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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 02-25-2021

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CUMBERLAND – When Amet Chelo established the Chelo's Restaurant with his brothers in 1955, he was adamant with his children that they were no better than anyone else and that they should never use their family name to try to move up in life, says his daughter, Kim Whalen. "He started as a dishwasher and he always told us that everyone puts their pants on in the same way," she said. That focus on humility never dis- sipated, said Whalen, helping to turn the original Cumberland location into Rhode Island's largest family-owned restaurant chain. Amet loved his chil- dren, said Whalen, protecting them and giving them a good life even as he declined to live his own lavish lifestyle. Amet, who turned 95 years old last November, is now penniless, BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON An energetic maltipoo named NORA jumps while joining her owners, CATHY and JOHN CHATOWSKY, of Lincoln, on a walk near the beach at Lincoln Woods on Monday afternoon. See more photos on page 13. Jumping for joy Chelo's founder now penniless; daughter fights to keep him at home By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See CHELO'S, Page 6 CUMBERLAND – With Kayli Lincoln's first child, labor lasted 12 hours, and her second childbirth experience lasted even longer than that, so when she woke up in the early hours of Feb. 11, still a week early with her third baby, an unex- pected home birth was the last thing on her mind. Lincoln said she woke up with contractions just before 2 a.m., call- ing her mom to come watch the kids, and then her doctor, who told her to get to the hospital. Eighteen Couple thank first responders after shocking birth in the shower By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Baby ELLIOT was born on Feb. 11. See BIRTH, Page 18 LINCOLN – Seventeen years ago, the town of Lincoln adopted an affordable housing strategy with a goal of having 10 percent or more of Lincoln's housing stock desig- nated as affordable. Enacted under former Town Administrator Sue Shephard, the town's plan coincided with the state's Low and Moderate Income Housing Act, which established the 10 percent threshold. Lincoln is now making significant progress toward meeting that goal with a series of new projects, say officials, but the housing crisis state- wide has escalated to new extremes since plans were first laid. When Lincoln's Affordable Housing Production Plan was com- missioned by the Town Council in 2004, the town had 557 affordable Lincoln making progress toward 10 percent affordable housing By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See HOUSING, Page 14 ©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE FEBRUARY 25-MARCH 3, 2021 1985 Mendon Rd., Cumberland, RI Call Dave Serpa (401) 639-2351 Cell Dave.Serpa@NEMoves.com Now is the time to sell . . . low inventory, low rates, and higher values! People have been quarantined and are spending more time at home. They are ready to buy. Call me today, to set up a free home market analysis and share my effective Covid selling protocols. 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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