentation, participants can ask questions of Rhode Island PBS staff. Though Cumberland residents are especially urged to par- ticipate, town residency is not a requirement – one must only have a great town story to tell. Rhode Island PBS welcomes the entire community to come and learn how easily their story can be captured and shared. There are no restrictions on age or experience, and there is no cost or compensation to par- ticipate. For those with a story in mind but no camera to capture it, Rhode Island PBS has equipment to lend by appointment. Participants are welcome to shoot footage for their stories any time before the submission dead- line. Rhode Island PBS offers technical advice throughout, and then edits the stories together to create a one-hour film for broad- cast. For more information about the "Our Town: Cumberland" project, visit ripbs.org/our-town . 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